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Post by Cynon on Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:47 am

Qualifying procedure:

- The first qualifying session will lock the fastest 10 cars into the field and set the pole sitter. This will be an open session (running out practice).
- The second qualifying session will lock the next 16 fastest cars into the field. This will be a single-lap session (normal qualifying session).
- The third qualifying session will be an open session to set the remaining 20 cars into the field. This will be another open session.

The reason I'm not setting the grid like I did previously is because NR2003 Save Editor does not like 46 car grids, and the way I set the field at Karjala was really annoying.

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Qualifying, Round 1

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  • Rachel Rainsford (Pole)
  • Carlos Roqueta
  • Alexis Rainsford
  • Adrien Devereux
  • Cameron Taylor
  • Juho Kivela
  • Chris Johaanes
  • Scott Bates
  • Greg Woodard
  • Vincenzo Fochesato

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Qualifying, Round 2

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  • Arto Kekkonen
  • Mélanie Clévenot
  • Luciano Soveral
  • Alessandro Rossini
  • Leonid Roderick
  • Morgan Le Fay
  • Gaspar de Sousa
  • Divina Henton
  • Kevin Dwyer
  • Zelda Ashby
  • Kurt Plissken
  • Marcos Leonard
  • David Krikorian
  • Scott Falkner
  • Packer Carroll
  • Woody Watts

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Qualifying, Round 3

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  • Tom Delgado
  • Dale Roswell
  • Ian Cooper
  • Yuliya Nosova
  • James Hewitt
  • Matt Taylor
  • Dan Richards Replaced by Yevgeny Kuznetsov
  • Velmir Jankovic
  • Darren Cardel
  • Michael Humpfreys
  • Russell Jones
  • Scott Steudler
  • Ingrid Haddeland
  • Ryan Matthews
  • Mariano Zavala
  • Bob Stephans
  • Calvin Hobbes
  • Joe Olenick
  • E.B. Marah Replaced by Chris Davenport
  • Robert Panko


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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by SnakePlissken on Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:22 pm

Kurt Plissken will run this special scheme (or one very similar!) at Decatur...




Probably this one:


...provided he squeaks onto the grid, that is. It was supposed to debut at the Round of New York City but scheduling issues held up the process. Escape From New York Travel Agency still wanted to be a part of the TM Master Cup series so they worked out a deal to sponsor the #16 car for the season finale at Decatur.

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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by SnakePlissken on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:40 pm



Thanks to G-Dub for the render!

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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by Cynon on Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:56 pm

Round 2 qualifying results posted.

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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by Magus978 on Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:26 am

Delgado Embarrassed by Performance So Far

One of the dark horses for the pole when qualifying started, Tom Delgado is still not in the field. The 40-year old Lenard International 3rd driver & reigning ASCC champion has come close, but fallen just short in both qualifying sessions so far. Despite being embarrassed by the number of one-off drivers getting in the field before him, Delgado is intent on using that frustration to propel him into a spot in the race, and a good result to follow.

"As one of the biggest names still not qualified for the race, this is embarrassing for me. I thought it'd be job done and focus on race day by now. These guys at Lenard International are too good to fail, and so am I" Delgado said after Round 2 ended. He did not give us a chance to get another question in as he gently tossed his helmet to one of the Lenard International crew members before quickly running back to his motorhome to presumably have a nap before Round 3.
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Post by Magus978 on Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:36 pm

Relief for Tom Delgado as He Qualifies for Decatur for 2nd Straight Year

Sometimes when you drive angry, you drive with a purpose. That's exactly what happened in 3rd round qualifying, as Tom Delgado topped the charts and secured a spot in the 2014 Round of Decatur. Afterwards, Delgado confirmed what everyone believed was going on: he was driving angry.

"I always have a chip on my shoulder. I always have something to prove, whether it to be to you (the media), the boys and girls in the paddock, or them (the fans). Nobody thinks I'm any good anymore, but thankfully nobody else's opinion matters except mine. I'm still the best in the world on my best day, and now we're gonna get a chance to show that on race day." Delgado said, still looking a bit surly and taking a stern tone with the gathered press. Moments later, when asked about his prospects for the race, Delgado flashed a sly smile.

"We've got a great race day car. Lenard International have really outdone themselves with this one, and I feel I'm going to win. Who better to crash the championship party than the reigning ASCC champion, right?" Delgado said confidently as he showed a little pep in his step by jogging back to the paddock.
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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by Cynon on Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:25 am

Katzev Buying Out Another Entry?

After Yevgeny Kuznetsov failed to qualify for the Round of Decatur in his own #15 car, Katzev Engineering began actively seeking to buy out a car that had made the race. It was suspected that Katzev would have an easy time buying out the #44 Sjöberg Racing entry, as the team was actively using this race to sell off its MA05 cars to prepare for next year. Sjöberg Racing entered cars for Floridian Robert Panko and Swede Erik Bohlender, but with Panko qualifying for his debut, it looked like an easy buyout for the more well-monied Katzev. However, Katzev Engineering team boss Ivan Katzev was turned away from the Sjöberg Racing hauler after a loud exchange with Henrik Sjöberg, nixing all possibility for a buyout.

"Needless to say Robert will not be sitting this race out. Not for people like that, not for anyone... his people bought this car up to race it, and I'm doing my part to help them out." Sjöberg said to local press.

With Sjöberg's #44 car out of the picture, Katzev reportedly began to James Dalton in an attempt to buy out Matt Taylor's seat, as well as Maximum Motorsports, who qualified with Dan Richards, and Team Thunder, who qualified with Bob Stephans. While it isn't known the terms of any of the offers Katzev had made, an unnamed source in the paddock claimed Dalton would only sell if the team ran the Blackbird in the race as well as pay for repairs. The same source claimed that Team Thunder likely made the same demands. If Katzev failed to secure a spot for Kuznetsov in another car, reports are that they would risk angering Carlos Roqueta's sponsors by pulling him out of the race.

Roswell's Last Ride?

The 2014 Round of Decatur may end up being the final race in Dale Roswell's long and storied career -- a career many thought was over after Indianapolis last year. However, the 1989 TM Master Cup series champion kept himself in shape in addition to doing much of Clockwork Racing's testing. A team source indicated that Roswell "insisted" on being entered into the Round of Decatur, and was able to find his own sponsorship for the race.

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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by Cynon on Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:01 pm

E.B. Marah Steps Out of Qualified Decatur Car, Davenport to Drive

Edward Baines "E.B." Marah will not be racing the 2014 Round of Decatur despite a stellar qualifying effort from the Cincinnati native. Marah has stepped out of the #75 E.B. Marah and Associates car in favor of Mitchell & Sons regular driver Chris Davenport, who was tabbed to the ride at Marah's request. While several stories of ride buying and driver swapping are often looked down on in the paddock, E.B. Marah presents a unique situation. Marah owns the company that sponsors his efforts, granting him more power to make driver decisions.

"This was a decision that I made myself, and I want to thank the Mitchell & Sons Racing team for understanding that my interest is to see the highest level of performance possible with the budget we put in." Marah said to the press.
"I went up to Thomas [Mitchell] and Randall [Mitchell] and asked them to put Mr. Davenport in my car, because his pace was superior to that of my own in practice over a fuel stint, and I want to give my company the best chance it has of a good result. I'm pleased with my own progress as a driver and with this team, but I'm being realistic with our chances."

Mitchell & Sons Racing acting team boss Randall Mitchell confirmed the driver switch. Since the driver switch took place before the final qualifying session for the race, Davenport will not be demoted to the back of the grid. The car will also carry Davenport's number, 84 as opposed to Marah's number 75. As part of the conditions for the driver swap, E.B. Marah has been granted automatic entry to the Consolation Race as a 24th starter, which he will almost certainly take part in.

Katzev Purchases Maximum Motorsports' Entry, Kuznetsov to Race

While it appeared that Yevgeny Kuznetsov would stunningly miss out on a Decatur start, his team, Katzev Engineering, came to his rescue. After reaching an agreement, Katzev Engineering has purchased the #440 car entered by Maximum Motorsports. Since Maximum Motorsports had no backup car listed, Katzev will race Kuznetsov's car after registering it as the official Maximum Motorsports backup car. Maximum Motorsports's sponsors will appear on Kuznetsov's car as a sign of thanks from Katzev Engineering.

"This was a mutual decision between [Dan Richards] and the team to sell our spot on the grid.  Our team is not in a position to recover from any mistakes that may occur during the race, from our team or otherwise." Maximum Motorsports stated on its Twitter feed.

With these circumstances in mind, it isn't known if they will take part in the Consolation Race, despite being entered as a 25th starter.

Consolation Race Field Set

The Consolation Race will be comprised of the first 19 cars to miss the race, 4 cars drawn at random, and any drivers swapped out of the Round of Decatur. It will not count for points.

  • 03 Reese Biehn
  • 07 Anthony Griffith
  • 17 Louis Kingston
  • 24 Tom Moore
  • 32 Zack Webster
  • 45 Romain Carpant
  • 46 Frank Azure
  • 47 Daniel Leckliter
  • 56 Tony Durbin
  • 57 Ryan Griffin
  • 74 Axel Andersson
  • 90 Kellan Rogers
  • 025 Todd Stater
  • 062 Carter Fitzgerald
  • 114 Kraig Mummert
  • 190 Dan Morton
  • 214 Brian Morris
  • 314 Lane Cranston
  • 888 Gordon Newell
  • 29 Jon Dilks (random draw)
  • 48 Gareth Hunt (random draw)
  • 007 Craig Pierce (random draw)
  • 917 Eric Jackson (random draw)
  • 75 E.B. Marah (driver change)
  • 440 Dan Richards (driver change)

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Post by Cynon on Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:03 am

Consolation Race:

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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by RyanB06 on Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:22 am

Spoiler:

Rogers impresses again, finishes third
People might have been tempted to think Kellan Rogers' victory in the Karjala Grand Prix Consolation Race was a fluke.

It was a fuel-mileage race, they said. She can't do it again, they said.

Well, Rogers nearly did. But, while fuel economy was her friend at Karjala, it wasn't at Decatur, and Rogers had to settle for third place.

"It's my fault," she said. "I really tried to save fuel, but my competitive nature got the better of me. I enjoyed dicing it up with Zack and Tony though. It's always fun to be able to go out against the best in the business and see how you measure up."

Rogers is wrapping up an impressive second full-time season in Dash Cup, where she and Independent driver Hannah Percy are battling for the championship.

(OOC: I reserve the right to update and amend this later. I'm at work at the moment and really shouldn't be doing this much. Razz)
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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by Electric Wolf on Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:59 pm

Spoiler:
Morton takes second in Consolation Race from out of left field

In a year of struggles for Dash Cup reserve driver Dan Morton, perhaps his biggest success of 2014 will come in a weekend where he did not even qualify for the main event.

The 28-year-old showed up to the Round of Decatur with a last-minute entry by a team owned by entrepeneur and fellow Englishman Gareth Moss, a dark grey Omecha MA03 with some Barclays logos thrown on it purchased from Sjöberg Motorsports a few weeks before the event. They were not concerned too much with the design of the car as much as its performance and with good reason. Not a single member on the team could have predicted the result they achieved in the Decatur Consolation Race, after failing to qualify on speed, through perseverance on both the part of Morton and his car's reliability.

After several cars in front of him fell by the wayside for various reasons such as Gordon Newell and Tony Durbin, Morton found himself hot on the heels of Zack Webster as the laps ticked down. However, he was not close enough nor fast enough to make a viable charge for the win and had to settle for the second step on the podium in a jubilant celebration for Moss' entire team.

"Did we really just do this?", an overjoyed Morton asked press after the race. "What an unbelievable car! We didn't think we could get so much speed out of this thing, but I gave everything I had regardless and we found ourselves in a cracking battle all race long. This is such a wonderful day. We didn't expect this in the slightest, but it turns out we've definitely got something in the tank. I haven't had the best of go arounds in Dash [Cup] this year, but this certainly helps in a lot of ways. I cannot thank everybody enough. Unbelievable performance by everybody!"

Moss did not speak too much about this to the media, but he did admit regrets in terms of how he carried out the organization of the team's weekend.

"This won't happen again, I promise you", Moss said apologetically. "We didn't get the backing we had hoped for as early as we anticipated and thus we didn't know if we could show up at all or not until a few weeks ago. Once we knew we would be able to afford it, we pieced together a car, a driver and plenty of hard-working staff to get a respectable run and what they've done is exceptional. If we are going to make more serious attempts, we need to do a better job of collecting the parts we need in advance and for this I am sorry to everyone. Imagine if we had better prepared; we might be in [the Round of] Decatur for all we know!"

Morton has struggled mightily after some heroic performances for the struggling Scuderia Pazzano in 2013, scoring two victories and a stellar run in the prestigious Spa GP before mechanical troubles forced him to retire from the race. Taking on a split reserve role at ATK Racing with Daxter Hamlett for the 2014 season, the Briton has experienced several DNFs and poor finishes to go along with a Top 5 run at Mallory Park, the only true highlight of his year prior to this weekend. The horizon is not exactly clear for Morton nor the Moss team; the latter reportedly interested in a full-time series entry or at very least an Independent's Trophy run in a few years' time, but a lasting impression has been left in the paddock most likely as well as a reminder that the largest budget does not always equate to success.


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Re: Decatur Pre-Race Thread

Post by Woody on Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:17 pm

Watts Happy with Decatur Qualifying Effort; Opens Up about Recovery Complications

After an absence from TM Master Cup Series competition of about three years, Woody Watts is among this seasons’ entries for the annual finale at Decatur. Watts made his second career start at this track in 2007, scoring his first TMMC Top-10 finish.

“[Decatur] has always been one of my favorite tracks on the schedule,” Watts said, reminiscing with reporters, “I’m confident about what I can do here in a race car.”

When asked about the efforts of his crew, Watts was quick to praise, stating that he “couldn’t be happier” and “we think we have something special here.” He paused for a moment before continuing.

“Actually, it is just really special to even be here today and having this opportunity is a blessing. Everybody on our crew carries their own weight and we’ve been graced by a lot of welcome here in the garage. After coming such a long way it means so much to us.”

Watts was then asked if a comeback served as motivation through rehabilitation. He responded, “Yeah definitely... I mean this is what I love and when I was told I might never race again, my heart sank. I found myself confronted with a new kind of challenge and it stumped me for awhile. I used painkillers heavily and that itself became another issue..... The past three years have been truly some of the most difficult I’ve ever experienced and just to come out alive on the other side as healthy as I can be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually is amazing. I’m humbled, grateful, and honored to be here among the world’s best drivers and somehow sorta looking like I know what I’m doing even though I’m here living in the same moment as everyone else.” Woody laughed and smiled, shaking hands with reporters, before preparing to greet fans.

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