These are the important safety items and the procedures that ChampCar uses to access the race car you have chosen. You have the stock engine, the stock transmission, and the stock rear diff. Super easy paperwork. Like a Chevy V8 in a Mazda Miata. They have a bit more paperwork to do.
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You'll need a fire-resistant drivers suit. It is SFI 3. The plain styling works well with sanctioning body and sponsor patches, including the nifty Winding Road Racing patch you'll almost certainly want to sew on:. The Jade 2 is a high quality suit, but it achieves its fire rating through fairly thick fabric. Which means it is heavy and toasty. One quick glimpse We were incredibly excited to get behind the wheel of the latest BMW 8 Series. Reproduction in whole or part in any form or medium without specific written permission is prohibited.
By Luciana D'Andretta August 15, Like all our helmets, the GF3 is SA rated, so you could run it for up to 10 years. Unlike some entry-level helmets, the GF3 is actually shaped to fit the human head, not attempt to pinch it into submission.
And G-Force includes special channels in the padding to help you slip your sunglasses on:. It is SA certified, of course. But the really nifty thing is that Black Armor has made the helmet modular.
You can add a communications port and a hydration port to the sides of the helmet, making it easier, safer and more reliable to connect your radio and drink bottle. Fire Suit. Head and Neck Restraint System. The SHR Flex automatically adapts to the different seating positions in a variety cars, so you only need one head restraint device. That flexible system also makes it more comfortable for some drivers, especially women. You want a balaclava because you are going to perspire while driving.
The balaclava is your first line of defense. Just take it off and hang it up to dry when you get out of the car. Trust us. Pro tip: buy two balaclavas to be sure yours is dry when you get back in the car for your second or third stint.
They are comfortable, thanks to a soft Kevlar interweave and flat seams. Made of a suede-like material, it is SFI certified and comes in three colors:. It is SFI approved, with a Nomex interior under a leather outer. Our drivers wanted a high-quality, affordable shoe with a thin sole for pedal feel, so we built it ourselves:. It is SFI 5 fire rated and very reasonably priced:. Some of us like just a little more design flair and prefer a thin, flexible glove.
SFI 3. Driver Cooling. The track is hot. You really need a driver cooling system. The simple answer is an ice-based driver cooling system. It circulates icewater through tubes in a shirt that each driver wears. Plugs into the same connectors as the Cool Shirt. Motor Oil. You may lose a little oil from all that high rpm operation.
Many high-performance street cars use unusual oil weights that you may not find at the NAPA store 3 miles from the track.
Brake fluid. Losing brake pressure because your fluid is overheated is also bad. Radio Communications. You need a radio system so that the crew and the driver can communicate sudden pit stops, tire problems, need to re-fuel, special instructions from race control, etc. It has two radios, the wiring to hook up the in-car radio, a headset for the crew chief and the microphone and earbuds for one driver:. All you need to add for endurance racing is the helmet-mounted mic and earbuds for your additional drivers:.
Pro tip: buy a long pole collapsible and put a distinctive flag or sign on it so that you can help your driver find your pit box and you can signal your driver to pit if the radio should fail.
Fuel Jugs Etc. You will need 5 gallon jugs for refueling. For typical cars, this means you want 3 jugs, but you can do the math on your tank capacity. Pro tip: Read the rules about overflow catch pans. You will want to buy a spill tray so that any overflow is contained to avoid penalties.
The details of the rules mean this is not a good last-minute purchase. You also need kitty litter, which is an easy last-minute item. Fire Extinguisher. Your car needs a fire suppression system, which we assume you already have installed click the link above if you don't.
But, remember, your crew also needs a 10 lb. Car Safety Gear. Read the rules to understand what is required. You can rent a transponder at the track. Here is the mount you need, which we would buy in advance since you will have plenty to do when you arrive at the track:. Battery Saver Jump Pack. Your battery may die because someone forgot the use the kill switch. Brake Bleeder Kit. You need to bleed your brakes after a pad replacement.
Tire Pressure Gauge. Setting tire pressures correctly ensures that your car has proper traction and handling. The thing is, the air in your tires is loaded with humidity and as a result your air pressure will change dramatically as you run laps and build heat in your tires.
Torque Wrench. You need to check that your lug nuts are properly tightened. Most racers do this before every session. Impact Gun. To change tires you need an impact wrench. Pro tip: remember to get the correct impact socket for your lug nuts ideally a deep socket to ensure fit over racing studs. Floor Jack. Air Tank. Here is an easy solution:. Shop for all your racing gear needs at Winding Road Racing.
The Race Gear You (And Your Team) Need to Go ChumpCar Racing
Jalopnik is here to help you pass tech in each series. What does this all mean for the ole Pinto? Well, you've got work to do. As much as LeMons and ChumpCar are similar, they each have their own tech inspection idiosyncrasies that, if not taken care of properly, will have you watching the race from the pits as opposed to through your windshield.
Not including the required safety equipment that you'll need - roll-cage, racing seat, racing harness -- your car must be valued at less than points. Strip out all the interior and take out all the glass, except the windshield. Install the roll cage, seat and harness. Add some numbers and you have just created a race car. Okay, so there's more to it than that, but not much. Read the rules to fill-in the blanks. You can upgrade the brakes a little but don't even think of adding any trick racing suspension crap.