Jun 10, 2020 update to the Volkswagen Fox project car

Project Fox: How Racing With ChampCar at Daytona Means Running During an IMSA Weekend (Sort Of)

We debuted our VW Fox endurance racer at Barber Motorsports Park with, uh, mixed results. Some would say we retired the car early, while others would skip that euphemism and say the wheel fell off. Either way, our debut in the 24 Hours of Lemons wasn’t a total success. 

Relive the drama/excitement/whatever here:

 

 

However, there was a bright spot at Barber: We finally had a car that seemed to fit in with the rest of the oddball Lemons field, something that really had potential to be a perfect fit for the series. With a few more weekends of work and some focus on our strategy, we might just have a real contender on our hands and some Lemons trophies in our future. 

Of course, fate had other ideas. After the coronavirus pandemic canceled our planned return to the 24 Hours of Lemons, we were forced to hang up our helmets and sit on the sidelines for months while we waited for the world to reopen. 

Strangely, though the coronavirus canceled our plans, it also caused a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pop up. Skimming our emails one morning, we saw something surprising: The TireRack.com ChampCar Endurance Series would be coming to our home track–Daytona International Speedway–on July 5. We did a double-take and spat out our coffee, since that weekend at Daytona was already taken… by IMSA! The sanctioning body had already announced a July 4 race at Daytona, meaning IMSA would be the opener for ChampCar. (That's how this works, right?)

This presented a dilemma: We didn’t have a car that would be competitive in ChampCar, but we did have an opportunity to say we were racing at the IMSA weekend and sharing the paddock with some of the greatest names in motorsports. And after a quick call with the team, we made our decision: It might be the worst idea we’d ever had, but we were getting on track at Daytona, and we were doing it in the Fox. Could we really rub shoulders with the likes of Porsche’s factory racing effort in a car the Volkswagen Group would probably rather forget it ever built? Let’s find out!

Of course, that means we’ve got our work cut out for us. Time to fix the Fox, sticker it up like a real ChampCar, and hit the high banks. 

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ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
6/9/20 2:27 p.m.

I am so excited to see this car run at Daytona. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/9/20 2:39 p.m.

And excited to see the Fox run with the Corvette C8.R. 

No lie, it makes me smile every time I see it. The in-car footage combined with the front wing (Fwing? Fring?) makes it look like you're driving it backwards at full speed.

The sanctioning body had already announced a July 4 race at Daytona, meaning IMSA would be the opener for ChampCar.

2020, you so crazy.

 

 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
6/9/20 2:44 p.m.

This is absurd and I'm so excited for you guys. Should be fairly epic. 

 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
6/9/20 2:52 p.m.

When you showed me this picture and said "Do you want to run this at Daytona" you hadn't photoshopped the Fox in yet and now I have some issues.

 

sergio
sergio Reader
6/9/20 2:55 p.m.

Can you stream in car live?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
6/9/20 6:31 p.m.
sergio said:

Can you stream in car live?

Probably not all of it but we'll try to at least do some. Maybe I'll see if I can get mic'd up for my stint.

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UberDork
6/9/20 6:51 p.m.

Just so you guys know, tech does not allow front wings in champcar.  Not sure why, but they don't (although it's not in the rulebook).

 

You better check with them or have a plan if they say nein.

noddaz
noddaz UltraDork
6/9/20 8:56 p.m.

The Fox has a 92.8 inch wheelbase

A NA Miata has a 89.2 inch wheelbase

You are 3.6 inches and a rusty Miata away from GREATNESS.

Just sayin'.  

BTW, I am not knocking the car in any way.  Thank you for running it and the reports!

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
6/9/20 9:24 p.m.
wvumtnbkr said:

Just so you guys know, tech does not allow front wings in champcar.  Not sure why, but they don't (although it's not in the rulebook).

 

You better check with them or have a plan if they say nein.

Yeah, they don't make sense at Daytona, anyway. We're kicking around other ideas. We definitely need better mirrors for Daytona. 

Danny Shields (Forum Supporter)
Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
6/10/20 6:17 a.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

When you showed me this picture and said "Do you want to run this at Daytona" you hadn't photoshopped the Fox in yet and now I have some issues.

 

Photoshopped? No way! Just tell everyone the Fox is lapping the Corvette. 

Klayfish
Klayfish PowerDork
6/10/20 1:44 p.m.

Wow, what a crappy line you took through that corner at Daytona.  Were you still able to hold off the C8?  Do a little blockin'?  laugh

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
6/10/20 2:27 p.m.

Rumor has it that Fat Crack Racing will have quite a few cases of Busch Latte and BBQ Ribs at the track on the 4th. Possibly a pool as well. 

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