The new rules of which you speak are (I believe) related to our tech inspection at NJMP.
We had an inspector that I hadn't seen before. Not sure if he was new, or just hadn't done any east coast races before. He looked in the car and asked if this was our first Lemons race, as he believed that our accusump setup was in violation of the rules. We have an accusump in the rear seat area, and braided stainless steel lines (1,000psi working pressure) that run to a valve next to the gear shift lever, and then on through the firewall to the external oil cooler and then to the engine itself. All the fittings are Aluminum AN type. Robust stuff.
The inspector seemed surprised when we told him that our car (a former SCCA ITB car) had participated in 25+ Lemons races over 10 years and had been inspected by Dale, Steve McDaniel, Jay, and John Pagel many times without any comments. The inspector called over Jay and asked him to look at our accusump setup to which Jay quickly replied "Totally Unacceptable!". We then had a very polite conversation regarding our interpretation of the rules, and Jay thanked us for pointing out a 'grey area' in the rule book and said that some 'clarifications' would be added in the section regarding hot fluids in the driver's compartment. They allowed us to race and we gave them our word that we would modify the setup for the next race which for us will be at Thompson - we are working on the retrofit now. We also "get it", if there was a hard crash and, for example, the accusump pressure gauge got sheared off, there could be a fire hose of hot oil being sprayed around the cockpit. Not desirable.
Oh, while we did NOT have any sort of incident related to the accusump or the oil lines in the cockpit, we DID have an incident related to oil lines under the hood. We got "L boned" in Turn 1 that caused (we think) an oil hose to be bent in half that sprayed a small amount of oil on the exhaust manifold. All the oil lines in our car are 25+ years old, so we plan to use all new stuff in our retrofit. You can see from the video that a small fire ensured, which put itself out pretty quickly. Our driver had his hand on the fire bottle release handle, but didn't pull it when he saw that the fire was out quickly. We were able to fix the damage and get back on the track for Sunday. There must have been some oil or other slippery stuff on the track, if you look closely at the video you can see that the two cars in front of us got loose as well, with one of them going at least 2-off. This resulted in the Red Flag on Saturday. Our Audi has a glass jaw - doesn't take much to hurt it up front.
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