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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:58 pm
https://www.scca.com/events/1990582-polar-prix-super-tour-cota-sowdiv-lsr/event_sessions/lateston the pace lap...
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It's not a great race when they have time for a musical interlude...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:57 pm
I think that all weekend I did 7 green laps. (not counting the wet Saturday AM qualifying). Great track, I'd
like a practice day. Not sure I understood the wave offs, but I was too far back to see what happened. Can

someone explain?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:29 pm
$880 X 83 Entries= $73k in entry fees for the largest single class of the weekend. I'd be ok defending why we got more time on track than other classes in the future.

The flagger for the Sunday race needs some constructive feedback. I was starting in 20th and when I saw the wave off each time, I could only see one row of cars in front of and behind me. I thought we formed up better than any other Hoosier tour start I had last year. Congrats to the guys up front for keeping things smooth and consistent! We could have had a disaster on the front straight!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:53 pm
I heard there was some chaos over the weekend? What was the story? With so much runoff on the track I am curious about the details.

As for talk about the wave offs, which stand were they using for the Start Stand? I can try to see who was the starter for your sessions and see why there was wave offs if you all would like?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:46 pm
I know that on the first wave-off at least one car jumped out of line and started accelerating in front of me (I was back in 40th). I have no idea what went wrong on the second wave-off. That was the best-aligned field I've ever seen.
I do appreciate the guidance on grid that we should be 2x2 before Turn 12. Otherwise there's no way 40+ cars will see the green flag (that was my pet peeve at NOLA last year... even with that smaller field I was full throttle 3rd gear in the last turn for the starts trying to pack up.)

For all the starts at COTA I saw them using the later stand well along the front straight (where the F1 start lights are). The checkers only fly at the timing line right after the last corner. Personally I'd light to have the finish at the later line even though it would have cost me a position on Sunday missing a shift.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:28 pm
I could not see anything wrong from the left lane on either start...from mid pack. And given what happens with wave offs it was great to see that no one hit anyone or anything.
Sal, as we discussed (I think), SRF was over 25% of the entries, by far the largest group. I think we could make a case to run events with 2 SRF groups, given that there were 4-5 groups with only around 20 cars. (I realize that is blasphemy in SCCA...to acknowledge that the better attended classes >>lower attended) Some type of two group qualify with two races based on qual time, then a final race based on lap times with a LC race for the second half of the field.
We're close to COTA...I feel for the many that made the trip from the coasts or the midwest for a 3 lap "race". It is our own fault, but with 80+ cars...and a track that is pretty restrictive on race control, shit happens.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:23 pm
On the plus side, I still have pretty fresh tires and brakes. I used more gas driving back and forth from the track in my street car than I did in the race car.
Here's a real idea to make things better:
Let's do a half-hour classroom session early in every race weekend where a few folks that know the track talk through a lap for the folks that haven't been to the track before. I'm sure somebody can dig up a video as reference and every track I've ever been to has a big map on a wall somewhere.
(Previous national champions are banned from the audience. They don't seem to need any help!)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:34 pm
""Let's do a half-hour classroom session early in every race weekend where a few folks that know the track talk through a lap for the folks that haven't been to the track before. I'm sure somebody can dig up a video as reference and every track I've ever been to has a big map on a wall somewhere.
(Previous national champions are banned from the audience. They don't seem to need any help!)""

********************I love that idea*****************


I was learning on the last lap of the Sunday race. (slow learner and just slow)
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