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Old 01-03-2019, 02:09 PM
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Default Roll, Roll, Rolex 24, Jan 26-27

For those that like sports cars and being out in the elements for questionable reasons and for extended lengths of time, the Rolex 24 is coming.

Jan 26-27, 2:35pm to um, 2:35pm

Usually Mr. Jacques is on hand to provide libations and entertainment in the infield.

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Sure is, in fact, today starts 3 days of testing known as The Roar Before the 24.
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Sure is, in fact, today starts 3 days of testing known as The Roar Before the 24.
Hey Joe! Rex made it over my way last year. Hope to see you this year! I'm there all 4 days. No promises on my sobriety however.
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I am going to try, Phil. Between my races, instructing, and working for the Petty/NRE deal, I have to try to keep the wife happy.
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I am going to try, Phil. Between my races, instructing, and working for the Petty/NRE deal, I have to try to keep the wife happy.
I hear that lol You know how to get in touch with me.
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Jacko--If you discover anything that is consistently effective, please share it with the rest of us.

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Jacko--If you discover anything that is consistently effective, please share it with the rest of us.
Putting your lips against her tail section is about the only solution I have found.

I am kidding, my wife has been awesome about my addiction.
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pucker up!

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Default Rolex TODAY @ 2:35

Time to head to the track!

By now Phil has had his "breakfast"!

Best go today if you are a goin', big rain scheduled for tomorrow.

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We shut down the infield the past two nights. Music was bumping and booze was flowing until 3am. Good times!
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Stay safe, Phil.

Racing cannot afford to have anything happen to you.
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I have to say I am disappointed in the decision IMSA made to not restart the race. I understand the safety aspect as well as anyone, having raced in the rain many times, including a majority of the 2008 24 Hour. This is a pros series that races in the rain, and should have finished under green whatever they had to do.
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Thumbs down IMSACAR/Rolex = FAIL

We are precisely on the same page on this one, my friend.

Consider:

> I do not like driving in the rain.

BUT--

They ALL signed up to do just that.

My strategy would have been to drop back about half a lap coming to the green and then drive at a pace that was relatively safe. As I did at 65mph this morning on I-4 on the way to church, and at 10mph turning into my neighborhood. All in the (gasp, shudder) rain. I did not crash, and I did not cry about it.

Many crashed. And yet they did okay on the dry-the-track/pace laps. It appears to me they chose to drive too fast for the conditions.

The excuses ranged from "we can't see" to "our new and very ugly cars may not be watertight". If your junk doesn't work in the rain, park it. And then fix it.

Regardless, the race is supposed to be an endurance event run rain or shine (per IMSACAR) and "the best drivers in the world" signed up to run in the rain. And then they didn't.

To make it worse, they were to have an "official announcement" at 2pm and it never came.

Meanwhile, for the last hour they all were standing around in a drizzle talking about it.

IMO, the whole deal comes down to a sanctioning body with a distinct lack of testicular fortitude.

They should hire Yoho to run the thing.

ps--If I never hear Wayne Taylor whining about something or other, be it the rain or his kid putting it "in there" for the win, it will be too soon.

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You are right, they should be able to drive at a pace they could control, being pros. I feel bad for the people who attended, paying good money to see a race. I hope this gives them a bit of a black eye. It will be interesting to see what the racing pundits have to say. We also agree on Wayne Taylor, he is the most annoying person in racing. If things don't go exacly his way, he was wronged.
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Re: Taylor. Think about it. In addition to when things do not go his way, in both examples I mentioned, Mr. Taylor was whining even when things did go his way.
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I have to say I am disappointed in the decision IMSA made to not restart the race. I understand the safety aspect as well as anyone, having raced in the rain many times, including a majority of the 2008 24 Hour. This is a pros series that races in the rain, and should have finished under green whatever they had to do.
Right up until the finish it was an absolute monsoon. Horrible conditions. The way they were crashing into each other under yellow flags simply because they couldn't see past the nose of the car I don't blame them for calling it. It sucks, but they had to be sensible about the situation. I was near the track until 8pm and it was relentless.
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Thanks for weighing in, Phil.

I wasn't there as I have been down that road before and I wasn't going to sit in the rain (again) waiting for a bad call.

Was feeling bad for you and your no doubt chipper mood sitting out in that frozen soup with not even an engine running. Felt like "up-home", eh?

But anyway, moving forward, (not that they will listen to anyone, much less us) I would propose that under similar circumstance, they wait it out--whatever the wait--and ensure one hour of green flag racing at the end.

They also could reduce the ground effects to prevent the jet-boat-like wakes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4BMiGshfN8 (the fun starts about the one minute twenty second point)

In other news, I was unable to google up a rain shortened race at Lemans (you know, the racetrack that has the cars and show that IMSACAR is desperately trying to emulate) or even a shortened event due to the death of one or more drivers and/or spectators.

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I am sure it was bad, it was bad here. I agree with OS, there should have been a green finish. And as he said, these guys race in the rain, so build the cars where they can handle the conditions. Even the GT cars have gotten to be more like missiles than automobiles.
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I am sure it was bad, it was bad here. I agree with OS, there should have been a green finish. And as he said, these guys race in the rain, so build the cars where they can handle the conditions. Even the GT cars have gotten to be more like missiles than automobiles.
It's not a question of handling the conditions. There is literally nothing you are ever going to be able to do to improve visibility in a situation like that. Ive seen so many in cars if guys blowing corners simply because they couldn't see them, and some cases where drivers just drove full bore right into others because by the time they saw them, they were already 2 feet from them.

In a timed race, when the clock runs out. That's it. When they made the call to call the race complete, there was so much ponding in the track and such heavy rain coming down visibility was going to make it impossible to drive. I am usually on board with the finish the race mentality but this was quite different. The conditions were the worst I have ever seen.
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"[In] some cases... drivers just drove full bore right into others..."- -PJ

Yep.

In every case that one or more just piled in there, others went by on the track, with intact bodywork, at a more reasonable speed.

I do not drive "fast" in the rain, nor do I drive close to other objects, animate or inanimate, because, you know, I might crash. The harder it rains the more space I give it. And I have only stopped when I literally could not see the road (in a gas station or etc). I did not see rain approaching that level. Not close.

BTW, back in the day I did "lose it" a few times and crashed a few times. I learned. And it was my fault, not the rain's.

Through the camera it looked bad, but then, so does Cup when the sun is going down.

Patrick Thomas won the 2018 NSS Sportsman Championship with a 3 year old windshield that looked like it first was skateboarded on by insane teenagers, and then covered with black crayon by 2nd graders. No whining.

I have seen more carnage and a smaller remaining field at Showtime in the dry, and they might have red flagged it, but it always went green again until the eventual checker. And they have to back the lap up--including the white--over and over--until they get it right. No whining.

I do believe the Rolex would have had at least one car left, and that would have been the winner.

I reckon we will have to agree to disagree on this one.

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Good thing they were on the track.

(Florida Law) 316.183 Unlawful speed.—
(1) No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event, speed shall be controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance or object on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
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A three point ticket, methinks.

When y'all look like automobiles imitating a bowling alley in the snow up yonder, do they pass out tickets (which, of course, blame the drivers, not the snow)?

I guess they do close the roads up nawth if there is enough snow. Perhaps that is part of your perspective, and fair enough.

Even then, there is "ice racing".

Perhaps the IMSA boys should invest in some studded tires. They are running Escalades, after all.

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"[In] some cases... drivers just drove full bore right into others..."- -PJ

Yep.

In every case that one or more just piled in there, others went by on the track, with intact bodywork, at a more reasonable speed.
So, here is the point where the fact that you have never driven a racecar at speed, is glaringly obvious. I love ya man, but you're clueless in this respect.

This is my point that you are hastily overlooking...

Your argument of a reasonable speed is flawed greatly.

With the visibility and conditions, it was extremely easy for these drivers to miss their breaking points. On that Daytona road course, and Joe will absolutely agree. If you overshoot a braking point by 1 or 2 cars, you're in a lot of trouble. Compound that issue with the very wet conditions and ponding of water, all it takes is a slight overshoot and a failed attempt to slow back down and locking up the brakes to make it seem like you were going too fast. Once you lock the brakes in those conditions, you are just hydroplaning and not really scrubbing off as much speed as you would on a dry surface. How many times have you seen a guy lock up a tire on entry? It's the same thing, except now there is a lubricant and instead of just missing it and losing time, you suddenly take off and you're out of control. I watched many in car shots while at the track, and these guys could not see their braking points at all in many cases let alone anything else around them. So how do you suppose they are supposed to slow down properly? The spotter can only tell you so much as far as how to drive the car and in those conditions, his vision is severely hindered as well. He doesn't know what your braking points are and realistically, it's a race either way so these guys are out there trying to get everything out that they can which further compounds things. They aren't being paid to cruise around cautiously. It was plain and simple, dangerous conditions.

I too have raced in the rain when I ran gokarts. It's NOT fun and it's extremely difficult. I too have simply overshot a braking point because I just didn't have adequate visibility and misjudged. The amount of on throttle time from the exit of the infield to the bus stop, and from the exit of the bus stop to the entry of 1 at DIS is massive. You rely on visual points in those sections more than anything to know when to slow down. If you can't see those points, then what?
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BTW, back in the day I did "lose it" a few times and crashed a few times. I learned. And it was my fault, not the rain's.

You were not under pressure to perform and drive the car as hard as possible every lap. It's a race, not a drive to the gas station.



Patrick Thomas won the 2018 NSS Sportsman Championship with a 3 year old windshield that looked like it first was skateboarded on by insane teenagers, and then covered with black crayon by 2nd graders. No whining.

Patrick also raced under optimal track conditions, and trust me, I have raced with a beat up windshield before, it doesn't compare to a FL downpour. It's not even close to as bad.
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Here is an irony:

As I stayed home on Sunday and imagined you in that mud pit, I watched the "ending" on TV.

And I thought to myself "You know, if Phil had his helmet bag and had his race face on, HE would be ready to go, unlike all these weenies on the tube."

You mention go carts in the rain. Our track was not only wet, but intentionally oiled down. Used to run with the same guys once a week on the same oval, and they all eventually got pretty good. But in the rain...the other guys by and large looked like the sporty clowns that chose poorly. Me? Initially stayed on the bottom and (way) sideways, albeit at a reduced speed. After a while I got to where I could intentionally back it into the fence at a pretty good clip and bounce off and down the next strait. Talk about "diamonding" a corner!

Again, e-n-d-u-r-a-n-c-e event. For decades it went to those that played their cards right. Only recently has it become a 24 hour sprint race.

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Another debacle that I was at Daytona for:

https://www.racingarchives.org/blogp...rs-of-daytona/

Note that the track looks pretty darn wet in the bottom photo of the second-place-finishing Porsche. It was.

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"So, here is the point where the fact that you have never driven a racecar at speed, is glaringly obvious. I love ya man, but you're clueless in this respect."--PJ

Sez you.

A car at the limit is a car at the limit. My Ramcharger with fat tires and big sway bars is not as fast as my Corvette in mph through a given turn. But they both have a break-away point, same as a faster-still racecar.

Now, to your point, short track guys are at 10/10ths, and you cannot get there on the street without tearing your junk up, and I have done plenty of that. Note that there is plenty of crashing on short tracks, and plenty of single car spins.

Realistically, you drive at 7-8/10ths on the street because if you guess wrong at the braking point or the turn tightens up, or etc., you wind up at 9 or 10/10ths. It is close to that on a road course, perhaps routinely one is at 8-9/10ths, as you cannot remember each turn PRECISELY (as you do at say, Citrus), and there may be sand or gear oil on the track (etc.) that wasn't there the lap before.

But the rain throws all that out the window, and then one has to guess at his NEW braking point, which may change each lap. You know, same as on the street. And you either correctly guess long before the turn, or you crash when you get there. Like some did and some did not.

It separates the men from the boys. Again, I have confidence that you would be all over it.

And JOE has both the confidence and the experience of having BEEN all over it. I was there, no doubt watched him in the rain, and it was no cakewalk.

Still, as previously said, ALL OF THAT IS A MOOT POINT, since it was the weenies in the tower that made the call.

And you know, the last time they sent them out a bunch of them guessed wrong, cracked up, and they stopped them. The RIGHT call would have been to have waited, done that for the last 45-60 minutes, and if they ran one lap under "green" and then a bunch of caution laps repeatedly, so be it.

As it was, they made essentially the same call, incurred the same torn up equipment, but they had a lousy end to the race.

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Phil, your theories and experiences are definitely reasonable in my opinion. However, I have been in races where I had to look out the side window to pick up a braking point because forward visibility was so poor. In my opinion, however, an experienced driver should be able to maintain a speed that is doable in those conditions. I think the problem was the people who crashed did not stay at the limit that would work. As OS said, some did not crash and spin. Here is a quick story about racing in the rain; In the mid 80's at Palm Beach I was driving an open cockpit Sports Renault. We had a torrential downpour, and they started the race anyway. Big puddles everywhere and the rain continued as we took the flag. The SR class was brand new then, and no one had rain tires. No one that is, but a green as grass newbie. He passed all of us from the back and won the race. Why? Because we knew we could only drive so fast on the shaved tires. Phil, since you were there, what was the mood of the other ticket buyers?

OS, you are right, they should have waited till near the end, had a restart, and whoever crossed the line when they flagged it, won. I would have been ok with that.
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Hey, it could have been worse.

Here are some rally drivers that chose poorly:

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(juuuuuuuuuust kidding )
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https://twitter.com/MotorsportsNBC/s...596712448?s=09

So by your logic, this is safe, and how it should have been done...

Got it!

The mood of the other ticket buyers was fuck this. Literally. At 6pm on Saturday night, the infield was packing up and preparing for a mass exodus. By 3am, it was a ghost town. Everybody left for the most part.

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FYI, This was the Radar at 1pm Sunday with just about 1hr left in the race... Dropping the green when there was 1hr remaining would have been useless and an absolute disaster.



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