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  1. It is safer. The only place on the oval that doesn't have safer is the inside of the turns but they have tire bundles in front of guardrails.
  2. As someone who ran in the second year of the VIR 24 Hour I can respectfully disagree. It was near 105 that day and thunderstorms which also delayed the switch over to full from South due to a loss of power.
  3. From working the Rolex a couple times the only thing that has been come up with is an observation station at the end of the paved apron at the opening in the wall in NASCAR 1 and another observation station on the inside at NASCAR 2 at another opening. As for the speed difference on the banking it always has been slow cars in the low line (unless passing and then right back down to the low side) and the faster cars go to the top.
  4. The best thing to do is look at the google map of the track to see. The walk from the pits to the paddock isn't bad depending on which garage area you get setup in.
  5. Not sure about that but its at 37 cars per mile which is pretty reasonable. Pit road will be a bit more crowed as some will have to quad pit but it should work. My first wheel to wheel race had 113 cars per mile.
  6. Also a good job by the three cars following to get around while keeping it under control (no locking up or harsh movements).
  7. It's not much different on the outside but once you get inside it is quite different. They still have the kart track inside of NASCAR 3/4 but it isn't used much or at all anymore. Luckily we have GoPro Motorplex, a fully dedicated kart track to use now that is open year round for rentals and owner karts.
  8. As being somewhat local, the crowd is usually around 25-30K per day. Its not as bad as a NASCAR weekend but will make getting around a bit harder if you head back toward I-85 on Bruton Smith Blvd. As for hotels/restaurants they are going to be packed more as compared to usual and that area is usually already busy due to Concord Mills Mall (#3 tourist attraction in the state) being on the same road.
  9. Not sure if anyone has seen this but as a heads up the NHRA will be at the drag strip (4-Wide Nationals) on the same weekend as the Championship race.
  10. For helmets yes (SA-2015) but Suits and other gear go by the SFI/FIA rating. The SFI rating doesn't have a date and the FIA does but it is linked to when the standard was put into place. I'm pretty sure for suits they haven't change in almost 20 years for FIA but I know the dates for helmets change pretty recently for FIA and that they have multiple ratings for helmets (Open Wheel and ones for GT/TC/WRC).
  11. Totally agree. It could still easily take another 10-15 teams over what we had already. The only down side is that that paddock has no structure for tech/podium but I can live with that over not having to go up and down hills all day and being closer to your pit stall. Only suggestion for next year is to assign paddock spots based on the pit assignment to make things even better.
  12. I wouldn't be too worried about it. As long as the it is in good condition it should still be good. Out of curiosity who made the gear?
  13. As for bathrooms there will be some portables (usually at the back of the paddock midway and some near the entrance gates into the cold pit) and on the landing above the paddock on the paddock exit road (T-12 side) there is a permanent one. For showers from what I have heard the same permanent bathroom has showers but I can't confirm that exactly.
  14. I brought it up as the paddock hill on the T-12 side is pretty steep as compared to the T-1 side and has been one way in one way out for any race I've been there for when the pro paddock has been used. Also makes it easier to ensure you don't have two cars going opposite direction meeting up on a road that is only wide enough for one car. Also will the permanent restrooms that are above the pro paddock be open or will we just have portable ones in the paddock?
  15. We need to come up with a shirt for this race considering the fiasco that happened at the 24 Hour. It should be along the line of "We race rain, shine, snow or tropical strom" , "We race until we need a boat" or something similar.
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