sbarton Posted October 14, 2011 Report Share Posted October 14, 2011 I would also make the point that many there would say that some of the biggest problems are from more experienced teams and drivers. This was without question the case for me at nelson. There is a lot of discussion about swerving, blocking, and choping going on. I think this is related to the misconception that someone 'owns' the corner and therefore can do whatever they like to 'defend' it. As others mentioned in other threads, it was rarely the novice drivers who were behaving this way. From what I saw they were usually very predictable and polite. I also wouldn't call the SBC's (Swervers/Blockers/Choppers) 'experienced' either though. An experienced driver knows that this is an endurance race. Position matters not in an endurance race. Fighting real hard to stay in front of someone for a lap or 2 is only going to slow you down at best, and at worst has a good chance of sending you (and possibly the other car) off into the weeds and in need of some repairs and even possibly hurting someone real bad. An experienced driver knows that you need to finish the race in order to win it. It's who finishes the most laps, not who passes the most cars that matters. Swerving/Blocking/Chopping will only piss people off and make them hate you. There are no awards for that. At best you'll get the stink eye from the other drivers, and maybe a talking to about how your driving with like a d!**kh*@d. You'll only make enemies that way. Who comes to a ChumpCar event to make enemies???? Instead, if you are polite and courtous, you may get someone to come over and say hey, I had a really good time racing with you. You've just made a new friend. If they are faster than you, it would behoove you to let them by and then try to learn from them to see WHY they are faster. You do not 'own' a corner, the other driver has the right to be there as well. You need to be able to navigate the turn leaving enough room for the other car (and maybe a couple of inches ). If you chop or block someone, you are intentionally trying to place your car in the path of a another car and hoping by intimidation that they will back off and give you the corner. You are gambling that they have the available traction and skill to do so, as well as the heads up enough to do it. This is a dangerous game you are playing and if you wind up in the woods, you shouldn't be wondering how it happened. What did you think was going to happen when you purposely put your car in the path of another? Be aware, be predictable, hold your line, and give the other car room to race. They paid just as much as you did. There is no point in being a prick just because you can. I would hope no grown adult finds that fun or amusing. Certainly experienced racers don't. The BMW Club Racing website has an excellent writeup on the subject of 'ownership'. Please take the time to read it./>http://www.bmwccaclubracing.com/Information/GS_OralTradition.aspxGCR 9.1.1: The Responsibility...rests with the overtaking driver. The overtaken driver has the responsibility to be aware...and not to impede...The overtaken driver shall not block. Any driver who fails to make use of the rear view mirror, or who appears to be blockingâ€¦, may be black flagged and/or penalized.* Thatâ€™s it. All of it. The entirety of the â€œRules of the Roadâ€ regarding drivers dealing with the presence of each other. Succinct, isnâ€™t it? If not downright cryptic. Actually its rather verbose compared to the usual bench racing pronouncement. â€œwhoever has his nose in front has the cornerâ€. One wonders why we would be interested in something so simplistic. Such statements usually come at the end of a discussion of some racing incident, which in turn was likely caused when one or both drivers ignored the real rule of the road: Know where the other one is if at all possible and, whether it is or not, leave room for him or her to survive the moment. Having your nose in front does not mean you own the corner. That other car is still present, is still racing, and has the right to enough space to exist. Just a car width plus a few inches, thatâ€™s all. And, if you are in the other seat and that guy does not have his nose in front , it does not mean he or she doesnâ€™t own the corner either. If you drive all the way to the apex and that car was far enough up or coming on so fast that contact can reasonably be expected to happen, you just violated the rule. He or she could even be fully behind you but be obviously committed to the inside at such a speed that you can no longer move into that path without being hit. You must be aware of the relative speed and car placements, then decide what you can or cannot do. It all comes down to judgment. That is the core of racing, the very essence of it. If you demand or need the entire road to race, go Solo I instead. Wheel-to-wheel racing centers on dealing effectively with the presence of each other and still racing. You should be able to get or stay in front by superior skill &/or equipment, not by your willingness to commit mayhem. Being a race car driver entails leaving that car width plus inches, then instantaneously picking and driving a racing line using the part of the road left to you. It is everchanging and requires intense constant concentration while operating at the carâ€™s limits within the situations. It has no hard, set rules like â€nose in frontâ€. Thatâ€™s as untenable as the â€œrulesâ€ of emergencies. (What do you do when a car spins in front of you)? How should I know? Iâ€™ve only had a few hundred of them. Simplistic souls say steer for it, hit the gas, scream â€œOh Sâ€¦â€. What happens is, you take in endless bits of information, process it, make a decision, act, reevaluate, act again, and so on â€” all faster than onlookers can gasp and jump to their feet. Thatâ€™s what makes race drivers. We do not react. We think, at speeds that seem to be reactions. We revel in that ability. And the volume of our thought processes in those moments explains why a brief incident can require so much description. If you cannot do this, you are no race driver. Thatâ€™s why being one is such a big deal. Who would care if anyone could do it? And if you insist on disregarding the other guy, moving over knowing contact is likely, you are also not a race driver. You are a jerk. A fast jerk, possibly, but a jerk nonetheless. Any other story is b.s. You are also somewhat shortsighted. Contact between cars tends to unsettle them, to make the moment ragged and uneven, and that has never been the description of how to go fast. It also causes damage to your car, damage that may end your race and that you yourself have to pay for. Why one would choose to cost himself unnecessary expense for the privilege of going slower escapes me. Racing will give you plenty of opportunity for that without your assistance. Untimely mechanical foul-ups, human errors (your and others), and occasional bad luck will at times manage your charger. You donâ€™t need to encourage that with an attitude that racing is sheer nerve and guts. Itâ€™s not. It IS concentration, attention, and skill â€”â€“ skill that delights in showing the other guy that you can drive around him and still do it faster. Thatâ€™s where our attitude shows. - Mike Carney Don't be an SBC! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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