Every car that started the NASA race finished it (not so at the Runoffs), NASA race finished under green flag (not so at the Runoffs), NASA tech shed had some bite (not so at the Runoffs) and even the mid-packers seem to have had alot of fun at the SM Championship (not so at the Runoffs).
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Region: Cincinnati Great Lakes
Car #: 60
Year : 1990 Posts: 1487
Having competed in three NASA nationals, I agree with other assessments made here about the effort that was put forth to "tramatize" competitors about unessary roughness. They made it abundantly clear that unessary roughness in the qual sessions would lead to disqualification from the big show.
While I find some aspects of NASA operating practices unpleasant, the fact is, they effectively enforce contact (versus SCCA's approach that requires the injured party to throw paper). It is clearly a superior approach to lessenning carnage. Rick
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Car #: 23
Year : 1995 Posts: 912
It's my impression that NASA is more concerned with policing on-track behavior than SCCA (at least in my neck of the woods). But it should be noted that Miller Motorsports Park is, on average, a wider track than Road America. More room to race = less incidents.
quote:Originally posted by Tom Sager: It's easier for the workers to do very little and let the competitors have all the headaches than it is for them to try and police all of the on-track and tech issues.
After all, they are volunteers and they are there to enjoy themselves too.
I really hope this isn't the attitude of SCCA officials. If they just want to enjoy themselves, come out and watch. If they take a job, regardless of it's on a volunteer basis, they should treat it like a job and take it seriously. Otherwise why even bother?
-------------------- Rob Gibson RJ Racing 2010 NASA Nationals TTE Champion 2008/2009 WERC Champion 2007 NASA SoCal SM Champion rjracing.net Weekend-Racer.com
Car #: 13
Year : 1992 Posts: 847
Maybe it's a left-coast thing with everyone immersed with a hippie vibe man. Just chillin' and enjoyin' the sun, man... Hey man, no need to drive so fast man, the waves and grass will be here in the morning, man.
Region: Central Florida
Car #: 3
Year : 1992 Posts: 1304
I was on the race control net during and after the race and did not hear that transmission....although they do know that our races at all tracks take longer to cleanup for the next race which is why ours was probably put right before lunch. Also all of the corner workers are required to stay at their corner and lunch is delivered.