oldsaw
oldsaw Reader
9/12/09 12:23 a.m.

Sometimes, one doesn't make the best choice when adrenaline is involved:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI5Y7Nl2Bic

suprf1y
suprf1y Reader
9/12/09 12:34 a.m.

The decision was good.

Bad driving by the slower car on the right.

Salanis
Salanis SuperDork
9/12/09 12:36 a.m.

In a way, that's actually kind of heartening...

The car starts to lift a 0:15. It comes to a stop at 0:27.

At 0:54, the emergency truck stops, and the crew is in action by 0:57, with the kill switch hit by 1:00.

neon4891
neon4891 SuperDork
9/12/09 12:45 a.m.

Wow, Gotta love saftey gear

CLNSC3
CLNSC3 New Reader
9/12/09 12:58 a.m.

Wow thats a really cool shot with the on board camera. Happy to hear that the driver is OK too!

littleturquoiseb
littleturquoiseb Reader
9/12/09 6:14 a.m.

I'm kinda impressed with the drivers reaction ... no string of curses when it happens (OK none I can hear). and no freaking out when the car in upside down and he's helmet down.... Both of which I would have been doing through out the video!

aussiesmg
aussiesmg SuperDork
9/12/09 7:07 a.m.

You really have to think twice before going three wide IMHO

unk577
unk577 New Reader
9/12/09 7:22 a.m.

The cursing probably came when he got back to the pits.

EricM
EricM HalfDork
9/12/09 8:38 a.m.

I hope the car on the left is OK, it nlooked nice.

aeronca65t
aeronca65t HalfDork
9/12/09 8:48 a.m.

Wow!

One thing it proves is the strength and safety of SRFs (I'm hoping to rent one of the Entropy SR cars one of these days).

That part of Summit never looks narrow until you're going fast. Then is seems so skinny

~Here~ is a very short video of an interesting start at the same section of that track.

iceracer
iceracer HalfDork
9/12/09 9:57 a.m.

The driver was a female and she raced the next day in a rented car.

neon4891
neon4891 SuperDork
9/12/09 10:00 a.m.
aussiesmg wrote: You really have to think twice before going three wide IMHO

One of the you tube comments was that they where 4 wide, you just couldn't see the car on the FAR right

ultraclyde
ultraclyde New Reader
9/12/09 12:55 p.m.

holy crap.

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/12/09 1:03 p.m.

Roll cage FTW.

Don49
Don49 New Reader
9/12/09 2:21 p.m.

The driver made a very poor choice and tried to fit where there was no room. She showed a callous disregard for her fellow drivers. I hope never to be on track with her!!

oldsaw
oldsaw Reader
9/12/09 3:19 p.m.
aeronca65t wrote: Wow! One thing it proves is the strength and safety of SRFs (I'm hoping to rent one of the Entropy SR cars one of these days).

I have to agree that strength is one the SpecRacer design forte. The damn things take a beating better than a Timex.

When the RunOffs were held at Rd Atl, turn 11 was the ONLY place to watch the SR's. When you see 40 cars hustling into the "dip" at 130+, and 15 take each other out before reaching the bridge, you see all the evidence you'll need to demonstrate the car's safety.

Like you said - "Wow"

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/12/09 7:22 p.m.
Don49 wrote: The driver made a very poor choice and tried to fit where there was no room. She showed a callous disregard for her fellow drivers. I hope never to be on track with her!!

Callous disregard? That's a little rough but we weren't there. Poor choice? A choice in the heat of battle is made with the information at hand vs experience.

Considering there was a long straight and not a turn coming, the car on the right squeezed in a bit, but there may be more information we don't have. Regardless, big tip of the hat to safety equipment and track volunteers.

Dan

suprf1y
suprf1y Reader
9/12/09 8:45 p.m.

There was plenty of room for a faster car, until somebody took it away.

Don49, this is called RACING.

spdracer315
spdracer315 Reader
9/12/09 9:14 p.m.

Form the looks of it she went half a lap on her head! That was a long slide!

stuart in mn
stuart in mn SuperDork
9/12/09 9:26 p.m.

When I saw the title of the video I was going to say it's pretty hard to flip an SRF, but I wasn't expecting it to flip THAT way. It looked to me like the driver on the right should have been able to see he was squeezing the driver in the center, but as mentioned without being there in person it's hard to say.

ProjectVIN
ProjectVIN New Reader
9/12/09 11:37 p.m.

This is at Summit Point Raceway, DC Region SCCA MARRS events, which I flag at regularily. She's a very good driver. 4 wide is possible on the front straight, and when she went for the gap she only assumed 3 wide. She got squeezed and we had a spectacular result, and we also had a typical DC-region fast response time to the incident. I've seen far worse driver decisions result in no crash in the two years I've flagged there.

ProjectVIN
ProjectVIN New Reader
9/12/09 11:44 p.m.

here's another look, it's the second incident. The driver in the other SRF saw the driver going up alongside him on the right, and moved over, apparently not realizing that she was charging up alongside the Triumph. A textbook 'racing incident' in my book, and thankfully everyone was OK. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB8n5I5h6R8

irish44j
irish44j Reader
9/12/09 11:49 p.m.

forget the SRF....poor TR6 just minding its own business getting run up on

oldsaw
oldsaw Reader
9/12/09 11:52 p.m.
ProjectVIN wrote: here's another look, it's the second incident. The driver in the other SRF saw the driver going up alongside him on the right, and moved over, apparently not realizing that she was charging up alongside the Triumph. A textbook 'racing incident' in my book, and thankfully everyone was OK. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB8n5I5h6R8

Thanks for the new video perspective.

Definitely a "racing" incident, but I'll bet several drivers will pay more attention to what's going on around them before making a move to gain position.

Situational Awareness = higher finishing position.

Major kudos for the quick emergency response; the safety crew's response-time should be an example for all others to achieve.

ProjectVIN
ProjectVIN New Reader
9/12/09 11:58 p.m.

Yes, and it should be mentioned that was a restart. We had a calamity in turn 5 that took awhile to clean up, and this happened on a green-white-checker well past the time limit. Everyone had 2 laps to make hay, and this was the result.

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