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Power and Vautier were first in the two practice sessions. While lots of drivers seem to be having problems in the final chicane.
One of the few circuits I genuinely hate.
It’s not a bad circuit overall, except for that horrible chicane. I understand the reason for it – there are railroad tracks crossing the road, and they want to slow the cars down for it. But surely they could work out something better.
Wow. That chicane has just caused a colossal pileup in ALMS race before they even made it to the green flag…
Now that is just embarrassing for everyone involved.
Got a bad feeling about tomorrow’s race, if the last two days were any indication.
I appreciate that the chicane needs to be there because of the tracks, but my feeling is this: why did anyone think it would be a good idea to have a race circuit built on a road with a railroad crossing?
On the positive side though, tomorrow’s race will be anything but predictable.
Baltimore’s light rail/trolley system basically goes right through all of downtown where all the landmarks are – both sports stadiums, the convention center, the harbor, and most importantly, the major roads that can support a street race for Indycars and sports cars…it’d be impossible to host a race in downtown Baltimore without encountering the railroad tracks. Kind of a pain really. San Jose’s Champ Car race endured the same problems, most infamously in 2006.
Don’t have a race in Baltimore then.
Will Buxton had a pretty good solution for the chicane – http://willthef1journo.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/itll-never-fly/
As usual, Mr Buxton has the right idea. But there are any number of alternative solutions to that dreadful chicane. They could employ Will’s idea immediately before the tracks, where the current chicane is, for example. Alternatively, they could hold the race at another circuit. Never understood why IndyCar is so heavy on the bland street circuits when there are countless great circuits across North America. I’d love to see IndyCars at Road America, Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, Mosport, etc… I guess money talks, though.
+1 at Buxton and @jackysteeg. Let’s just count the better-than-Baltimore circuits in North America:
Austin (National Circuit if GP is not allowed),
Indianapolis GP Circuit,
and lots of decent street circuits that can be built.
Yes, I don’t know many American tracks. I have just put some of the former F1 tracks and other good circuits I know. :)
Well, what a bizarre race this has been. All the top drivers either out or limping towards the back. And yet the chicane has been rather innocent! And it isn’t done yet…
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