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  • #266427
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    Best tip to start is don’t worry about being fast in the first month. Learning consistency and accuracy to better your control will net much better results at the start. At least, if you’re a newcomer to sims :). But welcome! I usually race in the Lotus 49 anymore, but if you join any leagues with a broadcast, I’m lead commentator for GSRC.

    #265158
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    I will say one thing: The XFL.

    That is all.

    #258648
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    I do like it, though I wish they had kept the final corner (turn 1 on the oval). This is actually the second time they’ve changed it. Here’s what it was like after the removed those double hairpins some years ago: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B19PRnhKZUbWVl9PM29DU0hXenc/edit?usp=docslist_api

    #258571
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    Well, one thing I’m up to that I can’t believe I didn’t think to mention until now was I’m in the iracing video contest. I’m on my iPad at the moment so getting a link is a little difficult. Lemme nab one and get back here. I’m about 100 votes behind so it’s a long shot with one day left.

    Edit: here it is! apps.facebook.com/meltwaterpromo/838559/entry/1010373

    #251618
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    I commented on yesterday round-up on this topic. I don’t think F1 fans have seen or felt the sort of crushing disappointment that Indy Car fans have. People talk about F1 being ruined and whatnot (and let’s be honest, the decisions being made regarding the rules are getting very bad) but I don’t think it’s even come close to the absolute mass of financial wreckage American open wheel racing became. It’s hard to fathom now that it was at one time the pinnacle of racing in the United States. NASCAR has had a stranglehold on the American mentality of what racing is for so long that now people wonder why the Indy 500 is held in such high regard still. Think about that. For nearly 100 years Indy was THE race. Now some Americans couldn’t tell you what the hell it is and many certainly don’t know what type of cars or racing is done there. If ever there was a crying shame, that would be one.

    So don’t lament too hard yet. It could get worse for F1. SOOOOO much worse.

    #245112
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    I was so excited when they first announced this series. With each new announcement and demonstration I’m becoming more and more disillusioned. What I wanted was a straight up old school F1 technology war where you run what you brung. What I’d have settled for was a spec series that simply pits drivers against each other in electric cars. But it doesn’t even seem like we’re getting something as straight forward as that with the tweet boost and swapping cars. Gimmicks, gimmicks, gimmicks out the wazoo. The FIA would have had me with the simplest of premises, but they can’t seem to manage that sort of racing anymore :/

    #240306
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    While I’m intrigued, as someone who has lots of Hoosier blood in his family and has idolized the 500 since I was a child, I’m also a bit disappointed. The race has a kind of sacredness to it that few other races compare to. The fact that Indy Car still sets aside an entire month to practice and qualifying in accordance to tradition attests to this. It’s meant to be a huge and unique event. I would definitely like to go see them race on the road course because I’m curious and I love road course racing. But I wonder how fans of LeMans would feel if they started the month with a race on the Bugatti course? Or if the comparison even works. Were it happening at any other time of the year, I’d be all for it. But the month of May means the 500. I’d hate to see it diluted, though there’s no guarantee this will do that. These are just ramblings from someone who clutches the race close to his heart.

    #158712
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    I’ve been hopping all over and had a very busy schedule truth be told. I took 3rd in the 2nd season of the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series. After that, the group became disenfranchised with the company that was streaming the races (I shant name names) so a bunch of us formed our own streaming company and I’ve been lead commentator for the Global Sim Racing Channel. I’ve missed racing in the league, but it’s been a blast in the booth (if you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into commentating, come talk to us! http://globalsimracingchannel.com/ ;) ). On the official side of thing, I felt was time I moved on from the Skippy to try bigger challenges, so I did a season in the Mustang, then the McLaren in Grand-Am. Got my ass absolutely HANDED to me in that league, so I took a break from higher powered cars and did a season in the SRF. Took a record 8 wins in a season for me. And now obviously since the 49 is out I’m giving that a go :).

    On top of that, I’m driving in the Blondies MX5 World Tour for the next six months, which GSRC also broadcasts. I heard the skip is a blast on the new tire model, but I’ve got my hands full acclimating to the Lotus. If I have another atrocious season maybe I’ll return to my first love in the service.

    #219946
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    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5886751

    I couldn’t bring myself to destroy or modify a great track. So I more or less made a new one that could exist along side it. No buildings were destroyed and all can still be accessed by Fawkham.

    3.5 km

    #215761
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    Hamilton is the faster driver. Button is the more consistent driver. Racing is not simply about speed over a single lap or a single dominant race. Whether you consider Hamilton the “better” driver is a matter of opinion and can be debated. To say things like only “real fans” know that Hamilton is better is a bit myopic and a misuse of words.

    #214969
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    Personally, until NASCAR gets rid of this “Boys have at it” policy, I have no respect for their governing body. It condones (and practically encourages) retribution. That is unsportsmanlike and childish behavior that has no place at the top echelon of professional racing. Part of me hopes that this whole mess has just been one long illustrated point that they shouldn’t allow the drivers to police themselves.

    #211470
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    Welcome, global race fans, to the land of the free!

    #206908
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    15th September. Matthew Brabham, grandson of Sir Jack Brabham, wins the USF2000 championship

    I just want to add a note that I actually got to watch him race in the USF2000 race at Mid-Ohio last month and he STORMED through the field from last place on the grid (due to a penalty) up to third! Kid is no joke.

    #207793
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    As someone who grew up loving open wheel racing in America when it was one single series (and a glorious one!), then had to watch it eat itself alive as it’s schism killed fan interest, I FULLY back Miller’s sentiments. Indy Car has had quite enough of this ********. And you’d hope that they’d take a lesson from the past and see there is no future in more squabbling from team owners to take the reigns like a greedy child. Where are their heads? Of all the times to pick to split into factions, why do so when the series is on an upswing and having the best racing in probably over a decade? I don’t know that I can bear to watch my first love fall to pieces for the second time in my life. If Indy Car ever wants to know why long time fans like me drifted away and eventually began watching Formula 1, it’s for reasons exactly like Robin has highlighted.

    So this twin bill idea seems like an inexpensive yet creative way to have 20-22 races next season

    I will disagree on this point, though. This does not seem like 20-22 races to me. A race is an entire weekend to me. It feels more like wins are diluted and less special. If the season has 10 races or 30 races, I want to watch because a win on Sunday means something. Double headers smack of lesser series which struggle for attention and aren’t even the main attraction of the weekend. This line of action is going to lead Indy Car farther into the territory of a “lesser” category of racing. It’s bad enough that it’s already become the location for former F1 drivers to escape to when F1 doesn’t want them anymore. It always makes me feel like our open wheel series (which has an incredible and rich history of it’s own with LOTS of incredible drivers, mind you) is looked down upon across the pond.

    #207682
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    For what it’s worth, the cars have a very sturdy roll cage. The way it pierced the car was sort of like a chink in chain link armor: it found the one spot it could dig in. Had it hit more directly with the driver is, it probably wouldn’t have pierced it so much as dented it. I can also understand the fear of fire more than the fear of the hit. Fire is a nasty way to go…

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