I believe that sharp motion of the nose into the side of my car is from the release; while I'm far from omniscient I have driven by a lot of spinning cars and they don't do that unless you release pressure.
He should have at least been decent enough to come over and apologize. I have been taken out a couple of times and having the offender seek me out was of at least some comfort as it demonstrated his understanding and acceptance of his error. Many years ago, I missed a shift going into Big Bend at Lime Rock, caught 1st in place of third, and instantly went sideways across the track where I was T-boned by the following car. As soon as we made our way to the pits, I sought him out to apologize. Unfortunately, he was livid and heard not a word I said. But I felt better for having tried.
Thanks for the reality check, Jack. I drove Formula Fords in my early twenties, and now, at 68, am seriously considering getting back in. Your story reminded me that I need to think long and hard about that. Bill S
For certain, you'd be even more fragile than I am, and more prone to injury... but on the other hand, in the long run we'll both be dead and we might as well get a few more green flags in before that happens!
So, no pre-race driver proficiency observation by the old hands? As relatively inexpensive sim racing programs are, it would seem prudent to have new drivers demonstrate their abilities and tendencies on an LCD screen before letting them have actual seat time in a real-world situation. Everyone has to learn; that is accepted and crashes occur to everyone eventually. But those instances of on-track mayhem could possibly be mitigated with a little more off-track practice.
I totally disagree with the authors opinion about the (racing) incident and find his whining about it completely absurd. The car who passed him obviously took the wrong line into the next corner way too fast. If the author was a skilled racer, he would have anticipated the passers spin, braked heavier, and dove inside him. Ignoring the other drivers poor corner entry, going for a non-existent gap, and hoping you’d skim off the spinner equates to equal culpability in the resultant contact. Suck it up Jack, you were pissed he passed you and it provoked you into a bad decision when he spun. Avoidable contact indeed.
Couldn't have been that angry; you can see me moving over and letting him by at the beginning of the video 🙂
That being said, I'll accept your Monday-morning critique as there's some fairness to it. I simply didn't know the track or the car well enough to have a library of available moves in that scenario. I also had some traffic behind me that might have reacted badly to me going across their bow on short notice. Getting over to that part of the corner would have been a little dicey at speed anyway; at least half of the move would have been on the downhill and slippery inside of the turn. And I was all of six inches or so from making it by without incident anyway, at which point I'd have looked like a genius for staying outside. Still. Could have done better, for sure.
As for your claim of "equal culpability"... I'll assume you're just kicking me while I'm down, for fun, and that's fine. There's no sanctioning body in the world that assigns equal penalties for hitting a car that starts spinning 10-15 feet away from you when both of you are already in the corner. You know that and I know that.