It's only 200 times around a 2½ mile track for 500 miles.Originally posted by Selma in Sandy Eggo:
Not a devoted fan, either. It's a car race. They go. Around. An oval. Five hundred times. This is exciting?
HIJACK!!!Originally posted by Selma in Sandy Eggo:
So, how was the fishing?
Sorry, at most tracks cars own the outright lap record. Motorcycle tire contact patches are too small to corner with the big boys. Get off your toys.Originally posted by OperaTenor:
Precisely why motorcycles are the ultimate roadracing machines.
Power to weight!
That's how some folks drive on public highways.Originally posted by barfle:
When you watch a car race, what you're usually looking for is a battle somewhere in the field.
This was the froggy-boys sixth time at the track in this very same configuration. You're giving them grace as if it was their first time on the track.Originally posted by barfle:
I can see some points on both sides. It appears that there's a turn on the course that is more stressful on the tires than was anticipated. This could have been discovered by testing on the track, but that's expensive for both the cars and the track, which, as you remember, had a major event there just three weeks earlier.
I can't really fault Michelin for not wanting to have their tires shred on the track, and I can't really fault IMS for not anticipating that the turn would cause so much stress on the tire. Unfortunately, the whole shootin' match ended up being aimed at the feet of the principals involved. IMS, FIA, Michelin, and the fans all lost a lot.
F1 cars are extremely touchy beasts. Heck, even my VW was touchy, and that was 35 years ago. I can only imagine how those machines react to a situation they haven't been presented with before. Even those whose imaginations are more informed than mine won't be right all the time.
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