My personal view is that I would rather blame both drivers than ever call anything a "racing incident" implying no fault on either party.
Steve I have had the pleasure of meeting with you and racing with your organization, and respect the way you handle your position, I hope that people can respectfully disagree. I think if you look with hindsight you can always find fault someplace, but hindsight is huge benefit knowing what 'happened" in the cockpit as you know, it’s not always predictable. Finding Fault and issuing penalties can be and should be two different things. I think its constructive to pull two drivers aside and say this is what you could do better next time. If someone’s judgment is clearly "bone head" or bad intent, I say kill them, but sometimes you just things happen on the track that even good drivers find themselves in a pickle. So if you’re saying you can find fault but not penalize I with you, my experience is however, (not with you) that NASA, and the rule of coming into the impound, video the cars get statements from the drivers, on any and all contact takes the fun out of it for me.
Now, I will point out Other than my one incident I have had no contact in like 18 races last year.
Personally, I like the way our SCCA region handles contact. Drivers can protest contact but the our region leaves the drivers in the driver seat, meaning if you want to protest you can and it will be reviewed or like we do, the drivers talk to each other and work it out. Bluntly, it means more to me if my fellow competitor comes and talks to me rather than a race official. If I make a mistake I go Man-up.
I like the way you handled the situation, I just think its not necessary to make a ruling on every contact and send someone home when they had no ill will and a close call on the rule.
I know I'll get rapped in the chops for this, and it goes against all that Saint Senna stands for but...
...you also have the option of backing off until you're through the turn.
That is the hindsight thing again, yes if you can read the mind of your competitor that works, but hard to do when you tring to get to the front. I did get better after this of leaning my competior, and knowing who to trust in the corner and who not too.