I have been bitten by the NASA 3/4 rule. I have two issues 1) i don't like the rule. Rules should be simple to understand and apply. the less there is for interpretation the more likely the application of the rules will be fairly applied. Racing Room meets that goal. 2) Not every incident does there have to be a finding of FAULT. I think its unfair for people to post incidents and then all have our opinion with hind sight and video of every angle to decide some one screwed up. It never looks the same on Monday morning as it did in the heat of battle. I do see the value of evaluating situations, I am not jumping on Rob for this post, if people are doing it to understand and for others to learn that's a good thing.
Don't get me wrong NASA lovers, I Like and race NASA a bunch, i just think the system in our region of requiring an inquire of every incidental contact and a full video of your car at impound, puts the pressure on officials to do fault finding in every racing bump incident. Its an obsession with contact. I am more likely to chalk something up to a racing incident than our local officials. If I see a pattern of conduct that is a different story, but we all know from our experience who we can trust and who we watch.
Anyway when I was sanctioned for my incident, I was told we don't like the rule but we have to enforce it. That does not sound healthy to me.
Frank, I almost completely disagree with you.
"Racing room meets that goal"
Racing room is a license for the SoM to never be wrong. Someone can always be blamed, right or wrong. It also encourages "racing incidents" or "both drivers at fault" even in clear cases.
"It never looks the same on Monday morning"
Discrepancies between perception and reality are something that needs fixing.
"require an investigation of every incidental contact"
Frank, contact is defined as 50/50 breaking cosmetic damage (big) or getting knocked significantly off line. You don't need to report anything smaller. Clement blew his braking in one of the races and whacked me rather hard squarely on the bumper in a difficult braking zone. I wasn't trail braking on that lap and barely moved. If it was under NASA rules, it didn't happen, don't worry about it. And we shouldn't.
I will agree that I'm glad Dean will be revising. I used to think that 3/4 meant the leading car only had to leave 3/4 but I no longer believe that. I like the general direction of the NASA rules, they just need some revising for clarity. Dean, I'm happy to review any drafts you come up with.
As for posting these videos here and getting fairly impartial feedback the monday after, it's the best option I have. I don't trust the SoM with anything, showing him my video privately didn't work, and I don't want splatter Mark's car across a corner station just to "correct" his radical ideas about racing room.