I wrote something similar but deleted it a few days ago...was hoping a driver with 1st hand knowledge would comment...rather than arm chair mine and many others initial thoughts from a distance. I see no action on the official results so I assume anything that was looked at was deemed "racing incident". My guess is there were some reported incidents but did any drivers file paper?
The cars/incidents that caused the double yellows I dont believe showed up on the broadcast. Were they spin and collects or caused by poor driving? These double yellows effectively sealed that fate of some and brought the race back to others...part of racing but really sucks if you are the guys walking the field.
No idea what the percentage is but more often than not our cars can touch in a side by side(overlap) position with nothing but bent mirrors or a donut mark...but when they suck together and leave the track as one....UHGG! Whoever it was that got into Preston starting that mess with Gouliart wasnt on his game.
I'm with Frank in wondering why SCCA seemingly doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings?? Shit happens in tight quarters but when it starts with an obvious lack of car control those drivers need to be reeled back...which makes the majority of drivers who are doing the right things have faith in the system.
Well I think I had first hand information in two wrecks
Its always frustrating getting taken out of any race, but when you feel you had arguably the best chance of winning it is crushing. I started third, got inside Voytek at turn 1 left plenty of room, cleared him out of 3 and again left plenty of room. He got a bump and air from his team mate and pulled back up heading into 5. I turned in from the outside in 5 and left room. I was half a car ahead going into six and on the outside. I rim shot the corner and gave him almost two cars worth of room at the apex. Voytek hit the big apex curb( perhaps trying to give me room) and shot out into me and I was simply in his trajectory. His contact was not intentional, but a mistake. I believe he was well aware that once I cleared him for good, I would have pushed his teammate away as I did twice earlier in the year at gateway, so he may have looked at that as his best chance, I don't know. Unintentional contact would not have bothered me at all if it resulted in no position change or loss of only one spot, never has. I realize this is amateur racing and we all make mistakes, myself included but IMO that is not a mistake you expect from anyone qualifying in top 5 in a 75 car field on lap one. Voytek was also the car that got into Preston, he may have had help under braking as well, I don't know. Voytek did come up and apologize to me. As frustrated as I was, that's all you can do or say at that point. Protesting does not get my opportunity back. I realize that isn't the point, but that was my decision.
The second one was just a result of what was started in the first one. We both came on the track off speed and slowed traffic behind us, cars from behind passed us at speed on both sides. When we got to the corner there was not enough track and two cars touched and spun me around. Race basically over before it started from there.
FWIW, none of this was called in at all, however a customer passing me under yellow for 25-30th, was called in ( both instances were in turn 6 ) Go figure