I was pretty PO'd by the decision to pull us all in during Q2 at the 2020 runoffs.
However I do see it from the other drivers perspective. If you were one of the drivers that had a really shitty Q1 you were pretty desperate to get all the laps out of Q2 to get a time in, but the wide swerving at the front of the class at slow speeds making it very difficult for anyone to get around, caused massive bunching at that back and was eating up so much of their time.
I have been one of those people that had to get a time in to move forward, and I can tell you those tactics up front are very frustrating and create bad outcomes. Back in the day, I remember Harry Manning always getting to grid early, then driving out of Mid Ohio pit lane at 5MPH and the amount of frustration it was causing. I have always tried to make sure I wasn't that guy
And we have also had the scenario of a large team of drivers waiting on pit lane and going out very late to get a clean lap, but getting in the way of those at front already on their qually lap. That creates an incredibly dangerous situation where they are all scrubbing tires, checking to see they don't run into the guy ahead of them, but in a large group some of them don't see that car behind them at full send, closing in. I have had a few near misses that way. Neither of these scenarios create happy drivers.
Drivers will still try and line up out on the track around those that they can work with, so there will always be passing and slowing down to get in line. That wont change unless its a FCY for the entire lap, but I dont see the need to change to a FCY Outlap just for SM Qually. That makes us look like the "special ed class" where we need special attention to keep us from hurting ourselves
I think it will also be very difficult to mandate an outlap speed or time to hit, and really difficult to enforce it as there are so many factors that will come into play, so while I think reaching out to the organizers to resolve this seems like a sensible approach, it really isn't.
I think what we need is ALL of us to realize that we ALL have to pay attention to what is happening around us, in front of us, behind us, and not only think about ourselves and what we need out of the session, but also what the others need, and not allow our selfish self-interests to get in the way of others.
If we all use this as a starting point I think we can improve on what we are doing. But I am an idealist!
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2020 SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Champion, SIC Champion, Double ARRC Winner, Majors Champion, SE Div Driver of the year
2019 SCCA Runoffs Champion, SCCA Clean Sweep Award, Hoosier Super Tour Champion, June Sprints Winner, Triple Crown Winner, Double ARRC Winner
2018 SCCA Runoffs Champion, NASA Champion, Hoosier Super Tour Champion, June Sprints Winner, Triple Crown Winner
2016 June Sprints WInner, ARRC Winner, NASA Eastern States Championships Podium
2015 Eastern Conference Majors Champ, June Sprints Winner, ARRC Winner
2014 NASA Eastern States Championship Runner Up.
2013 SEDiv Driver of the Year, Eastern Conference Majors Champ, SEDiv National Champ, ARRC Winner, Runoffs Podium
2011 SEDiv Driver of the Year, SEDiv National Champ, ARRC Winner, SEDiv ECR Champ
2010 June Sprints Winner, ARRC Winner