I'll be there again this year! Hopefully I'll get to see many more GB duders this year and won't get caught up in my "walk around random parts of the convention at high speed observing all the awesomeness" rut.
PsEG's forum posts
As another heads-up, for those of you outside of the range of US Daylight Saving time, the Giant Bomb GT race will likely be starting an hour earlier than normal. Definitely check your league sessions to confirm if you don't want to risk missing this race.
Also, everybody currently subscribed to iRacing can join this race, as it involves Summit Point and allows for using the Cadillac CTS-V. If you can make it, I would encourage that you try and do so.
Because we're not doing any racing today, and Formula Duder's next race is at a long and difficult track where crashes can easily wipe out a field, I set up an open hosted session that will be launching in ~30 minutes for Formula 2000s on Bathurst. If you want to get in some practice and comparison on the mountain, somewhere between 7-11 PM EST might be a good time.
@davvyk: Not at the moment. The last time was about four and a half years ago, but it fell apart due to lack of attendance. In general, I've found that there isn't much European interest in any race nights, as odd as that may seem.
:D we should do a doubleheader with the infield course followed by the oval.
Set for 10:30 PM EST, which should be a few minutes after the kart session wraps up.
Do not taunt the Friday Night Thunder.
Drama talk aside, Bathurst is the next Formula Duder race in under two weeks. It's a rough track for most cars, including our Skippies. I'll be holding a Formula Duder Mountain Survival School practice Saturday during the evening time where we'd normally be racing and all, and will probably hold another session or two in the weekdays before Bathurst.
Just so you're aware. Mount Panorama can be very frustrating without practice.
Looking forward to this podcast! I don't follow F1 all that closely beyond the silly Bernie Eccelstone politics, but it'll be interesting to see if this leads to either man falling deeper into the world of auto racing.
At least F1 makes more sense than NASCAR's playoff system this year.
Clearly we have more issues than I realized.
As I stated during the Charlotte races last weekend, the choice is either limited fast repairs and lucky dog on cautions, or no lucky dog and unlimited fast repairs. Even if the free pass doesn't go to people involved in creating the caution (based on the sim's judgement), allowing drivers involved in crashes to continually repair and get any lost laps back is a bad idea. There has to be consequences for accidents, and even if we generally minimize such consequences with the ruleset choices, they're still there.
Based on our previous Charlotte races, which were more subdued in their aggression, if you had any idea backmarkers were going to aggressively slingshot up front to try and get a wave-by for the next caution, then you're either psychic, or you needed to speak up a long time ago.
Let's be clear about this: The idea of drivers a lap down barging their way through cars battling for the actual lead is something I don't like, regardless of the circumstances. Being in a situation where you're basically out of the battle is not fun, and having been there numerous times throughout our races, I understand that. Just because there's one scenario where you can get back in the battle does not mean you risk dragging several more drivers into your situation. I shouldn't even have to state this -- you're all capable of perfectly fair and competitive driving -- but there's a clear difference between a gutsy pass and forcing your way past leaders in the hopes a lucky circumstance emerges and gives you a second or third chance.
I'm currently leaning towards removing full-speed draft races from all the major series permanently, but I'll continue to think about this issue. I'm not convinced the lucky dog will solve the problem entirely.
Furthermore, I didn't see or hear the specifics of any incident at last week's Bristol race that Broncosfan is referring to, in part due to having my chat accidentally muted trying to prevent crosstalk on my livestream, but intentionally wrecking another driver (if that's what happened) is completely unacceptable. I will not implement a penalty system in this league because we should be above such petty shit, and the second I'm spending my time doling out penalties for misconduct is the second my money is better spent elsewhere. Rather, if we have drivers intentionally driving in a way that blatantly ruins the races of others and they don't improve, they will be removed from the league. Full stop.
There seems to be an air of cynicism and drama over the last two weeks. I really hope the encouraged drama of Friday Night Thunder last season or my idiotic bending of a pit-out rule earlier this season haven't encouraged this atmosphere, either. We need to remember that racing for us should be fun above all, encouraging finishing hard and improving our skills, and while it should be competitive and scrappy, it should not be at the cost of the enjoyment of other drivers (unless they only derive fun from winning -- can't help there).
Please keep this in mind. The future of this league depends on it.