Originally Posted by Gearhead999s
That is not totaly true as the shock does contribute to the dynamic spring rate in cornering especially on a bumpy track which the majority of tracks in North America are.
Beleive me it is quite easy to see when the suspension is working at its best,if you have reference points that you know your RPM at those points to be able to compare to previous laps with a different setup.It comes with experiance and feel is a very large part of going fast.
You said, more movement before the car takes a set. The set point for a car is determined by the springs, not the shocks. The shocks determine how a car transition and handles bumps, not where the suspension eventually settles.
I have seen a lot of very good drivers that were terrible at car setup. Feel is not a substitute for hard data. ideally you want both.
My expectation is the results (normal / sport) will vary with surface conditions.