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      03-04-2013, 10:13 AM   #23
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^ I know, awesome day for the Turner team. Congrats guys.
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      03-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #24

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Originally Posted by M3 Esq. View Post
I notice he rides the rumbles strips a lot. Said he'd go deeper in places but there were cones. Lol
Funny, but if any of you saw Pruett launch his car in the Grand-Am race and losing his hood, after hitting the really big inside rumble strips, you might be inclinded to give the rumbles more respect. I maintain that it's worth if for racing, but not necessarily a skill to emulate for the HPDE driver (trying to use a much of the rumbles as possible), as the consequences can be severe if you misjudge it (spinning, messing up suspension or tires). The Corvette grand-am car broke something in the front right suspension during the COTA race, likely due to agressive usage of the rumbles. I speak from experience, having bubbled a tire after running too far inside on a rumble.

Also, great job by Paul/Bill and Turner, but lets not forget that the win was mainly due to a questionable penalty on the leading Ferrari. I think that Ferrari got the same penalty typically given for avoidably spinning another car, which it hadn't done, just made contact. They certainly did put the M3 into position for some racing luck, though, after being a lap down, and using some smart pit work to not only get the lap back, but put them in second.
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      03-05-2013, 01:46 AM   #25
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The first couple feet of rumble strip is fine. Get too far over and you will encounter the gators. These are large, tall and pointy sections in orange and are there to keep cars from cheating too far over the rumble strips. And yes, if you straddle the gator it will rip out parts. And rolling over it will unsettle the car. I've been to COTA and seen them. They are nasty.
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