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      03-30-2013, 02:20 PM   #219
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Originally Posted by surlynkid
Originally Posted by bigjae1976 View Post
Understood. But I'm speaking from experience behind the wheel. As I've said, you'll know long before the tire totally fails.

I've never had a tire issue where I've said, "wow, didn't even notice a change in handling". Every time, it's been "that would explain why my car felt crappy".

With that said...exit strategies...exit strategies...exit strategies! Just as a tire could fail...suspension stuff can break at any point. Coolant and other fluids on track, parts, parts failures, other cars, animals...need I go on?

That's why it's imperative to have exit strategies and a keen awareness of the car's condition. Honestly, exit strategies and car control aren't talked about and taught enough in most DE events. Drivers who master those are faster. If you can't understand why, you need to start in the beginner groups again. But it involves your eyes.
exit strategies are why i absolutley hate where some corner worker stations are located, just so you can slide into them if off course.
Yeah, I think TWS and MSR have a couple that could be hit. TWS T2,4,6 and ricochet and the hairpin at MSR. MSR Houston...don't go off in the infield! You can't see them but there are a lot of drainage ditches. You will be good if you off on the outside. Then I just recently learned that there is an awful ditch between T3-4 at TWS that will launch a car.
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