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#1 Tmeranda

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 19:33

Racing has turned just boring. Not just F1, but NASCAR, Champ and every other form of automobile racing. No passing. Why, because there is only one racing line now due to the rest of the track being littered with “marbles”, i.e. cast off bits of too soft racing tires. Here is a simple, and cost effective way to putting the passing back in racing and reducing its cost dramatically. Limit each car to one set of tires for the duration of the race. Exceptions would be made for flats and damages with an appropriate penalty. After all it isn’t unrealistic to think that tires should last more than 60 to 100 miles! In addition, you race on the tires you qualify with.

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#2 chdphd

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 20:38

Formula 1 did this in 2005.

http://en.wikipedia....ne_season#Tyres

I agree marbles are a problem. New tracks often boast about how wide they are, but that often doesn't matter unless it's raining.

#3 bigleagueslider

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 02:18

Tmeranda,

Actually, if you had watched the Indy 500 a couple of weeks ago, you'd have noted that the racing was quite good. The new aero configuration of the cars allowed them to run nose-to-tail and then pull out and pass without any problem. There was constant passing among the front runners and the lead changed around half a dozen times during the last few laps. It was a rare instance of regulation changes greatly improving the quality of racing.

As for expecting tires to last the duration of a race, while it might be possible in F1, it would not be realistic with 3400lb Cup cars racing at 180mph on 11 inch wide tires for 500 miles on an oval.

Tire marbles are just another track condition the drivers need to deal with during a race. The same as barriers, braking distances, track surface cambers, changes in elevation, etc.

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#4 packapoo

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 05:03

slider, you left out brain-dead would be drivers from that list.

#5 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 12:22

Tmeranda,

Actually, if you had watched the Indy 500 a couple of weeks ago, you'd have noted that the racing was quite good. The new aero configuration of the cars allowed them to run nose-to-tail and then pull out and pass without any problem. There was constant passing among the front runners and the lead changed around half a dozen times during the last few laps. It was a rare instance of regulation changes greatly improving the quality of racing.

As for expecting tires to last the duration of a race, while it might be possible in F1, it would not be realistic with 3400lb Cup cars racing at 180mph on 11 inch wide tires for 500 miles on an oval.

Tire marbles are just another track condition the drivers need to deal with during a race. The same as barriers, braking distances, track surface cambers, changes in elevation, etc.

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Marbles are purely a result of too soft tyres. Nascar does not seem to have the same problem but F1 with its 5 lap tyres sure does as does V8 Thupercar which raced yesterday on a 1 1/2 lane track yesterday. Surprisingly the racing was still ok despite the marbles though a few cars had moments because of them.

#6 Les

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 12:43

Racing has turned just boring.


No it hasn't. Maybe your watching the wrong sport!

#7 Powersteer

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:18

Let me introduce my manually sprung wing idea....wings have springs on them where when it lacks air downforce the spring load would push up the wing to capture more downforce when behind a car and when out on the open everyone's wing would operate the same. It could also allow more consistent downforce on different speeds. No need for funny DRS and funny tyres. Better racing without overtaking gimmicks.

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#8 MatsNorway

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 13:33

Haven`t been thinking about it very hard but it sounds like a decent idea.