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Qualifying...
January 28, 2013 01:14PM
http://www.sopwithmotorsports.com/blog/indycar/item/179-indycar-whos-qualified-and-whos-not?.html&fb_action_ids=10151429324426635&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210151429324426635%22%3A481339498568886}&action_type_map={%2210151429324426635%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[]

Good read.
For any of you that paid attention to Pikes Peak this year this was at the forefront of discussion, especially in the Time Attack class.
Dave could give you more details, but basically, the rule book has a qualifying rule. I think it says something like within 10 or 15% of fastest class time.
This was first year that it was put into place. Had they actually used it, something like 3 people of the 25 or whatever would have qualified.
So Friday night, right before the big Fan Fest thing downtown, they decided on a new rule that excuded 5-10 drivers. Then a few of these drivers that shouldn't have qualified were put back in as organizer selections, which basically boiled down to drivers that had generated some press or had a lot of twitter followers or ??? There were some pissed off people. Caswell didn't qualify and apparently went to the bar and proceeded to rial up his twittersphere of followers. There were other drivers that OWN companies that provide monetary support in form of sponsorship dollars that didn't qualify. In the end, they changed their mind, let everyone run, the day ran late, ended up gettting shortened, some people ended up having to compete in snow, etc. It was a clusterfuck.

Remember the old seeding system of the SCCA. Where you actually had to do something impressive to move up to higher seeds to qualify for competing in the national championship.
Maybe a qualifying system is REALLY what US rallying needs.



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Re: Qualifying...
January 28, 2013 01:34PM
For an even with a high level of international exposure, and oversubscribed (given the amount of time they have to race) entry field, some kind of qualification would seem to make sense, given their goals.

Just from your description here, it sounds like last year was a mess... do they have new rules this year?

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Re: Qualifying...
January 28, 2013 10:50PM
Fast cars on a closed course like Indy need to be driven by qualified people, same with Sprint Cup cars. The ability to go fast in qualifying isn't the same as going fast in traffic. I used to crew for a guy in stock car racing that was very fast alone, but not so much in traffic. He could cause a wreck if there were only two cars on opposite ends of a parking lot.

RA could be said to require qualifying in rally by the requirement of co-efficients for novice drivers in the faster classes.

PPIHC sure sounded like a cluster from everything I've read from the troops in the trenches. Be interesting to see where USAC goes with their rally program and novice drivers.
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Re: Qualifying...
January 30, 2013 10:33AM
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PPIHC sure sounded like a cluster from everything I've read from the troops in the trenches. Be interesting to see where USAC goes with their rally program and novice drivers.

Hopefully they take a page from the PP rule book - the rules are optional and restrictors aren't required! That will save rally fer sure!
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Re: Qualifying...
January 30, 2013 05:52PM
I thought there was a qualifying rule already: the bank balance.



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