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Old 10-15-2007, 09:27 PM   #31
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Stay as close to the pipe as you can, as long as you won't case a jump that is after the turn. If you must go past the pipe the make the jump, go just wide enough, as if adding an invisible pipe to follow.

This is the way that I think of racing lines. In stock racing, your car is not moving very quickly, lets say 15 feet per second on average in a turn. If you go 2 and a half feet past the pipe, that is 5 feet total: forward, turning, and then the other way. That distance when going 15feet per second on average in a turn, will be .33 seconds slower than keeping it tighter.

I feel that it is better to go slower through a sweeper or a turn and keep it tight than to go faster and wider. This is particularly useful when following someone closely. Going just slow enough to keep up with them, you will be able to keep a tighter line and will eventually make the pass as they go too wide in a section. Just hope that their going wide won't result in you getting rear ended.
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:14 PM   #32
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I'll never forget what an old timer R/C racer told me once....I was in 2nd chasing the #1 car and totally driving like a jerk....powersliding every turn, wide open all over the track just to try and catch up and make the pass. This guy was standing off to the side of the track hollered all the way over at me:

"SLOW DOWN CHRIS!"

from then on...every time I get antsy on the stand, I just tell myself...."slow down" and I instantly pick up some time.

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Old 08-01-2008, 01:50 PM   #33
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[QUOTE=Johnny_S.;3769216]Stay as close to the pipe as you can, as long as you won't case a jump that is after the turn. If you must go past the pipe the make the jump, go just wide enough, as if adding an invisible pipe to follow.

This is the way that I think of racing lines. In stock racing, your car is not moving very quickly, lets say 15 feet per second on average in a turn. If you go 2 and a half feet past the pipe, that is 5 feet total: forward, turning, and then the other way. That distance when going 15feet per second on average in a turn, will be .33 seconds slower than keeping it tighter.

I feel that it is better to go slower through a sweeper or a turn and keep it tight than to go faster and wider. This is particularly useful when following someone closely. Going just slow enough to keep up with them, you will be able to keep a tighter line and will eventually make the pass as they go too wide in a section. Just hope that their going wide won't result in you getting rear ended.[/QUOTE]

I kinda have to agree and disagree with you on this one. We had a large sweeping sweeper into the straight and then into another sweeper, I would go wide after the jump and put the hammer down (running stock) all the way past both sweepers into the next 180 turn. That's were i made my time cause all the guys were trying to run the mod guys lines so they had 1-2 blips per sweeper unlike myself non to maybe 1. But in running Mod I will definitely agree with your statement.

- practice from different spots on the stand. This will give you more perspective of the track and will also allow you to be able to race from different spots just in case your favorite spot is already taken.
- practice on a new track and if possible constantly work on the part you are having the most trouble with till you get comfortable with that spot, then move on.
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Lately, I have been blocking EVERYTHING out and I try to race the track and I don't worry about anything else...
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