Open Passing with a Point By

I am now an advocate for open passing at track days with mandatory point-by.  I used to think that open passing with a required point-by as being iffy at HPDE events, but once people get the hang of it, well, it keeps things moving SO much faster.  Most clubs limit let-by/passing to designated straight zones, even for advance drivers.  I think that’s a mistake.

The Cantrell Motorsports events run with the open-passing model and I really like it.  I have a momentum car.  When Colin’s fast turbo Porsche (and supercharged BRZ) clients rumble up, it’s great to be able to point them around under braking.  Less instances of long throttle-off gaps on the straights.  Although many of those cars can easily pass with a simple lift and back to WOT on a long straight, letting them around in an (appropriate) turn is awesome.

Some turns are not suited to passing/let by. The sequence might involve too much variability.  It’s a judgement thing and managed by the car letting by. I’m thinking of the T1 to T5 at The Ridge.  But all through the back there are great options for let by, including the long bit where there is normally no let-by permitted from T6 to T11 (although getting the passing done before T9 I think works best).

In any event, I’m a convert. YMMV.

SCCA Tracknight In America Events for 2016

Just got an email from the SCCA folks. Here’s what up for our area in 2016: http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/e…052&within=250

Track Night 2016: Portland – September 16
September 16, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – September 14
September 14, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – August 26
August 26, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – August 25
August 25, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – July 29
July 29, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – July 28
July 28, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – July 1
July 01, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle South – June 24
June 24, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
Pacific Raceways
Kent, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – June 17
June 17, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – June 16
June 16, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Seattle South – May 27
May 27, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
Pacific Raceways
Kent, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – May 20
May 20, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Track Night 2016: Seattle Southwest – May 19
May 19, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:00 PM PDT
The Ridge Motorsports Park
Shelton, WA

Track Night 2016: Portland – April 15
April 15, 2016, 03:00 PM – 09:30 PM PDT
Portland International Raceway
Portland, OR

Not sure I’ll attend any of these, but you never know. In general, they are roughly 1/2 the cost of other lapping events, although they are also nearly 1/2 the amount of lapping. However, due to the timing, it’s quite possible to comfortably handle even Portland events (including the drive down from Seattle area) in one day.

OMG! It’s responsive!

I’ve been tuning this page up since moving it on Saturday.

I learned something in the process:  It’s a responsive design!  That means that it adjusts to the size of the mobile screen by collapsing the menus and resizing the images and tables.  I love that I can just pick a simple, clean design and the code is there to handle mobile viewers.

It’s true that the tables only present fully in “landscape” mode  But hey, they actually show up and fit to the screen.  That’s better than the mothership can say for many of its pages

LOL.