By on June 18, 2013

This video, taken at HyperFest in the Spec E30 class, shows exactly why club racing is so much fun and also why it’s not for everybody. One minute you’re chasing pavements, the next you’re rolling in the deep (grass).

Summit Point’s Main course isn’t for the faint of heart anyway, but when you see the little Bimmers bump-drafting and twerking around for position on what is fundamentally an very, very fast track, it gives you a bit of pause. The place where driver Rob Gagliardo gets turned around is the prelude to the big-balls turn on the track and it’s a daunting area in which to be put off-course. The best thing I can say is that at least the incident happened before the bottom of the hill, because there’e some stuff you don’t want to hit at said bottom of the hill.

And now for a brief commercial message: if watching that video made you think “I absolutely HAVE to go there!” then why not have your humble author as an instructor for the TrackDAZE weekend on July 6 and 7? Who knows… you might even acquire extremely minor fame for you and your car if you do!

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6 Comments on “Who Ordered the Schnitzel Turnover?...”


  • avatar
    retrogrouch

    I thought this sort of touchy feely racing in NASA was restricted to SpecPi├▒ata, er, Miata.

  • avatar
    Ned Funnell

    Here’s the video from the other car:
    http://vimeo.com/68543464

    • 0 avatar
      chris724

      Sure looks like the white car didn’t do anything wrong.

      • 0 avatar
        wumpus

        The utube link at the top goes to the main utube page which includes helpful links to the NASA rules and suggestions on where to start. The link points here: http://www.nasaproracing.com/rules/ccr.pdf and reading on page 101 figure 7 appears to cover the situation. The red car driver noticed that the white car didn’t get his front wheels past the red car’s driver, so the red car could set up his turn and cut the white car off. The rules do point out that doing this can lead to exactly what happened: white car gets DQ, but the red car (who decided to shove the white car away) gets a DNF and a wrecked car.

        Oddly enough, the page the red car lists in the rules (98) means the pdf page 98. The document’s page 98 includes a rule where drivers being overtanken on the inside of a turn can’t assume the overtaking car will even attempt to make the turn, and should avoid it regardless. Certainly should improve safety, but I’m sure every time it happens the driver can’t belive he got blamed for being in the way of somebody else’s crash.

        • 0 avatar
          SkookumFord

          I watched both videos, and it’s very clear this is the red car’s fault. If the NASA rules put the white car at fault, that’s their prerogative. Red car needs to spend less time reading the rule book and more time paying attention to what’s going on. You don’t just drive into someone on a straightaway. Expensive way to prove a point.

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    Wow. Rubbin’ really is racin’

    If a Tom Cruise movie is realistic then I don’t know what to believe anymore.


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