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Race 20: Watkins Glen International (28Jul17)

jeromef1

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Race Length: 44 Laps (Stage 1 - 10 Laps... Stage 2 - 34 Laps)
Race Name in Game: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

**Pre-Race Interview**

1. Road course #2 for the season. How do you like the Glen compared to Sonoma, and how's your confidence for Friday?

2. The end of the Brickyard was a cluster to say the least. Did you find Kahne's victory tainted at all? (either by faster cars wrecking out or Nascar waiting until he passed the OT line even though the wreck already happened)

3. We will have 3 new road courses come Heat 2. Which one are you looking forward to the most?
 

XSYSE

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1. Road course #2 for the season. How do you like the Glen compared to Sonoma, and how's your confidence for Friday?

I actually like the Glen, I was managing a decent Sonoma until a netcode issue, so Im hoping for a 6th or 7th here.

2. The end of the Brickyard was a cluster to say the least. Did you find Kahne's victory tainted at all? (either by faster cars wrecking out or Nascar waiting until he passed the OT line even though the wreck already happened)

What a mess wins a win, but I think Nascar just wanted it over.


3. We will have 3 new road courses come Heat 2. Which one are you looking forward to the most?

None of the above!
 

El_Majacko

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1. Road course #2 for the season. How do you like the Glen compared to Sonoma, and how's your confidence for Friday?
Both tracks are fantastic for me, but I think Sonoma was a little easier to get right for me. I haven't practiced yet, but my confidence is higher for road courses by default, so I'm hoping to be a frontrunner in this one.
2. The end of the Brickyard was a cluster to say the least. Did you find Kahne's victory tainted at all? (either by faster cars wrecking out or Nascar waiting until he passed the OT line even though the wreck already happened)
I didn't see what happened but a win is a win. He must have been in the right place at the right time, but that shouldn't taint victory unless foul play was involved on his or his team's part.
3. We will have 3 new road courses come Heat 2. Which one are you looking forward to the most?
With the connection situation I think you guys will understand my reluctance to purchase Heat 2. For this reason the question doesn't really apply to me, but I guess Road America would be a great prospect if that's in the track list.

Important question! Are we running default setups (i.e. not pitting at the session start) like in Sonoma? AND Will we run caution free aside from the stage?
 

Hootius

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To answer your question Majacko, yes we will use the same deal as Sonoma with no cautions (except for the stage break) and pitting during quali is not manditory.

1. Road course #2 for the season. How do you like the Glen compared to Sonoma, and how's your confidence for Friday?
I've always liked the Glen more than Sonoma, and enjoy it more in this game due to not having the insane wheel spin and butter. I had a solid practice yesterday and found the speed I wanted. Ended up beating my personal best time by almost 1.5 secs. Might not be the fastest, but should be close so I can capitalize on other's mistakes.

2. The end of the Brickyard was a cluster to say the least. Did you find Kahne's victory tainted at all? (either by faster cars wrecking out or Nascar waiting until he passed the OT line even though the wreck already happened)
Capitalizing on the faster cars wrecking out and getting Insane luck with the caution that came out it's just the name of the game. Hell, that's only way I ever score points in F1 :( . NASCAR waiting for so long to throw the caution so that way the race would end was a joke. That's twice now they've done that crap with the overtime line. I'd much rather see them race it back to the line if that's the case.

3. We will have 3 new road courses come Heat 2. Which one are you looking forward to the most?
I love Road America on Project Cars and that might be my best track coming to Heat2, but I'm excited most for Mid-Ohio since I haven't raced that track before.
 

El_Majacko

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Thanks for clarification Hoot.

My Dad raced at Road America and Mid Ohio back in 2005 (as well as Summit Point, VIR and Watkins Glen). He spoke very highly of both.
 

Hootius

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El_Majacko said:
Thanks for clarification Hoot.

My Dad raced at Road America and Mid Ohio back in 2005 (as well as Summit Point, VIR and Watkins Glen). He spoke very highly of both.

That's pretty awesome
 

vWardude

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1. Road course #2 for the season. How do you like the Glen compared to Sonoma, and how's your confidence for Friday?

Glen is a MUCH better track for me on this game than Sonoma. My previous best was in the 10s and I've already cut a good chunk off that time this week. I feel like there's more time to shed off which is a good thing with the laps I'm comfortably posting now.

2. The end of the Brickyard was a cluster to say the least. Did you find Kahne's victory tainted at all?

I wouldn't say it was tainted, he stuck it off and was there for the end. The OT line was for sure bull s*** though, that yellow needed to be called and they should have been racing another 2 laps.

3. We will have 3 new road courses come Heat 2. Which one are you looking forward to the most?

Nope. None. No!!
 

Meattyloaf

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1. I've only ever raced here once on this game so I'm not sure. I hate Sonoma on it so I have to go by that track. Unfortunately I won't be able to race tomorrow as I will be with my gf's family till Sunday.

2. He outlasted the competition and had lady luck fall right into his lap. He earned that win and it wasn't handed to him like some will say. Unfortunately Nascar was again not consistent with the overtime line. Although, chances are the race was over anyways due to the sunsetting. In my opinion get rid of the overtime line and stop freezing the field at cautions. Have them race it back to the line, it's really the only thing I wish they would go back in time on.

3. Not really sure I just hope they don't race like Sonoma.
 

Klutchion1

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1. Road course #2 for the season. How do you like the Glen compared to Sonoma, and how's your confidence for Friday?

I do like Watkins Glen a lot and I feel more comfortable on this track just because there is more run off area and its easier to avoid wrecks in some corners.

2. The end of the Brickyard was a cluster to say the least. Did you find Kahne's victory tainted at all? (either by faster cars wrecking out or Nascar waiting until he passed the OT line even though the wreck already happened)

Don't want to talk about this race lol. I actually turned off the TV when my favorite driver Kyle Busch wrecked.

3. We will have 3 new road courses come Heat 2. Which one are you looking forward to the most?


I am really excited for Canadian Tire Motorsports Park because it is so unique and looks like a lot of fun. I cant wait.
 

nickmichaud

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1. I've always been decent at the Glen. Time will tell but Ive been practicing a lot this week compared to the usual hour before the race kind of deal.

2. Right place at the right time in a chaotic Brickyard. He definitely deserved it by beating the 2 after a controversial restart before that. Hoping that Kahne resurges. He's always been a driver that performs well with momentum and good finishes on his side. As for the overtime line, so foolish.

3. Never ran any of them so Im looking forward to them all.
 

El_Majacko

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Q: 7th
Couldn't get near my PB. If I had I'd have been between 3rd and 6th.

R: 2nd
Fell back to 8th before progressing to 6th by the end of the stage. I shuffled up to 3rd in the pit stop so was looking pretty good. At this point I thought all I had to do was keep a good pace in 3rd or 4th to win, since I knew most people thought it was impossible to get the fuel to stretch 17 laps (whereas I was confident it would work). Instead, someone smashed into me at the first turn under green and took out a bunch of cars including Hootius who I was forced into. I also somehow got a penalty for this crash and ended up way off the back of the pack. There were a few crashes ahead, one of which spun me out as I came through, costing me further time. In this period BEEJ hit me to pass me 4 or 5 times which I found completely unacceptable, especially as team-mates. There was a graphic illustration of the time I had lost when mitch came out of the pits ahead of me. This was the point I realised the win wasn't possible and the push for 2nd place began. I executed my strategy as planned pitting on lap 28 and waited for everyone else to pit for the second time under green. I shuffled up to 2nd in this process, with mitch long gone. I just short shifted the rest of the way to ensure no mishaps occurred. Well done to mitch, still very frustrated about all the contact though as I think this should have been a fairly easy win.
 

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Q: 2nd
Cost myself the pole and a much needed bonus point. I was hitting .2s and .3s in every practice, and just could not connect in quali.

R: 3rd
The race started fine. Mitch and I got a gap on everyone in Seg1, so there was no need to press the issue. Happy with the 4 bonus points. On the restart however, my chance at a win ended. I've seen both KDawg's view and what it looked like in my mirror, and I became the unfortunate victim of what look like was Jacko's netcode creating contact that wasn't there. That contact sent him into the grass and then right into me, which then put me in the middle of the S fiasco that happened right after. From that point, I was just too frustrated and just ran my tail off to get every spot back that I could. Mitch was strong and not sure if I could have taken him tonight, just upset I never got the chance to try.
 

AaronWebb85

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Q: 3rd
Put in a decent time, about .5 second off my best though.

R:7th
Another disappointing finish. But when I think about where I was at the restart after the stage caution it was a good comeback. I got caught up in the 2 and 19 car crash, then got wrecked again as I was trying to get back going. When it was all said and done, I was 11th and 15 seconds behind the 10th place car. I worked pit strategy and some fast laps to work my way back to 7th, and was battling with Zeke for 6th. Fun racing at the end, but really should have been battling for a top 5.
 

vWardude

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Q: 9th

I couldn't get a good lap in, I ran 1.5 seconds off my PB and .8 off what I was running consistently.

R:5th

During the first stage, I got caught up between bad driving and kept getting hit by Beej once again forgetting where his breaks are. After the stage I came out of the pits in 10th and with the accident that happened right off the restart, I was able to completely avoid it and get myself in the top 5 where I felt I belonged, I just got there easier then I should have. I had the 4th place car but Majackos pit strategy worked out where I didn't think it had a shot of doing so. I'm very happy with the top 5 finish here and it's huge for my championship hopes as I thought this road course would tighten the gap from 2nd. Practicing everyday this week improved my car a lot.
 
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