Race Time of day:
Drive through at 13x, DSQ at 20x
Okay gentlemen, welcome to Round #2 at the world renowned Circuit di Monza. Also dubbed "The Cathedral of Speed", known for it's long fast straights, the challenging Lesmo's, the infamous and treacherous Turn 1 and of course, The Parabolica bend.
Racing at Monza
It is no secret as many of you drivers who race in the official iRacing IMSA series can attest that racing at Monza, particularly as it relates to turn 1 on lap 1 is no laughing matter. Many a races have been ended just mere meters and only seconds after the start/finish line because some "Yahoo" thought he could send it in three or four wide from 10 car lengths back and obliterate half of the running field. Here at Precision Racing League, we pride ourselves on being level headed racers who are able to maintain composure and drive to within our limits. So to that end, let me start these notes by saying that as we take the green flag next Tuesday and we approach the very tight confines of turn 1 & 2, and subsequently turns 3 & 4 (the 2nd chicane's) that we 'ALL" remember that it is imperative to give each other room to race. We DO NOT want any three wide situations going into turn 1 as this will 100% of the time fail. I have yet to see a successful three wide condition going into turn 1 with the GTE cars. This is particularly true if you find yourself starting outside of the top 10 and onto the back of the field who will be carrying much more speed as they approach the braking zone of turn 1. Also remember that if you are towards the mid or back of the pack, your braking zone is at least 50 meters longer than the top 10 drivers heading into turn 1. So please help make our jobs a little easier when having to review all of lap 1 after the race. As a reminder, all incidents on lap 1 are automatically reviewed and submitted to the stewards for penalty awards.
Aside from the obvious statements above, Monza is a real treat for racers who find themselves battling in groups of cars as the draft effect here is greater than at shorter tracks. As a matter of fact, if you want to be in it at the end, the draft is going to play a vital role in helping you accomplish your goals. The ends of the long straights are perfect overtaking opportunities if you are timed and positioned just right for an overtake. Just remember, your responsibility as the overtaking car is to make the pass cleanly. And the job of the car being overtaken is to never block the lane once an overtaking driver has established his position on you. You are allowed one move to either the outside or inside of the racing track and that's it. A 2nd move is considered blocking and is a protestable offense.
Speaking of protestable offenses, we did witness several instances of drivers using their flashing lights at Interlagos. The only time you are to use your flashing lights is when you are passing a lapped car and indicating that you want to pass at the next available opportunity. THAT'S IT!!! You should in no way, especially if the car in front is for position, should be using your flashers for any other reason. Any offenders found breaking this rule will be reported!
Pit entry and exit really need no warnings except for when you are pitting in, you may just want to announce your intentions if you have someone trailing close behind you so that you minimize the risk of getting rammed in the rear of your car. Likewise, when you are exiting the pit lane, be sure that you are monitoring your relative black box to see where cars are on track relative to your position and exiting speed. The last thing you want to happen to you is to get collected by cars screaming down the front straight in a drag race towards turn 1. Also, for drivers on the front straight, it is your responsibility to know when someone is exiting the pit lane as their speed will be at a huge disadvantage to yours. Proceed with caution is all that we are advising you to do.
The rest of Monza is a racers paradise when battling for position. And then there is always the fuel saving strategy for a shorter pit stop. Which one will you choose?
We want everyone to enjoy being a part of our community here at PRL. We also want to convey that we appreciate each and every one of you. We want to thank you for showing up each week in support of the league and the broadcast on the GSRC. The attention that we are gaining is becoming evident as I have already been approached by several individuals wanting to know what it would take to race this very season with us. So we want to encourage you to keep up the good work. Each one of you are relevant to the success of our league and community and you are all valued as individuals. Let's keep up the good work that we are doing here. Race hard, and compete harder but at the end of the day, remember that we are all friends sharing a hobby that we love. This is supposed to be fun first before anything else.
Good luck out there on Tuesday and we'll see you on the virtual raceways.
Cristian & Kenny