January 21st, 2005


Just saw the track map...

Just over a week ago, apparently, they unveiled the track map for the Champ Car race that will take place this July right here in downtown San Jose, replacing the traditional event at Laguna Seca in Monterey.


It's hard to tell in this small image, but this layout is going to be run clockwise. Now, is it just me, or would this make a MUCH BETTER track if they ran it the other way round? The long straight at W. St John Street leads to a pair of KINKS that will prevent people from going side by side, then there's not enough road after that for them to get side by side to make a pass on the corner of Almaden and Santa Clara Street. And at the end of the following straight, there's a passing zone, but it's a chicane which will favor the car that is leading! There is NO passing to be done on this track, except MAYBE -- just maybe -- at the corner of Montgomery and St John. That's iffy because the straight isn't very long leading up to that less-than-90-deegree corner.

On the other hand, if you ran this baby counter-clockwise, you'd have three good passing zones: At the end of Santa Clara Street, at the end of St John Street (though the corner is less than 90 degrees, the longer straight leading up to it makes it viable), and again at the end of Montgomery Street (short straight, yes, but it's a tight corner, so passing can be done -- the straight leading to this corner going clockwise isn't long enough for any passing no matter how tight the corner is).

Bah. What brain-dead fool decided to run this layout clockwise?? Obviously someone with no concept of how difficult it is for high-downforce cars to overtake one another on a street circuit.

I'm king of the world!

OK, so that track has only been out since September, and only fools actually try to drive the BRM there, but, dammit, it's a world record, and it's mine! (for now)

I've never had a world record before, though I think my 243.43 mph lap on the U.S. Amiga version of the old Indianapolis 500 simulation might have been...