When I was swapping emails with Tonya getting signed up she typed (or was it a phone call?)...or anyhow, she said if you go 140 Keith just might throw you out.
I went through the time trap on the second run and saw 138 on the GPS. I really grinned inside that helmet. When I got around to the time tent, the ticket said 139+. I gasped. Dayum! That was close...close to trouble I sure don't want.
I had seen a post on the Supra forums about the guys talking about running this. The prevailing thought was to run a top number then get thrown out of the track. At least one person with some sense told them that running 200mph isn't a joke...
If they want to do that they should go to the Texas track. That's not meant as a put-down of the Texas program but they simply aren't as careful safety-wise as ECTA and have allowed a lot of vehicles to run that would not have met our requirements. So it's a matter of taking the car to the right track. Personally, I wouldn't do it.
Well, when you look at it....from my one and only experience, running a car that will run at all on an airport runway is truly a unique experience. Relax and let 'er rip, no worries. Let's once and for all see what it'll do.
From Keith's standpoint and the bound safety responsibility of ECTA, how do you defend against the one-and-out guy? The guy on vacation with a 2013 Shelby that is safety rated at 135 because of the factory seat belt, but it'll go...God knows what, and he's there to find out and doesn't give a crap about being banned because he's never coming back again.
How do you defend against that? I wouldn't do it because deep down under I'm an understanding the rules guy. But that other guy is out there. How do you defend against that when you're trying to put on a safe event?
Peewee, we see that a lot at the dragstrip, too. I was chatting with Keith a couple weeks ago about a guy who came to our dragstrip and ran a mid 9-second pass without any of the necessary safety equipment or certifications. It just rubs me the wrong way that people endanger not only themselves and other participants, but the sport as a whole.
To operate a racetrack, you have to have insurance. For insurance companies to cover the track, the track has to enforce a recognized set of rules. Failure to enforce the rules can result in the insurance companies dropping their coverage. No coverage means no racetrack....
It's really no different than trying to glue them back on after she has her way.
I assume we are talking about the black Bentley. ( I had one once but it was a cocker spaniel ) With probably 30 air bags in the car he was likely the safest driver there but, that's not the point. Yeah I really don't think he has any intention of coming back.
Rules are there to enforce safety not just for the Racer, Its there to keep everyone safe. If you show up with a Bad Ass Car that Has buckets of cash in it. Man up and join the crowd and be proud when you lay down a good number.