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Originally Posted by herrubermensch
Not yet, Chuck, but it is definitely in the cards for next year. Though I DO have a 50th birthday coming up!
Interesting about Hogpen. I find that nipping the inside rumble strip as you sweep into the straight keeps you fast, on the track and leaves you at exit on the far left side of the front straight where you want to be. But I did notice my instructor in a street car on street tires having to be careful right there. I would always catch up to him right at that point and then be on his *** on the entire front straight.
I last used iRacing about 5 years ago and thought it was fantastic. Their laser track mapping was spot on, and the simulation is outstanding. I was more able to really use it well though in an open cockpit car, the Star Mazda, since that give a better "visual feel" of yaw which it is essentially the only thing you have to communicate the car's attitude.
Anyway, one of the things I found most useful with iRacing was working on worst case situation recoveries/recovery attempts. You find out real quickly how little room there is for error/problems at some locations on various tracks like turn 5b-6 region at VIR -- don't ever get the tail too loose since the never seen Armco to the right of track there is just feet away.
I did also manage, eventually, a way to survive a total brake failure at the end of the back straight.
One other thing to do in iRacing is to drive the track backwards. For most all tracks, you can't ever do that since all the safety barriers and such are not designed for such use, but it was very instructive to drive VIR backwards for me. I learned a lot about the topography of the track that I was unaware of having driven it so much in real life in the normal direction. It gave me better insight into the exit of Oaktree turn, roller coaster/hogpen, exit of turn 10/south bend, and turns 6-5-4-3.
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