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    Default First session of the day, almost the last

    I went out with the intermediate group to warm my oil up, and nearly ended my day.

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    Front view, with description and slow-mo.



    Rear view, slow:



    I didn't give it much thought at the time. But the video makes it look pretty close.
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    Wow, that was pretty close. Glad it it wasn't any closer.

    The guy in the Cobra was almost known forever as "The Guy who took out Jack Olsen's Porsche." Not a guy I'd want to be.


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    Unless you're on an amazing lap, cmon, it's HPDE, get stable and shed speed until you can see that the guy is done wrecking.

    That said, nice dodge.
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    Wow! Good reaction to that harrowing miss!

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    I was at OTR one time and spoke to a guy with a Cobra (same color combination), he told me he was doing 165 MPH on the front straight... I asked him why he went off in turn 9 twice in one session (he didn't even go into the pits, just kept driving). He said he forgot to bring his glasses. Wonder if it was the same guy.

    That was a nice dodge though
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    Here's something I don't say often, whether in reference to the verb or the proper noun: nice dodge.

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    wow.... that was impressive way to keep it together. It almost looks like had you slowed down you would have ended up hitting him.

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    agree with what Burgoon said (did I just said that ?), you had plenty of time to react if slowed down early.
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    I probably have a very skewed outlook on this because of my complete lack of combat racing experience that most of you guys have but I think its easy to say he should have slowed down but but he had all of 3.5 seconds to see the situation, make a decision and react before he was already driving around him. I am not saying slowing down wouldn't have been a better option but at any speed you react as best you can and learn for next time. I don't think I would have guessed that he would have finally caught the slide 3/4's of the way around with 2 off before gripping up and heading across the track backwards. Lets just be thankful everyone and their cars are still in one piece.
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    I agree that slowing down might have resulted in a crash. Jack went by at speed just before the Cobra got to the place where Jack would have been if he had slowed down. Of course Jack still could have gone off track and out of the way at a slower speed. Sometimes $h!t happens on a racetrack and there is not just one way to deal with it, regardless of what the Monday morning quarterbacks say.

    Good reaction, Jack. Any damage to your car from the high speed off into the hard, bumpy dirt. BTW, I think it looks closer from the front view. Glad you and your car are OK.
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    if he slowed down 20mph, but maintained at that speed, he would have been collected or he would have hit the cobra. Yes he could probably still go off the track and dodge at the slower speed. I think the safest bet of all is what Burgoon said, slow down HARD and wait until he stop wrecking and his trajectory is predictable, then proceed with caution. It isn't a race where its a yellow flag out and now its time to catch up ASAP to the front of the pack. It was a HPDE event, so have to adjust mindset and go towards side of being more careful. If it was a 20min sprint race fighting for that podium, then yea roll the dice a bit and pin it and figure it out.
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    That said, I am super glad you and the other driver are okay and there was no carnage to either car...okay maybe a bit dirty on the Cobra.
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    yep, that 5 dollar plastic trophy should changes the decision in a possibly life threatening decision...

    it's easy to say slow way down, but I always worry about the car behind me... you keep the energy you keep the control.

    To my eye you did it right, a car rolling slowly backwards out of the cloud of dust is a crappy situation. You walked away from a crappy situation.

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    It doesn't look like he was on the brakes after the initial off? Otherwise why was he rolling precariously across the track?

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    Ah, yes. Nice documentary on the Cobra, capturing on video what they do best.

    I normally slow a little when I see an accident ahead until I can assess the situation. If the boo-boo car is way off track or if the car appears to be stopped then I continue on 100%, otherwise I stop and given them a high five. But, you were probably going 255mph at that point in time. My car never gets out of third gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeindirt View Post
    yep, that 5 dollar plastic trophy should changes the decision in a possibly life threatening decision...
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    You definitely used up one of your nine lives on that one

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    The Cobra was way off the line for most of the spin and I think it's psychologically very hard to make yourself brake for something that's not directly in your way. At least for us racers it is. Freeway rubberneckers: there's a lesson to be learned here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakeem View Post
    It doesn't look like he was on the brakes after the initial off? Otherwise why was he rolling precariously across the track?
    Exactly. And that's why you slow. If he's a racer in a decent class near the front there's a very good chance he will "spin well" and do his job. Some guy in a cobra? No trust for him.

    Jack had YEARS to decide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeindirt View Post
    yep, that 5 dollar plastic trophy should changes the decision in a possibly life threatening decision...
    That plastic trophy goes for $30,000 and up if it's a good one.
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