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    I was at an event this last weekend. The TT group was having a hard time with this (if some odd reason). At this level, I would like to believe drivers would be looking a few turns ahead to be on game and ready for what's coming and the Yellow flag is more to confirm or tell you how bad or intrusive the caution is.
    Now to the drivers benefit of that group. The corner workers were not doing the best (or not consistent with others I've in countered). That added to the confusion.

    Now please understand. this is just for my own benefit. I am not representing any club or group. Just interested to know what people think. As I was surprised with what I heard in the drivers meeting.

    As it states in the Title. This is a general consensus of what a yellow flag means to you. Or more pacifically how you would react.

    Also it's a mutable question.

    1. Standing Yellow:

    2. Slow waving Yellow

    3. Fast waving Yellow

    4. double Yellow.
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    I didn't know double yellows were a thing. I'm more inexperienced than most around these parts, but to me a standing yellow means I drive slow enough that I could change course mid-turn without losing control of the car in doing so. A waving yellow means I drive slow enough that I could either change course or come to an abrupt stop mid corner. I generally will not reduce speed on straits. Once I pass a flag station that has no yellow, I resume flat out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gian View Post
    I was at an event this last weekend. The TT group was having a hard time with this (if some odd reason). At this level, I would like to believe drivers would be looking a few turns ahead to be on game and ready for what's coming and the Yellow flag is more to confirm or tell you how bad or intrusive the caution is.
    Now to the drivers benefit of that group. The corner workers were not doing the best (or not consistent with others I've in countered). That added to the confusion.

    Now please understand. this is just for my own benefit. I am not representing any club or group. Just interested to know what people think. As I was surprised with what I heard in the drivers meeting.

    As it states in the Title. This is a general consensus of what a yellow fag means to you. Or more pacifically how you would react.

    Also it's a mutable question.

    1. Standing Yellow:

    2. Slow waving Yellow

    3. Fast waving Yellow

    4. double Yellow.
    standing:
    something likely not worth worrying about. Either a waving yellow ahead or someone off track. Nearly full speed, don't have an off.

    slow waving:
    see standing

    fast waving:
    nearly full speed if I can see, reduce speed expecting a car sideways on line if I can't see, be ready to throw it off if necessary, but don't accidentally have an off, they will castrate you.

    double yellow:
    high speed, watch for emergency vehicles around blind corners, bump the car ahead if he isn't going fast enough to run down the field.
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    1) immobile car, people, and/or debris off-track where it shouldn't be. observe, slow down safely, don't pass other people.
    2+3) (there shouldn't be a difference) something immobile on-track or in a dangerous impact zone nearby. observe, slow down safely, don't pass other people.
    4) pace car situation. observe, slow down safely, don't pass other people.

    although it's been 20 years since I went through driver's school.

    aside: burgoon's comment is funny. reminds me of the movie Starman: "red light, stop. green light, go. yellow light, go faster."

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    standing:
    something likely not worth worrying about. Either a waving yellow ahead or someone off track. Nearly full speed, don't have an off.

    slow waving:
    see standing

    fast waving:
    nearly full speed if I can see, reduce speed expecting a car sideways on line if I can't see, be ready to throw it off if necessary, but don't accidentally have an off, they will castrate you.

    double yellow:
    high speed, watch for emergency vehicles around blind corners, bump the car ahead if he isn't going fast enough to run down the field.
    You forgot: gain as many positions as possible and flip off each station as you pass.
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    1. Standing Yellow:
    1) Track-wide issue
    2) Be prepared to slow. stop. or change direction.
    3) A specific hazard that is more or less in a semi-safe place but near the track.
    4) No passing.
    5) A reminder to be careful rather than an alert to a specific hazard. General caution used in morning for a few warm-up laps for example.

    2. Slow waving Yellow:
    1) Specific hazard on or near the track but not in the racing line.
    2) Slow down and prepared to slow. stop. or change direction.
    3) No passing.
    4) Resume full speed after next flag station not displaying a yellow flag.

    3. Fast waving Yellow:
    1) Specific hazard on the track and in the racing line. Possibly hidden from approaching traffic due to a rise, turn, etc.
    2) Slow down a lot and be prepared to slow. stop. or change direction.
    3) No passing.
    4) Resume full speed after next flag station not displaying a yellow flag.

    4. double Yellow:
    1) I don't recall seeing or being instructed about a double yellow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDSUsnowboards View Post
    You forgot: gain as many positions as possible and flip off each station as you pass.
    Useless factoid of the day: Greg Pickett did flip off corner workers at a Long Beach Trans-Am race many years ago when they wouldn't push him out of the tire wall he was stuck in under a local yellow. Word was that he had locked out reverse gear because he accidentally shifted into reverse (expensive crunching sound) during a pace car situation at Sears Point the year before while leading.
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    Double yellow usually means full course yellow
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    standing:
    something likely not worth worrying about. Either a waving yellow ahead or someone off track. Nearly full speed, don't have an off.

    slow waving:
    see standing

    fast waving:
    nearly full speed if I can see, reduce speed expecting a car sideways on line if I can't see, be ready to throw it off if necessary, but don't accidentally have an off, they will castrate you.

    double yellow:
    high speed, watch for emergency vehicles around blind corners, bump the car ahead if he isn't going fast enough to run down the field.
    Ok.. you were following me, weren't you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wagnerov View Post
    Useless factoid of the day: Greg Pickett did flip off corner workers at a Long Beach Trans-Am race many years ago when they wouldn't push him out of the tire wall he was stuck in under a local yellow. Word was that he had locked out reverse gear because he accidentally shifted into reverse (expensive crunching sound) during a pace car situation at Sears Point the year before while leading.
    I personally feel. If you can flip the bird while driving with the other. You have reduced your speed to a cautious level.. And are with in the Yellow conditions as long as you do not have an off, pass, rub, bump, bump draft another car. Now, your awareness may be distracted by getting your meaning across to the person or persons the bird is directed at. But I'm not one to quibble over ones ability of multitasking.
    Ok that statement isn't totally true.
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    1. Standing Yellow - Someone screwed up

    2. Slow waving Yellow - Someone screwed up bad

    3. Fast waving Yellow - someone screwed up really bad

    4. double Yellow - some one screwed up really really bad
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    Standing: something's gone wrong but not on the racing line, possibly after the corner or something really serious in the next corner

    Waving : somethings' has gone wrong and it's on the racing line get ready to stop or take evasive action

    Double yellow: full course yellow

    No passing is allowed under any of the above

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    For all yellow flags, check that the camera is rolling because a teenager is likely to pass you.
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    After reading Rob's post, yellows have new meaning for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    After reading Rob's post, yellows have new meaning for me.
    Honestly with how liberally NASA was using the yellows this last event it was a whole lot of crying wolf.

    How a stalled 944 off near the flag station at truck stop gets more than a standing yellow is beyond me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gian View Post
    What does a yellow flag mean to you? .
    ...Oli just left the track and maybe I can catch up
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    ...Oli just left the track and maybe I can catch up
    you meant to say, "Oli just left the track AGAIN and maybe I can catch up

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    Quote Originally Posted by craZee View Post
    you meant to say, "Oli just left the track AGAIN and maybe I can catch up
    Wow! The reputation I have....
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    On a track day? keep an eye on the mirrors to make sure people coming up on you checked their pace. Be prepared to get the hell out of the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olitho View Post
    Wow! The reputation I have....
    Hey, anyone who shares their frys. Is OK in my book.
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