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Old 5 Oct 2022, 02:07 (Ref:4128705)   #181
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It may not have been ideal, but it was FAR better than this year. At least you got a good view of how the teams maintained their telemetry and staged for the pit. This year was absolutely not the same fan experience and I hope they reconsider this change. I will be voicing my opinion on this with Road Atlanta's management.
I doubt the track management had anything to do with it. They may all be France employees but the track is told what IMSA wants, not the other way around
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Old 8 Oct 2022, 05:51 (Ref:4129126)   #182
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Yeah, that sucks. I'm a little concerned as the current track manager of RdAtl came from Barber. I haven't seen everything but I've seen a lot, and while Barber is a stunning facility, it offers THE worst fan experience in all of America.

The electronic tickets that weren't working when I arrived (thank goodness I printed mine out) and seemed unnecessary. Then they gave out actual, physical tickets if you bought something from the IMSA store... I'm appreciative that I have a ticket stub as that's my #1 souvenir, but it's also dumb. I spend most of my "leisure" dollars every year there, just give me a physical ticket.
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I’d forgotten about that, but it was the same at Sebring. No ticket, but a pretend one for free at the shop. I suppose those who want to keep the ticket are likely to buy some swag too, but all just seems odd.

I carefully peeled the yellow sticker off from the windscreen to keep and it’s stuck on a tool box. Not sure where the fake ticket is!
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Old 8 Oct 2022, 15:43 (Ref:4129223)   #184
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Hated having to wear the hospital wrist band all week too. Got the "fake" ticket but had to buy the wife a new T-shirt to get it. She gets one every year though, so no big deal.

Most of the changes that were implemented this year were IMSA directed and not the result of any local management decisions. I spoke with Abe at the Will-Call booth, and he was very unhappy with the new IMSA ticketing method and the glitches that resulted. Especially early on.

Still trying to find out how the new paddock area changes were made. Really use to love the paddock area during the race. This year was more like a vender ally experience.
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Old 8 Oct 2022, 22:01 (Ref:4129314)   #185
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I put the wristband on race day. I didn't want it to annoy me all week and what was the point? I had to have 4 different tickets and a hardcard Road Atlanta ID with my picture on it and show it to two people to get into the facility. If I have to leave, just give me a wristband on my way out.

Thanks for the info about Sebring and the conversation with Abe. It makes sense that this is an IMSA thing.
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Just spoke with Rick Humphrey about the issues of no fan visibility to the hot pit area during the Petit Le Mans. We spoke for about 20 minutes about the situation. He acknowledged that there have been several concerns over the change in paddock layout this year. He indicated that it was IMSA driven but was also reviewed by Road Atlanta staff. The reason for the change was due to a larger car count and support vehicles needed for the WeatherTech cars. It was changed but is now under review. They didn't anticipate the fan feedback they received and are in the process of looking at options for next year.

I was very pleased that he responded to my email by calling me on my cell phone to speak to me personally. He was very understanding and assured me that they would do what they could to improve fan interaction. Not holding my breath, but it was a positive sign and I hope it does prompt for further assessment of the paddock/hot pit area. He also gave me his direct phone and asked me to give him any feedback going on into the future.

NOTE: It's now 367 days 23 hours and nine minutes till the next Petit Le Mans.
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I'd like to point out that this is the first year that I couldn't attend in 20 something years and in that 20 something years, this year is the first time I've been catching commercials (mostly on YouTube but certainly other places) nearly a month after the race was over....thx fellars!! Just using up that wasted advert money or what?!
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I'd like to point out that this is the first year that I couldn't attend in 20 something years and in that 20 something years, this year is the first time I've been catching commercials (mostly on YouTube but certainly other places) nearly a month after the race was over....thx fellars!! Just using up that wasted advert money or what?!
Already looking forward to next year.
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