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Old Yesterday, 01:28 (Ref:4074739)   #31
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They need to do something about it. If they want to keep the chicane as is, then why not start from the back straight. Otherwise, make the angle less severe.
I thought that they did start the race on the back straight at some point.
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I thought that they did start the race on the back straight at some point.

During the CART era, when it was the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200, I don't remember the race ever starting on the back straight. That doesn't mean it didn't.
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I don't think it ever did.

The trouble with the back stretch is then they're flying into the esse, and not in single file. I'm not sure that that ends up being any better.

Frankly, if it worked for IMSA GTP up through 1991 to just not have the chicane at all, I'd be good taking it out altogether.

It seems like having the track narrow down over hundreds of feet is better than trying to do it practically almost instantly.

I mean, Cleveland proved that there's no amount of room that will be "enough" to prevent Lap 1, Turn 1 issues. And if anything, paving the areas behind the curbs in the chicanes at Surfers Paradise actually made things worse. It was like the guys just charged in even harder after that was done versus when it was grass in those islands.

Checking the 1992 CART broadcast, it seems that the drivers thought the old (1984-91) chicane wasn't slow enough or a good enough passing place. Some of the team owners, and drivers, too, may have come to rue that conclusion.
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I couldnt find anything about starting on the back stretch like Mid-Ohio does. But Mid-Ohio is because of the final turn complex before the start and not the track after. After the start you have to expect the drivers to be adult and when they aren't, well that's what yellows and the penalty chicane is for.

That said it could be reworked to return it to a bit more shallow approach and rework the exit. Give drivers a chance to out-brake and then enough room for two through the final half the corner. Right now it's so square it drives more narrow than it measures, slightly better flow but not so much it's like the bus stop at The Glen and becomes a singular lane.
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