Pepe Higdon

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In Topic: S21 R12 Phoenix International Raceway

15 September 2018 - 11:27 AM

You lapped the field, Rob. I doubt anyone will be filing a protest.  :)

This was truly a great job by all at a dangerous place. There was barely contact anywhere --- 1,178 laps altogether (including the pace) --- and certainly no catastrophic crashes. I hope the D2 race can come even remotely close to how classy all you guys are every week.

In Topic: Monza

08 September 2018 - 10:29 PM

Yeah, I see in the replay the both of us coming down the back straight with serious enthusiasm, Claudio on the left side of the track and I inadvertently blocking him by keeping to the right. I think I didn't know he was there at all until it was too late to change my position from inside to outside. The last time I'd seen him he'd been heading toward the grandstand 50' beyond the S/F line, 90 degrees off the racing line. I must have thought at the time that no one could have made up that much ground in 3/4ths of a single lap, yet he'd done just that.

As I said, I never fight guys like this for position. He's not a G3 because he's slipping money to Bo through PayPal before every race. He's going to be ahead of me at the end of the day, there's nothing I can do about it, so why try to postpone the inevitable? There was a lap early on when I ended up riding the rail through Curva Grande rather than kill the poor car. If there is anything like the Original Sin in racing, it's that. You are so lame that your best shot at a good lap at Monza is to accelerate your poverty-stricken ass through the first turn by hugging onto the rail. Don Dodge was behind me going through there. He had to see what I'd done. No one with any sense of honor in this game can let that stand. As soon as we went into (or out of) the Lesmos, I pulled over and let him by me. If I'm going to beat the guy who's behind me in Curva Grande, it can't be because I've ridden the rail to stay in front.

As I've said before, if this game were easy, anyone could play it.

In Topic: Monza

08 September 2018 - 08:07 PM

View PostDDodge, on 08 September 2018 - 12:44 PM, said:

Maybe I'm just not good enough to be in this league.

Stop it. Last year in the full-length race at Rouens I could never get close enough to you to hit you with a howitzer. This game is not for the faint of heart. You've already demonstrated a lot of that, so get ready for Phoenix. That's going to make today's outing look like a round of bingo in the nursing home.  :)

In Topic: Monza

08 September 2018 - 07:27 PM

This may be the most circled track in GPL but it isn't one of my favorites. I've never figured a way to go around it without embarrassing myself, and today was no different. My qualifying was about as expected --- 12th --- and I was involved in a minor way in Claudio's dust up in the first 50 yards when Bob Holada tapped me slightly and put me into the fence on the left side. The more serious problem came later on the first lap when I saw Claudio coming up behind me fast as we shot down the back straight, I quivering and fearful to the inside. There was no point in my fighting the guy, so I slowed w-a-y before my braking point. I thought he could overtake me easily and cut toward the inside of Parabolica without a lot of effort, but he kept going into the sand. End of race for Claudio. I couldn't maintain my hugging of the curb, slid out to the left, and if Claudio hadn't already been out of the race, I would have put the both of us in the DFN column. I would like someone more knowledgeable than I about such things to take a look at that and tell me what I should have done other than what I did do.

On a lap much later on I managed to smack the guard rail at the exit to Ascari, perform a perfect 360, and yet continue on track, possibly without even a downshift. For my Academy Award winning stuntman performance there I will no doubt receive an Oscar nomination, but what in fact I have already received is a serious damage report as well as a few minor ones. Until that point I'd been leading the team in the fewest repairs category. That distinction may have gone with the wind tonight. I have not looked at the coins report, fearing the worst.

The two-hour session as Monza was but a warm-up for the real driving I had to do immediately upon the conclusion of today's race. Within half an hour of the checkered flag, my wife and I had piled into the car and were heading north on Interstate 95 from Daytona Beach, FL to Lumberton, NC, just short of 500 miles through traffic that made me long for the peace and tranquility of the track in Italy. We survived and are now enjoying a glass of a fine box wine, vintage Cardboardeaux, in our room at the Best Western. Rockingham is not far away, but it will be P.I.R. I'll be dreaming about tonight.

As usual, I apologize wholeheartedly for any problems I may have caused to anyone on the track today. I never mean it, I often don't even know that I've done anything wrong, but I seek forgiveness anyway.

In Topic: Regarding Race At Pir/ Rolling Or Standing Start Debate

06 September 2018 - 10:12 AM

Gotcha.  :)

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