munudeges wrote:Large puddles? They're lakes that invite uncontrolled aquaplaning and a ludicrous track surface that invites accidents. I'm afraid it's not 'skill' driving on that as some desperately try and tell us, it's pot luck. No, I've never seen Monaco or even Macau like that and neither has anyone else.
They are? Well, I suppose it's magic that the World Challenge cars are able to race and, many times, fight two wide at this street circuits then going through those "lakes" that you described. I suppose it's also magic that the World Challenge cars didn't aquaplane as much as you described.
Just an FYI the surface is concrete. It's the exact same surface as Sebring which ALMS holds the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring at. I've never heard Audi, Peugeot, or any team from ALMS complain about the concrete surface despite how bumpy it is and how strange the transitions can be like here at Houston.
Oh... another thing about Sebring... it's rained heavily there as well
Again... concrete surface... Similar conditions to Houston. Yet... no complaints from the WEC teams or ALMS teams?
munudeges wrote:Franchitti retired after that accident, not after any previous ones, and it was pretty clear it was more violent than most can imagine.
Had Franchitti not been involved in 3 previous back injuring shunts in both NASCAR and IndyCar he wouldn't have had to retire from that accident. Franchitti's retirement was a build up. It wasn't completely because of one specific shunt. That's what I'm trying to point out and what you are refusing to get (despite, assuming based on your comments, not following Franchitti's career)
munudeges wrote:It never ceases to amaze the mental gymnastics that are performed over Indycar's pretty obvious, and not so obvious, problems.
It never ceases to amaze me how closed minded some can be. It's obvious you dont follow ALMS, IndyCar, or NASCAR (judging by your ignorance of Franchitti's injuries in NASCAR). And, again judging by your ignorant comments, you've probably never watched the 12 Hours of Sebring (which is one of the races Audi uses to prepare for Le Mans btw) or a Houston race (that same track was used in ChampCar, Indycar, and World Challenge... just an fyi this isn't a "new" track). So tell me. On such little information and Franchitti needing to retire from the wreck he had at Houston you've decided to condemn IndyCar, the Houston track, and... essentially... any track with a concrete surface?