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    Daytona speedway

    Can someone explain to me how large ovals like Daytona work. I did a tiny race yesterday, qualified 1st out of 3 (with like 80 ms gap). I feel not thanks to driving skill but I put a little more air in my tires or something like that.

    Then on the start P2 passed me (I am not good at rolling starts). And then for 10 laps I was between 0.490 and 0.530 behind him, flat out all the time (in the pseudo-NASCAR car), very boring. What is one supposed to do in these races.
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    I'd say have more cars in the field.

    But the reality is they should have a restrictor in them that keeps the field close together. So you're supposed to use the draft, the air to get ahead and block to stay ahead.

    Kind of counter intuitive, especially with the blocking, but a bigger field, you will have more fun.
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    What is one supposed to do?

    Go fast and go straight.
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    The question is what separates fast from not so fast? As I said, for 10 laps I kept pedal to the metal and neither gained on nor lost time to the other guy
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    I'd see how far you can push that radiator tolerance.

    plus cover the brake ducts that will give you more straight line speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PawelK View Post
    The question is what separates fast from not so fast? As I said, for 10 laps I kept pedal to the metal and neither gained on nor lost time to the other guy
    Aside from the other comments, the idea is to use the least amount of steering as possible to take the corners. Start the corners wide and turn only the amount needed to make the corner. When you turn, don't do it abruptly. Make your steering inputs smooth as this helps keep your speed up. Draft the car(s) in front as much as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahjik View Post
    Aside from the other comments, the idea is to use the least amount of steering as possible to take the corners. Start the corners wide and turn only the amount needed to make the corner. When you turn, don't do it abruptly.
    Yes that's what I did. The car in front did the same. This is why nothing changed :-)
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