OK, so we are back to traffic deaths and all that good jazz. Not even a year ago I heard a news story that infuriated me so much I was ready to jump in my grocery getter and go downtown Cincinnati to the local station to yell into someone's face. Very briefly, jist of it was that "causes were not clear and the accident is being investigated" when a 22 years old run into a power line pole at 2 AM in the middle of the sharp corner.
TL; DR people, leave. It will be long. Ish.
What I wanted to tell that "journalist" in the face was many, many things ... and it is a good one that I let it go. So I had more than a year to ponder about the language, semantics, and all of that good stuff. So, I came up with a question for "general population" - you know? when you get downgraded to just plugging the guy in the head with baseball bat and he survives while really cool cats reside in the "death row"? That.
So ... I am the stereotype of your average Porsche owner. White, 50-ish, "gym" is a distant and annoying relative to avoid at all costs, balding. And no driving talent to speak of. Very important, that one. But, I still participated to more than 20 weekends on a racetrack. Barely enough to get me into open-lapping Fridays without instructor, not to sign me into any paying gig for my driving skills. Now, please do not hate me, but this is the snapshot of 99% of people showing up on the racetrack any given Friday/Saturday/Sunday as organized by PCA. Yes judge? ... Yes, I will get to the point shortly, thank you for your lenience.
It doesn't matter in which group you drive (D,C,B,A or A/I), exception made for open lapping Fridays, MOST people on the track are fitting my stereotype (or "archetype" if you are into Jung). Yet, these people, with no driving talent to speak of (otherwise, they would not be at Mid-Ohio testing a new suspension setup on their own dime, they would be at La Sarthe second weekend of June) are driving to the edge of their performance envelope (in n/10ths) or driving their car to the car's performance envelope (10/10ths) - all the while mingling with other talent-less people on the track at the same time.
One more important point ... Yes, Judge, I'm definitely getting there. ... Thank you, Your Honor. The cars we drive on the track ... they are NOT racecars. For two reasons. First being they are driven by mostly talentless Average Joes, not Scott Speed or Jimmie Johnson or Lewis Hamilton or similar. The second being that most of them are mostly stock. Racecar has : full cage protecting you, 6-points harness keeping you in the seat with almost zero movement allowed, fire extinguisher, suspension setup that allows use of slick tires - way safer that street going DOT legal tires, brakes that never fade - under any condition. Most of us have not even 33% of the list above.
Now from everything you heard and hold dear, if you believe THAT, there should be a "Dud Semetary" (for Stephen King fans) right next to the track because there will be Deathfest going on every weekend if you let loose talent-less average Joes to push performance envelope of their driving skill and their street-legal cars with no real protection for the racetrack "Oh $hit!" moments. Yet ... I still have to see a car leaving track on a tow truck. Sure, I saw many, many Ego-killing tows after track went under black flag, but I still have to see a tow truck dragging damaged goods away from the paddock, ambulance taking someone away or, god forbid, hearse taking someone away. It's. Just. Not. Happening.
Now consider how we die on a stupid Walmart intersection with 35 mph speed limit. Why isn't ANYONE asking the right question? The right question being : why aren't these morons dying in droves? Every. Single. Weekend. ?!?
Answer? It has NOTHING to do with technology. As a matter of fact, clubs started to put in bold font notices like (not verbatim) : "Cars equipped with any kind of driver's aid must have them turned off. Any car that can activate brakes without driver input will not be allowed on track."
Find the answer, enforce it and your deaths/1,000,000,000 miles traveled will HALF, if not THIRD. ZERO "tech" needed, only the old-fashioned, DNA-made, inferior beings. Yes, of course I know the answer, but good luck with it. In this country, "Tech" is the answer, f%^&$ck anything else. Because progress. And because "too fu$%^&king lazy", of course. Let's see, especially from the "tech" people, why is it that even accidents are rare in that extreme environment, let alone deaths or serious injuries. This should be fun