Re: Limiting Speed Creep - Formalizing Penalty Laps?
Our full time 9 year old Lemons E30 has a 2:04 at HPR. We have about 35 races of development with several tweaks and changes. Ultimately it was built by checkbook rules that Lemons allows. With that many races it means I have 150+ hours of endurance racing in it. That lap time was during a WRL race where traffic is much faster and you have some freedom to push it hard. So probably not comparable to a Lemons race with slow traffic to deal with.
To give perspective, we are only a second or two faster than the other fast teams in the Midwest. So maybe a fringe Lemons car, but not really absurd compared to others.
So, again, don’t feel bad about being fast if you want to be fast.
But it’s fun to think about building a reliable slow car too. I smiled a lot driving our Geo back in the day.
I’m not saying this to change your mind, but you have a reliable car that is close to winning a race. Don’t take it for granted what it is teaching you every time you get to the track and are able to churn laps. Broken cars that you can’t drive and just spend all weekend wrenching on certainly amuses the judges, but it doesn’t make you any better at racing.
To give perspective on whether your current car is in the “spirit of Lemons” ... and you definitely are... When we were at HPR with WRL I ran a 2:04 in our Lemons car. You are NOT the issue. We probably are.
Good luck on your car building.
Thanks for the feedback - a lot of it resonates. We've been tossing around a bit - we definitely don't want to drive a car that is constantly breaking, but if we do build another one, it better be entertaining AND mostly reliable. That would be ideal. 90% entertaining racing, 10% lemon-zest. Delicious. A pint of lemon juice (90%) with a crumb of racing (10%) is not my idea of a good time.
As for winning outright, this last race we checked a box of winning A (barely), which was a lot of fun, but also somewhat stressful. Hats off to egesledder - they have built a hell of a machine, and deservedly won overall! I think a "C" car is in our future. We'll keep the other one nearby, jsut in case.
BTW, what Lemons car runs 2:04?? that's ridiculously fast! (too fast for Lemons, as you stated?) I guess WRL is a better match there.