Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
I was surprised at the anger coming out of Carl's camp - whether he was the leader or not, he clearly jumped the restart and got nailed for it. Tony getting off the line slow just made it obvious.
And I'm sure it wasn't Carl or one of his teammates that threw that bottle out on the track and caused the caution that cost Tony the win. [I love a good conspiracy theory.
BTW, if I had been Tony, I think I would have gambled and went with just two tires or maybe even no pit stop at all on that final caution for a couple of reasons. First, his pit crew was slow on every stop and costing him a couple of spots every time. Second, his setup was terrible at the start of each run and was best after about 15 laps. Third he only had about 20 laps on the tires and they were working well. Maybe he would have finally gotten a good launch without spinning his tires on the warmer set of tires.
This race also highlighted a pet peeve of mine: Why the hell have tire warmers been banned in all these racing series?
I'd think they be required from a safety standpoint since it's dangerous as hell having cars running around on 10lbs of air pressure in cold tires at the start of a run. But almost every racing series has banned tire warmers for some reason unknown to me.