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    Default 1974 Porsche IROC Series, Season 6 - Road Atlanta - Apr. 3rd

    Welcome Drivers:
    Here are details for the 1974 Porsche IROC Series, Season 6 Race 5 (final race). Using The "Porsche 911 RSR" mod for Automobilista (AMS).
    All drivers are welcome.


    Our fifth and final race in the series is April 3, 2018 at Road Atlanta, Qualifying at 8PM CST/9PM EST
    (full schedule below)

    Location: Braselton, Georgia - 2.540 miles / 4.088 km


    Road Atlanta, located in Braselton, Georgia, is home to the famed Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour, 1,000-mile event that has annually drawn the biggest names and cars in sportscar racing. That such an event should find a home deep in stockcar racing's heartland is perhaps a surprise, but Road Atlanta has established a rich road racing heritage, right from its earliest days.
    The 12-turn track was the brainchild of David Sloyer, Earl Walker and Arthur Montgomery, who conceived the sprawling facility on a 750-acre tract of land in Hall County. Work began in 1969 and continued into the following year. As work progressed on the $1.3million facility, Road Atlanta got its first big break, when the Can-Am Championship announced that the new facility would replace flood damaged Bridgehampton in September.
    The rush was on to complete the circuit in time but, remarkably, the track emerged from the red Georgia clay in just six months. When the excavation, grading and surfacing was complete, a fast and challenging road racing circuit lay in wait for the Can-Am stars – possibly one of the best in North Amercia.
    From the start, the lap climbed uphill through the sweeping first turn to a series of esses which guided the cars along a snake-like course to the foot of the hill, before a further climb took drivers through a series of turns onto the long back straight. This plunged downhill through a compression before swinging to the left and uphill, turning right through a cutting and under a bridge in dramatic style, before then careening back downhill through a high speed right-hander and back to the start.
    The first race was held on September 13, 1970. Vic Elford, in a Chaparral 2J, won pole and Tony Dean, in a Porsche 908/02, won the 300 km Can-Am event, with Stirling Moss as the Grand Marshal. A huge crowd gathered to watch the most sophisticated cars of the day turn 75 laps on the brand new circuit.
    Through the 1970s, the circuit continued to thrive, with Can-Am returning and visits from Formula 5000, IMSA Camel GT and Trans Am, as well as several SCCA events - including the annual Valvoline Runoffs - all helping to bolster the racing calendar. Even NASCAR paid a visit, with the Camaros, Mustangs and Firebirds, of the Grand American division taking part in the Lanier 250 in May of 1973. Among the drivers that day was the moustachioed Amercian comedian Dick Smothers, co-driving in John Greenwood's Chevrolet.
    Road Atlanta was sold in 1978 and went through a number of owners in a short period of time, creating a downward spiral of the track's fortunes. Racing continued much as it always had, but it was clear that money was lacking for any significant improvements. Safety, in particular through the dip at the end of the back straight, was becoming marginal as speeds grew ever higher.
    The only significant change through the 1980s was the insertion of a chicane along the back straight, though it's unclear that it was ever used in serious competition; most series appeared content to continue on with the course in its original form.
    By 1993 things had come to a head under the ownership of the Whittington brothers and the track entered into bankruptcy. A partnership between business executives Frank Drendel, Jim Kanely, Eddie Edwards and Bill Waddell was formed to purchase the track. The next three years saw gradual improvements made, including building renovations, a track widening and resurfacing project and landscaping of the ground. But the owners lacked the kind of capital that could return Road Atlanta to its glory days and overcome the previous decade's lack of investment.
    Enter Dr. Don Panoz. The developer of the nicotine patch and founder of neighboring Chateau Elan Winery and Resort, Panoz got into the automotive field when his son Danny began producing the Panoz Roadster. The elder Panoz realized what great potential Road Atlanta possessed and bought the facility in November 1996.
    He hired Bob Barnard, who had cut his teeth designing the Adelaide Grand Prix circuit among other ventures, and tasked him with redesigning the course and facilities. At the end of 1997, construction began on a new left-right chicane section at the end of the back straight, designed to elimate the infamous dip and slow speeds under the bridge. At the same time, new short and club courses were constructed and miles of concrete barriers and runoff areas installed. A 100 foot tunnel also improved infield access, while renovated garages graced the pitlane.
    More ambitious plans to build a complete new pit and paddock area on the opposite side of the track formed phase two of the $6million renovations. The new pitlane was incomplete by the start of the racing season and would be finished part way through 1998.
    The track's signature event was born when Panoz announced he had agreement to host Le Mans style racing under IMSA auspices that October. The 10 hour or 1,000 mile race was dubbed the Petit Le Mans and attracted the crème of sportscar racing for a season finale. That first race was memorable for many reasons, not least the spectacular backflip made by the pole winning Porsche as it passed behind a lapped car over the hump on the backstretch. The car was destroyed, but driver Yannick Dalmas emerged unscathed. The race was won by Wayne Taylor, Eric Van de Poele and Emmanuel Collard in a Ferrari 333SP in the GT1 class, and the event became an instant classic.
    The next year, Panoz became one of the founders of the American Le Mans Series, and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta became one of the highlights of the series calendar, always attracting additional overseas visitors for the season finale.
    Changes continued apace and in 2003 a new complex featuring a flip-flop chicane was inserted at Turn 3 for the exclusive use of motorcycle racing. It drew a mixed response from riders.
    Prior to the 2007 Petit Le Mans, the entire track surface was repaved. The works also included moving the walls in the Esses away from the track, with the intention of improved driver safety and better sight lines for spectators.
    More extensive alterations came in 2008, aimed at further improving safety for motorcycle racers. An auxiliary Turn 12, offering a safer and slower transition to the start-finish line straight was created, requiring considerable excavation and a realignment of the original pit lane entry. Elsewhere, a second chicane was inserted ahead of the Esses, resulting in a different racing line and additional runoff room.
    The riders greeted the new Turn 12 with some enthusiasm but the same could not be said for the Esses chicane. While many thought it was a fun challenge to ride over a single lap, all felt it would be unsuitable for racing and could actually cause more problems that it solved. In the end, it has never been used in anger.
    In September 2012, the track was purchased by NASCAR as part of its acquisition of Panoz Motorsports group. The Petit Le Mans has continued on under NASCAR's ownership, this time as the showpiece event of the unified United SportsCar Championship. Stock car racing has also made its return, with Road Atlanta added to the NASCAR K&N East development series from 2013 onwards.
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    ~ In your TRACK list, the track is:
    "Addon Tracks\Road Atlanta\Road Atlanta - Spring"
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    ~ Race length is 45 minutes.
    ~ Race Pit Speed 37mph/60kph (pitstop not required)
    ~ Do not use off-course areas to gain an advantage.
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    Race Day and Time:
    Tuesday, April 3rd,
    Server Name: MNRL CMSRACING.COM
    Qualifying at 8PM CST/9PM EST (15 minutes)
    Warmup, 5 minutes,
    Race Start: ( MNRL TWO WIDE MANUAL FORMATION LAP START, SEE BELOW FOR START PROCEDURE )
    ~Server Settings

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    FORMATION LAP START PROCEDURE
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    TWO WIDE MANUAL FORMATION LAP START!
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    When lights turn green, proceed double file at a pace set by the pole man.
    UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED, POLE MAN IS TO PACE THE
    FIELD AT 50 MPH (80KPH) UNTIL THE CHAT "GREEN FLAG GREEN FLAG" IS DISPLAYED.

    ~PLEASE MAINTAIN A 2 TO 3 CAR LENGTH GAP TO THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU.
    ESPECIALLY AT THE END OF THE FORMATION LAP BEFORE WE GET TO THE GREEN STARTING ZONE.

    ~BRAKE WARMING IS ALLOWED BUT PLEASE DO SO WHILE MAINTAINING YOUR GAP AS TO NOT CAUSE STACK BRAKING OF THE CARS BEHIND YOU.

    ~PENALTIES MAY BE ASSESSED FOR LACK OF GAP MAINTENANCE.

    ~IF YOU SPIN OFF THE TRACK DURING THE FORMATION LAP PLEASE MOVE TO THE END OF THE LONGEST LINE.

    ~IN THE CASE THAT A DRIVER IN FRONT OF YOU IN YOUR LINE DOESN'T MAKE THE GRID OR SPINS OFF DURING THE FORMATION LAP YOU ARE TO MOVE FORWARD AND FILL THE GAP. YOU WILL NOT BE PENALIZED FOR PASSING.

    ~NO TIRE WARMING.
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    When you see "GREEN FLAG GREEN FLAG" in your AutoChat, the race begins for all.
    (Entire field does not have to be in the start area for race to start)

    RACE CAN START ANYWHERE IN THE GREEN START AREA,
    WATCH FOR THE "GREEN FLAG GREEN FLAG" IN CHAT TO START THE RACE!
    Note: !CMS ORANGE ZONE RULE IS IN EFFECT! The Green Starting Area is also considered part of the Orange Zone.
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    Race review and penalties:
    The race review team will review the start after each race, as well as review any incidents for which an incident protest was filed, and issue any penalties as appropriate. The results of these reviews will be posted no later than one week before the next event. All drivers are required to read the race review/penalty thread before the upcoming race so that they will be aware if they are required to serve any penalties. Any driver receiving a penalty will also be notified via PM. NOTE: Unless otherwise specified in the driver briefing for an event, the review team typically will only review the start for each event. Therefore if you experience an incident during an event that happens after the Start, you will need to use our Incident Protest Form to file an official protest if you wish to have it reviewed.

    !!!PLEASE be familiar with CMS rules and regulations!!!
    Rules and Regulations
    Protests
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    Server should be up shortly after the previous race.
    In the SERVER LIST, look for
    MNRL CMSRACING.COM ...

    1974 Porsche IROC Series schedule is as follows:

    (Click each track name for the relevant download from CMS storage)

    February 6 - Cordoba

    February 20 - Goiania

    March 6 - VIR

    March 27 - Barcelona (2003 layout/spring)

    April 3, 2018 - Road Atlanta


    The Porsche 911 RSR mod can be found here -RSR74_V1.12
    Here are the download links for the custom skins and the SRS update.
    Everyone will also need to download and install these :
    MNRL Skin Pack
    SRS update
    Note: (If you are getting a Vehicle Collision Mismatch There has probably been an update to the Skin Pack. Please re-download and reinstall the MNRL Skin Pack).


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    Automobilista on Steam



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    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE CHIEF STEWARD:

    As usual, the lift/blip is in effect. Repetitive speedshifting
    will result in motor damage and failure.
    Lift and Blip Video


    (Att: All Drivers!) !PLEASE GO HERE TO PICK A CAR! Drivers interested in registering for this series, please visit the car selection thread.
    1974 Porsche IROC (AMS) Series Details and Car Selection Thread.
    Last edited by Joe Miller; 04-03-2018 at 09:51 PM.

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    Aww crap. After my internet disconnect this week, I have to seriously think whether I want to try and redeem myself with a podium finish that was robbed from me at a track I probably ran 1,000 laps on in Forza Motorsport 2 or try to conquer one of my worst tracks, Texas.. Hmm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Cohn View Post
    Aww crap. After my internet disconnect this week, I have to seriously think whether I want to try and redeem myself with a podium finish that was robbed from me at a track I probably ran 1,000 laps on in Forza Motorsport 2 or try to conquer one of my worst tracks, Texas.. Hmm....
    1000 laps you say?
    Pfffftttt! ....amateur!
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    Ouch, I was thinking in a 2 week gap for this race. Good thing that I checked today again!
    This is going to be tough for me to practice. Fortunately I think I have the setup from the test race.



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    Unfortunately probably going to miss this one as I have a settle to score with Texas, that track almost made me quit sim racing 4 years ago. Also, PMd you Jason.

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    This is not a proper 911 3.0 Road Atlanta race thread until this video exists within it.
    So, here again we have...




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    I might miss this race. Have a ton of stuff going on around the house. Inside and out. I'd hate to miss the last race of the series, but we'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Beck View Post
    I might miss this race. Have a ton of stuff going on around the house. Inside and out. I'd hate to miss the last race of the series, but we'll see.



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    Until saw the Boxter, I thought it was an SVRA event but, it's one of the Fest the HSR runs every year.

    Nice clip, thx.

    We don't have the same corner 5 !!!

    The HSR event: thedrive.com porsche-racing-history-gets-the-celebration-it-deserves-at-the-mitty
    Last edited by Gilles Lalonde; 04-03-2018 at 05:53 PM.
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    have a good one guys, have to miss out due to other pressures piling up.
    Cheers, Matthew
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