February 18, 2013
So This Happened, You Be The Judge
Let's start with the outcome, not much damage on the cars, bent wheels and rubbed rear fenders. For CG though, the PCA came down hard: he was deemed 100% at fault, forbidden to race for the rest of the week end (this was the first of a series of races in the context of the annual 48 Hours at Sebring event, week end down the drain) and given a 13/13 probation, meaning if he's involved in another incident in the next 13 months he will be barred from racing for 13 months.
The reason given for the harsh penalty was that an overtaking driver is 100% responsible for making a pass which does not result in contact, this apparently true even if the other car turns in on him!
In this specific case, CG out-brakes the green car and cannot move much further to the left since he has the the white and red car on the inside. He was door to door with the green car when contact occurred, rear right to rear left.
Sebring's turn 1 is perhaps the widest turn in all of motorsport, how CG could have been found 100% at fault in this situation is beyond me, a racing incident at the very least. I was under the impression that PCA racing, while designed to look after doctor cars, was still racing, not something requiring point bys ...
What are your thoughts?
Here is the incident from onboard another car, right behind at the start.