July 3, 2015
You be the Steward: Track Position
Let's put you, the reader, in race steward shoes again. This time it's four rather than two wheels and the consequences of the on track action, spectacularly more severe.
Challenge Car Racing is a independent racing series with no affiliation with Ferrari, it is high end club racing for owners of Challenge cars of different vintages, from 355 to 458. Round four of the series took place at Road America as a support to Pirelli World Cup.
The Ferrari 458 driven by Jim Booth and the 430 of Steve Hill touched on what on a track map looks like a straight but in reality is a significant left kink approaching the turn 5 braking zone.
The resulting video is both one of the most spectacular and graphic depictions of a crash ever recorded thanks to the multiple cameras on Booth's car and a testament to great engineering at Maranello: the driver walked away from a 150 mph crash, the 458's front and back windows still completely intact.
But now you make the call: would you rule against the black 430 for blocking or the red 458 for sticking its nose where it should not have been?