Pitstop - NASCAR 101
Since we have some new entries this season and some of them are newcomers to the oval sim sport, let's take a closer look at some of the oval's characteristics.
We start with a simple rule lesson.
Green flag: Sure, with the green flag the race starts (again) and you can accelerate. But here are a few things to note. In contrast to the VO rules, even with the green flag till start and finish the position must be kept. Similarly, the VO deviates from the fact that up to this flag the pace must be maintained. In real, the leader may already dictate the pace as soon as the pace car no longer drives in front of the field.
Yellow flag: It should be known to everyone that there was an accident on the track. Likewise, that one no longer drives with racing speed, is clear. But that does not mean that you should brake immediately. Rather, one should keep his line as possible and slowly reduce the speed. If you see an accident, you should react accordingly and adjust line and speed if necessary. On confusing routes, like Bristol, you should always be ready for braking. The accident is appears usually faster than you think.
Blue flag with diagonal yellow line: Yes, what is that? This flag is the least noticed and is still important. It is shown to laped or slow drivers to let the faster ones through. So if you believed that there was no blue flag in the oval you should have been better informed. Unfortunately in iRacing this flag does not exist in the oval. That just means: gentleman's agreement.
Black Flag: The driver has to get into the pit with this flag in real immediately, because the official want to take a closer look. A disqualification does not necessarily have to follow. In iRacing, on the other hand, you get the flag to complete a penalty. You should pay attention to whether you should go behind the field under yellow or must visist the pits within three laps under green.
White Flag: Signals the last lap and at the same time at a GWC that there will be no further GWC attempt.
Checkered flag: You should see this first if possible, but usually only one of 30-40 riders does so. ;-)
Red Flag: Race stopped, but it´s not included at iRacing.
Black and white flag: No further scoring of the driver, but it´s not included in iRacing.
Black-Orange Flag: Does not exist in the oval, but in iRacing. The car is too damaged and needs to be repaired. Otherwise, the black flag follows.
And try to listen to your spotter. He usually tells you what to do. And if we have the time we will explain a Dirt Racer what a spotter is. ;-)