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Old 10-16-2018, 08:25 PM
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I was across from you in the paddocks in the white Corvette Grand Sport - I was sorry to see that happen to you and the others.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:48 PM
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THREE deer hits in one weekend?! Never hauled all the way down to drive/race this track and I don't think I ever will.

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Old 10-16-2018, 09:22 PM
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Summit Point has a SERIOUS problem that they've been ignoring for years. I've seen and watched MANY deer hits at SP Main and I don't even go to that track often.

I was there also and saw the same deer on the track where Bill had his unfortunate incident. It was challenging because the deceased deer was right after you crested the top of hill before going into Turn 4, i.e. you could not see it until you began going downhill at high speed. Don't know who hit it first. The following day at the same event, a Cup car was another unfortunate victim after Turn 2.

New owners have promised deer fencing. It can't come soon enough. And they need to decimate the population within the fence after they put it up, and I don't mean using cars on the track to do so. My apologies if the depopulation comment offends some.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by LuigiVampa View Post
Haven't seen one on track at Summit but almost hit one two years ago pulling into the entrance.
I almost hit a fawn driving to SP last year then almost hit another fawn driving to SP last weekend. Both within 5 miles of the track!
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Coochas View Post
There seem to be an awful lot of deer strikes at this track.
Crazy question, does anyone there dare run open cockpit? Seems like a very bad idea.
Bikes run there all the time. In fact, my first track day on a bike was there - I was naive and had no idea deer were even a problem. Luckily I outgrew the phase quickly and put a cage around myself. I have no problem with SP and think it's a fantastic track, but I probably wouldn't run there much later than the Club Race.
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Old 10-17-2018, 12:57 PM
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My sympathies Bill. I've heard many many stories about the deer there. That's one reason I have not ventured down there to drive that track. But of all the risks you take into account when you enter pit lane, hitting a deer should not be on that list! I hope your car repairs go smoothly. I suppose if there is any consolation it's that we are at the end of the track season in the northeast. Hopefully, you'll be back and ready to go in the spring! Do you have track insurance?
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:25 PM
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https://wvva.com/news/top-stories/20...itting-a-deer/

(WVVA) Drivers in West Virginia have a 1 in 46 chance of striking a deer.

It’s the highest in the country and more than double the national average of 1 in 162.The Mountain State has managed to keep the dangerous distinction for the past 12 years, according to State Farm’s latest deer crash data.The likelihood of hitting a deer in West Virginia is actually down three percent over the previous year. There were 25,176 deer claims reported between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Nationally, there were 1.33 million claims during the same time period. The average cost to fix your vehicle after a deer collision is $4,341, up $162 over the year before. November is the worst month for hitting a deer, followed by October.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by MUSSBERGER View Post
https://wvva.com/news/top-stories/20...itting-a-deer/

(WVVA) Drivers in West Virginia have a 1 in 46 chance of striking a deer.

Itĺs the highest in the country and more than double the national average of 1 in 162

November is the worst month for hitting a deer, followed by October.
Rutting season...

https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/Wild...nistherut.aspx
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They're not deer, they're mobile chicanes.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:49 PM
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Sorry about the damage, Bill.
Hit one myself several years back. Luckily a small one so not a tremendous repair bill.

Was flagging at the club race several years ago and was stationed at T4 on Friday practice day. I hear the fastest group coming out of the pits for a warm-up session, and just as the lead car comes out of T3, I see 3 deer start to make their way out of the woods at the end of the concrete wall at T4 and head for the other side. I've never waved a yellow so vigorously before. Lead car (a modified 914, IIRC) locks up after cresting the hill before T4 and manages to stop a few feet from hitting the deer. Luckily trailing cars also slowed so thankfully no contact.

That video brings a new meaning to 'red mist'...
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by cstyles View Post
https://youtu.be/N3qo1de-iYk

Is this the same track?
Holy Crap!! Obliterated. So glad no one was hurt.
That's some graphic video ya got right there..
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ProCoach View Post
Quite familiar with that. I probably pass 10 kills a day on my way to and from work. The road that Christian Zugel lives on is probably the worst around here.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:30 PM
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Thanks for the kind words. Upon initial inspection the damage is mostly cosmetic. Hoping a new bumper cover and a few plastic bits plus paint fixes it. I set a new PB after the hit.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by PGas32 View Post
Bikes run there all the time. In fact, my first track day on a bike was there - I was naive and had no idea deer were even a problem. Luckily I outgrew the phase quickly and put a cage around myself. I have no problem with SP and think it's a fantastic track, but I probably wouldn't run there much later than the Club Race.
I can't imagine a motorcycle hitting one. D'oh a deer.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Coochas View Post
I can't imagine a motorcycle hitting one. D'oh a deer.
Oh my, it's been done!

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