I keep reading about driver's missing their chute flag and not turning when they are supposed to, and have a suggestion that could help solve that problem and also make driving the course more user friendly.
I propose that easily readable signs with numeric designation be sequentially fastened to the parking meter posts in the chute, lowest number near the bottom, highest near the top (of the chute, not the parking meter post!) The signs would be made of poster board, foam board, or similar material that won't cause injury in a wreck. I envision them being something like 1 -2' in size (roughly the size of speed limit sign) for easy visibility from the top of the chute. It is imperative the location of the numerical signs remain consistent from FR to FR and for the race.
Drivers could be instructed (especially newbies) to "Start your turn at #3" .... and then they can fine tune their subsequent turn-in points as they deem appropriate, using the sequential numerical signs as guide posts. I would add a stripe of paint at each parking meter post, perpendicular to the curbing, on the pavement sticking out into the street, so the driver can tell when he/she is passing over that mark.
This system is similar to the markers used in auto racing as a driver approaches a corner -- there are numerical signs that indicate the remaining distance to the entrance of the next corner on the track -- the drivers typically use the numbers to know when to get off the gas and onto the brakes and still make it around the corner. For Sweepstakes, the sequential numbering would simply be an aid to knowing when to turn in, and is an adjunct to the corner flagger.
In order facilitate driver visibility, onlookers would have to stay back behind the parking meters.
Alternatively, the signs could be placed in between hay bales instead of on the parking meter posts (this is probably the best location for visibility reasons.) The point is to uniformly space the signs and paint stripes so the drivers have a "count down" to their preferred turn-in point, and gives them something else to go by if they can't see the flagger very well.
Lastly, in keeping with the nerdly tradition of CMU, I propose the sequence of parking meter post numerical signs use the following sequence: from bottom to top of the chute: -1, 0, 1, sqrt2, 2, e, 3 pi, 4, etc.... (sign placement is not to scale)
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