I went to all but one of the freerolls (Easter Morning) this Spring. Which means I got up early for rolls a total of four times this Spring. There were not 5 weekends of rolls, but 5 days. And yet people are going "Where's the speed?"
Yes, teams should have rolled over Spring Break. But even then I think they would have had one day not cancelled by weather. For those of you not paying attention:
IT WAS THE WEATHER.
Not that weather affects speed, we set 2:06.2 in ~40degrees, it affects practice. It affects the drivers, of course, but also pushers and mechanics. You can't become proficient at something as weird as buggy w/o doing it over and over. With temperatures lower than on average (~10 degrees lower over most of March), you have drivers freezing their lil' spandex covered buns off, trying to concentrate, not fog up or cramp up, and pushers constricted by layers or freezing and pulling muscles. Push Practice really suffered too. Go to weather.com or your favorite weather site that has past weather conditions. I believe there were a few weeks with only one or two nights out of five for Push Practice, most of them cancelled because of snow or rain, not cold. Teams opted to condition instead, but you can't learn pushing on a track or in a stairwell or in the gym. I think a major portion of the slowness was in technique on the Hills.
With the buggies, the students are often reckless, as we all were, but none of them are quite crazy enough to go wheels out on that little bit of practice. Look at SDC dropping (being forced to drop?) two (2) teams. Yes they were switching ends in the chute, but they were getting better, IMO. A few more days and they would have that slide down enough to at least race. This event is one of the few that offers so little time on the racing course before going full speed. And some folks on the active "How to Improve Buggy" thread thinks we should make Truck Weekend MORE competitive. Three days then full speed to get your heat selection? No thanks.
how the mighty have fallen