The whole article is worth a read, but here are some of the highlights for me:
On Driver Standards:
"Drivers in all classes commented that there were several drivers who appeared to have little or no idea throughout the event how to position themselves on the track. One professional driver told DSC this: "I race with Pro-am teams a lot and I have never seen anything like it out there. There are drivers, lots of drivers, that are wandering all over the track. On just about every lap of the weekend I was going into corners, and alongside cars in straight line and was being turned in on. It wasn't defensive driving, it wasn't aggression, it was just straight up poor driving.""
'The high profile disbanding of the ALMS IMSA Safety Team after the end of the 2013 season raised plenty of eyebrows, safety should always be at the core of the way a race meeting is organised and conducted and this seemed a decision that was doomed to be re-assessed in the wake of any serious incident.
What is apparent though is that it took 64 seconds for the first fire tender to arrive, and that it then pulled up in harms way, causing a further 20 second delay before the tender could be placed in a position from which the fire could begin to be fought. Much has been said about how long the fire took to be finally extinguished too but it's the response time that concerns this writer the most. That needs to be looked at very carefully – and fast!"
On Commentary (which, did you know MRN has a food show?):
"There's good news and bad news over the MRN radio coverage – The good news is that Greg Creamer, added post Daytona, was right on his game, added enormously to the quality of the broadcast and gave the listeners at least some semblance of a knowledgable anchor.
Beyond that though there was precious little to admire. Honestly if one of your lead commentators can't even be bothered to pronounce Sebring properly then there has to be a question or several asked as to what genuine right he has to be doing the job in the first place.
I'm happy enough to have a chuckle about the odd mangled name or several (dozen) but there is little or no sign of this team having done their homework, no sign of them coming to say hello and do some fact gathering in the press room, and not a lot of sign of the same happening in the paddock either."
"After the self inflicted gunshot wound to the foot that was the GTD result at Daytona the last thing that was needed was a repeat at Sebring.
The good news was that the same error wasn't repeated, the bad news is that what actually happened was far, far worse.
To lose out on that because of poor officiating is a massive blow to his team's season, and to the credibility of the new Series, not just in the eyes of the team involved but to everyone in the paddock, the press room and in the stands.
It's difficult enough to understand how on earth this could happen, but it's beyond even that level of incredulity that applies when hearing that no appeal was allowed, and that no retrospective adjustment could be made. Remember the race had hours still to run, and the AJR team apparently had footage that proved their point. We are back, with a vengeance, to that earlier point about customer respect and potentially another about the professionalism on display amongst those making decisions that matter on a sporting and financial level. Remember that this is, by a distance, the most expensive sportier Championship, car for car, on the planet – Those budgets are tough to come by and tougher still to continue to justify"
Sebring was a farce. And why was it a farce?