By Mike Nyden, Sonnenschein Region PCA
Between our PCA Sim Racing Series are events called Prelude (between Series races). These non-points, low-pressure events are good practice and testing sessions for the main Series events and a great way to visit with friends.
What is “Prelude” and what is its purpose?
Early during season one, the thought occurred that a friendly and low-stress event, run on the same track as the event broadcast, might be a way to enjoy racing our Porsches while encouraging interaction and friendship. While originally conceived as a competitive “get together” and practice session using that season’s setup, it became clear pretty quickly that people looked forward to it. It’s fun.
During Season 1, members of the Steering Committee realized that these sessions had the potential to influence various parts of the event broadcast.
With everyone participating in the “Big Show”, the Prelude is not only a great place for racers to get in some practice, but the organizers used the information and feedback to help set time of day for the tracks to make the best viewing and racing, get feedback on setups for each track, and collect information about track limits, the impact of heat and other things that can make a race more fun and enjoyable. As necessary, using the info gathered, slight adjustments have been made.
Not just a practice session anymore
While we hope you enjoy the sessions, please know that you’re actually helping shape the upcoming events with your feedback and participation.
Thanks for being a part of the fun. It wouldn’t be the same without you!