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June 01, 2011


Marty Perry

Enjoyed this foray out of the board room.

In Hildebrand's telling, the issue is more complex which may make it even more case study worthy. He cites a fuel issue and his spotters' suggestion that the competition was closer on his tail than it was. In his mind if he lifted for Kimball and had to re-accelerate, he might have a fuel problem. Decision making under uncertainty.

His decision may be more understandable than Jacobellis's.

Hildebrand, who inherited the lead when Baguette pitted, said he was trying to conserve fuel (he last pitted on Lap 164) on the white flag lap.

“I knew we were really tight on fuel coming to the end, and the spotters were in my ear saying, ‘The guys are coming and they’re coming hard,’ ” said Hildebrand. “We had to conserve a little fuel and the tires were coming to the end of their stint. I was hanging a little on to get the thing around.

“I made a judgment call catching up on the 83 (the lapped car driven by fellow rookie Charlie Kimball) and I thought I don’t really want to slow down behind him and pull out on the straightaway, and I’ve been able to make this move on the outside before and so I went to the high side and I got up in the marbles and that was it.

BTW the reportage on Kimball's race added a new data element to the usual RPM, Fuel Level, Tire Pressure etc. We were updated throughout the race with his Blood Sugar Levels.

Marty: Thanks for this annotation, which fits right into my parenthetical on the heightened challenges of added complexity -- making the point that good decision-making process becomes ever more subtle and important with complexity.


Jerry Travelstead Jr.

Go look at some YouTube videos of the wreck - Wheldon was closing rapidly and was already in Turn 4 AS Hildebrand was sliding into the wall. It was not a comfortable lead.

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