In Virginia, when we are 15 years and 6 months old, we can go to DMV(Department of Motor Vehicles) and take a learner's permit test. It's a two part test. The first portion is a 10 question test about road signs, and you have to get a 100% or you will fail the whole test, and have to wait 2 weeks to retake it. The second portion is a 25 question general knowledge test, where you have to get 20 out of 25 correct. Once you pass that, you get your learners permit, which lets you drive with an adult(18 years if family member, 21 if not).
Once you hold your learner's permit for a certain amount of time(it was either 6 months, or 9 months, can't remember) You have to take "Behind The Wheel". Which is a course that the High Schools have. You set a time with the instructor(usually a school teacher), and you have to drive around for a full week, for an hour before, or after school. Now, you can totally **** up during the first 4 days, and nothing will happen to you, because the last day is "Driving Test Day". If you screw up on that day, you have to wait 2 weeks before attempting the whole week again. And I forgot to mention, "Behind The Wheel" costs $100, for every attempt. Now if you do pass this, he hands you your ghetto 90-day Driver's License that is a totally legitimate driver's license, but you have to have your Learner's Permit with it for it to be legal. Once you pass and get that paper copy, the school schedules a "Driver's License Ceremony" in the auditorium like every month. You show up to that all dressed up and stuff, and the judge sits there and tries to tell you all of these bullshit sentimental stories about accidents, and how safe driving is the right way to drive. And after about an hour and a half of ignoring the judge, he calls you up, one by one in order by name. You walk up to the stage, throw your Learner's Permit and paper license into this big bin, he hands you your real hard-copy license, and off you go.
All of this happens after you take the "Driver's Education" class during 10th grade of high school. Basically, it is combined with our PE class. Normally PE classes are combined with Health class, so we would go to PE for 2 weeks, and after those were up, we would go to health class for 2 weeks, rinse and repeat, all with the same teacher. But for the first half of 10th grade, you go to Driver's Education instead of Health class. You HAVE to pass this class in order to take Behind The Wheel. Now, instead of taking and passing this class in high school, you can take a private driving school class, which is expensive as hell.
Even before the weather, when there was video, it was like 5 seconds slower than the audio, and then it just cut out. It's so tempting to hear them going around the track while watching a black screen.
Yeah and it gets me irritated sometimes when people are like "Well the Toyota engines have more power than the rest." I say "No, GIBBS engines are more powerful, TRD engines have shit power." There was a test at VIR last year, and Marcos Ambrose and Jeff Gordon decided to swap rides, and Jeff said he couldn't believe how much less power the TRD engines actually have.
The flagman waved the yellow there. I think he saw that crash and knew it was going to be a caution so he just waved. The greenflag wasn't announced on Carl's radio(and on the TV ticker) until after the white flag was called.