> Here is the caveat though....there was a significant amount of time saved
> because most people had themselves staged in 20 seconds.
I was the starter on Sat AM, shift B, and had the pre-stage light been
there (a photocell died, and there was no replacement) we could have been
sending them off even sooner.
Practice starts (where the pre-stage lights were working) went even
quicker, as the stage technique appears to be drive into the pre-stage
light, then creep into the stage light, rather than the drive into the
stage light, reverse out, then creep back in technique that having no
pre-stage light requires.
I say ditch the shot clock alltogether, and make the start procedure more
like drag racing, where the lights can drop any time after both stage
lights are lit.