Many thanks for the feedback FIAT128. Unfortunately, I don't think there's a solution (as such) as this behaviour is fairly integral to app itself (the app doesn't 'know' who's racing until the race has started).
However, from speaking to the Development team, there should be a few changes in the pipeline that will help with this issue in the future.
I understand. I now see that since the cars are analog the app doesn’t “know”. I thought of this a little and got to do things a little differently.
In the Add Driver I no longer add driver names. Instead, I added and saved all my CAR names. Then, for each I went into the Driver Setup and set each of my cars‘ max throttle to a level that is slightly above traction threshold at the turns but also at a competitive pace around the track as compared to the other cars. This way our racers pick any actual car, then they select the car name from the driver menu. If a different car is desired there’s no need to adjust throttle speeds again. Just pick one from the cabinet, put it on a lane and choose it in the (driver) menu. The lane knows what car is on it simply because we select it from the driver’s menu.
So it would be great if the app developers make a change that allows the default operation (no race mode) of lanes to include the ability to choose drivers from the saved list of drivers. This should be a very simple option that allows for turn on arc one/air, turn on app, choose a lane, a default driver (or two) and go!
One more thing to add to the driver setup is to allow to save the so called calibration as well. This way each car could have all its special settings saved: Max throttle, Throttle curve, and calibration. It would be like racing with DIGITAL-style features and imho would improve this analog app‘s racing features even further.
@Admin and @Andy, thank you for reading and responding to posts.