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you are in complete control, and
don’t pass. Just backing down a little
should be enough to accomplish
that. “Significantly,” the GCR says.
Be ready to change your line, but
you very likely won’t have to.
A waving yellow is, by far, the
most immediately important yellow
flag of all. It is a command. An
order. Non-optional. It saves lives
and racecars – and even tow trucks.
It means safely slow down. Never
slam on your brakes in a panic stop
for a flag, even this one – that’s just
begging to cause more crashes.
You are part of a flow. Smoothly
take off enough speed to change
lanes or stop, if you must. The
track may even be completely
blocked. A waving yellow should be
a big deal. You will even see it in the
worker’s body language. Intensity.
Flaggers, hear me now: No
waving yellows unless there is a
car stopped on the racing line, or
workers are in harms way. Waving a
yellow for that stalled car way over
there 99 percent out of the way is
crying wolf to your drivers and will
cause them to mistrust your flag
You know the worst thing you can do during yellow flag
conditions during a race? Use this
safety rule to gain on competitors
around you. Why, that’d make you
a scumbag! No honor! Unless, of
course, the other driver overdoes it
and drops to a snail’s pace. I mean,
let’s be reasonable, folks. Read on
for safe and smart guidance for
the sportsperson and winner.
You know what a yellow flag
means: caution. No passing. It’s
possible, or even likely, that whatever
led to that yellow might become
a control issue for you, too. It also
means that if you ever spin or, heaven
forbid, crash into anything under a
yellow flag, you have reeeally screwed
up. Without honor, again. You may
fall upon your torque wrench.
Let’s be clear about the basics.
A standing yellow means you
need to take the edge off so that
signal next time. I just witnessed
this very thing at Sebring’s Turn 15.
Drove me nuts. Save that waving
yellow for when you really need it,
and tell all of your corner marshal
friends, especially the newbies.
On the other hand, one of the
best things about SCCA racing is the
high-quality flagging and top-quality
safety at the corner stations. I can
really see the difference. Thank
you, race workers, and keep it up!
Back to the drivers: Passing under
yellow is a serious offense. We must
always keep one eye on those flag
stations, as well as know where they
are. Pros are good at this, because
missing a flag can ruin a race, or worse.
The highest risk of missing one is when
coming into a corner attempting a
pass, even more so in an angry pack
(Spec Miata, anyone?). Your eyes and
focus are on that traffic. Is one going
to turn in, or maybe stay wide and
let me through? So much to consider,
and all in a split second. I do this a
lot, and I still am reminding myself
right now. The flag is the priority.
Unlike the oversimplified passes
we see in Hollywood films, the
YELLOW FLAGS: HOW NOT TO BE THAT GUY
“A standing yellow means you need
to take the edge off so that you are in
complete control, and don’t pass”
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