FIELD OF VISION TURN IN
car in the brake zone. Before thelead car turns for the corner.
Imagine you are leading, andyou have turned for the corner.
The car behind you attempted toout-brake you, but only got as faras his front wheel to your rear. Thetrailing car never appeared in yourperipheral vision, so you turned forthe apex. Now both of you enter theturn with this one-wheel overlap.
Lead car, can you see the trailingcar? No. You are looking aheadinto the turn. Do you know whatthe trailing car is going to do? No.
It’s buried in that person’s head.
Trailing car, can you see thelead car? Yes. Do you know whatthat driver is going to do? Yes. Thelead car is driving the line into thecorner. The lead car cannot seeyou. And the Vortex is closing fast.
Do not hit what you can see.
one, he better be looking towardthe apex, the inside edge of thecorner. Look where you want to go.
Entering a corner staring in yourmirrors is a recipe for disaster. Fortwo, the mirrors aren’t pointed thecorrect way anymore anyway.
As I write, the guidelines
are two days from their official
announcement, but I took the
liberty of posting one diagram on
Facebook of the classic corner entry
dilemma; The Vortex of Danger. The
comments were so interesting. They
varied between, “Bravo, I agree,”
and “So, I guess this means we just
take the mirrors off the car?” to
an Ayrton Senna paraphrase, “If
there is a gap and you do not take
that gap, then that is not racing.”
This proposal by Terry and I, with
beautifully assembled diagrams
by Deanna Flanagan, comes from
30-plus years each of racing andteaching at the pro level. In PobstPosition, I long ago identifiedthe need for some kind of betterexplanation of proper passing.
“ I saw the need when I heard – and was hit by –drivers expecting a car ahead to somehowknow they were attempting a late pass”
(ABOVE) RandyPobst’s “Vortex ofDanger” will soonbe a GCR termall SCCA roadracers will know.
Some guidelines that will helpdrivers and officials be consistent,because I saw that every one ofthem had a little different ideaof how passing should work.
I saw the need when I heard – andwas hit by – drivers expecting a carahead to somehow know they wereattempting a late pass, when thelead car could not see them. Yes,I developed a sense of danger thatoften saves me from dangerous andfoolish late moves, but isn’t it muchbetter to spread the knowledge ofwhat works and why, to preventthese atrocities in the first place?
We saw that the true andnecessary Natural Laws of Passingare based upon what each drivercan see. The reason the trailingcar has the greater responsibilityfor a safe pass is that this drivercan see everything. It’s vision.
The leading driver can no longersee the trailing car once turningin for the corner. Consequently,the trailing car has to get into theperipheral vision of the leading