A SLIPPERY SLOPE
In addition to motorsports, Flinn Lazier is also an expert skier
with significant time in competition, including International Ski
Federation sanctioned events. Although now he has backed
away from the competitive aspect of the sport – which, for
Flinn, included slalom, giant slalom, and downhill – to focus
on racing, the time he has spent on the slopes has benefitted,
and continues to benefit, his racing efforts, he says.
Having that experience on the slopes can offer him an
advantage over his competitors, he explains, because, among
other things, it hones the same skills needed for racing, and it
provides an excellent venue for training during an off-season.
“So much from ski racing translates directly to car racing,”
he says. “At one time, slalom was my specialty – which
is gates that are really tight, and smaller skis, and your
average speed is a lot slower than the other disciplines.
Later, before I dropped ski racing, my strongest discipline
by far became downhill, and that translates directly to
racecar driving in terms of line and momentum.”
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