went nuts in the car I was racing.
So, I figured cycle the key to reboot,not considering that this thing wasa Porsche PDK automatic, and thatthe only way to restart it wouldbe to turn the key with a foot onthe brake, in neutral or park, noless. Yikes! That’s how I ended upparked pretty much on the line
“The red and open black flags arecommands. You must do this. Just do itsmoothly and with awareness”
IN THE KNOW
Some flags arecommands, like theblack flag (LEFT),while others areinformational,like the blue flag(BOTTOM).
over the blind cresting entry of a
tricky-fast Turn 11-12 at Barber
Motorsports Park, feeling both
idiotic and highly threatened,
staring at my mirrors and praying
with all my might that the other
racers would see the waving yellow
and then black flags and not ram
me and this high-dollar car to which
I’d been entrusted! Yeah, I know
better, but that automatic. And
thank you, Honored Competitors,
you all missed me. Whew!
The red and open black flags are
commands. You must do this. Just do
it smoothly with awareness of what’s
roaring up behind you. Let’s not make
this worse. It’s one of my top rules
of long-term racing enjoyment. Hey,
now there’s a worthy column idea.
The blue flag is just FYI. Information,
usually from the kind flagger to you.
Interestingly, it also means check
your mirrors. In fact, it mostly means
check your mirrors. It’s just helpful
info. It doesn’t mean you must let this
car by, but you probably should.
Rookies, listen up! The blue flag
does not mean to move out of the
way. Keep doing what you are doing,
please. That fast guy bearing down