18 MAY 2020 scca.comINSIGHT
on you has already decided where topass you. Don’t move. Don’t surprise-brake. Do be aware of incomingtraffic. Do make it easy for them toget by. Do leave them a lane insideat the apex to let them through.
Along with my hero and career-long mentor Terry Earwood (andthanks, Jim Rogaski and DeannaFlanagan), I currently share the greathonor of proposing some additionalinformation about passing for ourSCCA GCR, and an important updatehas to do with blue flag situationsand that worthy but potentiallydisastrous advice: Hold your line.
“Blue flag: Hold your line” means
to be predictable and smooth. It
does not mean to take the line
for the apex when a much faster
car is about to roar by you! It’s
best to stay a little wide and leave
much faster traffic a lane inside
you. Stay out of the marbles out
there but leave a lane. They’ll be
fine. They will love you; I certainly
will. I’ll wave. To paraphrase Elsa
from Frozen, “Let ‘em gooooo.”
It’s that flow, again. Don’t pull
out of the way, and don’t pull
into the way, either. Smoothly
cooperate. Leave room for faster
or lapping cars to get by, and
we’ll all live happily ever after.
So, I’m leading at the SCCA
National Championship Runoffs,
Road Atlanta, 1993, SSC Miata.
Michael Galati is right on my tail,
and we have a long gap to third.
An overzealous flagger at Turn 11
shows us (me) the blue flag. While
defending a bit against this great
champion Galati, I roll my eyes. Yes
sir, I know he’s there, polishing my
rear bumper, just like the last three
laps. It’s an informational flag. I don’t
have to do anything, just be aware.
And believe you me, I’m quite aware.
In sum: Rookies, listen up! Do notslam on the brakes when you seea flag. Even a waving yellow. Checkmirrors, ease off, be controlled, anddrive smart and smooth. Welcome tothe sport and have a great time!
“Don’t move. Don’t surprise-brake. Do beaware of incoming traffic. Do make it easy forthem to get by. Do leave them a lane inside”
A double yellowalongside a surfaceflag should certainlygrab your attention.
(RIGHT) Roadracing involves theuse of many flags.
As such, racersneed to be ableto identify all flagsinstantaneously andact accordingly – andresponsibly.