36 MAY 2020 scca.comFEATURE
“WHAT DID I FORGET?”
You can’t feel like a superheroif your cape is in the trailer. Youneed an established processto complete your car prepwithout fail, allowing you to flipthe switch from mechanic todriver. The mechanic looks forwhat can go wrong, and thenprevents it. A driver needs tothink that nothing can go wrong.
If you are sitting on the grid,worried to death that you forgotto torque the wheels, you’renot going to exude confidence.
The fix: The list of things to be
forgotten is lengthy. A checklist
can improve? The evidence is
overwhelming that successful
performers aren’t naturals;
they work hard at their craft.
Also, the more frequently theyput in quality time, the betterthey get. Lamenting thatyou didn’t win some geneticlottery is the ultimate excuse.
The fix: Ask yourself, where areyou weak and what is your planto do something about that? Likevirtually every other task knownto humankind, driving a racecar isa learned activity. Set achievablegoals for each race weekendand concentrate on those.
“I’M REALLY NERVOUS.
DOES THIS MEAN
Everybody has nerves.
Some drivers are as cool ascucumbers, others are hottamales, but most are inbetween. Getting pumped upjust before a race is rarelynecessary or helpful.
I follow Jackie Stewart’smodel, letting nervous energyout like a deflating balloon.
I withdrew from interactions andaimed for a quiet, emotionalflat line. It is about discoveringwhat works best for you.
lets you do the work withoutworry. You want a strong sense ofbeing ready, not a question mark.
“I’M JUST NOT THAT GOOD”Many drivers harbor the notionthat they are permanentlydoomed to last place. Instead offretting that others are naturals,why not think about how you
“Driving a racecar is alearned activity. Setachievable goals foreach race weekend andconcentrate on those”