throttle at some point and throw
weight the wrong way and challenge
our number one way to wreck.
Adding speed in a corner is much
safer than slowing, because it
transfers load rearward for stability,
not forward for spinning out. Plan
ahead. This is one of several reasons
you may hear, “Slow in, fast out.”
No car control! Running out of talent! Nearly all other crash
causes can be cured by eliminating
big, bad slides and sustaining the
small, good ones. This is also my
number one way to start a new driver.
Get the fundamentals of skid control
to keep your little errors from
becoming giant disasters. Correct,
pause, and recover (CPR) the steering
(thank you again, Skip Barber and
You need the skills. Say, how about
an SCCA skid pad program as part of
race weekends? We already rent the
tracks, and most have a skid pad for
these fundamentals. And that shall be
my next column: Skid Pad Savior.
far left and into second gear like
nothing’s even wrong. Then you drop
the clutch, that poor engine screams
to 10,000rpm, the rear wheels lock,
and not only do you spin into the wall
(perhaps taking an innocent competitor
with you), but you’ve destroyed that
balanced and blueprinted powerplant,
too. Oh, the pain of the money shift.
How nice is it that today’s paddle
shifters won’t let that happen?
The late move. Dreaded dive bomb. Calling like the sirens
from the rocks. “Look at that big
hole. You can just drive right in there.
They left the door wide open. When
they turned-in up there ahead of you.
Don’t worry, they can’t see you
anymore, but they will know you’re
coming through telepathy – they’ll
feel the automotive energy, through
predictive path placement.”
Oh, they’ll feel you alright, just
about the time you both arrive at
the apex, and you torpedo their
door – oops! Bonus: This is the
absolute number one way to crash
(ABOVE) There are
many things you
can do to reduce
your chances of
being involved in
an incident. We
suggest you start
with the 10 items
that Randy Pobst
has presented here.
when passing. Don’t hit what you can
see. Get up into their vision before
they turn, or don’t try the pass.
Trailing throttle over steer. Poor weight management.
You’re in a little hot, fear rises, right
foot snaps off the power, throwing the
load forward, front tires gain grip,
rear gets light, and oh, crap, we’re
getting sideways at a really bad time!
My dedicated followers have heard
this one like the chorus in Hey, Jude,
over and over. Small changes with the
power make a huge difference in
front-to-rear balance. It’s up to you,
driver. You move the weight forward
with the brakes, and aft with more gas.
Snap lift ‘n’ snap spin? Don’t do it.
Too much entry speed. This is a biggie, because it leads Ways
to Wreck 3 and 6, especially. So easy
to lose it if we get in too hot. I know
we want to go faster, but sneak up on
it in small steps, and be consistent.
When we roar in with too much
speed, we’re gonna have to lift off the