14 SEPTEMBER 2020 scca.comINSIGHT
So that means we drive like abunch of timid sheep? Of course not,read the cars and drivers you are withand race them appropriately – anddon’t hit what you can see. If yousee a car inside you, now you go sideby side. You never have the right todrive into someone you know is there.
Please know that the GCR’sPassing appendix is a guideline, nota hard and fast rule. The main objectis to reduce crashing by increasingconsistency of understanding amongSCCA racers and influence the restof the racing world as well. Also, toget us all on the same page, becausewe have definitely not been so.
There is an important factorthat has not yet been mentionedin the guidelines, and that is entryspeed difference. Well, there wasa reference in the section thatspeaks about the concept, HoldYour Line. When you are aboutto be lapped, or just passed, by afaster car, be predictable. Don’t pullover, don’t pull out of the way.
It also means don’t pull into theway, even if you get to the cornerfirst. Check your mirrors on the
I’m just coming off a weekend of Vortexes in budget enduranceracing, churning more than sixhours of seat time at The RidgeMotorsports Park outside of Seattle,Wash. This relatively new circuit isa joy to drive, with a wide variety ofhilly curves and a long front straight.
It’s a real challenge, and even afterhours (in six different cars), I was stilllearning and working on better brakepoints and lines in some places.
The new SCCA Road Racing GCRAppendix P, Passing Guidelines,was on my mind the whole time,because there were 60-plus carsand a variety of drivers from firsttimers to pros, to a few extremelytalented amateurs. One might thinkthis is another recipe for disaster, butguess what? It works. How? Peopleare careful – imagine that – and keepan eye out for the rookies, respectthem and leave extra distance.
straights and know what’s coming,always. Do not throw yourself infront of a speeding train. Make iteasy for them to get by and you willboth be safer and faster. Here aretwo things we can do – and I have mywhole career – letting prototypes getthrough when I’m in a pro GT car.
1.Let off and brake a little arly or delay your turn-in amoment, let the fast car through,be sure there are not any morecars coming, then follow through onthe line. This keeps your lap timesconsistent, too. Go with the flow.
2.Toilet bowl it. Run just a car width and a couple of incheswide. Leave the faster car a laneinside. This works really well whenwe are not sure what else mightbe steaming through and doesn’thurt lap times much. This is thedefinition of leaving racing room.
I have been intensely interestedin your reactions to these guidelines,and I have found a couple of veryexperienced and talented winnersto dislike the Vortex concept (“So
MORE PASSING GUIDELINES
“The GCR’s Passing appendix is a
guideline, not a hard and fast rule. The
main objective is to reduce crashing”
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