no entry speed difference. Thecars were the same, in fact, yet thedrivers went on a straight shortcutto the apex. This is a danger movethat we must emphasize andillustrate at our schools. This is adive bomb. Getting into a driver’svision when you hit them is toodang late, friends. Expecting themto move out of your way in thecorner is foolish. Yet, sometimes wehave to, to survive. Many have notbeen introduced to the Vortex ofDanger. If you think that aggressivecar close behind you might make alate move, make your “One Move” alittle or a lot inside in the brake zoneto discourage it. Communicate.
So, yes, my fast friends, it is ourresponsibility to be aware of all carsat all times, as best we can, for ourown good. Use your mirrors andread traffic around you. Be strongand wise, protect your turf, andwatch out for Danger Rangers.
throw away the mirrors?” was onecomment). The perspective I heardfrom two, specifically, was that aracer is responsible for knowingwhere all cars are at all times. This isan admirable concept, and one I fullysupport and strive to accomplish.
The Envelope of Awareness. And,I have found that it is a nirvanathat is impossible to reach, thougha worthy goal. Why? Because wecannot avoid what we cannot see.
When I was coaching Sara Edge ather very first practice start session,she got into two contacts in threepractice starts. I told her to justsurvive and learn, to take it kind ofeasy. I was disappointed and nearlyangry. Until I saw the videos (withthe stewards, by the way). Oh, lordy,the late-move dive bombs theymade on her, when she turns betterlap times! Classic Vortex of Dangertorpedoes. One by a guy who hadargued about that very principle inthe rookie school the night before.
One just missed her when she sawhim at the last possible moment – atthe apex. The other car never evengot that far up, putting the front
“Yes, my fast friends, it is our responsibilityto be aware of all cars at all times, asbest we can, for our own good”
(ABOVE) Whenbeing passed, besure to keep an eyeout for another racercapitalizing on thesituation. Here, wesee Randy Pobstexpertly exercisingthose capitalizingskills at St. Pete duringthe 2013 SCCAPro Racing WorldChallenge series.
bumper into her door, ka-boom.
And guess what? That rookiewas mad at Sara, who never sawhim. Textbook, “You turned in onme!” Well, yeah, you jammed yourcarbon-fiber nose into the Vortex ofDanger. It was a crash all the way.
Most interesting was the guidanceof the pro racer who helped withstewarding there. He kindly said,“You should have known he wasthere.” I hate myself for not speakingup more at that very moment. I’msometimes too respectful of authority.
I wish I could go back and ask, “How?
A finely developed blind spot radar?
In her very first practice start, ever?”
I did exclaim, “Holy cow, late move!”
I think these aggressive moves
were partially motivated by the
fact that Sara was a 19-year-old,
100-pound woman, but guesswhat, again? She was faster thanthem and wasn’t gonna roll over foranybody – and further, shouldn’thave to. I clearly did not coach herenough about avoiding dangerousdrivers. But in a practice startsession, with giant Xs on the back?
In all of these cases, there was