the staff of Motorsport Marketing
the staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
7/7/16 10:07 a.m.

Story by Terry Thomas, photos as credited

Those of us who attend driver education events often hear the same mantra over and over. Instructors, those brave souls who jump into the right seat to help us become better drivers, must spend entire days repeating it through clenched teeth: “Look ahead! Be smooth!”

Sounds simple, right? And while we can all probably agree that looking ahead and being smooth sound like great ideas, do we really know what the heck these phrases mean, never mind why they are so important to attaining driving bliss? We’ve done a bit of digging to determine just why those two commandments are indeed so critical to safe, effective laps.

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Trackmouse
Trackmouse Dork
7/7/16 3:13 p.m.

God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Duke
Duke MegaDork
7/7/16 4:15 p.m.

I don't know if it's the exposure, the image compression, or my monitor, but that Firehawk is showing up in a perfectly stunning shade of magenta.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad UltraDork
7/7/16 4:39 p.m.
Trackmouse wrote: God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Look smooth, be ahead?

I can't say being ahead in a race is bad.....

snailmont5oh
snailmont5oh Reader
7/7/16 5:13 p.m.
Duke wrote: I don't know if it's the exposure, the image compression, or my monitor, but that Firehawk is showing up in a perfectly *stunning* shade of magenta.

Mine too. Maybe it's got blue tinted clear?

holmesbr
holmesbr None
7/9/16 11:45 a.m.

In reply to snailmont5oh :

2 coats of oversaturation.

WildScotsRacing
WildScotsRacing HalfDork
7/9/16 3:31 p.m.
holmesbr wrote: In reply to snailmont5oh : 2 coats of oversaturation.

I was thinking it's simply a clear blue sky being reflected off the red paint...

Trackmouse
Trackmouse Dork
7/9/16 11:35 p.m.
KyAllroad wrote:
Trackmouse wrote: God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Look smooth, be ahead?

I can't say being ahead in a race is bad.....

Ha, if only!

HapDL
HapDL New Reader
1/1/17 4:42 p.m.

Back in about 1988 I went to Spenard's racing school. One thing they did was assess the driving position the driver wanted to use. They told me I was sitting way too far back, forcing the big muscles in the upper arms, shoulders and back to do the work. They had me move much closer to the wheel so that my arms were significantly bent at the elbows. Now I am using the finer muscles. What a difference that made, instant improvement in smoothness and lap times. That change in seating position made more difference than anything else.

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