Whoa! The driver of the little Legends car had two ribs and his pelvis broken in this accident. But what can we learn from it?
Start with the good parts: Watch our driver’s heel-and-toe method. Notice how he saves all his shifts for the end of his brake zone and does them in rapid succession? That’s kind of the right way to do it. It’s much less dramatic than bopping down a gear at a time all the way through the brake zone like a Daytona Prototype heading into the Roller Coaster at VIR, but it’s the safe way for both the driver and the engine.
Now for the bad: Our driver is shuffle-steering, so when the BAD THING happens he doesn’t get to make a quick, measured correction. His hands are in the wrong place so he is forced to move them three times while hoping the steering wheel is heading to the right place. Luckily it all works out for him.
One of the neatest things about sedan racing at all levels, including LeMons, is that it regularly puts you in situations that street drivers will only experience a few times in their lives. If somebody ever blows a tire and spins out in front of our racer friend when he’s driving to work, he’s already had some real-life practice for the event. Wouldn’t you like to be able to say the same? Go race!