Jalopnik.com have posted an insightful article by pro racer Alex Lloyd entitled ‘How Being An Idiot Is The Smart Way To Drive Fast‘. Lloyd’s position is that:
Driving fast requires extreme skill and technique. But no matter how talented you are, if you can’t overcome the fear, then you can never take a car to its absolute limit. You’d have to be a complete idiot to do that.
Of course there’s more to it than that!
Driver one is the Idiot. He enters the corner thinking, “I am going to attack this corner at breakneck speed and the car will stick and I will control any handling deficiencies that present themselves.”
Driver two is the Reasonable Man. He thinks, “if I get this wrong, I will crash and I will most likely die.”
…the Idiot is thinking like a man with confidence in his ability and faith in his machine.
Alex goes on to describe his 233mph Fast Friday Turn 1 crash at Indy, and what it was like to enter Turn 1 only a week later. Nervous? Yes. Scared? No.
In a roundabout way the article it touches on the appeal of sim racing – the lack of risk, the lack of fear, which allows the Reasonable Man that most of us are to enjoy sim racing as if we were Idiots.
Driving like an Idiot does not mean you are suicidal or crazy. It’s channeling experience mixed with trust that allows us to achieve things the Reasonable Man can only dream of. The Idiot is astutely aware of the limits and is one with his machine. And from a fan’s perspective, watching from the grandstands, the Reasonable Man appears to be the slow idiot. Whereas the Idiot powers by like a legend.