Leapfraud

One of the things that I espouse is that when you go to the track, it should be to train. While it’s important to have fun, you should also spend some time working on your technique. So when YouTube suggested this video of cars doing a leapfrog passing drill, I nodded my head in approval. The video shows 4 cars taking turns passing each other as they work around Laguna Seca. The video is sped up 2x probably because it was sprinkling.

And then I started watching the video and the head nodding turned to head shaking. The drivers all seem to think that you’re supposed to crawl around the outside of the track and let the faster cars pass on the inside. I checked my library and the Internet to find the source of such wisdom. Finally I found the source. NOBODY FUCKING EVER. Apparently they’re trying to perfect this technique because they keep dive-bombing each other again and again. In some corners, they are driving around with their point-by hand still out the window. For crying out loud, there could be kids watching!

And what of the POV driver? The last time I saw this much pinching was at a shitting convention.

3 thoughts on “Leapfraud

  1. I guess I have to agree with you. That drill looked so odd. The passing was so very different from what happens in actual racing that it likely lost most of its value. Perhaps they got to try turns offline, but likely did not do much for their racecraft. I have seen schools doing a drill with cars driving a track in pairs (two wide), in close proximity, at around 80% race pace. That is probably better.

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