IndyCar drivers are so close in pace that one of the prime
differentiators is the ability to make passes, says Will power.
probably unsettled him a bit, so hopefully
he’ll make a mistake, get on the marbles
and slow himself down even more. But to
be honest, there aren’t any weak drivers
in the series, so most of them can handle
pressure situations like having another
car filling their mirrors.”
Uninitiated bystanders might feel the
obvious thing to do if someone’s catching
you is try to speed up and get away. That’s
not generally what you see happen in racing.
“That’s because by the time you’ve
caught someone, he’ll have already been
radioed by his team that you’re coming,”
points out Power, “so unless he has a
problem, he’s probably already tried to
stabilize the gap. once he knows you’re
still catching him, he has to think how
to play the game in a different way.
iming, opportunity and execution
are the three essentials for a
successful passing maneuver,
according to 2014 verizon indycar series
champion Will Power. But, he adds, “as the
attacker, you’re in control of making most
of that happen. so unless the guy you’re
attacking does something stupid, the
passing maneuver is on you to get right.”
sure, an indycar driver can take advice
about pit strategy, the proximity of rivals,
or when to save fuel. But when it comes
to passing, they’re on their own; no one’s
going to talk them through it. They have
to live in the moment, as the cliché goes.
so how does a driver execute successfully?
“if i’ve caught the guy quite quickly, i
usually don’t want to lose momentum,”
says Power. “By catching him quick, i’ve
Victory in St. Petersburg was
the foundation of Will Power’s
charge to the 2014 Verizon
IndyCar Series title.
Words David Malsher
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