SAFEisFAST.com, the online driver development arm of the Road Racing Drivers’ Club, has released their latest tutorial video called “Racing Luck,” which discusses the role that luck plays in a race and how drivers can put themselves in the best position to catch some of those lucky breaks that could be the difference between winning and losing.
Among those offering their thoughts are Alexander Rossi, who famously won his maiden Indianapolis 500 in 2016 after an incredible fuel strategy call, and 2018 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato. Rossi’s teammate, 2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, is also included.
What makes “Racing Luck” particularly interesting is that it also gives viewers perspective from outside of the cockpit. Team Penske president Tim Cindric and Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi also participate in the discussion, creating an incredibly well-rounded video.
While it doesn’t take anything away from how hard drivers and teams work each weekend to get their cars into Victory Lane, it’s worth talking about the fact that they can’t control everything. Some of the most unbelievable moments in NTT IndyCar Series history have come out of nowhere, from Rossi becoming an instant star with his Indy 500 win to Scott Dixon being able to escape unharmed from a Grand Prix of Portland pile-up to win the 2018 IndyCar title.
Both good luck and bad luck can happen during a race, and then it’s up to you what you do with it.
You can watch the film for yourself by playing the video below, then head on over to SAFEisFAST.com for additional tutorials and to see question and answer sessions with professional drivers from a wide variety of racing disciplines!
The 2020 IndyCar season begins Sunday, March 15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
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