April 2nd, 2006, 11:09
Re: Who's the fastest?
A lot of it is the ability to actually spend your life AS a racer. You get TO a level, then STAY at that level, throughout your career. Just like the world's best piano player is going to be a person who does it for a living, not some guy in another line of work. Now imagine if a mistake during a recital could cause you to hit a wall with your piano at 5 g's and put you in a coma. You would bring your VERY BEST game every time you showed up at a recital, wouldn't you? Even if you still ached from the last time you crashed. Even if you had jet lag from your last 10 hour recital in another country yesterday, where you set a pace that NOBODY could keep up with. Even if a team hires you midseason to replace another guy who was killed in the last recital. Even if the crew that keeps your piano together at 200 mph don't seem to take it as seriously as you do. I worked pit/fire for the CART race in Laguna Seca and asked to work with Walker Racing; (the Blue and white Valvoline car) during the final race of the season, where he was nowhere in the season points and had qualified 17th for this race, after which he was without a ride ( at least in CART).. In a situation where he could choose to play it safe and see what happens or risk it all and never be hired again he got to 12th place by the first turn, and just plain outdrove everyone else, all the way to 4th or 5th before the lap ended, (and he spun), but I guess he wanted to give notice to all the other team owners that there isn't anything he won't do for a win.
April 2nd, 2006 11:09
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