|Title:||I Must Be the Luckiest Driver|
I've written a couple of times before about three offs at the kink at Road America. In general, it is thought that if you go off the track at this spot on the track, you will hit something hard. I've done it three times, and never touched a thing.
The luck of the Irish must have been in play again at Lime Rock a few weekends ago. It is another track where going off the track, particularly in certain places, means the odds of hitting something are high.
During qualifying we had the turbo lag turned off to improve acceleration. What none of use knew was that the traction control had also been accidentally tuned off. Couple that we cloudy, cool weather, cold medium compound tires, and what you get is a car that spins while going straight down the short back straight at the 1.5-mile bullring.
I slid through the wet grass a long ways. I thought for sure the guard rail and I would get to know each other. The good news is stayed only as acquaintences. During the autograph session a fan came by and asked "How in the world did you not hit anything?" Well, I'm not sure exactly. I know I was adjusting on the fly, and working in the cockpit hard to avoid the worst scenario: a crew working all night to repair a car before a race.
Some people knock on wood to stay safe, and most drivers would probably recommend not talking about incidents like this one, for fear of jinxing the future. But, I think I'll keep writing about it, because it seems to keep positive juju coming my way.