Have you even heard of the blame rule that says" no one is looking at you as long as you are pointing at someone else." ? Sometimes when a driver, and I use that term loosely, runs out of talent, he or she will not want to admit that lack of talent was involved. Lot's of things tend to pop up in the blame department. " I had the sun in my eyes, I have new tires, I have old tires, The mechanic reset the shocks, It was the other guy who did something, cut me off," etc. etc. feel in the blank. I have heard many. I understand the need to save face especially if you are a type A fast win at all cost driver/hotshoe.
I think I have heard a new one now. A driver who shall remain nameless was driving all by him/herself on the track. This driver runs out of talent and ends up in a particular position off the track...way off the track in the racecar. Time has now passed. The wreck is old but sad news because another "vintage" racecar is destroyed. Having been alone on the track and at speed when the loss of control happened the blame could not fall on any other driver and the old mechanical failure was not going to work because it has been over used and there were witness's.
The blame now according to the driver is "The Track". The driver sites the fact that another "driver"(and there is another story here ) had crashed there too and had also ended up in a very peculiar position as well. Never mind that they both ended up in different places off the track. They did make the error at about the same turn with similar but slightly different endings. The hotshoe driver has been involved in a number of crashes and offs over the years. In fact the driver has now been involved in the destruction of two "vintage" cars. So ends another chapter in the sad story about the destruction of " old" racing cars.
I am now afraid to race on that evil "vintage" car eating track. I know that over the years many SCCA cars and IMSA cars and even a Chaparral or two raced on that track. I am sure that many drivers have performed many off track tricks at every turn on the track. I don't recall any drivers blaming the track. The good driver will say "man I screwed up bad in the wrong place and put my car and me in a peculiar position " I too have looked at places on the track and said to myself "man if you screw up here things could get bad..so don't screw up here" But now I know that it's..... SSSSHHHH! the evil track!
The next time I make a mistake on the track I can just blame the track and maybe nobody will notice that I screwed up and created the concern in the first place. There is more to the story but this fits the title. The rest of the story will be left to another blog.