Some 10, 20 and 30 years ago, anyone who was capable of driving a car could get behind the wheel and take to the road on it. That might seem like an absolute preposterous statement now, but in NASCAR and other events it was originally the case. Back then it was all about high-throated engines, raw horsepower and the guts of top performance in the eyes of the young hotshot drivers. Today, a more tempered set of criteria is being used to judge the drivers when it comes to the highest level of performance.
Years ago, it certainly didn’t take a medical degree to drive a racecar; but the skills and dexterity of a senior driver are in the eyes of those making potentially a much safer decision. Perhaps with the aging process, more and more folks are deciding that they want to take the wheel of a sports car. Practically every state in the country has junior kart leagues and racing for kids of various ages, and some folks are finding that they want to try a senior sports car driver’s challenge.
Of course, ending up in the seat of an Indy carpatient is no easy feat, and the fact that an Indy car is just that is a consideration too. When you are a senior driver – whether you are driving a racecar or just grass waiting for a tow vehicle – things can get tough at the starting line and at the finish line while you are a passenger. You are heading out on the track, a no-brain-kick and a car is screaming past you at top speed.
Senior drivers find that their drives are sometimes even more powerful than a regular driver’s, but their Sponsorships can be difficult to earn and their Fords can be very expensive. However, being a senior driver has its rewards, both socially and financially.
Junior drivers learn more about average driving when they are a passenger of an Indy car because they are not capable of breaking the car down to perform scheduled maintenance before the race. Senior drivers learn how to operate differently from the “fast boys” and also how to handle aroup that is much heavier and stronger than they are. Their reflexes are honed and they have grown more robotic in their gravity about the put a foot down hard with a regular driver than they can during the race. Many say that the experience is similar to riding a roller-skate.
When it comes to senior driving, those that adventure out alone on motorcycles will feel completely at home on an Indy car. Not only are groups of two or three on a motorcycle much more controlled, but they are also more professional looking and more planned. All the speed the Indy car is capable of pulling will scare off any inexperienced driver.
On the other hand, senior drivers shift their talents from behind the wheel to riding in the seat sport wares in order to ride the race at higher speeds and provide their teams with a valuable resource. Being a race car driver is hard work and the perils of having to make split second decisions as the age Treaty limit speeds, equal to or calibrated several times that of an Indy car, makes senior driving more exciting and competitive than ever.
The skills the senior driver develops as cars go round create a awareness and connection with those around them, and the knowledge and transactions regarding the wheels and engine as the weak point of that experience gives them an expertise as well as a very real sense and depth to their driving skills.