"He had the presence of mind to put his hand up to warn the cars behind, what he doesn’t know is that car is sliding across the track, coming down in front of him, so then brings his hand back to the wheel, looks to the right to make sure that he has room to make the move that he makes, that is the ultimate professional racing driver, Danny Sullivan, signals those behind him, protects them, brings his hand back in, checks the right and goes around the accident"
— 1988 Indy 500 Commentary
Ideally, a driver is a master of all that is around him , Denny Says. Ideally, a driver controls the car so completely that he corrects a spin before it happens he anticipates all possibilities. But we don’t live in an ideal world. In our world, surprises sometimes happen, mistakes happen, incidents with other drivers happen, and a driver must react.
When a driver reacts, Denny Says, it’s important to remember that a car is only as good as it’s tires. If the ties loose traction, nothing else matters. Horsepower, torque, braking. All is moot when a skid is initiated. Until speed is scrubbed by good, old fashioned friction and the tires regain traction, the driver is at the mercy of momentum. And momentum is a powerful force of nature.
— Garth Stein - from The Art of Racing in the Rain
"When I was racing in NASCAR, I learned to eat anything."
— Patrick Long.
"Don’t be afraid to use your bumper, either. If a useless hack is in the way, you can’t spend two minutes of a ten-minute session being polite. Ditch the bastard into the tires and carry on. There is no time to lose."
— Alex Lloyd for Jalopnik
"The moment I slide into the red-leather Recaro Racing bucket seat of Crawford’s black beauty and grasp the sleek Momo Prototipo steering wheel, I realize that I’m in a car designed for driving, not merely conveying occupants from point A to point B. I twist the key and the 260-hp Andial-built engine sparks eagerly to life. The throws of the 915 gearbox are relatively long, but engagement is positive and instantaneous. The lively, unboosted steering provides unfiltered feedback about what the chassis is doing, and I swear that I can feel the brake pads clamping down on the rotors. The experience is viscerally mechanical and tactilely satisfying in a way that even the finest modern cars can’t match."
— Preston Lerner for Automobile Magazine