I had a recent personal experience with this phenomenon. A driver who dives into the corner low and then pinches the middle does the tires no good and will end up losing a lot of ground to drivers who are more disciplined and drive in wider to increase the radius of the middle of the turn. Just watching the progression tells the whole story.

A car moves up on another car for position, gets under it down the straightaway, and then pinches the corner as the outside car moves on past midturn, where the whole scenario repeats itself until the inside car wears its stuff out.

One of the most frustrating things I have seen is when a driver has a fast car, gets up under another car and, as the car approaches the turn, allows the outside car to have the preferred line. It's as if the passing (inside) driver is afraid to move the other car out.

When we have the inside line, we have to imagine that the other car is not there. The driver of that car is on his or her own at that point and must live with wherever we decide to drive. Taking the correct line forces the outside driver to end up running too high and he or she will need to back off in order to enter and exit the turn without crashing. The pass will then be completed.

We hope that these tips will cause you to rethink certain aspects of your approach to handling problems. If you are in the points lead or in close range to a good points position, go over some of these items and make sure everything is where it should be. Then push on to the end of the season and make every effort to run as hard as you can. It would be nice to look back this winter on a successful season in order to look forward to next year's racing.