The driver needs the following from the spotter:
Every driver is different when it comes to personalities and thinking processes. You need to get to know your driver’s way of thinking. Does he need encouragement or does he need to be restrained?
The spotter may be in a position, depending on the relationship with the driver, to manipulate his mood and strategy if needed. After an inadvertent spin or bad start, you need to reinforce the fact that whatever happened is over and we need to move on with the rest of the race. You might hear, “Did you see what that guy did?” or, “Wait till I get to his bumper, I’m gonna pay him back big time.”
In these cases, do what you can to calm the driver down and encourage him/her to see the big picture. “Hey, I don’t think he knew you were there” or, “that’s OK, we can make it up, let’s get ready for the green.”
Never, ever encourage a response to an incident. It’s your job to remain calm and to direct information that has a positive effect on the outcome of the race for your team. If you can’t do that, then you don’t need to be in that position.