ON DECK: Left to go right
If you've seen the movie “Cars,” you no doubt remember the lesson Doc Hudson tried to teach Lightning McQueen: “I'll put it simple: If you're going hard enough left, you'll find yourself turning right.”
To which McQueen replied: “Oh, right. That makes perfect sense. Turn right to go left.”
He didn't believe Doc, but Doc knew what he was talking about.
To see for yourselves, drop by Cocopah Speedway Saturday night and you'll find a whole lineup of drivers who, like Doc, have mastered the “turn right to go left” technique, at 100 mph, on dirt.
These are drivers in the American Sprint Car Series Canyon Region for non-winged sprint cars. Without giant wings for downforce and sideforce, non-winged drivers rely on pure technique. It helps to have the correct setup, too, but in the end it comes down to who can drive it in deepest and still get it to go left while turning right. It's truly an art.