Journal: Racing Drivers Scaring Their Passengers Never Gets Old

Racing Drivers Scaring Their Passengers Never Gets Old

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
April 8, 2016
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If you’re going to be on a race track, you’re safest as a passenger if there’s a racing driver as your chauffeur. Not only have they been trained to operate a vehicle at the limit, but there’s no way an incident or crash would look great on a driver’s CV.

With a precious person onboard—wife, girlfriend, journalist—we know the racer won’t crash, but these passengers are worked up beyond belief.

BMW works driver Augusto Farfus is one of the most accomplished drivers in the business, but watching him win races from the stands is far different from being next to him. His wife Liri got to experience a quick lap of the Nürburgring, with Augusto the perfect gentleman by explaining everything to try and put her at ease. He didn’t.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsgNv9V6yEc

This one with Walter Röhrl notable for two things: first, it involves no screaming. Second, if you’re a passenger, make things easy on yourself: keep your eyes up. Closing them and looking away will just make things worse…

If a Daytona Prototype is your office, ear protection is very much recommended, either for the obscenely loud drivetrain or screaming passenger. Joao Barbosa looks like he’s having a great time.

Riccardo Patrese’s wife is playing it cool for almost two full minutes, chatting away, being happy, and then all hell breaks loose. Imagine if Patrese’s Formula 1 car had a second seat—they’re just in a Civic! Some mild swearing in Italian, and the best end to a hot lap I’ve seen once they both noticed a small red light on the dash…

Keiichi Tsuchiya inspired a lot of the manga Initial D, and when it came time to turn it into a TV show, he took the time out to give one of the voice actors a ride he’ll never forget.

There’s one notable exception to the whole, “You’re safest in the hands of a racing driver”: Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe, an epic driver himself, called the crash a few hundred yards before ex-Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzeria did. We’re glad both walked away.

It takes a special talent to scare another racing driver, but this is one of those many Tiff Needell clips that you can watch over and over again. Two-time BTCC champion Jason Plato starts to get more and more ghostly as the lap goes on…this is a guy who’s won 94 races in that series alone!

Thumbnail Image Courtesy of BMW

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Rob Sinclair
Rob Sinclair

He’s a pro stunt bike rider, so he is a pro driver. You should include Darius taking his mom for a few laps at Laguna Seca! 25 years ago he scared the **** out of me with a on rap rip in his Chev v8 Datsun 240z.

Rob Sinclair
Rob Sinclair

I forgot the link,,,

Felix Trzetrzelewska
Felix Trzetrzelewska

I see the Concerned Citizens Brigade is out in force. For all you know the passengers had plenty of warning and the entire video is faked. And you have no idea what goes on between two people in the privacy of their relationship or their discussions. But please, do tell us what we should do in the privacy of our lives.

PS: Ricardo, does your wife have any younger cousins or sisters? She seems delightful. You just know it was a cold night in their house 🙂

Mateusz Buczek

I like watching Needell driving. It looks like every corner he’s over the limit almost loosing a control on a car..

Patrick Andrews
Patrick Andrews

No. This is wrong. Frightening people is exactly what skilful driving is not about. I’m sorry to see it included on a site I really enjoy. This is worthy of the jeering morons who inhabit YouTube comments.

Michal Beran
Michal Beran

You must be fun at parties mate 🙂

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

I rather like this one of Chris Harris being scared by Francois Delecour in a 911GT3 RS http://youtu.be/LRvcobW-LN4

jolocho
jolocho

Racers become like everyone else when they’re not in control. Ask a track day instructor what scares him the most and it’s usually a beginner with a very powerful car jerking at the wheel.

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Doing something past when someone says “stop” is abuse… even if they had some idea of what they were going to experience. I find such behavior driving spectacularly untastefully.

Patrick Andrews
Patrick Andrews

I couldn’t agree more. It’s not funny to watch someone being terrified. This article makes my skin creep.

François Dees
François Dees

Personally I love when Max Verstappen took his dad around Monaco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXmMaU8biaI

André Borges
André Borges

The first one, from Farfus (curitiban and brazilian, like me) is indignantly funny! Shame the lady has a restricted air flow thru the nose, which causes her to produce such abhorrent sounds with her mouth.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Did you really refer to him as Antonio Pizzeria?

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

I remember when Pizzonia rolled a new Jaguar while chaufeurring a journalist. So, don’t be so 100\% sure that they won’t crash. No helmet, no roll-bar.
I’m sure the neither journalist nor Jaguar were pleased.

To be honest, I’ve never enjoyed being a passenger when someone is pushing, particularly in a road car.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Ahh, just saw that you included this…

To quote the inimitable Mr. Slinger: “Mea culpa.” 🙂

Anyhoo, I remember when it happened.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Ahh, just saw that you included this…

To quote the inimitable Mr. Slinger: “Mea culpa.” 🙂

Anyhoo, I remember when it happened.