How to Hang On to the Lead When You're Winning a Race

So, you're running at the front of the pack. Now what?

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Let's say you're competing in a road race. Through some skill and a stroke of luck, you manage to get into the lead. Congrats! Now you have to hold onto it. It's harder than you think, which is why the YouTube channel put together a video interviewing a bunch of pro drivers to explain how to stay up front until the checkered flag.

Being in the lead isn't as easy as you might imagine. There's no one in front of you, and you're likely being hounded by plenty of competitors close behind. It's up to you to set the pace, remain calm, and defend properly in order to keep the lead. IndyCar drivers like Simon Pagenaud, Jack Harvey, Will Power, and James Hinchcliffe explain that, in this moment, you should only focus on your own driving, nailing your marks and driving cleanly. Thinking about the drivers behind will only distract you. IMSA GT champion Oliver Gavin points out that being in the lead can become overwhelming for some, causing them to overdrive their cars and eventually make a mistake.

The video also goes into the finer details of defending your lead position. Should a competitor get close, it's up to you when and where to block coming into a turn. Several drivers stress that getting a good exit out of a turn will always leave you a step ahead of the car behind. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Check out what these pro drivers have to say in SafeIsFast's latest video.

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