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Lucasan, Celine (2010-67202)


Thoughts on Racing Under Green

The first race aired on Racing Under Green was the complete opposite of how our
first go kart session turned out. Even though they were given the same instructions as us
such as no contact and, in a way, give your fellow racers racing room, because we were
discouraged from overtaking, a number of the drivers in the show did the exact opposite.
I suppose it was because a great deal of them, despite not being professional, has had an
abundance of experience in racing as opposed to us. It was quite clear that they were
confident with their skills and had a good idea on how to handle the machine in contrast
to us who were just getting our footing while trying to get a grip on our nerves. However,
even though our confidence grew with each lap we passed, we never reached the same
aggression that they had. They demonstrated hostility with every contact and threw
caution to the wind. It was identical to watching people drive bump cars, only that real
cars were involved. In my opinion, driving incautiously also shows how very little one
thinks about his fellow drivers. There is a fine line separating driving fast and smart as
against driving fast and aggressively. The pressure to prove something was evidently
weighing on them but I don’t believe that that’s a good enough reason to carelessly drive
or to endanger others in order to win.
It’s hard to compare our first race experience from theirs since our circumstances
were very different -- we were in a more relaxed state and environment while they were
not. Even our goals were different, our class was simply testing the limit of the machine
and its handling while they were vying for a high position on the board. I believe,
however, that our class still kept in mind how our driving would affect others and,
personally, I didn’t want to inconvenience my classmates by being too slow so I did my
best to hold my position. On the other hand, most of the drivers on the show were
attempting to finish first whatever it took.
If you ask me, racing isn’t simply about controlling the machine effectively; it
also involves patience, foresight, strategy, and giving thought to others. Needless to say,
their aptitude for driving their cars were up to par given that they passed the driver
selection test. Also, it takes a lot of training and experience to perceive when one can
overtake, circumvent an unexpected collision between other drivers a short distance
away, or steer away from the barricade when one inevitably skids outside the tracks. As I
see it, the biggest and hardest lesson the racers can learn form this experience is how to
put a cap on their aggression and to stop giving it the wheel.
What separates Mark Pombo from the pack is that the series focuses on his
wholesome take on racing. He does a balancing act between patience and aggression on
the track rather than blindly choosing to antagonize other drivers. This is proven by how
he gave way to Josh Hurley after trying but ultimately failing to overtake him during the
final moments of the final leg of the eight race. This is further demonstrated in a
conversation the two had right after the said race wherein Hurley approached Pombo and
the latter is recorded saying, “I know. Once I couldn’t get by, I let you have it. I couldn’t
touch you.”
Pombo stays true to his desire to steer away from being labeled a “dirty driver” by
making sure to give enough space for other drivers to navigate with, something that the
instructors have been stressing on from the start. This might’ve caused him the
championship title, however his whole attitude is in line with the principles of
motorsports. I agree with what Pat Dinatele said during the racers’ orientation that,
“There is no such thing (as motor racing safety). This sport cannot be done safely, it is
dangerous. There are only varying degrees of risks”. However, men behind the wheel
have a choice between being reckless on the track in order to one up their competitors
and putting themselves and others at risk as against driving smart with your head. The
sport, of course, hopes that most, if not all, make the wise choice of choosing the latter.
There are some points I can relate to when I watched the guys’ journey in
becoming professional race drivers. My field, event photography and videography
coverage, may not cost as much money as racing would require but given that
sponsorship is extremely rare and close to being non-existent in my field, raising money
isn’t an easy feat. I started off with a lower kind of DSLR before investing more money
on a better camera, just like how some drivers started off in go kart racing at first before
moving to car racing. Whatever equipment I have, I try my best to keep it in good
working condition and do my best not to accidentally knock it off a table or let it fall to
the ground just the same way that some of the drivers avoid getting involved in collisions.
Similar to racing, you don’t buy everything all at once, you work with what you have and
get the feel of it before doing the improvements. I acquired and keep on acquiring lenses
little by little over time and every upgrade is thought over and over again before each
purchase. Money is always an integral matter and you just hope to get the most out of
what you invested on. Additionally, you know that whatever the outcome is, may it be in
the photos you produce or in racing, it is never wholly dependent on the equipment at
hand but is also determined on the skill of the user.
Of course, making a name for yourself takes a lot of work. You have to prove
yourself over and over again as each client comes and goes, hoping that they’ll be
satisfied with your work and that they’d give you a good review to their friends. A prior
project doesn’t necessarily mean that the next would be as smooth sailing, much the same
as racing, you never know who’s going to win the next race, or in my case, if my client
will be just as happy as the one before.
All in all, whatever we pursue in life takes a lot of hard work and good ethics. We
deal with the hand that we are dealt with and work with what we have. We must strive to
do well in every project or race but always keep in mind to be humane to others by
treating them well, both on and off track.