Following a slower rival — especially one with a little more motor — can be frustrating. At Colorado’s High Plains Raceway, tightening corners, short straights, and a technical nature should favor a nimble Acura Integra over a fourth-gen Camaro, assuming both cars are near factory specs. However, being quicker is one thing — getting around a slower driver sometimes requires some odd skills.
As Andrew DeJesus bears down on the slower driver in the Camaro ahead, he has to remember his training. As quick as his B20-swapped Integra is, he needs to use some of the skills taught to him in a swamp cave a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Spotting a gap, but feeling forced to concede the corner can frustrate any competitive driver. This is probably why we see Andrew’s gesticulation a few seconds after the aborted passing attempt. Noticing the Camaro ahead had missed the turn-in point slightly, he gestures to get the man ahead to crank the wheel. Perhaps Andrew’s done some coaching in his time; his hand signals are swift and instinctive. Even more impressive is how the Camaro ahead seems to follow his direction.
Perhaps, after leaving the braking too late, or not getting the brake release right, the Camaro turns in rather abruptly (and late). This encourages the car to rotate a little more than desired, and the Camaro’s driver can’t quite catch the slide. Though obviously irritated, Andrew keeps a cool head, lets the Chevrolet spin like a top, avoids target fixation, and gently steers out of the way — all without missing a beat. He’s mastered the mind in a way few men have.
From the chase camera, we can see exactly how fast his reactions are. Even before the Camaro ahead has half-spun, he releases the brakes, steers into the opening on the left, and continues unfazed. Running laps with a small green man on his back seems to have given him the presence of mind to stay focused when danger is just feet away.