There are a few ways that Formula One can inform a driver that there’s faster traffic behind him. One is with the traditional blue flag thrown by trackside marshals. Another, more desperate but more entertaining method, is for the overtaking driver to flip the bird as he blows by the slower car. Let’s watch!
I know that’s not what literally happened here, but it’s been so long since we’ve had an American in Formula One — indulge me, okay? Look at this pass and tell me that the Statue of Liberty herself isn’t weeping as we speak. It’s beautiful.
Here’s some wonderful five-wide action from IndyCar’s trip to Pocono Raceway. Five-wide.
Here’s driver’s ed student and Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One driver Max Verstappen going side-by-side with Sauber’s Felipe Nasr through Blanchimont at the Belgian Grand Prix in case you somehow forgot that Verstappen is awesome. Dude is a beast.
Look at this tight little pass. Look and marvel. This is how Kyle Busch got back on the lead lap after being stuck a lap behind. Busch was on fresh tires, but the leaders were not. Since Busch had more speed, he just threaded right on through and got back on the lead lap.
This double IndyCar pass is so nicely threaded through that it almost looks choreographed. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
Manfred Stohl in the red car would like past regardless of the fact that there’s a jump in the middle and another car who would like that inside line.
Here’s Joey Logano blowing past the slow car of Justin Allgaier to get into pit lane at this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. Needless to say, we’re glad Allgaier didn’t suddenly find more speed and shorten up that gap Logano shot through.
Close passes are one thing. Threading your wheel in between the two wheels of another Formula One race car next to you resides on a whole different plane of ridiculousness. Here’s the most beastly overtake of this year’s Canadian Grand Prix, courtesy of Felipe Massa as he goes around Marcus Ericsson.
Sometimes, a pass happens so quickly that you just stare at the race in disbelief and wonder how on earth that just happened. Here’s one such crazy ninjitsu-inspired pass from Denny Hamlin at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
Remember that insane low pass flyby for that B-52 Stratofortress next to the carrier USS Ranger. Gizmodo Reader and retired US Air Force master sergeant has sent us the look from the ship. It's pretty bloody stunning:
I thought this was the craziest low pass flyby ever, but obviously I was mistaken. After all, what you're seeing here is not a small fighter jet but a B-52 Stratofortress almost kissing the sea while flying by USS Ranger aircraft carrier.
The most impressive pass in racing history isn't Villeneuve retaking second from René Arnoux at the French Grand Prix, it's this Canadian dirt track racer literally overtaking an opponent by leaping above him on a jump. Amazing.