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Angie: Let me ask you a question - the mirrors, wheel lights, and lollipop are NOT located in the same field of view. Which should he check LAST?
A simple question, but a complex answer. If the lollipop goes green, does he THEN take a fraction of a second to double check the mirrors, then the wheel lights? Remember, he if he spins his wheels at all, he is launching right into the pit in front, so his attention has to be on their crew and hoses before he launches. So...after the lollipop goes green, does he check both mirrors (for traffic and crew around the car) and then the wheel lights, and then shift vision back forwards? He probably loses 0.3 seconds at least. Add that up over 2-3 pitstops, and it's easily a second, maybe more. More importantly, WHAT DOES HE TRUST? The lollipop man has a better view rearwards - does he trust that to be the final version, or does he check his limited mirrors and second guess? Does he pause until he can resolve any discrepancies? In this c