Laguna Seca's Corkscrew – one of the most famous corners in the world – is usually remembered for one of two things: its steep 18% drop in elevation or that pass. Of course, the overtake that I'm talking about is from the 1996 CART series where Alex Zanardi made a move on Bryan Herta on the last lap to snatch victory. With the win seemingly in the bag for Herta, Zanardi divebombed up the inside of the Corkscrew, narrowly missing both Herta and the subsequent concrete barrier.
It was a memorable, last-ditched effort from Zanardi to claim the victory. After seeing the pass, Jerry Blair, one of the people who helped construct the Corkscrew, simply said "Zanardi has huevos."
What's your opinion? Does this overtake deserve to be so fondly remembered, or should Zanardi have been penalised for running off course?
- Charles Kha