10 Superstitions From the World of Motor Racing

Getting Dressed
British McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton puts his gloves on in the pits of the Sakhir racetrack, in Manama, during the second practice session of the Bahrain Formula One grand Prix. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Plenty of people probably get dressed the same way (or close to it) most days, without even thinking about it. But some motorsports pros believe that donning their duds in a specific order can make the difference between success and failure. Driver Brian Scott has said it's a superstition he's heard from other drivers, that the right side of the body holds all the luck, at least when it comes to getting dressed. Boxers, pants, socks, shirt sleeves, and gloves should all go on the right leg or right arm before pulling on the left side. Other drivers will cop to following a particular dressing ritual, but don't specify whether the right side or the left side comes first. And it's not just race car drivers who are superstitious about getting ready for the day. MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi also gets dressed in the same order before every race.

Once you've started off your day on a superstitious note, it might be hard to shake the habit. Some racers admit that the theme carries on throughout the morning. For example, on a related note, some drivers won't shave the morning of a race.