I never drove, but I can't imagine taking my hand off the wheel to work a brake. Then again, left foot braking seems strange, too. Was the brake lever on the left or right? I know from "back roads" hot rodding, I would steer with just my left hand and shift with my right. My son, while taking the Accord to the ice, would steer with his left and work the parking brake with his right (to get the back end to swing around). But, neither of us were in a sprint car surrounded by others.