When the tires are burning, nothing can stop the racer as he wants to win the race. He would need to focus on the race as he don't want something to blame for losing. He just want to win the race. For him, it is all about the race and losing is not an option.
That is how most racers think and they don't like to make excuses for their mistake. if they lose then they only have themselves to blame on. The idea of the game is to win against the other racer. Do some drifts for more money, but try to win the race as much as possible. Next levels can only be unlock if you win the race.