In racing, the purpose of the pace car is to slow down the other cars on the field in the event of an hazardous incident, keeping the drivers and non-drives safe until the issue is resolved.
The pace car in our minds does the same thing: “this seems dangerous; I had better slow down. For safety.”
Few of us are exposed on a track with the potential of cars driving in excess of 150 miles-per-hour harming us. But we still heed the need to slow because the danger we feel is just as real.
Our careers are not ovals, nor are they closed-track road races. The goal is not to complete it the fastest. But the feeling of safety is overrated and will likely keep you from performing in ways that you were designed to.