Ron Simons joins me to talk about driving the Nurburgring – how to do it, how to prepare, what are the things you should avoid, and the challenges of doing so. Along the way (no pun intended, since I recorded this show while driving together from Nurburg to Spa), we talk about the differences between driving the Ring and Spa, the Belgian circuit just over an hour’s drive away.
Ron owns and operates RSRNurburg, a business dedicated to providing car rentals, instruction, and other services to drivers wanting to drive the famous Nordschleife circuit, as well as Spa in Belgium. Oh, and they arrange road tours of the area, too, in some very cool cars.
James Houghton joins me to talk about Time Attack – what it is and where it fits into the motorsport world. Since he drives a 600-horsepower Front-Wheel-Drive car, we also talk about how to be fast in FWD cars, and then share our thoughts on how to prepare to go fast, fast – get up to speed very quickly (the first lap).
James is one of the fastest young drivers in North American Time Attack competition. You can follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/JamesHougton or Facebook.com/timeattacktyper, and Instagram at @time_attack_typer.
Glenn McGee joins me to talk about sim racing, what he learned from it that helped him move into real racing, what surprises he had when he got to his first car race, what advice he’d give other young racers moving up the ladder, and what the Mazda Road to Indy is like on the inside.
Glenn started off being a serious First-Person Shooter gamer, before he moved into sim racing. After winning the iRacing/Mazda championship, he was invited to compete in the Mazda Shootout, which he won. That lead to him getting a funded ride in the Global MX-5 Cup series, where he currently is racing – while working towards racing in open-wheel cars.
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Jesse Love and I talk about what it’s like being a young racer – just 12 years old – who has more driving experience than most who are listening to this podcast. We talk about what he does to mentally prepare for a Midget or Late Model oval race, how road racing is different, what’s been the biggest influences on his success to date, and what he’s learned that you can use.
Jesse is from the Bay Area in California, and has been competing in Quarter Midgets, Midgets and now Late Model stock cars. He started when he was just five years old, and going into his first season in 2017 of Late Model stock cars, he’s won the first two out of two races. He’s definitely on the path to NASCAR stardom.
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Dennis Macchio joins me to talk about how to best find and use a mentor to help you with your driving, driver coaching, and a very interesting approach to using your vision (that is based on the system that Bertil Roos developed). Also, Dennis shares his insights about what gets in the way of some drivers improving, managing fear, and how to learn more and improve your performance and race driving.
Dennis is president of the Bertil Roos Racing School. He’s been coaching drivers for nearly 40 years, having started at Bridgehampton, and then taking over the operation of the Bertil Roos school in 1998.
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Ian Korf and I talk about his experience driving FWD cars, how to practice with simulators, and what a driver’s DNA says about their ability… and then Ian flips the table and starts interviewing me – and we talk about how to manage being nervous before an event, whether a driver should care about what happens to other drivers on the track, and what heroes I have.
Ian is a professor at UC Davis who is also a driving instructor, author of the You Suck At Racing book (available on Amazon), and an endurance racer. I stumbled onto his website, yousuckatracing.com a couple of years ago, and have enjoyed and learned a lot from the content there. Ian also writes articles every now and then for Speed Secrets Weekly. Be sure to check his blog out at www.yousuckatracing.com.
Tyler Clary, Olympic Gold Medal-winning swimmer talks about his newly-launched racing career, how he’s learned to be so fast so quickly (and how you can learn from him), what similarities racing has with swimming, and what it takes to be a winner.
Tyler won the gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke at the 2012 Olympics in London. Since retiring from competitive swimming he’s committed to doing what it takes to make a career in racing.
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Michael Roban and I talk about what it takes to be successful – in anything, including all levels of motorsport… Advice for when first starting in track days and racing, how best to learn to be a better performance/race driver while not taking too big a risk with your car, learning from mistakes, and his advice (as a relative newbie to the sport) on how best to get started.
Michael’s day job is financing motion pictures, a career he started by giving his services away for free (not unlike most pro race drivers). Just over two years ago he discovered track days, and then club racing, and has started racing with the Porsche Owners Club (POC). Michael and I met when I was leading Racer’s Clinic program for the POC at Spring Mountain.
Simon Hayes of Performance Physixx joins me to talk about what the best race drivers do to ensure they’re fit to drive… as well as providing advice on how you can improve your fitness levels – and drive even better.
Simon and his team at Performance Physixx works with drivers of all levels (although he currently spends a lot of time with Indy car and sports car drivers, having trained F1 drivers in the past) on their physical fitness and nutrition to improve their driving performance. You can learn more about Simon, Performance Physixx, and how they can help you by going to their website at www.performancephysixx.com.
Michael Beck, Adam Nielsen and Robert Vierhout from the Ten-Tenths Podcast join me to talk about autocross, engine swaps, and why people are in this sport. And then… each tells of their Aha! moment when they learned something that made a big impact of them driving faster – something you can use.
The Ten-Tenths Podcast is just over a year old now, and has become popular because of the casual – and often, very funny – discussions that Michael, Adam and Robert have.
Listen in and subscribe to the Ten-Tenths Podcast by visiting http://tententhspodcast.com, and be sure to follow them on Twitter (@10tenthspodcast), Facebook (www.facebook.com/tententhspodcast/) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/tententhspodcast/).
James McMahon and Davin Surdivant of Kartpulse join me in a conversation about how to use karting to tune up your car driving skills, and even more… actually going karting as an end in itself. It’s such a great form of motorsport, and James and Davin share their experience in this episode, providing advice on what you can learn from karting that you can apply to driving your car.
Kartpulse is an online community designed to grow awareness of the sport of karting. Its grassroots community is focused on sharing information and helping each other to keep the sport as fun as possible. James and Davin are the co-founders of Kartpulse, and they help to develop the online resources that the community shares, such as articles, social media and the Kartpulse Forums.
Kartpulse Site: Kartpulse.com
Kartpulse Forums: forums.kartpulse.com
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The video of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost that James refers to is at: https://youtu.be/D0Sg8it4ZbY. It’s very cool! And the video that Davin refers to is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql11ht4WqgM
Jeff McKague and I talk about where to look when driving, how mistakes can be identified by vision errors, how to train your vision, and the advantages of being a slow learner. Yes, being a slow learner has its advantages – and can actually help you be a faster driver.
Jeff is a long-time driver coach and certified sports vision trainer. He lives in the Toronto, Canada area.
To learn more about what Jeff does, go to his website at http://eventmatrix.ca.
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Ryan Selsor and I talk about what sim racing is, how track drivers can use simulators to improve their driving, what he’s learned from sim racing that applies directly to track driving, and what you need to get started using a sim.
Ryan is one of the top sim racers in the world (although that’s a bit like comparing a Formula One driver to a NASCAR driver and saying one is better than the other), and has also done autocrossing and track days. In other words, he can relate the sim world to the “real” one.
In our conversation, Ryan and I talked about a lot of different resources and websites:
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Dr. Mike O’Neill and I talk about flow, or getting into the zone, and focus, and how that applies to driving faster. His research in the workplace, along with his experience as a race driver, has led to specific tactics that you can use to perform more consistently at your best – in flow – and that’s what we discuss in this conversation.
Dr. Mike leads workplace research at Haworth, a global office furniture manufacturer based in Holland, Michigan. Their research provides a global perspective, and practical insights, on how the design of workspace affects people’s health and work performance. Early on, Mike worked in design consulting; he then became a professor of interior design and industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin. Since then, he has led research efforts in the office furniture industry. His educational background includes degrees in psychology and architecture. He has written numerous articles and two books about how the design of office space affects work performance. On the personal side, Mike holds a private pilot’s license - and a competition racing license through Midwest Council. He races his ‘74 Porsche in the Vintage/Historic class, at tracks including Road America, Blackhawk Farms, and GingerMan, and is also a nationally certified DE instructor through Porsche Club of America.
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Matt Covert and I talk about autocrossing, road racing, and the steps in between; whether smooth is fast or not; and especially what he’s learned from others – from what they’ve done well, and their mistakes. In fact, it’s the mistakes that we’ve all made that we learn the most from – so let’s learn from some of the people Matt has talked to.
I met Matt just a few months ago, and have been super-impressed with his Racers HQ podcast and magazine – and the help he’s providing to many drivers. In addition, he’s done stunt driving, and is an avid autocrosser.
As Matt mentioned during the show, he interviewed me for his magazine, Racers HQ, and you can get access to the article for free by going to http://www.racershq.com/ross. In it, I share a “Top Ten of Tips.” And be sure to listen to Matt’s podcast and check out the other information he shares by going to http://www.racershq.com.
Thanks for listening.
Adam Jabaay and I talk about how to club race for next to nothing, building your network and community to get people to help you, and providing value to others. We then get into what Gridlife is, and how younger people are getting into the sport, but in different ways than in the past.
Adam is a club racer in SCCA, NASA and Lemons, a HPDE instructor, and one of the organizers of the Gridlife events. He’s also a co-host, along with Austin Cabot, on the Slip Angle podcast; in addition, they have the TrackTuned.com blog.
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James Colborn and discuss why some drivers love and use data acquisition systems, and some don’t; how he’s become a bit of a guru with data; what it is that he likes so much about using data; and whether data can be over-used. Then we switch to talking about the experience of moving from track day driver to club racer, and then to pro racing – and even back again.
James is a self-funded amateur/pro racer and sometimes track day driver who has become a data acquisition geek. He shares tips and advice on how to use data systems through some very useful videos he posts on his website at http://www.jamescolborn.com. Oh, and he describes himself as "Most happy when racing."
I hope you enjoy this week’s episode. Keep learning and having fun!
James Chartres and I talk about how a club racer or track day driver can manage all of the things that are needed before and at the track, and still allow time to really focus on one’s driving. We also talk about some specific driving techniques, including left-foot braking, trail braking, and driving a momentum car.
James races a Spec Racer Ford in the SCCA San Francisco region, runs his own team – Kanga Motorsport – and in his spare time is an aerospace engineer for NASA (or is that the other way around?!). As a club racer, James has put together some amazing marketing partnerships to help support his team, too.
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David Ray and I talk about how to get the most out of a HPDE or track day event; common errors and things the best drivers do; the differences between racing and non-competitive track days; and the difference between the “school line” and the “racing line” around a race track.
David is the founder of Hooked On Driving, the only national professional HPDE organization, with operations in the northeast, southeast, California, and the pacific northwest. He's been helping drivers get "hooked on track driving" for over a decade.
Links mentioned in today’s podcast include www.hookedondriving.com.
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In this week's episode, Colin Braun tells us exactly what the top pro drivers do – the techniques they use to go fast. He shares his thoughts on left-foot braking, trail braking, the use of the throttle (and how Aryton Senna used it), and how to learn the cornering line.
Colin has won in everything he’s driven, from the quarter midget he started in at age 4, through karting in North America and Europe, to open-wheel cars, NASCAR Trucks, GT and Prototype sports cars. He currently drives the CORE Autosport Porsche in the IMSA GTD series.
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Tom Long and I discuss what it takes to climb the ladder from club racer to being a paid professional driver for a factory IMSA team, the Mazda Road to 24, what a young driver needs to do to gain a pro drive, and finally, how to adapt to driving a car with aerodynamic downforce.
This episode airs just days before the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where Tom drives the factory Mazda Prototype car in the IMSA series. Prior to driving the Prototype car, he won in SCCA club racing, Spec Miata/MX-5 Cup, and the Continental Tire Series. His career includes being Patrick Dempsey’s substitute driver when the popular actor wasn’t able to attend a race (making Tom one of the least popular drivers with fans!). When he’s not racing, Tom shares his expertise as a professional driving coach and instructor, working with drivers at tracks all over the United States.
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Peter Krause and I talk about the most effective and efficient ways to learn to drive a race track that is new to you – providing an actual process – including the use of track maps, video, simulators, track walks, and the priorities for your driving. We also talk about driver coaching, and what makes the best coaches.
Peter is a dedicated professional driver coach. In addition, he sells, services and consults on data acquisition systems. While experienced in all areas of coaching, he’s particularly strong in data and video analysis.
During this episode, Peter mentions a Indy car driver, Simona de Silvestro drawing the Barber Motorsport Park track map while blindfolded. You can find the video of this at https://youtu.be/qv3KYRwPKAo.
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In this episode Joey Todd and I talk about low-budget racing (if there is such a thing), what it costs to compete in budget endurance races, where the World Racing League is going and what’s new, what a new HPDE driver should focus on to be prepared for their first event, the Aha! moment that drivers (including Joey) experience, what impact technology (self-driving cars, electronic nannies) will have on our sport in the future, and advice if you’re heading to the track this coming weekend.
Joey owns and operates the World Racing League (WRL) series, a low-budget endurance racing series, as well as the Momentum Performance Driving Academy, a high performance driver education (HPDE) program running events primarily in the midwest.
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In this episode, Kevin York and I talk about the impact his education and background in psychology has had on his own driving, as well as his approach to coaching drivers; we talk about whether instructing can get in the way of being a fast driver; what techniques make the most difference; and what question has he been asked that he doesn’t want to be asked ever again!
Kevin has been in motorsport for 25 years, as a driver, coach, instructor, and just about every other possible role. With a degree in psychology, and his years of experience drawing out the best in himself and others, he understands the high performance and race driver’s mind.
The links mentioned in this episode are:
Jeff Braun is one of the best race engineers in the world. During our conversation, one thing became apparent - the one thing that might be why he's so successful (8 Sebring 12-hour wins, 1 Daytona 24-hour win, 7 IMSA/ALMS/Grand-Am championships, etc.). What is it? He thinks like a driver. So when Jeff talks about driving, drivers should listen.
Jeff and I talk about his favorite drivers that he's worked with; the difference between the best drivers and the rest; one technique that the best drivers focus on to be really fast; one thing a driver can do on their own to help tune the handling of their car; and what the strangest question he's ever been asked.
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