Checker Etiquette

As a race director, I am asked to make calls regarding situations on track. Most decisions and clarifications are clear cut, and some stretch...

Weight Watching – Understanding Weight Transfer and Racecar Dynamics

Most of us understand that tires make traction through friction between the rubber molecules at the tire’s contact patch and the road surface. And...

One Lap Around Buttonwillow Raceway

In the middle of California’s Central Valley lies Buttonwillow Raceway, a technical circuit with 16 different race configurations and the option to run clockwise...

Test Day Logic: Setup First, Then Speed

I was back in Florida last week, this time at Sebring International Raceway for the annual Porsche Club 48 Hours of Sebring. I was...

Hydration, Fitness and Nutrition – Personal Prep Tips for Race Day

Like traditional athletes, competitive drivers and their teams are engaged in a physically and mentally demanding sport, susceptible to such health issues as fatigue,...

Passing to Maintain Cornering Speed

The last two articles covered strategy and etiquette for passing drivers and those being passed. This article talks about how drivers make mistakes in...

One Lap Around: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Built in 1962 by Les Griebling and several area businessmen as place to do some weekend sports car racing, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course...

Emotional Rescue – Conquering the fear factor to become a better driver

Like most emotions, fear is healthy when based on rational, real threats. Anyone strapping on a helmet and climbing into a race car should...

Top of the Class – Instructing in HPDE is tough, especially when the classroom...

Any parent who has volunteered in their child’s classroom at school knows teachers have a tough job. A few hours with a pack of...

Alternate Lines

The last few articles discussed techniques for passing as well as being passed in ways that minimize time lost to competitors. I also covered...

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