HPDE Driver: Approaching the Limit Safely

Some people believe that an occasional spin or crash is essential to learning to drive quickly. This is not true. A spin or crash...

Essential Spares: Spec Iron

Quickly, how many NASA Spec classes call for a specific V8 engine? Give up? There’s only one: Spec Iron. Spec Iron was devised to give...

How To Improve During The Offseason

Nothing beats seat time when it comes to improving as a driver, but there are still plenty of ways we can improve over the...

A Turn in the Right Place

There is a reason NASA makes sure HPDE drivers sit in classrooms for “downloads” after each outing on track. Yes, there is always that...

Essential Spares: Camaro-Mustang Challenge

The pony-car wars that started back in the late 1960s in the Trans Am series are alive and well today in NASA’s Camaro-Mustang Challenge. CMC...

Better Footwork for Optimal Weight Transfer

A wise man once said, “When driving at the limit, you steer with the pedals and control speed with the steering wheel.” At first...

Cumulative Progress – The Racing Driver Development Process

There is always more performance to be had from tuning the driver than from tuning the car. That should make deciding where to focus...

Detecting Under-Driving

Pushing oneself and one’s car to maximum performance is the goal of any podium-caliber driver. However, maximum performance can be elusive. We are constantly...

Qualifying Strategy

Q: How do I make the most of my qualifying session? A: Qualifying requires many pieces fall into place to achieve the fastest lap, particularly when competition...

Demo Day: Young Drivers Test Mazda’s Spec MX-5

There are several paths young karters can take to try to advance their racing careers, and nearly all of them require the guidance of...

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