Posts by Fireballs

Back On Track

»Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Current projects and Tech Notes | Comments Off

Back On Track

As you have probably read in uncomfortably extensive detail here and here, I have inadvertently become an expert in re-learning how to drive a race car after a long time away from competition. Thanks to NASA‘s Speed News magazine, I have had the opportunity to share how to re-learn those driving lessons with a much wider audience. My article Back On Track covers the keys to returning to competition driving quickly and safely. If you think it has been too long for you to get behind the wheel again, check it out and decide for yourself if there is more fun to be...

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Think Fast Enchilada Edition

»Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Current projects and Tech Notes | Comments Off

Think Fast Enchilada Edition

Until today, Think Fast – The Racer’s Why-To Guide to Winning was available exclusively in paperback form. Here is the link to the Kindle Edition of Think Fast. Everything in the print edition is in there – it’s the whole enchilada, but one that you can carry in your pocket. The dedicated web site for Think Fast has numerous excerpts to give you a sense of what it’s like. The unanimous positive feedback that I have received means that it must be one of the better racing books in print, and the Kindle Edition is yours for a lower...

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Grip search

»Posted by on Dec 14, 2013 in Current projects and Tech Notes | Comments Off

Grip search

In my book Think Fast - The Racer’s Why-To Guide to Winning, I advised racing drivers to “Drive where the grip is, not where the line is.” This has turned out to be yet another example of “Do as I say, not as I do”, at least for one brief moment. Among the many photos that Kj Christopher took of my car at a recent practice day, one of them shows clear evidence of a massive understeer washout that was caused by driving through the dirt outside the clean line. Oops! For sure, there was a lot less grip out there. Even though I was driving a better theoretical line to set up for the next corner, the reality that most drivers weren’t made my theoretical best line slower for sure than the practical best line that was a car...

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Even more bester

»Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Current projects and Tech Notes | Comments Off

Even more bester

Brett Becker, the editor of the National Auto Sport Association‘s Speed News magazine, has created a jewel. It is extremely rare for any magazine issue to earn a place on a serious racer’s bookshelf, and this one does. As soon as you flip through it, you will agree. Just click this link to get a digital copy for yourself, and more for all of your favorite track rats. ‘Tis the season, and it really is that good. Here is Brett’s concept for the year-in-review special issue in his own words: We got to thinking what would better serve NASA members. How could we produce something that would be useful to readers over the winter months? We looked at all the stories about driver improvement published through the year. We also...

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Even more better

»Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Current projects and Tech Notes | 1 comment

Even more better

The momentum is building, and it feels absolutely spectangular. I’m finally taking my own advice. In my book Think Fast, I wrote “There is always more performance to be had from the driver than from the car.” Through the last two autocross practice days, I have focused on improving myself, and the results have shown very clearly that the zone between my ears is a very productive place to focus. This autocross practice day was very much a continuation of the process that I started during my last practice day, and it felt like it. I have now made 24 consecutive autocross runs without a major goof. Those of you who shagged all of the cones that I whomped a year ago will agree that I have stepped up to the next rung on the driver skill ladder....

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