“In Racing, Feelings Are For Wussies” – Shakedown Video #protip

You know, normally Leo Parente annoys me something awful. However, when he’s right, he’s right. Mental focus and preparation is one of the strongest elements you can leverage when it comes to being successful when driving.

I don’t really having much to say here, because Leo says it all.

|Video| Senna vs Prost: Side by Side Qualifying – Suzuka 1989

Everyone knows about Senna vs Prost. We don’t need to go into that. Both were epic drivers, for very different reasons. However, very rarely do people take an opportunity to compare qualifying laps between the two drivers side by side.

However, take a look at this video from 1989, during the Japanese Grand Prix. Senna, who was known as the master of qualifying, out-paced his teammate Prost by 1.7 seconds in the same car. That’s another lifetime in racing terms.
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Understanding how the new Nissan LMP1 GTR is working.


So we all saw the Super Bowl commercial that previewed Nissan’s new LMP1 GTR race car. Then we learned that the car was front wheel drive…but then we learned that it wasn’t. It’s AWD car with only the internal combustion engine powering the front wheels, and hybrid power only for the rear wheels.
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Rubens Barrichello shows why karting is cooler than lapping days in your car #theartofkart

Yeah, I’m just going to say it. Rubens Barrichello shows why shifter karts are awesome. /endthread

Basically Rubens is on a Brazilian entertainment show, comparing the speed of his KZ compared to regularly priced cars of the same value. He laps the track, and pretty much destroys the laptimes of both cars.  Then, he does a time attack run and gives a comparable laptime to other performance cars. Sadly, there are no English subtitles.
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The Purity of Karting #theartofkart #racekart


The kart is the most pure racing vehicle ever created. It has the essential components found in all racing machinery. A tuned chassis, strong brakes and a motor designed to be revved to within an inch of its life.

Nothing will train your body to have a more immersive experience with a race track than a kart. Nothing at all. You’re sitting as one with the machine, as the entire chassis is flexing around you. You feel every camber change and every change in grip surface interacting with your body immediately.

You want pure racing? You want karting.

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What do you want to see on |StartingGrid| in ’15?


In 2014, I didn’t post on |StartingGrid| nearly as much as I’ve wanted to. Mostly, because I was focused on getting my feet stable in competition karting. I’m not upset with that at all, but I decided at the end of the year that I wanted to put more attention back into having fun with the blog.

I’ve been chatting with some people about some topic ideas that would be fun to write about, so below are some of my ideas.

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Catch you later, 2014. Bring it on, ’15!


It turns out, no matter how we try to avoid it, that we are creatures of habit. I was turning back the clock this morning, just curious of what I was doing this time last year in 2013. Turns out that I was writing another blog post like this one.

Well, it’s my blog. So, if I want to do the same thing, I can! FYI, this blog post might get kinda emotional/sappy, so if you want to skip it and come back to some car stuff, check in later.

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|Video| Chris Harris on Ken Block’s Gymkhana SEVEN AWD 1965 Mustang (The Hoonicorn!)

I’m not going to lie. When Gymkhana 7 came out, I was a little bored after four or five minutes. I always wished that Ken Block had released four or five mini-short videos of his Mustang rather than a 12 hour…I mean minute epic. However, what did excite me was the 845 hp, 8000rpm, AWD Mustang.

I was hoping that someone would make a video to give some technical detail about the car. Enter Chris Harris. This is a nerdgasm about this amazing car.

Even if Gymkhana 7 is still too long.