Now that Chris and I have done a few practice days together, we’ve started incorporating a few more pieces into our day programs. Two weeks ago, we started mounting an onboard video onto the kart. It helps us so we can reflect back on changes more accurately, and start to analyze where we can find more laptime.
This post isn’t going to be long, but the message is still important. -Find yourself a home track.
A home track is a track that you’re comfortable with that you know fairly well, and drive fairly often. Your home track gives you a place to build confidence as a driver. Mentally, you’ll have one location that you know that you’re quick, which allows you to practice mentally developing that confidence programming when you to go to other tracks.
Been a while since I posted last, but wanted to pass along a quick tip I always use when I coach other drivers. It’s so simple, and really an effective way to monitor your personal performance. Simply put, I ask these two questions to my drivers after each and every session:
Ever since I heard that the WTCC was going to return to the Nordschleife in 2015, I couldn’t help but be excited. Having a World Touring Car race on the 13.2 mile track is going to be something to see.
Now seeing that the Green Hell isn’t just a track that you can learn over a race weekend, the WTCC set up a practice day for the teams. Check out Loeb in this video as a teaser for the race later in the year.
At the start of this year, I made the change from racing in the World Formula class to Tag Sr with the X125. I’ve gone from 15hp at 7,100 rpm to having 30hp at 15,000 rpm. So, I was going to have to start making some changes. It’s been really fun, but by doubling my horsepower, I basically doubled the amount of things that I needed to take care of at the track. Changes in my driving style, massive changes to the setup of the kart, and changing the way that I approach going to the track.
I’ve always had the ambition to race in faster machinery, and be competitive. When I was running a four-stroke, there was just enough stuff going on that I could handle the majority of the work by myself during club races. However, I knew that when I moved to TAG, I was going to need help getting to the next level.
Fortunately then the timing was right, and I reconnected with my friend Chris Novotney.