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.
^^ I know I’m using pictures from an earlier post, but I wanted to get this series started. ^^
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.
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything really. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for the blog. Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything really. It’s because I haven’t wanted to, but I have a good reason.
This video about the drift team, Mind-Control, reminds me about why I got into enjoying cars in the first place. The sheer fun of it all. Sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves in motorsport, I feel like people just forget what should all really be about. Going fast and having fun.
For most ‘ADHD-Smartphone-dependent-venti-coffee-drinking- give it to me now’ internet users, you’re probably not going to take the time to watch a 14 minute video in Japanese.
You should though. You really should.
So with all of the negative press surrounding F1 in media-life, my friends and I have been talking about other racing series that we probably should be paying more attention to. Eventually the conversation always comes back to the World Endurance Championship.
Even though it’s harder to ‘relate’ to a team when you have three cars per team and three guys sharing a car, you really cannot doubt that the P1 cars are basically Formula 1 cars with roofs on them.
Check out this test at Monza. You can’t argue this speed.
You know, normally Leo Parente annoys me something awful. (Edit 2015: Actually, I met Leo during PRI in 2015, and he’s a really nice guy.)
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.
Super Formula – If Capeta was real, this would be the series that he would end up in. Surprisingly this Japanese-based open-wheel series has a ton of ex-F1 drivers that has raced in it, such as Ralf Schumacher, Pedro de la Rosa and Kazuki Nakajima.
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.
Honestly, I haven’t been one for writing long descriptions for posts lately. You know why you’re here. ;) ^^^
Fun fact on why #23 is always the lead car for the Nissan works teams, and important to the brand. It’s pretty insightful.
The more you know. ;)
I’m just posting, so I can watch this over, and over and over again. Epic final laps at Bathurst this year.
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.
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.
I’m just posting this, because I think Formula Atlantic races are cool.
If you like more of this era of stuff, there is a Facebook group called “An appreciation of Formula Atlantic” that you should really check out.