Welcome to the first installment of a 13 part series (which is illustrated!) on improving driver skill.
If you know anything about me and How To Become A Racecar Driver you know that I am a huge proponent of improving driver skill over modifying cars.
Bolting shiny parts on the car is always fun, but those parts will only make you a slightly faster poor driver.
Like all my other posts, articles, and videos, this series focuses on providing you an absurd amount of value – all for free.
I want you to be faster on the track, and that’s all there is to it.
But you can’t just go out and be fast. It doesn’t happen naturally.
A lot of people believe that the best way to get started is to double down on seat time and learn purely from experience.
In fact, the popular EVO Performance Driving School program is built entirely on this concept.
Does it work? Yes. But not very well.
I often compare racing drivers to doctors.
Anyone could be both, but it takes lots of time and personal investment to be amazing at either.
Doctors aren’t cut loose to learn purely from experience – that would be absurd.
To be intelligent, competent, and then incredible, it all starts with a thorough understanding of why you’re doing what you’re doing.
And it’s the same with auto racing.
The problem with EVO schools is that you are told what to do. But not why to do it.
When you go home, you still aren’t thinking for yourself.
You’re simply copying the actions of one or two instructors who, incidentally, are no longer available once you go home.
So let’s just fix that problem by getting you to think for yourself!
Intelligent Racing, Minimal Spending: The Definitive Introduction To Racing Concepts bridges the gap between those fun EVO schools and actual, useable, and actionable knowledge of the racing world.
All without encouraging you to spend ridiculous money to modify your car.
Once you understand why you’re doing what you do, the light bulbs will all come on at once.
During the next 12 parts of this series, you’ll learn about:
- Weight transfer and the fundamental building blocks of speed
- Understeer and understeer
- Track analysis
- Prioritizing the track to find the biggest potential gains in speed
- Racing lines and why the biggest radius isn’t always best
- How corner exit speed will make you or break you
- Tire characteristics
- Tire pressure conditions and how to tune your pressures for maximum grip
- Why contact patch is the absolute number one priority for your racecar
- How varying vertical loads effect traction at any given moment
- Co-efficient of Friction between vertical load and grip
- Slip angles and managing them for maximum traction and longest tire life
- My personal custom tire pressure program for tire tuning
- General advice for your autocross day
- The advantages of left foot braking for the road and the track
- Downshifting, rev matching, and heel-toe downshifting
- The traction circle
I am RIDICULOUSLY excited for the opportunity to share all this with you.