Q: “I race in the Champcar Endurance Series, formerly Chumpcar. One of the many things I’d like to get better at is dealing with traffic. Sometimes it’s cars that are a lot slower than ours, sometimes close in speed, and then there are the ones that are faster. I’m a long-time autocrosser and the addition of others around me can be a serious overload of stimuli. We just finished up our 4th season so I’m better at this than I was, but still feel like there’s a long way to go. To add to the challenge often we are on a new-to-us track, or one that we only go to once a year. Can you address this topic?”
Ask Ross Bentley your questions about performance and race driving.
Q: “Would you address what differs (or maybe does not differ) for middle-aged newbies to learn performance driving as compared to the younger folks? The body and mind work quite a bit differently than when I was in my teens and twenties, but I have patience and, hopefully, wisdom now (or so I think).”
“What, besides tires, would be the best bang for the buck to improve lap times as far as suspension goes. His answer was a good seat. I was a little surprised, but agree with him. I would be very much be interested in your thinking.”
“You are a big proponent of simulators. I have a sim seat at home and use it to learn tracks, but my seat, wheels, and pedals just don’t feel right for learning habits. Can you recommend a sim setup (as in actual parts) that will work for most people? I think it is the biggest barrier to entry since there are so many options.”
“My question is this: Why is this theoretical line not the fastest, and if it is, why do people not tend to drive it? I see people make roughly that clipping point and that track out, but I don’t see many/any people turning in that late and missing the first apex by that far.”
Q: “When you are in the Zone you feel everything and react almost subconsciously, but have you gone too far if you are in the ‘Red Mist’? Can you discuss your concept of the ‘Red Mist’ versus being in ‘The Zone’?”