High Performance & Race Driving Tips
Speed Secrets Driving Tips to Help You be an Even Better Driver
Q: “While I feel I have a good awareness of cars around me, I’m struggling with wheel-to-wheel racing. The problem is, I’m new to the type of car I’m racing – touring cars. I feel totally blind when I’m competing with other cars. I used to race open-wheel cars, and I could sense where other cars were around me, and then confirming it with very good convex mirrors. With the touring cars, every time someone dives inside me in the brake zone, I have no idea if I should turn in on the corner or not because I have no idea where the other car is. I don’t want to turn in if they’re already there, so I just get passed easily. I feel intimidated. I want to get better at racecraft. Any suggestions?”
Your seat has a huge impact on how fast you can drive on track, as I talk about in this Speed Secrets tip for performance and race drivers.
A light touch on the steering wheel is key to driving fast on the race track. But how light? This Speed Secrets performance driving tip gives you a target.
High performance drivers, race drivers… breathe! That’s key to driving faster on the track & in this Speed Secret I tell you how to improve your breathing.
In this Speed Secret tip for performance drivers & race drivers, I contradict myself and talk about when you should coast – not on the brakes or throttle.
How do high performance and race drivers use their vision? Like a super-hero, bending their vision through the corners ahead. Speed Secrets tip ahead!
Learning to drive a car with lots of aerodynamic downforce requires trusting that the faster you go, the more grip it’ll have. I share a tip to find – and trust – the limit in this Speed Secret driving tip.
Whether you want to drive the ultimate limit – 10/10ths – or something less, the key is be able to do that consistently. And that means driving over it at times.
To trail brake or not to trail brake? When should it be taught? Both are good questions. But let’s keep it simple here.
I’m sure you’ve been told to drive smoothly, and “smooth is fast” dozens of times. But why?
An important step in learning a new track – and one that is mostly ignored by many drivers – is getting a “global view” of it.
In this tip I share more details about how to use mental imagery – visualization – to improve your driving performance.
Every driver knows that the sooner you begin accelerating out of a corner, the faster you’ll be down the following straightaway. But it’s not where you begin to accelerate, it’s where you get to full throttle that matters most.
Using every inch of track is critical to driving corners as fast as possible. But how critical? I explain more in this Speed Secrets tip.
The steering wheel. It’s almost a symbol for driving. And for good reason: it determines where you go. Well, actually you do, by how you turn it.
The next time you feel you’re not improving, or even feel as though you’re going backwards, I suggest pulling out a piece of paper and start writing down all the things you’re doing well.
As you approach a corner, turn your head and look at and through the apex, but have your eyes follow the imaginary pathway that you want the car to travel on.
If you can’t do something in your mind – in your mental imagery – you will never be able to do it physically. So time the laps you visualize to get a measure of how you’re doing.
To be a fast driver, you sometimes need to be creative, and even “let go” of the need to drive perfectly.
The advice, “Slow in, fast out” may be the cause of being slow. It’s better to be “fast in, faster out.” And that’s a result of what you do with the brakes.