Welcome back to the last episode of No Dumb Questions (…but have no fear, we’re not going far)! We sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers. Sam Smith joins us again, and we talk a little about the new podcast we’ve just launched (it’s live now!), called “It’s Not the Car.” Please go check it out right now, subscribe to it, and let us know what you think.

On this episode, Jeff, Sam, and I answer two great questions: 1) what do you do, and how do you think differently, when you don’t know what to do next, and 2) all things RWD downshifting.

Jeff is one of the very best race car engineers in the world. He’s engineered cars at every level, and every type: NASCAR, karts, club racing cars, Indy, GT and Prototypes, and even Top Fuel dragsters. But what sets Jeff apart from many engineers is how he can explain what he’s doing, what a car is doing, and even how the best think.

Sam Smith is a brilliant and hilarious storyteller, a writer, an amateur racer, and a journalist. Over the last 20 years, he’s written for outlets as diverse as the New York TimesWired, and Hagerty Media. From 2012 to 2020, he was executive editor and then editor-at-large at Road & Track.