Speed Secrets Podcast

Conversations (& Tips) to Help You Drive Better

 

The Speed Secrets Podcast is all about high performance and race driving. In it, Ross Bentley has conversations with guests, resulting in tips, advice, and inspiration you can take to the track.

Guests include drivers of all levels and types, engineers, coaches and instructors, safety experts, race officials, HPDE event organizers, and anyone else who can help you drive better and have more fun.

Each episode is 30 to 45 minutes in length – just right to listen to while on your way to work, to the track, or while you’re working out. Oh, and in each episode – posted every Thursday – Ross will share one of his quick and effective Speed Secret tips.

035 – Michael Zimicki: What You Can Learn From a Great Coach

Michael Zimicki talks about driver coaching. We dive into the question of how many true, pro coaches there are (as opposed to just how many call themselves coaches), what great coaches do, and what you should look for if and when you look to hire one. Oh, and we talk about what the best drivers do differently.

033 – John Drysdale: 4 Seconds – Lessons from a First Season of Racing

John Drysdale joins me to talk about his experience in his first season of amateur club racing – about what he’s learning, what’s surprised him and what hasn’t, and most importantly, what’s helping him the most. Whether you’re moving into club racing, or up from one run group to another in HPDE and track day events, John’s experience is relevant.

032 – Robert Pool: How to Practice to Drive Faster

Robert Pool joins me to talk about how to practice to improve your performance in anything, the book that he and Anders Ericsson wrote, and the research that Ericsson is known for worldwide. We’re talking about “deliberate practice,” the new science of expertise, and clarifying the “10,000 hour rule.” Oh, and what you hear Robert talk about will help you be a better driver (if you use what he talks about).

031 – Ryan Staub: Managing Risk & Having Fun

Ryan Staub joins me to talk about the fun stuff – risk and insurance for the track. Okay, that’s not all we talk about because that would be boring (but important stuff to know). We also talk about the car club scene, where younger drivers are participating in performance driving events, and the cultures that the best HPDE organizations have.

030 – Allen Berg: Racing Senna, F1 & Coaching Drivers

Allen Berg joins me to talk about his experience racing F3 against Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle, how he made it to Formula One, and his transition into coaching drivers today. Of course, I ask him one of my favorite questions: What is it that the best drivers do that others don’t?

029 – Terry Earwood: The Voice of Experience

Terry Earwood joins me to talk about… well, a little of everything about driving: drag racing, Sebring, road racing, autocross, instructing, the Skip Barber school, and the 39,000 drivers he’s instructed. Oh, and we laugh about the funniest things we’ve seen drivers do, teaching cops how to drive.

028 – Vivek Goel: What The Best Performance Drivers Do

Vivek Goel joins me to talk about what he learned when he surveyed 350 drivers, asking them about their level of experience and ability, and what they do to improve. Of course, after talking about what the best drivers in his survey did, I ask Vivek what he does.

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PODCAST TOPICS

While conversations dig into the details of things (like cornering lines, trail and left-foot braking, race track specific advice, data acquisition and video analysis, upshifting and downshifting, steering techniques, and the use of the throttle), the broader perspective of topics such as the following are covered:

  • What specific techniques and skills the best drivers use
  • The most challenging corners
  • How to adapt to handling problems
  • What separates the best drivers from the rest
  • How to learn new techniques and tracks
  • Safety tips and resources
  • Handling and car setup
  • Data and video analysis techniques

Plus…

  • Fun and interesting stories
  • Why we drive
  • Passion and enthusiasm for our sport

WHY A PODCAST?

Since my first Speed Secrets book was published back in 1998, many drivers have asked about audio versions of them. They wanted to listen to them while driving to the track, to and from work, and while exercising.

Some of the most educational, and fun conversations I have are at the track with a driver, official, coach, engineer, team member, or safety expert. I often wish I’d recorded those conversations so I could share them with you.

SUGGESTIONS?

 

If you have a suggestion of a topic or guest for the podcast, please send me an email.

Thanks!