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The Speed Secrets Podcast is taking a bit of a hiatus. For how long, I don’t know? What I do know is that it’s being replaced by something else, something very fun, entertaining, and educational (which is what I’m all about) – and I think you’ll like even more: It’s Not the Car podcast.

From the “official” description:

It’s Not the Car is a podcast about people, motorsport, choices, and how we all work under pressure. In other words, we tell racing stories and leave out the boring parts. Ross Bentley is a former IndyCar driver and an internationally renowned performance coach and author. Jeff Braun is a championship-winning race engineer. Sam Smith is an award-winning journalist and a former executive editor of Road & Track magazine. Together, we explore the emotion at the heart of the machine. 

We don’t love racing for the nuts and bolts—we love it for what it asks of the bag of meat at the wheel.

 
YouTube (where you can see the funny faces we make at each other: https://www.youtube.com/@ItsNotTheCarPod
 
And most other podcast platforms. Have a listen, subscribe, and leave comments, please!
 
 
No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 25

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 25

Welcome back to another episode of No Dumb Questions! 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.

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 24

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 24

Welcome back to another episode of No Dumb Questions! We sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers. This episode is a little different… We introduce a guest “host,” Sam Smith, who we are launching a new podcast in January with. It’s called It’s Not The Car, and is all about stories learning things, and having fun.

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 22

On this episode, Jeff and I discuss the future of technology in motorsports, specifically around “driver-less” race cars. Is it still “racing” if there isn’t a human being inside the car piloting it – either thru remote control or an AI pilot?

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 24

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 21

Welcome back to another episode of No Dumb Questions! Jeff Braun and I sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers. On this episode, Ross discusses proper head position during cornering, and Jeff dives into the differences in car setup between racing versus qualifying.

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 25

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 20

Welcome back to another episode of No Dumb Questions! Jeff Braun and I sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers. On this episode, Ross answers how a driver can clear his/her mind of finding the same person repeatedly and running his/her own race, and Jeff answers what speed “aero” downforce starts happening.

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 18

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 18

Welcome back to another episode of No Dumb Questions! Jeff Braun and I sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers. On this episode, Jeff and I discuss the best way to lean your body while turning; how to set up for a turn; and considerations when thinking about driver weight, ballast weight, and how to minimize the impact of uneven side to side weight.

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 16

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 16

Welcome back to another episode of No Dumb Questions! Jeff Braun and I sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers.

On this episode, Jeff and I discuss what single quantifiable thing relating to a race car are we still unable to reliably measure that would be most useful for finding performance and eye placement when tracking a car. This week’s episode also features a bonus question… tune in to hear what question Ross has for Jeff!

No dumb questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 17

No Dumb Questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 13

Jeff Braun and I sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers.

On this episode, Jeff and I discuss shaving off that last second off your ultimate pace, understanding the role of a limited slip differential in track driving, and whether to take a more risky or conservative approach when planning out strategy.

No Dumb Questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 12

As we come out of the Thanksgiving weekend, stuffed to the brim (we almost needed to wave the red flag!), we want to thank you for your continued support over the years. We’re grateful you come back each month to listen to us chat away. And with bellies still full, time to green flag us into another episode of No Dumb Questions! (Ok, we’re done with the flag puns.) Jeff Braun and I sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers.

No Dumb Questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 8

Thank you for joining us for another episode of No Dumb Questions. On this episode, Jeff and I discuss what kinds of unspoken tricks or mind games pro drivers use on track (clean or dirty!) and whether the roll center theory is the opposite of the driving theory.

No Dumb Questions with Jeff Braun: Episode 7

Welcome back to another episode of No Dumb Questions. Jeff Braun and I sit down to answer your questions, and we promise – there are no dumb questions, maybe just some dumb answers. On this episode, Jeff and I answer how you know where your End-of-Braking point is and if you can you use data to find it. We also discuss a common race car driver pastime: roasting your own coffee blends! Tune in for our new podcast series!

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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!