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Track Walk Webinars with Mike Skeen & Johan Schwartz
"One of the most important things to going fast and progressing in car control is an understanding of weight management, especially at the point of brake release."
Reading the Car Through Your Hands & Feet
"The goal in every corner is to get maximum exit speed by giving the car one nice throttle application as early as the car will take it."
Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer, Talks About Z06 Overheating
"Because we need the lay-down cooler for trans lube cooling, the automatic’s performance is not improved as much as cars with the manual trans"
Designer of Barber, Miller, Gingerman & Mont Tremblant, Alan Wilson, speaks candidly about his long career.
"The Grand Full config is a mix of moderate elevation change, medium speed, technical, high speed, high load corners, and also has three separate sections that see sustained triple digit speeds. I find it to be very challenging but also very repeatable. It definitely rewards those who take the time to get into a rhythm. Most of all, tons of fun!"
"A sign of brilliance is being able to take a complex subject and make it simple. And while driving the car on the edge of the friction circle is not easy, Donohue made the concept simple to understand."
“Come for the experience and stay for the race,” says Mike Kertscher, Director of Business Services at Road America, located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. According to Kertscher, the average person does not know how diverse Road America is. It’s a park with a couple of racetracks built into it – truly. That’s what it is.”
"A common scenario that enthusiasts have encountered over the years was that if you did attend some of these other track events, the leadership would engage in babysitting and you would get a lot of negative direction; or warning drivers about the consequences of bad behavior or threatening to throw you out of the event if you did something wrong. That early environment was rather like elementary school teachers talking to kids."
"It’s going to cost anywhere from $9 to $15 million to repave the racetrack and we’re doing our due diligence now. The engineers are looking at it and we hope the Board will approve it."
As multiple world champ Jackie Stewart once noted: “The key thing is not so much when you get ON the brake pedal, but when you get off of it.”
“Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.”
“My first HPDE event was in 2002 and I was immediately hooked. Like many, I was concerned about what would happen to my car if I was unfortunate and had an incident at the event,” says Ryan Staub.
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BMW M Laptimer App
BMW Car Club of America Roundel Editor Satch Carlson whispered in our ear recently about the new BMW M Laptimer app. He thought a review was in order, so here it is.
Fast Girl: Ingrid Steffensen
"I’m not the fastest driver out there, but I’m good at communicating, good at breaking things down, tackling challenges from different angles, and—I hope—reading students for how much they can absorb in any given session or day."
David Ray of Hooked On Driving
“Once you work with an advanced person,” says Ray, “you see the issue, give feedback, coach them through it differently and then get out of the car and let them work on it.”
Chris Sneed of Sneed's Speed Shop
“The best way to get started is to either find a shop that can help you or some buddies that are already into it. It really helps to know people before just showing up."
Where They Raced
“Just imagine going 90 miles an hour on dirt, three wide, trying to get to a corner. That's reeealllly insane right down Santa Monica Boulevard. When I think of it, it seems outside the realm of sanity."
Saleen Automotive’s Mustangs
With all of their racing experience, odds are that you can depend on Saleen to build you a car that is highly capable and well balanced for track day and street use.