Living on the redline
I was looking through some of those early threads (especially the ones from 2002 and 2003) a couple weeks ago. The volume of misinformation contained in there (a lot of it contributed by me) is mind boggling now that most of us suck a little bit less. The one real truism that I think can be applied from it is that focusing on the driver, experience and seat time are the real keys.EdCT said:I was looking through some earlier threads with some of you guys, Clyde, Andy etc., and was quite impressed with the gains you've made over the last couple of years.
It's good to read about the early "mistakes" as it gives all of us new guys encouragement.
Good job :thumbup:
The first time I took a Skip Barber course, the instructors would drive you around the course in stock Dodge Neons; it was amazing what they could do with these cars, an eye-opener, really.·clyde· said:The one real truism that I think can be applied from it is that focusing on the driver, experience and seat time are the real keys.
he's already and trouble and doesn't even know it ...Andy said:The # 1 thing I learned from the Atlanta ProSolo… when looking at a section of the course and trying to determine if it would be better to go a little wider, carry more speed and setup for the next turn better or… cut distance by staying tight to the cones, even if it means the next turn would be a little tighter/slower. Cutting distance will be faster 90% of the time. Always use the "tight" line as your default. Especially on long sweepers!!
FWIW, one of the pearls of wisdom Carl McGinn dispenses to us west-coast track fools is: if a turn gives you a choice betwen two gears, the higher gear is usually faster. Obviously, you've already figured it out, but I thought I'd pass it along (i) as a reality check for you, and (ii) to add that it's true on the track as well.Andy said:The # 1 thing I learned from the Atlanta National Tour… no matter how good you think you are at heel-toe, downshifting and upshifting… downshifting into 1st going into a tight corner looses more momentum and time then you might realize. You may feel faster because of the acceleration you get out of the corner, but in reality 90% of the time it's going to be slower then if you would have just carried 2nd gear through the corner.