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bets? Most competitors wantto know how good they canbecome, but if you are playingthis game, you will never findout. Set reasonable goals givenyour past performances andlook to make a small gain.Don’t kid yourself: Everybodywants to go faster.
“I’ll only be happy if I canget under a 1: 25.”
The other extreme is the driverwho views each session as adare. It’s good to have goals,but it’s silly to set your sightson a particular lap time whenthe conditions don’t support it.
There are many factors that are
totally out of your control: track
grip, tires, wind, temperatures,
draft, air density, and so on.
Like the ads say, your
results may vary, so compare
yourself to other drivers
running similar cars that day
rather than to some past lap
time. If the track is not fast,
looking to set a new personal
best will end in frustration.
“This time I’ll do Turn 3 flat.”
A high-speed turn that canperhaps be taken with the gaspegged is the racer’s equivalentof the white whale of MobyDick. Reaching for the ultimateno-lift run through a difficultturn is fraught with danger.
Doing the turn consistently andstaying within yourself is muchmore likely to be of benefit.
Set reasonable goals and
creep up on them. This isn’t a
video game – mistakes have
repercussions. Other variations
of this bad idea include: “I must
be in the top 10 or else,” and,
“I must get a certain amount of
points this weekend or else.”
Focus on driving better rather
than a specific outcome and
your performance will improve.
“My motor sucks, I’lldrive around it.”
Even in spec classes, completeengine parity is not a guarantee.
Maybe you actually are downon power, but what are yougoing to do about it? Perhapsyou are contributing to theproblem with demon latebraking that doesn’t allow you togo to the gas as early. A cleanlydriven car is always going tomove away from you on thestraight if you are screwingup the preceding corner.
Do the best you can at the
event and plan to address
your motor deficiency as soon
as possible. You may have to
sacrifice something else to make
those ends meet, but nothing
good comes from trundling
around down on power. You may
try too hard and crash or, worse,
you may accept that you belong
where you are in the field.
“I’ll complete my car prepwhen I get to the track; theschedule looks pretty open.”There is never enough time atthe track. Something alwayscomes up to suck away freetime. You need to register, setupin the paddock, deal with tires,go through tech, and on andon. The more tasks you cantake care of in advance, themore likely you will be able tothink about your driving. Getahead of the game with carprep so you can work on presession mental preparation.
“ There is never enough
time at the track.
comes up to suck
away free time”
RAINY DAYSDon’t skip wet weather practicesessions. The experience andconfidence you gain fromthe track time could paydividends down the road.