a passing opportunity. Sometimes
you make the pass to go from
fourth to third, and you actually
end up eighth because you’re on
the wrong side of the track and you
hadn’t quite seen how that plays
out with the train behind you.”
This, he says, is followed by
viewing open-wheel car videos,
which offer an unparalleled view
of the suspension, revealing how
much compression is happening,
how the car pitches, where
bumps are present, and more.
as a result of his
prep, Danny’s at-track demeanor is
relaxed and calm.
corners of each track.” For VIR, he
explains, those corners are exiting
Turn 5a, exiting Oak Tree, and through
the Rollercoaster and Hog Pen,
which lead onto the front straight.
Danny notes that his simulator
work involves no more than learning
the track and getting key turns right.
“I’ll practice turning in early, turning
in late, committing to throttle early,
trail braking, threshold braking, I’ll
make setup changes,” he says. “I look
at my time as I pass a milestone – so,
there is a mark on the track and
I look at my speed and OK, that
went fast, so now I make a note and
then try something different.”
With that done, he begins to run
complete laps, keeping an eye on
lap times. “If I don’t see a 0.2- to
0.4-second improvement, then my
analysis wasn’t right,” he says.
Next is studying race videos online,
where Danny logs another 30 hours.
“I look at spec classes like Spec Racer
Ford and Spec Miata,” he explains.
“I want to look at pack racing to see
the unintended consequences of