are not allowed to run on yourscheduled competition days. Butit’s also for a good cause – $10 ofevery entry goes to the Tire RackStreet Survival program. Whileit may be technically possibleto sign up on site, it’s unlikelyany spots are available, so besure to register in advance.
“I’ve struggled a bit on setup
transferring from test courses,
which tend to be smaller and
tighter vs. the large-scale National
course,” McKee warns. “So, I’ll
just look for big things wrong
[with the car] on the test course
versus much fine tuning.”
The idea, McKee insists, is to
look for things that need fixing. Was
there a clunk that you might not
have heard before? Better to find
the issue now than in the middle
of your championship runs. Did
someone crank those adjustable
shocks down to zero and forget
to re-adjust? That will show up
But, mostly, recognize that
you’ll be competing on two
courses, and more often than not,
the courses will be very different.
Initially, Borowski explains,
“I like to walk both, just to get a
gauge of what they represent and
what the main differences between
the two might be.” Following that,
he concentrates on the first day of
competition. “Then I concentrate
on the course I’m driving first,
because that’s the one I need to
be ready for. For the remainder of
whatever day I was driving that
course, I walk the other one.”
Walk the courses in a way
that makes you comfortable but
have a mission. “I’ll walk it two or
three times to get a feel for it, and
then I start breaking it down into
what’s going to hurt me the most,”
Borowski says of his strategy.
“I spot the biggest areas that can
hurt you, because you don’t want
to be surprised by something.”
It’s important to recognize
the limits, however, so while no
one wants to be underprepared,
it’s possible to overdo it.
“I’ll make sure I walk thecourse enough times so thatI can visualize my run in near realtime in my head,” McKee says.
“As I get older, that means morewalks. Also, with age, fatiguecomes sooner, so I sometimeshave to recognize that I’m tiredand not getting what I shouldout of a walk and take a break.”
TESTING AND TUNING
So now it’s time to drive, right?Not so fast. Unlike every otherevent, there’s a third course onsite. It’s smaller, and completelyunique to the event: The Test NTune. This is the chance to shakedown your car, or let a co-driverborrow the car for some seat time.
There’s a fee for the four runson the practice course, and you
READY FOR IT
For Andrew McKee (ABOVE andTOP), success at the Solo NationalChampionships isn’t expected, butthat doesn’t mean he’s not prepared.
“I walk the courseenough times so that Ican visualize my run innear real time”