Be Your Own Coach (Part 2)

As a quick recap, I made the suggestion that when studying your own performance using data capture systems, you needed to use your own approach. I presented my personal formula: What was happening (what lap was faster); Why it was happening (which lap was faster or slower in a particular part of the track); and finally, How it was happening (what was the driver doing to make this happen).

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Be Your Own Coach (Part 1)

For the purposes of this article (and next week’s, as the topic is so lengthy that we’re breaking it up into two), let’s take a look at that last sentence a little more, in particular the last few words “… as often as I can.” The challenge with coaching is that despite being worth every single penny, it’s expensive - something very few can do often, a number can do every now and again and, for many, something that may never be available to them.

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What is the worst that could happen?

Driving pushes our courage buttons in many ways. For some, it's close-proximity racing that creates an overwhelming sense of fear and something to shy away from. Others have anxiety over the financial consequences of racing and "driving with their pocket book" often rings true. There is some fear of being tagged, hit, or touched on track. Street driving indoctrinates us with the thought that ANY contact is bad. Truth be told, any contact is usually bad, especially if you strive for clean and safe racing, however, let's not confuse things. Contact on track for many drivers isn't about avoiding a trip to see the stewards. It's the belief that contact equals crashing and crashing at race speeds is really frightening.

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Spec E46 Sweeps The 2014 IRDC Spring Enduro at The Ridge!

The first race weekend for Spec E46 in the Pacific Northwest was an overwhelming success. The two Spec E46 racecars finishing first and second overall and the cars were as enjoyable to drive as everyone had hoped. The journey to this point, however, wasn’t quite as simple and there were times when we didn’t even think it was going to happen. Here is how it went down…

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Spec E46 – An unexpected change of direction!

Enter Spec E46, introduced to me during a conversation I was having with a good friend, Dan Rogers. We talked about the fact that the cost of the donor car was less than an E30 325i. We discussed race part availability and how it was plentiful (and on eBay!) and after dialogue with others it was estimated a soup to nuts ‘premium’ build would cost less than a mid-pack PRO3 race car. Financially it made sense to explore it.

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