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Old 05-04-2011, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Van View Post
Great idea for a thread!

A few times you've mentioned being "mentally & physically ahead of the car"... I wonder if you can elaborate on that - specifically techniques you use to do this.
Thanks. Well, one idea is mentioned above: Get detailed (in your notebook, after each session) with what the car is telling you, IE how the car is behaving as you get on the brakes, at corner entry, at midcorner, at apex, at track out, and at WOT. Do this for every corner at the track. It really helps detatch your conscious from the mechanics of driving (brake, turn in, apex, track out, etc.) which you probably do well anyway, and frees up brain cycles to really pay attention to all the small messages your car gives you every second on track, in order to mentally & physically be more ahead of the car.

Another way is forcing yourself to look way farther ahead than your normal comfort level. Another is making sure you s-l-o-w-l-y suck in & exhale as many deep breaths as you can on every straightaway. And another is closing your eyes just before you go on track, relax every muscle, and in 20 or 30 seconds, quickly visualize what you see as you driving really well. All IMO, of course.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Veloce Raptor View Post
Thanks. Well, one idea is mentioned above: Get detailed (in your notebook, after each session) with what the car is telling you, IE how the car is behaving as you get on the brakes, at corner entry, at midcorner, at apex, at track out, and at WOT. Do this for every corner at the track. It really helps detatch your conscious from the mechanics of driving (brake, turn in, apex, track out, etc.) which you probably do well anyway, and frees up brain cycles to really pay attention to all the small messages your car gives you every second on track, in order to mentally & physically be more ahead of the car.

Another way is forcing yourself to look way farther ahead than your normal comfort level. Another is making sure you s-l-o-w-l-y suck in & exhale as many deep breaths as you can on every straightaway. And another is closing your eyes just before you go on track, relax every muscle, and in 20 or 30 seconds, quickly visualize what you see as you driving really well. All IMO, of course.
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As a related aside, I continue to be amazed at how many 'serious' drivers either simply do not or consciously refuse to keep notebooks...

VR, do you require your clients to sit down and make their notes - at least on days when you're working with them?
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:49 AM
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