Contributors: Jerry Austin, Ross Bentley, Tony Bones, Satch Carlson, Greg Haas, Peter Krause, Burt Levy, Chad Morehead, Clive Murphy, Boris Peharda, Doug Quara, Chris Sneed, Ingrid Steffensen, Alan Wilson
Henry Gilbert: Race Team, Schools and Track Days
"Universal Pictures hired me in 2001 to be the driving instructor for the cast of 2 Fast 2 Furious which was filmed in Miami and that is when I opened up my driving school - Sports Car Driving Experience. I got to work with the entire cast and had a great time with all the actors, including the late Paul Walker.”
New Jersey Motorsports Park
"Nothing beats repetition and seat time. This is not a sport that requires “book learning” skills. This sport requires hours behind the wheel until your awareness becomes acute. Nobody stops learning in this sport.”
Palatov Motorsport: Cars Designed for Trackday Drivers
"What I wanted to do was create new solutions, break away from the tried and true. In racing there are very few opportunities to do that. Also, racing requires huge budgets relative to simply doing trackdays. But most importantly, I’m a trackday driver and not a racer. I wanted to design cars that I myself would want to own and drive."
Data Guru Matt Romanowski of TrailBrake.net Talks to Auto TrackDay Monthly
"Having a great predictive time displayed in the car has really helped with knowing, while still on the track, which line or technique is better. There is no more guessing or going by what “feels” faster. With data, you know what is faster."
BMW Performance Driving Center Instructor Mike Renner
"I see this guy’s running 30 events and he’s never put it off the track. He knows he can drive pretty quick so he must have car control, but the fine art of really being able to sense what the car is doing, what cause and effect are, how to correct when necessary, and being able to drive the car at or very near the limit with comfort – that’s car control."
Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer, Talks About Solving the Z06 Overheating Problem
"In our testing of the new set up in the manual transmission, pro-level drivers can run a full tank of fuel in temperatures of up to 100 degrees, a substantial improvement over prior years....The automatic transmission car can be driven on the track and is improved for 2017. But, because we need the lay-down cooler for trans lube cooling, the automatic’s performance is not improved as much as cars with the manual trans"
Designer of Barber, Miller, Gingerman & Mont Tremblant, Alan Wilson, speaks candidly about his long career.
"The Grand Full config is a mix of moderate elevation change, medium speed, technical, high speed, high load corners, and also has three separate sections that see sustained triple digit speeds. I find it to be very challenging but also very repeatable. It definitely rewards those who take the time to get into a rhythm. Most of all, tons of fun!"
"A sign of brilliance is being able to take a complex subject and make it simple. And while driving the car on the edge of the friction circle is not easy, Donohue made the concept simple to understand."
"When you grasp the steering wheel, be conscious of your fingertips as the first contact and explore the minimal inputs required to change direction. Plant your heel on the floor to index your foot's position and actively use your toes first for braking and throttle."
"Our objectives were to create the most track capable Corvette ever while addressing drivers who do not want to trade off luxury sports car features to achieve that capability."
“Come for the experience and stay for the race,” says Mike Kertscher, Director of Business Services at Road America, located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. According to Kertscher, the average person does not know how diverse Road America is. It’s a park with a couple of racetracks built into it – truly. That’s what it is.”
"A common scenario that enthusiasts have encountered over the years was that if you did attend some of these other track events, the leadership would engage in babysitting and you would get a lot of negative direction; or warning drivers about the consequences of bad behavior or threatening to throw you out of the event if you did something wrong. That early environment was rather like elementary school teachers talking to kids."
"It’s going to cost anywhere from $9 to $15 million to repave the racetrack and we’re doing our due diligence now. The engineers are looking at it and we hope the Board will approve it."
As multiple world champ Jackie Stewart once noted: “The key thing is not so much when you get ON the brake pedal, but when you get off of it.”
“Adding power makes you faster on the straights, subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.”