Archive for the ‘irl’ Category

Realizing why driving race cars is so effing awesome!

March 5, 2008

So driving this morning, I finally realized why I LOVE driving race cars so much. It’s the challenge and exhilaration of being on the edge but not over it. When I was a kid, I was the little turn who would poke someone just 1 time less than what it’d take to completely send them over the edge and, all the while, keeping me (somewhat) endearing. Yesterday, on the way home, I got my little car to solidly rotate into a turn (whoops happened to be on a public street) and it kinda just hit me. I had a smaller revelation the first time I got a racing car to rotate at Mid-Ohio, but this time it was different. The time it happened at Mid-O (and every time after), came from a tense ‘oh shit please keep me hooked up so I don’t die’ approach to a corner. This time, it was much more under control…and surprisingly…much smoother and quicker feeling. Guess it’s a tactile thing.

As I’ve read books like the Speed Secrets series and Skip Barber’s Going Faster, instructors and coaches always talk about being on the edge. But it wasn’t until this morning’s childhood regression that I finally connected the dots.

As we all (racing drivers that is) are trying to find ‘that thing’ that makes us faster. This is one barrier, I’m REALLY excited to have identified and broken through the was it feels like it should be.

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FINALLY! The IRL & Champ Car (CART) get their heads out of their asses!

February 22, 2008

52 minutes ago it was finally ‘leaked’ on Yahoo! News that the IRL’s Tony George and Champ Car’s Kevin Kalkhoven and Jerry Forsythe have all gotten their respective shit together and unified American Open Wheel racing. BAD ASS! Now, ditch both of your respective marketing departments, go hire Weiden & Kennedy (aka Nike’s agency) and put together a marketing package that’ll get people into the seats. Bigger crowds, unified driver line ups, and hopefully a bad ass season of racing is what, may, be ahead of us. This year may be a step in the right direction and next season has a chance to really shine!

Champ Cart IRL unite!

Read it at Yahoo! News!