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Skip Barber
1. Look where you want to go
2. Don't lift
3. You break the motor and we'll buy you a soda!
4. Wave to the corner workers on your out lap.
 

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Skip Barber
1. Look where you want to go
2. Don't lift
Those lessons saved my life, and my wife's, a couple of months ago.

I was driving the Elise through the Humboldt forest area of Northern California when some idiot in a very large truck came around a tight corner a good 3 feet or so into our lane. If I had either looked at the truck instead of the narrowing escape lane or lifted off the gas they would still be scraping bits of us off the pavement.
 

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Lotus Driving Academy:
1) Weight transfer and how to go fast
2) Do not be afraid to lock up the breaks
3) Apex - Apex - Apex
 

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Eyes up.

Looking what at first feels unnaturally far ahead has made me smoother and faster on the track and safer on the street.
 

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People have already listed the most crucial things I learned my first time out... DON'T LIFT, and LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

I'll add a few more from Bondurant:

- Resist the urge to early apex
- Late apex the turn before the longest straight
- Brake first, then turn (not always true, but a good thing to practice)
- Learn the radii of each corner. Turn in and hold that position (don't shuffle your hands around).
- Don't lean into the turn. This isn't a motorcycle :)
 

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After many years of driving low powered cars on the track (I'm an instructor, so some of my advice):

Straighten the track.
When you spin, both feet in.
If you're going off roading....go offroading.
Don't Pre-Turn.
Use the Whole track
Don't go where HE'S going
The line works for everyone
He's in a Mustang......of course he won't point you by :)
 

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Other than what's been said,
look THROUGH the cars ahead of you.
Not a driving school, rather track day time at a HPDE.

SCDA's best instructor asked me at a track day last month, "What is wrong with you, aren't you the guy that used to drive the white miata?"
Replied, "I'm not sure what the limits of the Elise are"
Instructor tells me "they are f'in high, now focus!"
I vote for SCDA, though Chin Motorsports does a great job too.
84 words:)


Sent from my Autoguide iPhone app
 

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Another vote for Bondurant, although Panoz was a close second.

Stay on the line.
You go where you look.
 

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Kudos to SCDA @ LRP...

Best tip: Don't lift!

Bob Smith was my volunteer instructor. Terrific. All conversation in the car was to the point. No filler.
 

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"when in doubt, late apex"

"smooth (weight transfer) on and off the brakes and throttle" (if you watch any pro series driving, they look frantic with the hands..., being "smooth" comes from the foot inputs to set the car up)

"drive off please... wheel off saves costs lives."

"go faster! get on the throttle way earlier"

"this (these) corner(s) are not important"
 

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Bet advice

Look ahead!

Most people only look at the place they are immediately going and completely ignore the next turn or what is happening ahead of them. The further you can train yourself to look ahead, the faster and safer you will be.
 

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Overheard being said from an SCCA instructor said to his student:

The little peddle on the right, are you pushing it all the way down?

But as Jackie Stewart said:

"The Exit of the corner is far more important than the entry to the corner, in regards to smoothness. And one of the big keys is: You never press the gas pedal, until you know you never have to take it off."

Or as Mike Pettiford said:

"A corner is made up of 4 parts: 1) The breaking point (and this is where you want to release the breaks, not apply them) 2) turn in 3) apex 4) exit. Everything you do is to maximize the exit"
 

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The most important turn is the one leading to the longest straight. 2nd most is the turn at the end of that straight.

In most cases, least important is a turn leading to another turn...except for exit line.
 

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The most important turn is the one leading to the longest straight. 2nd most is the turn at the end of that straight.
2nd most is the turn leading to the 2nd-longest straight.
 

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"Most drivers try to go 'fast' everywhere. Go 'slow' in the slow parts and go 'fast' in the fast parts. Don't try to go fast in the 'slow' parts because you'll end up going slow in the 'fast' parts."

This was an "ah-ha" concept for me and completely changed the way I drove and approached driving.

Cheers,
Kiyoshi
 
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