By Tom Martin on May 25, 2016 11:49 a.m.
As you may be aware, Elan Motorsports has designed a new, relatively low cost prototype racer called the NP01 and they've partnered with NASA to create a class for the new car (whose name means NASA Prototype 01).
WRR TV: The Art Of Racing Fast In The Rain (1435 views)
By Winding Road Staff on May 23, 2016 4:53 p.m.
This shows WRR driver Mark Drennan in Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup running a calculated rain race from 6th place to 1st over the course of three laps (separated by FCY) at Watkins Glen earlier this month.
Speed Secrets: Applying HPDE Lessons to Life (770 views)
By Ross Bentley on May 23, 2016 4:40 p.m.
There are people who make mistakes, won't admit to them, and don't learn from them. There are those who make mistakes, admit to them, and learn from them. Guess which one improves the most over time? This week's guest contributor, Randy Beikmann, is the latter, not the former. Having spent time with Randy, knowing his background as an engineer and author of the Physics for Gearheads book, it's not surprising that he's able to admit to making a mistake, or that he continues to learn.
By Mark Drennan on May 23, 2016 4:26 p.m.
There are plenty of reasons to try "pro" racing. For me, a big reason was the challenge of racing against a large field with many very talented drivers. The attraction of Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup was that I got to test myself in a spec car, which I hoped would limit the frustration of being beaten by inferior drivers who have better cars.
By Winding Road Staff on May 16, 2016 3:52 p.m.
This video is from Race 1 of the 2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup season held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The first race of each MX-5 Cup event uses a standing start. Here, WRR driver Tom Martin shows the advantages of using the outside line in Turn 2 on the first lap. Cars tend to stack up in the inside lane, leaving drivers on the outside a good chance to pick up places.
By Winding Road Staff on May 16, 2016 3:35 p.m.
Speed Secrets: The Future of Performance Driving (1076 views)
By Ross Bentley on May 16, 2016 2:13 p.m.
My favorite racing number has always been 3, so with this being the third anniversary of Speed Secrets Weekly, I'm feeling pretty good. As has been customary for the anniversary issues, I'm taking the wheel and writing the feature article - not super-educational, but meant to make you think about the future of our sport.
Speed Secrets: Racing Training & Preparation (858 views)
By Ross Bentley on May 09, 2016 3:51 p.m.
We all know that physical fitness is critical to how well we perform when driving on the track, no matter what level or type of motorsport we're involved in. What many drivers don't know (based on the number of questions I get asked) is specifically what to do to physically prepare yourself. And that's where Simon Hayes of Performance Physixx comes in. Simon has trained drivers of every level, from elite level pros to amateur track day drivers. And today he outlines a very practical program that you can build from.
Learning Curve: Fly the Plane Dummy (596 views)
By Corey Rueth on May 09, 2016 3:11 p.m.
As some of you may already know I make my living as a corporate pilot. I began my career as a flight instructor and I have taught hundreds of pilots everything from spin recovery and aerobatics all the way to multi engine instrument training. As you can imagine I have had many emergencies over the last twenty years in aviation, but whether I am the student or the instructor (and regardless of whether the emergency is real or simulated), my first instinct is always the same: Fly The Plane First.
By Winding Road Staff on May 09, 2016 2:35 p.m.
WRR driver Corey Rueth shows that lucky timing on a start is helpful. He then avoids several crashes by hanging back just a tick as cars try insane moves like four wide in T5.