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  • Speed Secrets: Making The Jump To Pro Racing (13 views)

    By Ross Bentley on August 27, 2015 6:01 p.m.

    There are pro race drivers who dreamed of doing what they're doing for most of their life, and have worked hard at getting there. Then there are some who just seem to have ended up becoming pro racers. Of course, they worked hard, too, but it wasn't something they had in mind most of their life. The sport just kinda lead them there.

  • Racecar Profile: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup (851 views)

    By Bradley Iger on August 25, 2015 5:47 p.m.

    For first time ever Mazda Motorsports, in a collaborative effort with Long Road Racing, has developed and will be selling race-ready MX-5 Cup cars straight from the company’s factory in Hiroshima. The all-new ND-generation racers will be delivered with sealed motors and encrypted race-spec ECUs to prevent tampering, as the Cup cars also usher in Mazda’s new global racing series that will be held in North America, Europe and Asia, all in identical spec-tuned versions of the new Cup car.

  • WR Long Term Garage Update: Does The Challenger Hellcat Still Do Grand Touring? (176 views)

    By Bradley Iger on August 24, 2015 8:29 p.m.

    It’s been six weeks since we introduced the Challenger Hellcat into Winding Road’s garage as a long term tester and it has been smooth sailing thus far with no mechanical abnormalities to report. With your author serving as the sole driver of the Hellcat (along with the luxury of not having to commute to an office) we’ve been looking for an excuse to rack up some miles on the big coupe.

  • Support American Racing Talent: Alec Udell (49 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on August 22, 2015 2:44 p.m.

    Something like this has probably happened to you: you’re watching the 24 Hours Of Le Mans and the Porsche 919 is in first place overall driven by Nick Tandy. And you think “who the hell is Nick Tandy?” Maybe you remember him from ALMS or TUSCC, or maybe you don’t. But he certainly isn’t a famous driver like Fernando Alonso or Juan Pablo Montoya. He also isn’t a boy genius like Max Verstappen is or Sebastian Vettel was.

  • Nine Essential Strategies For Managing Your Brain At The SCCA Runoffs (451 views)

    By Ross Bentley on August 20, 2015 2:56 p.m.

    Whether it's the Indy 500, the SCCA Runoffs, your final run at an autocross, or any other one-off big event, performing at your best when it counts is not easy. Your mental approach and strategy has the biggest impact on your performance, and this week, Jim Kearney shares his recipe for success at the Runoffs. Of course, if Jim's approach works at SCCA's annual showdown, then it's likely to work just about anywhere else.

  • WRR First Laps: Horsepower Matters at Road America (452 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on August 19, 2015 2:33 p.m.

    This week we're onboard with Team Winding Road Racing driver Tom Martin III in Winding Road Racing’s 2006 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the Group 10 / Modern GT race at the HAWK International Challenge at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. As you'll see in the clip, Road America is an interesting track when you’re faster in the corners and slower on the straights.

  • Driven: 2016 Mazda MX-5 (4134 views)

    By Bradley Iger on August 17, 2015 7:38 p.m.

    The rollout of Mazda’s all-new fourth generation sports car has been an exercise in patience. Years of anticipation led into a series of teasers that often provided little detail, if any. But when the automaker did start to roll out specifics, as brief as they were, it became obvious that Mazda was well aware of just how important this car was to performance enthusiasts on and off the track.

  • Speed Secrets: An HPDE Safety Reality Check (186 views)

    By Ross Bentley on August 13, 2015 2:09 p.m.

    If you're an avid football fan, you can't go play a fun game of football in your favorite team's stadium. If you play tennis, the opportunity to play on center court at Wimbledon isn't available. But if you're a fan of Formula One, Indy cars, or any other form of racing, and if you're a fan of cars and driving, you can sign up to participate in an HPDE or track day event, and experience the thrill of driving on some of the same tracks that elite-level pro drivers do. That's the beauty of our sport. It's accessible. That's also ...

  • Speed Secrets: How To Find More Grip (1628 views)

    By Ross Bentley on August 10, 2015 12:30 p.m.

    You know, it would be so much easier if we could just set our tire pressures, select any old set of springs and dampers, and just drive the car. I suppose we could, but that would definitely not lead to the best handling car. So, what to do - how do we figure out what tire pressures to run, and when to soften or stiffen the springs on our car? Just ask... someone like Jeff Braun, race engineer extraordinaire.

  • Ten of the Greatest Turbocharged Race Cars Ever Made (1524 views)

    By Ronan Glon on August 07, 2015 1:52 p.m.

    Companies from all over the automotive landscape are increasingly replacing sheer displacement with forced-induction in a bid to reduce emissions and improve gas mileage. This is especially true in Europe, where a seemingly endless list of cars ranging from the Lilliputian Volkswagen up! all the way to the Ferrari 488 GTB come with a turbo.