Avoiding Common Mistakes At Your First Track Day (1346 views)
By Guest Contributor on May 02, 2016 3:10 p.m.
It's your first track day, and you're excited to finally be there. You may have the guts, but are you prepared to handle a road course? Many first-timers make mistakes. Here are some common ones that you can address before you get out there on the track or attend your first autocross event:
By Winding Road Staff on May 02, 2016 2:19 p.m.
See how intense the new MX-5 Cup series is in this double header of an archived IMSA broadcast along with experimental in-car livestream footage.
Speed Secrets: The Value of Cones (496 views)
By Ross Bentley on May 02, 2016 1:43 p.m.
I have a love-hate relationship with cones. Over the past three-and-a-half decades, I've probably set up a few thousand "witches' hats" along the sides of race tracks - and then collected them up, stacked them, and loaded them into vans, trailers and trunks of cars. I've also pried more than a few of them from the wheel wells of hundreds of cars. I've used them as a teaching tool, and I've hit my fair share of them.
Speed Secrets: When Smooth is NOT Fast (1303 views)
By Ross Bentley on April 25, 2016 4:09 p.m.
We’re told smooth is fast, over and over again. But, there’s one area of performance and race driving where you might be too smooth. In this video tip I talk about that one area (hint: it has to do with braking) to help you drive faster.
Learning Curve: The Attraction Of “Pro” Racing (360 views)
By Tom Martin on April 21, 2016 2:18 p.m.
Being a racecar driver presents many challenges, not the least of which is the difficulty of explaining it to others. My forthcoming foray into professional racing has been no different. If I tell people I’ll be running the Mazda Battery Tender MX-5 Cup Championship this year, the typical response is “so Spec Miata then? Isn’t that what you’ve been doing?” Well, yes, but mostly no.
WRR TV: Targa Newfoundland - Fishing Village Stage (1003 views)
By Winding Road Staff on April 21, 2016 2:06 p.m.
Here we run a Targa stage through a tiny village dating to the 17th century. HIghlights include our driver testing the first generation BMW ABS while narrowly avoiding a telephone pole. Co-driver profanity has been deleted.
By Ross Bentley on April 21, 2016 1:39 p.m.
Every time I hear a driver talk about karting as something that either kids do, or simply a step along the way to "real racing," I get frustrated. If only they understood that karting can be an end in and of itself. There's nothing wrong with karting your entire life! Also, many car drivers make a mistake when they overlook the benefits of karting as a tool to help them improve. And as this week's guest author, Davin Sturdivant, points out, at an affordable cost.
Simulator Pioneer Goes Pro: SM Champion Joins Winding Road Racing For Battery Tender MX-5 Cup (618 views)
By Winding Road Staff on April 18, 2016 4:33 p.m.
By now the story is familiar: A young talent spends extensive time on road racing simulators. He (or she) gets pretty good and enters a simulator competition. He wins the competition and gets sponsorship to drive a “real” racecar. And, surprise, he turns out to be quite talented racing in the physical word, just like in the photon world.
WRR TV: McLaren P1 Hot Laps at CoTA (1480 views)
By Winding Road Staff on April 15, 2016 3:20 p.m.
The engine roar of the world’s most exclusive cars signified an event of a lifetime on Thursday, March 31, at the Circuit of The Americas. Combining fast cars and philanthropy, participants raised more than $161,000, benefiting the Center for Child Protection.
Speed Secrets: How To Deal With “It” (1397 views)
By Ross Bentley on April 15, 2016 1:34 p.m.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you know... it happens. I mean, bad stuff happens in our sport. To you and me. I'm kinda known for looking for the good in things, but every now and then, it's important to recognize when things don't go the way we want. And then look for the positive. With that in mind, I'm taking on the feature article this week, all about when “it” happens.