On this week’s episode of Speed Secrets podcast, my good friend Tom Long joins me to discuss all things driving styles! We uncover what a driving style is, which driving style is the fastest, and different driving styles for RWD vs. FWD vs. AWD; and for aero versus non-aero cars. Tom also dishes on the importance of “hand speed” – the quickness of turning the steering wheel into a corner. Tom’s Speed Secret: It’s all about quality seat time, not just the amount of seat time. Check out Tom below! Facebook: TomLongRacing @TomLongRacing Tom Long is a professional racer, coach, and development driver. As a Mazda Motorsports factory driver, Tom will continue in his role as the lead development driver and series official for the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup series. The role is not a new one to Tom, who has been the lead development driver for Mazda’s Global MX-5 Cup car since its inception. Racing fans can also cheer for Tom in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Series GS GT4 class this season. Tom will also continue coaching clients at road racing tracks throughout North America, helping both driving enthusiasts and racers enhance their skills. Racing is on the schedule for 2021, too: Tom will be competing in the GS GT4 class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Series.
On this week’s episode of Speed Secrets Podcast, I am joined by Mark Martin (who owns and runs the W2W race team in World Racing League events). We discuss the number one thing that successful teams do to win, what makes the best endurance drivers, the pros and cons of starting your own race team, and how to balance being the team owner and driver. Mark’s Speed Secret: Have and listen to a coach. Check out Mark Martin below! Web: W2W.racing Social media: @w2wracing W2W Racing, aka “The Will to WIN!” is the epitome of what racing is all about and encapsulates the long and arduous path that the majority of drivers take to get to the top of their game. Whether a racer begins karting at the age of 5 or attends his/her first performance driving event at the age of 50, the innate thrill and rush of speed begins to take a chokehold on their life as they become consumed with the need for more of that drug that is known as Racing!  At W2W Racing, we provide the guidance, equipment, and expertise necessary to make the leap from HPDE warrior to becoming a licensed race car driver. Whether you choose to pursue Time Trial, Sprint Racing, or Endurance Racing, we provide the vehicles, transport, fuel, tires, brakes, coaching, data, HPDE only insurance, hydration, communication, tools, etc. that it takes to compete. You provide the drive and ambition; we provide the recipe necessary to WIN!
On this week’s episode of Speed Secrets Podcast, Andy Pilgrim joins me to discuss how to have a long career driving race cars! We get into the importance of learning how to learn so you can always improve, having a hook or trigger to switch your mind on, and how to think strategically and tactically in races. He also shares about co-driving with Johnny O’Connell, Ron Fellows, and Allan McNish. Andy’s Speed Secret: Make sure your head is in the right place. Andy Pilgrim was born in the U.K., moved to the U.S. in the early 1980s as a computer programmer, and became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He started racing in the mid 1980s and has since won five championships and 69 races so far in his professional driving career. Additionally, Andy has a serious passion for traffic safety. He is a nationally recognized expert and lecturer on the dangers of distracted driving; in 2008, he founded The Traffic Safety Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 entity. During the past 20 years, he has spoken to hundreds of thousands of students, parents of children of ALL ages, educators, and corporate employees about all aspects of traffic safety. For more information about his foundation, educational materials, and contact information, please visit www.tsef.org. Check out Andy below!https://www.andypilgrim.comhttps://www.trafficsafetyeducationfoundation.org or https://www.tsef.org
On this week’s episode of Speed Secrets Podcast, I am joined by Dr. David Ferguson! Dr. Ferguson runs the Spartan Motorsport Performance Lab at Michigan State University and is the author/editor of The Science of Motorsport book. Topics range from dyslexia and diabetes to heart rate variability and the vision techniques of the very best drivers. We also talk about how equal females are to males in racing, and nature versus nurture. Ultimately, it’s all about how you can perform better as a driver. This is one of my all-time favorite episodes!  Dr. Ferguson’s Speed Secret: Treat your body in the same way as you do your race car. Dr. David P. Ferguson earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, PhD from Texas A&M University and has postdoctoral training in cardiovascular physiology, nutrition and pediatrics from Baylor College of Medicine. He has worked in racing for over ten years with the top teams in NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, and IMSA. Spartan Motorsport Performance Lab: Automobile racing is one of the largest spectator sports in the world yet there is less than 60 research articles ever published on the physiological stress of driving a race car.  We are currently working with NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and IMSA racing teams to better understand the strain placed on drivers and pit crews during competition. Then using established training and nutrition programs we are already increasing both the performance and safety of these elite motorsport athletes. Check out Dr. Ferguson below!https://education.msu.edu/kin/smpl/ @DrDavidF13 @msu_smpl
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