AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Wayne, New Jersey
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one thing I will mention is that you are pointed in the right direction. Literally.
The fact that you are leaning and looking up towards the next turn is a big plus. I see from your eyes you are looking up track. This will help you a lot when it comes to passing. Not paying direct attention to what is going on directly next to you is a challenege sometimes.
One of the biggest areas of fear that takes a while of getting over is passing people in close proximity and taking lines away from people while at speed. It is not something that should be done during track days, but it is something you will need to become accustomed to. Don't be afraid to show your wheel and get up close and personal. I have passed and challenged for passes within inches of people and have even rubbed other people. It's gonna happen and you just need to be ready for it and not allow it to freak you out. Stuff like that is where having an off-road background helps.
But I think someone linked my article in here that discusses doing track days as a segway to racing. You will find yourself to be more competent than most of the grid.
Starts are always key. My mentality has always been to get out and check out and make them lap traffic. When you go to track days find out of there is a way for you to practice starts. The key to a solid race is where you are going into the first turn, because if you have a fast guy up front it is going to be that much tougher having to pass people while making up the time difference.
Once again, this past weekend there were novice racers out there that had ZERO track day expereince and they were the slowest, sketchiest people out there.
Your track day experience will give you a serious jump on the competition. Just make sure your equipment is set, be prepared, don't rush, take it all in, clear your head, focus on that first turn and visualize the rest, put your head down and go.
Best of luck to you and if you have any questions, feel free to ask away.
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