Originally posted by fatdoggy
Imo nothing beats track time and watching the A main guys race.
I have to agree. I'm a good example; did the research, studied the materials and even paid attention to those ridicuously obscenely difficult driver license tests on the PS Gran Turismo games [ok, don't laugh too hard].
I tried to apply everything at the track once a month, maybe twice if I was lucky, in a nitro touring class [yes, rookie class with 10 and 12 year olds wiping past me like I was 25 years older, wait, I am 25 years older...LOL].
Then, I decided to get an electric touring kit figuring that a smaller track with controlled lighting conditions that I could frequent regularly [three to four times a month most of the time] would better suit my need for "stick" experience [not to mention one bad eyeball that kept straying that nitro into the wall]. Now, if I could only learn to see around those darn roof-support beams..LOL.
Seriously though, I learn more in one session at the track now than I did in an entire rookie season in nitro touring. I can actually see and hear what the car is doing and even started developing a sense of "feel" some of the others have talked about.
Going into a [generally] slower class [I still miss the roar and sight of nitros], getting the additional track time has significantly helped, not only the pre-driving rigors, but the actual driving skill because of these extra minutes doing it right, instead of getting ready for it by prepping for hours and doing it wrong anyway. Watching what the local expert studs do is a great way of seeing what the text says and what it should look like.
My plan was [and is] to take "it" onto the nitro scene, but I'll admit I'm really getting into the electric TC thing too [I guess da wife will just have to pawn that pretty little ring and make room for more cars..LOL].
Track time [watching, talking racin' and especially driving]=better skills on the track and smarter in the pits!