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Old 12-09-2005, 01:12 AM   #31
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this thread has been very informative so far. anyone want to drag some pro's in here for thier methods?
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this thread has been very informative so far. anyone want to drag some pro's in here for thier methods?
I hit Hodapp up on another thread maybe he will post.
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Before each race we have I slap a set of used tires on my car which usually let the car push and be extremely loose and try to drive it like I would on a race set-up.First it helps me to calm down and actually drive smoother and not as harsh on the throttle.Secondly I try to make changes to the set-up to make the car better on the older tires.This has been sucessful so far but I am still slower than the local fast guy's.I do some times run relatively the same lap times but it is only 2 or 3 laps a heat.

Somebody mentioned that this is wrong.Can you explain why this would be wrong?

Plus we race on a temporary track so it's put up and tore down the same day.So I don't have the chance to practice alot.
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Before each race we have I slap a set of used tires on my car which usually let the car push and be extremely loose and try to drive it like I would on a race set-up.First it helps me to calm down and actually drive smoother and not as harsh on the throttle.Secondly I try to make changes to the set-up to make the car better on the older tires.This has been sucessful so far but I am still slower than the local fast guy's.I do some times run relatively the same lap times but it is only 2 or 3 laps a heat.

Somebody mentioned that this is wrong.Can you explain why this would be wrong?

Plus we race on a temporary track so it's put up and tore down the same day.So I don't have the chance to practice alot.
It seems to me that you would want everything to be as close to race conditions as possible when you practice..
that way, when you do race, your not compensating for the differences..
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This is a great thread, lots of good ideas.

Recently i was able to get a friend to video some races of mine, and it was amazing what you can learn from watching a video!!!! lines you thought you were taking, things you thought you were or werent doing become so much more obvious.
When ever possible get someone to record your racing, its invaluable. But also record it from different positions around the track, and record the fast guys.

Another thing is not just to practice laps. Try and race against some one your own standard. feed off ofeach other, and push each other, that always helps.

One thing i learnt very quickly is wen going to a new track, dont try and go flat out from lap 1. find the lines by boing slowly, and follow the locals, and just stay off the boards! Sounds like a no brainer but it took me a while to figure it out!

when i practice i try to practice individual corners, and brake the track down into sections, and get each component right first then try to string them all together. getting each coplex right makes it easier to string lap after lap together.

when making changes, ill try 1 change at a time, but then i wont just go and do 3 laps and change something else. Ill go out and do almost a pack, then go back to the old and try the old and try to feel the difference. it takes me longer ut that way i can feel the change better. (unless its just making the car a load of crap) Another option, is to make BIG changes, feel the response, and then try a smaller increment if you like the effect.

i look forward to seeing others opinions, and feed back on my own too!
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i forgot to add,
whre possible, use laptiming, cos what feels slower, or looser, might actually be faster!
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It seems to me that you would want everything to be as close to race conditions as possible when you practice..
that way, when you do race, your not compensating for the differences..
Agreed. Why would you want your car to feel different in practice then it would in a race? Sorry, but I don't see the logic.

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play tons of video games.
Also agreed. By playing video games, you can really keep your reaction times down to a minimum. Infact, a local racer at my track commented on that just the other day. While we were both practicing, he commented, "I bet you play PS2."


Something else that I haven't seen mentioned here is to practice/race with drivers who are faster then you. I don't think you'll ever get better if you only practice with drivers who are just as good as you. If you practice with people who are consistently faster then you, then you'll eventually raise your game up to their level.
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whre possible, use laptiming, cos what feels slower, or looser, might actually be faster!
This is a very important point. You need to make sure that you can measure your lap times whenever you go and practice. Remember if you can measure it you can improve it. When I go and practice (which is usually once a week) I make sure that I record all of my lap times and setup so that I can review them later. This has proven to very useful when it comes to evaluating different setups.
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To user another music analogy: Practice like you perform.
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Roger Penske - "Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect"

Basically, go into practice with a goal and a plan to achieve that goal and practice with the same intensity that you race with.
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