Our driving season will have ended by the time you all get this last Motorsport Column in the Zündfolge format. The quote from Thoreau is appropriate for this time of year. For those of you who enjoyed the Car Control Clinics and High-Performance Driving Education events, it might be time to keep that summer excitement going until next year. Now that there are no more track events and you have cleaned all the brake dust from the wheels, what is there to do until next year? Here is the 2022 Track and Car Control Clinic Schedule:
April 15 — Friday HPDE and CCC
May 6 — Friday HPDE and CCC
June 17 — Friday HPDE and CCC
July 7 — Thursday Lapping Day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, solo drivers only
August 19 — Friday HPDE and CCC
September 8 — Thursday Lapping Day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, solo drivers only
The Ridge Motorsports Park
July 28 — Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Both drivers and instructors have commented that they appreciated the ability to have in-car instruction again. Although lead-follow has its advantages, there is really no substitute for having an Ultimate Driving Instructor in the right seat coaching you around the track. Perhaps a possible substitute would be the Garmin Catalyst, but a real live person is more fun and cheaper.
The Catalyst is being promoted by Ross Bentley as a very effective tool for driver training. Before dropping over $1,000 for one of these, consider spending more time with an instructor even if you are a solo driver. Having that instantaneous, personal feedback is invaluable. Whenever you see a yellow shirt (instructor) wandering around the paddock, do not hesitate to either ask for a ride in their car or have them go out in your car. As instructors, we are here to assist drivers learn how to drive and enjoy this wonderful hobby. Even as an instructor, I appreciate and improve my driving when I ask another instructor to ride along. We can learn something new and should strive to always be learning something new.
Starting next year, the traditional Motorsports Column in the Zündfolge will change. We are moving to an all-digital format. The advantage of this format is that driving-related information can be disseminated to you all any time. We are working on the final versions of the format. Look for announcements in the future.
In the meantime, keep thinking about driving. Apply what you have learned in a Car Control Clinic or HPDE to everyday street driving. They’re the same: vision, smooth inputs, and control.
See you on the track!
Senior Driving Instructor
Co-Chief Driving Instructor