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Thread: New Online Magazine for Track Day Enthusiasts

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    We just published a new, original article. Mike Skeen and Johan Schwartz are presenting a series of track-walk webinars called CircuitStudies. Skeen is a veteran of many professional race series including IMSA Weathertech and NASCAR Trucks. Scwhartz is the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Champion and a BMW Performance Center instructor.

    Skeen and Schwartz used Sebring's turn 17 to illustrate a typical CircuitStudies track walk:

    “ want to remember that this corner connects two lengthy straights and has a big bump in the center, so you want to compromise your mid-corner speed a bit in favor of high entry speed and a good exit....Focus on braking deep into the corner, minimize the coast on the way to the bridge, use the little dot on the bridge as a reference point for your placement as the car rotates, and try to pick up the throttle early at the exit."

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    Thanks and enjoy!

    p.s. You may notice that we changed our name. More on that to come.

  2. #52
    Reading The Car Through Your Hands And Feet

    "If you ever find yourself pulsing on and off the brake pedal, work on making it one efficient motion: Make the first hit as hard as you can (without locking the tires) and smoothly taper off as you approach the turn-in."

    "The goal in every corner is to get maximum exit speed by giving the car one nice throttle application as early as the car will take it"

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  3. #53
    The Race Driver Coach: Enzo Mucci

    “Often in everyday life we cannot express ourselves, cannot fully let go and be on the edge. But track day driving is a discipline that allows this to happen, and it is very affordable.”

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  4. #54
    Making the Leap from Track Days to Racing: Racing Schools

    Okay, so you have begun to think about transitioning from track days to racing. What do you do? How does it work? Well Chad Morehead took the leap and he shares his journey.

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  5. #55
    2018 Camaro ZL1: The Most Track Capable Camaro Ever

    The Camaro Z/28 was once described by Chevy as “the most track-capable Camaro ever.” Well, the new 2018 Camaro ZL1 has taken over that title. We directed our track day questions to Matt Scrase - Performance Variant Manager, Camaro.

    "The owner’s manual supplement outlines what prep is needed for heavy track use. Specifically, suspension alignment and oil specs."

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  6. #56
    New original article:

    iLaps Transforms Your Smart Phone into an Intelligent Data Logger

    "Measuring motor sport performance is a serious task and requires an accuracy that mobile phone sensor chips are incapable of."

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  7. #57
    New original article:

    Hooked On Driving Southeast Region Co-owner, Tony Franco

    "Drivers need to get fulfillment, that joy out of being able to make a car perform. It is not only that, but the stress relief, the mental focus, the sheer pleasure of just being out there."

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  8. #58
    New Original Content

    Responsible. Not Responsible: Marketing the Demon to Create Outlaw Image for Dodge Brand

    “With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before, go beyond even the legendary Hellcat. The result: an 840¬horsepower, 9¬second muscle car unlike anything that has ever come before it.”

    The quote was from a press release issued by Dodge. If you read other car magazines, you may have noticed that Dodge is running ads with the title “Sorry. Not Sorry” and the tag line “Officially banned by the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association)” to promote the newly released Dodge Challenger Demon and, it seems, to create an outlaw image for the Dodge brand. The ads also include a letter from Glen Gray, NHRA Vice President for Technical Operations. Here it is:

    To: FCA US LLC, regarding its Dodge brand
    Date: November 30, 2016
    This letter verifies that on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at Gainesville Raceway at Gainesville, Florida, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon ran the quarter mile in an elapsed time of 9.650 seconds at 140.09 miles per hour. Both the elapsed time and the speed on this run exceeded the limits on 2008 OEM (Original Equipment Model) model-year and newer production cars and therefore violate our rules. The car exceeded our limits of 9.99 seconds and 135 miles per hour. Therefore, before this car can be run again at an NHRA Member Track, it must be brought into compliance with the rules and regulations found in Section 4 of the NHRA Rulebook. If you have any questions concerning this letter or the rules in Section 4 of the NHRA Rulebook, please contact me.
    Glen Gray
    Vice President, Technical Operations

    We spoke with two law enforcement officers who also happen to have founded organizations to discourage street racing by encouraging people to come out and race with their members at drag strips.

    “I know it is a marketing draw,” says Sgt. Scott Graham of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Motorsports organization. “They are trying to be like the outlaws with these cars. Dodge is.”

    We asked Brown and Graham to weigh in on safety issues and the Demon. "They start selling these cars - it’s going to be less than 30 minutes before there will be major incidents and some fatalities. An 840 horsepower street car - it just don’t make sense to me” said Lt. Tom Brown of Beat the Heat.

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    "Tires that can be reliably driven to and from a track and used effectively on the track are generally grouped into three categories, with each category favoring a different balance of performance:”

    Track Day Tires Explained
    Steve Calder, Ultra High Performance (UHP) Tire Designer, Michelin North America

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  10. #60
    Message to Valtteri Bottas: Swerving Doesn’t Heat the Tires
    by Paul Haney

    "How quickly a racing tire comes up to a good operating temperature, at least 180 degrees F, depends on the load, car speed, ambient temperature and the track surface temperature."

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