I did a few laps at The Ridge running what we consider the “wrong” lines. Laps 1-2 were late turn ins and swoopy transitions. Lap 3 was OFF the brakes at turn in and Lap 4 was back to normal. Laps 1-3 were 3-4 seconds slower and much busier and out of control than Lap 4. This video really deserves a voice over which I’ll do if I get enough response.
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There are fundamentals for motorsports!
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|1. Are there fundamentals in racing?|
|A quick google search for “fundamentals” of pretty much any sport will give you thousands of results. But, if you search the same thing for racing barely anything comes up… and the articles that do clearly don’t know what a “fundamental” actually is.|
Why is that?
Our team of coaches found that very strange. When we started talking internally we realized that many of us didn’t even know what the fundamentals of our sport should be. It’s just not something that is really spoken about.
With perfect timing (as always) Blayze coach, Ken Hill, entered the room and dropped some knowledge on us. For years he has been developing an in-depth curriculum focused on specifically identifying the fundamentals of our sport. It was good.. like REALLY good
One of the critical elements he has learned through coaching literally thousands of racers is that identifying fundamentals actually isn’t good enough. The order of those fundamentals and how we teach them is a critical part of the process.
So, what are the fundamentals of racing? They are (in order):1. Vehicle placement2. Vision/Focus3. Motor controls4. Brake adjustability5. Turn in-rate & points6. Body position
So much of improving in our sport is constantly refining one of these specific areas. Even when you look at pro drivers they are mostly continuing to refine their fundamentals. (Much like Steph Curry continues to refine his shooting fundamentals)
A critical part of a coach’s job is to help you identify which specific fundamentals you need to work on next. This helps give you a specific plan and limits the “noise” behind the wheel – this all means it makes it easier for you to go faster today.
Our team at Blayze and Ken Hill are working hard on a new course that will introduce these fundamentals. We’ll go in-depth on what these are, why they matter, and why they are in this specific order. If you’re interested in getting a sneak preview of this course please reply to this email and let us know!
I really can’t wait for you all to see this course… I know it’s going to help a lot of drivers drop serious lap time.
So… this article leads me to one question. Do you know what 1 or 2 specific things you need to improve or work on to go faster? Do you have a plan for how you’re going to make the necessary changes?
If you do, reply to this email with your plan! We’ll help you judge it if it’s right. If you don’t have a plan… sign up for Blayze+ today so our coaches can form one for you.Do you have a question you want answered? Just reply to this email with your question and you might see it answered in our next newsletter!
Listen in to Podcast #88 as Ken answers your questions!
Podcast Notes / Questions –
- How to deal with tough passes
- Are riding styles changing, again?
- What was it like riding Superbike as a privateer?
- How can I get involved in the sport at a national level if I don’t have the funds to ride?
- How do I have a long duration in this sport?
I was 6 years old when this picture came out in the October 1970 Road and Track magazine. This picture remains one of the top 5 defining moments of my life and indelibly shaped where I’m at today. Ferrari 365 GB/4 flat out in the Nevada desert, speedometer and tachometer…buried. Breathtaking. Thank god my dad had a subscription to that magazine!
This podcast is the longest one I have ever done and was probably the hardest one to produce…..hope you enjoy it!