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The Start: Ten Seconds That Can Make… Or Break Your Race

The Start: Ten Seconds That Can Make… Or Break Your Race

The old saying goes, “No race has ever been won in the first corner, but many have been lost there." Well if that’s true, then why do so many drivers go for it at the start?

By Ross Bentley | August 29, 2022
By a Racer, For Racers: Finding Target Brands for Sponsorship

For young racers looking to make the step into racing professionally, a singular topic is always at the forefront: sponsorship.  Current Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup challenger Aidan Fassnacht dives deep into the prospect of finding funding to secure a racing seat; the first of a four part series - By a Racer, For Racers.

By Ross Bentley | September 27, 2022
Speed Secrets: Setting HPDE Expectations

The story of two bad wrecks and how experience teaches that managing expectations is key for track days (and even more important for wheel-to-wheel racing).

By Ross Bentley | February 08, 2022

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Speed Secrets: Racing In The Rain Revisited – 4 Keys To Being Fast In The Rain

What are the things drivers need to focus on when racing in the rain?

By Ross Bentley | May 24, 2021
Speed Secrets: The Very Basics of Passing on Track

Passing on-track is one of the most important skills a driver can learn, but how can you do it effectively?

By Ross Bentley | May 19, 2021
By Ross Bentley | May 12, 2021
By Ross Bentley | May 05, 2021
Speed Secrets: Planning To Become Faster

Which racing goals are most important?

By Ross Bentley | April 28, 2021
Speed Secrets: Is Smooth Really Fast?

Why is smoothness talked about so much by pros?

By Ross Bentley | April 07, 2021
Speed Secrets: Driving the Limit

Are you hitting “the limit”?

By Ross Bentley | March 17, 2021
Speed Secrets: How Performance Drivers Use Their Eyes

“Eyes straight ahead” is not always best practice.

By Ross Bentley | March 10, 2021
Speed Secrets: A Key To Driving Fast – Your Seat

Are racing seats really worth it?

By Tom Martin | March 03, 2021
Speed Secrets: How Fast Drivers Use The Throttle

Should you be on the brakes, squeezing the throttle, or flat out?

By Ross Bentley | February 23, 2021
Speed Secrets: Preparing for a Season of HPDE

Are you SURE you’re ready for the HPDE season?

By Ross Bentley | February 10, 2021
The Guide To Road Racing, Part 13: You Be The Judge – How To Assess Responsibility In A Crash

Metal-to-metal contact seems to happen at every race weekend. Sometimes the consequences are minor (we’ve seen lots of tire rubber on fenders) and sometimes the consequences involve major damage to one or more cars. Less often discussed are similar incidents where there is no contact, but where a dangerous situation is created (e.g. you force me off the track).

By Tom Martin | December 09, 2020
The Six Most Common Mistakes of Track Driving (And How to Correct Them)

To hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest continuous drift, one would have to know how to manage mistakes. Imagine keeping a BMW M5 going sideways for 51.28 miles! That’s what this week’s guest contributor, Johan Schwartz, did to set the record. But Johan knows about more than just drifting. In fact, he’s a multi-race winner, racing for Chevrolet in a Chevrolet Sonic in the Pirelli World Challenge, an instructor at the BMW Performance Center, and a driver coach. Enjoy and learn from Johan.

By Ross Bentley | December 09, 2020
Speed Secrets: Dynamic Friction

You are probably already a very good driver. If you’re someone who reads this newsletter, you’re also pretty technical and well-informed on theory. So you probably know about the friction circle, the challenges of trail braking, the string between the bottom of the steering wheel and the brake pedal, and the excitement of getting light over the crest into the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca.

By Ross Bentley | December 02, 2020
From Track Days To IMSA: Gino Manley Talks About His Road To Pro-Level Racing

Gino Manley is a track day and endurance racing junkie based in the Southeast, and through hard work, seat time, and making some solid friendships, has risen to the ranks of racing in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR.

By Guest Contributor | November 17, 2020
WRR TV: Why Even Pro Drivers Are Running ChampCar

The great thing about ChumpCar is the chance to practice passing with fairly big closing speed differences and unknown drivers. Winding Road Team TFB test driver Will Faules shows what we’re talking about in this short clip from ChumpCar at Circuit of the Americas.

By Tom Martin | November 03, 2020
Speed Secrets: From HPDE to Racing

Moving from High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) events or lapping days to racing is, well, exhilarating!

By Ross Bentley | November 03, 2020
Speed Secrets: Getting Ready For Your First Race

You’ve been participating in HPDE and track day events for years, and now you’ve decided to tackle wheel-to-wheel racing. And now… how do you prepare for this step? What should you expect?

By Ross Bentley | November 03, 2020
The Guide to Road Racing, Part 11: Track Night in America

For those who have yet to discover an entry point into on-track performance driving, the process of getting there can be a bit intimidating and confusing at times – it’s one of the main reasons who we decided to create this series in the first place.

By Bradley Iger | November 03, 2020
What Does A Weekend Of Racing Cost?

Racing isn’t cheap and, like many things, it ends up costing more than you might think at first. In our experience, the costs are a cause of stress for some racers. Learning the facts and setting more realistic expectations can partially reduce the stress. If you go in with eyes open and build a decent budget, then there are fewer surprises and more happiness.

By Winding Road Staff | November 03, 2020
The Five Low-Cost Ways To Go Road Racing

Because Winding Road Racing offers organized arrive & drive racing in Spec MX-5 Challenge, MX-5 Cup and Pirelli World Challenge (as well as SCCA, NASA and PCA) we frequently get questions from road racing novices.

By Winding Road Staff | November 03, 2020

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