DwD 346: Track Selection: The Impact on Learning
On this episode of Dominating with Dawson, we wanted to discuss an aspect of racing education that can often be overlooked – track selection. The typical decision path to getting a racing license or going to an HPDE event or a track day is to find the closest track to you. Ideally, there will be an event that fits within your schedule. This is likely to be what you do as well. However, one factor that is neglected in this methodology is the impact that the track design and layout can have on your learning and progression. There are many tracks that have very little run off room or walls, trees, rocks, etc. Especially if they are very close to the track. This can make a small off track event a potentially very large cost event. It can also affect the comfortability of the driver towards pushing the car. This will then change their personal driving limits during the event.
We talk about a few examples of tracks that are very forgiving. Then we review a few that we have been to that have layouts that are not quite as friendly. This is not to say that it is the tracks “fault” because in the end the responsibility always remains within the driver’s seat. It is their responsibility to maintain control of the car and determine when/if they are going to push towards the limit. We love every single track but wanted to point out something that should be taken into account. This is especially as you are in your middle stages of learning and progressing as a driver. As a bonus, for the exact same price, we include a great story of an early HPDE event in Ben Dawson’s HPDE history.
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Vicki, Jennifer, Ben, Alan, Jeremy, and Bill
Hosts and Drivers for the Garage Heroes In Training team