Yesterday at lunch, Jerry (a racing buddy for over 30 years) said, "When it comes to racing you don't know what you don't know, until you know it."
In an email this week another friend wrote, "I find it odd that they (racers) will spend big money on a car, tires, truck, trailer, data system, then the last $125 becomes an obstacle."
And because you are reading this it is proof that the Mayans didn't correctly predict the end of the world. But, what does all this have to do with racing?
The Mayans didn't know what they didn't know and thus incorrectly predicted the end of the earth. But we will excuse them because the lack of technology by today's standards. We have electronics and reap the knowledge provided by computers, data systems and such, not beads, bones and feathers.
However, you might race like a Mayan and not know how hard to brake for a certain corner until you lock up the wheels and then you know that a little less brake is required. Better yet, you could lose the bones and feathers and use data to identify how close (or far away) you are to locking up the front or rear wheels at any point of any lap, at any track.
Even if you don't have a data system yet, just seeing what they can show you will create a huge leap in what you do know about race cars.
Don't let the data become that last little obstacle. The squiggly lines (as seen above) will vastly increase what you know! Actually, it is fun and easy to go faster once you know what you are seeing on the screen. This is what created the enthusiastic comments in the News section below.