Race Tips - Performance Newsletter            

from Auto-Ware

October 2014

Coaching Tips -  Map to Success


From a driver development standpoint, a simple track map is an incredibly powerful tool.  The trick is to make driving notes on the map a part of your routine every time you get out of the car.


I find it best to have a clipboard with copies of the track map on it so you can grab it as soon as you get out of the car.Don't talk to anybody, just sit down with your map and debrief yourself so your impressions are immediately captured on paper.


On your map, list everything you can remember: lift points, brake points, shift points, etc., and what reference object on the track coincides with your driving activity. Once you finish, then go tend to the car or visit with crew members, but do the map first.


Finally, look at your data with your track map in hand. It is then easy to say "Ah, if I brake a car length sooner, or reach full throttle 2 car lengths before this reference point, I will be faster."


While you may think you can do the process without a map, it is much better to use a map because it strengthens the neural pathways in your brain, and it will be easier to make the driving changes on the track at speed.


Contact me (505-890-8708 x201) for Race Coaching Services to explore how we can improve your personal performance with this and many other techniques.

Shop Tips -  Save time & square up!


The machinist out there will quickly recognize this item, but many racers may not know about these great little tools.


If you have a drill press and want to make sure the table is square to the spindle or if you are working on a mill and need to square the head after doing angle work, it can be a time consuming task.


Back in shop class, we were shown how to use a dial indicator on the spindle and "sweep" the table to square the head.  But, if it was something you didn't do very often then it could be a 15 to 30 minute job.


There is a faster and better way of doing this job. There are several different brands of this tool (I am not promoting one over another), but just want to let you know I love these gadgets.


With these tools, in a matter of 5 minutes or less, you can square the head to the table or vise and can get back to making parts sooner.  Enjoy!

Race Tips - Identify How Well You Braking in the Corners 


This common graphic, called a Brake Corner Timing diagram, is priceless in showing you how well you timed your braking and brake release at the corner.


It may look like a squiggly line, but once you understand the pattern it is obvious. This is just one of dozens of tips you will pick up in the Data Webinars found Here


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"The profiles which you showed me are applicable and indispensable. I have gone from mid-pack to the front in four races."


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"What I've seen so far out paces all the sales and tech people I've ever talked to. I can't wait for the last two classes."


"I'm learning a lot with your seminar. I wish I had found it sooner."


"I am loving the webinar and I wished I had taken it sooner. It has been opening all kinds of windows."


"It is a great course. Good material, well explained, lots of examples, no sales pitch/commercial."


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Equation of the Month - Brake Caliper Clamping Force  

Here is an equation to address the clamping force for non floating calipers (i.e. pistons on both sides of the rotor and a typical balance bar on the pedal between the master cylinders.


CF = (FF x PH/RH) x ((MCD-BBC)/MCD) / (MD x MD x 0.7854) * (CD x CD x 0.7854 x NP)


FF is the pounds of force delivered from your foot, PH is pedal height where your foot touches the pedal to the pivot or fulcrum of the pedal, RH is the distance from the pedal fulcrum to balance bar, MCD is the distance between the master cylinder push rods on the balance bar, BBC is the distance between the balance bar nut and the master cylinder push rod actuating the caliper being calculated, MD is the master cylinder diameter, CD is the diameter of the caliper piston, NP is the number of pistons in the caliper only on one side of the rotor (not both sides). All measurements should be in inches to avoid unit errors. 

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John Block