From digest.v4.n698 Fri Jun 7 17:29:50 1996
Date: Fri, 7 Jun 1996 19:58:05 -0400
Subject: Re: Advice on driving schools
>Any advice on how to get the most from the driving school??
I find a "track walk" very helpful. Get there early, and ask if you can
do one. Usually an instructor or someone who knows the track well will be
willing to walk the track with you, point out the turn-in, apex, and
turn-out points and give you some references for them. This also gives
you a chance to check out the track surface up close, and to see camber
changes or irregularities that you might not see at speed. It's a way for
me to get in touch with the track and to integrate it into my mind/body.
Also, a ride around the track in an instructors car during one of your
off sessions is a great way to become familiar with driving at speed,
shows you the correct line, and let's you know how far the envelope can
actually be pushed as your skills increase over time.
The first track day can feel pretty hectic, a lot of demands and things
to do. Try to create some time to yourself to think about the laps you
have just done, what worked and what didn't. Take care of your body, *try*
to get a good sleep the night before, and drink plenty of H20 so as to not
get dehydrated. I tend to stay away from sweets and caffeine during the
>I'm practicing double-cluthing and heel-toe downshifting......
>....Do "driving shoes" help and where do I get them?
If you master the heel&toe/double clutch, great. If not, don't worry
about it. Concentrate on the line and being smooth. Driving shoes are
probably great if you're a racer, but tennis shoes work just fine. I can
H&T in my hiking boots, and even did so in my heavy sno-boots this
winter. My advice is save the $$ and spend it on additional schools.
Have a fun and safe time at the track!
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