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Started by Pitt Race, January 30, 2017, 01:03:25 pm
Quote from: lprmesia on February 13, 2017, 10:16:32 amDan,I can definitely see the impact of the before and after - I think we're guilty of some of the same things. Figured I'd share notes from my experience with him over the weekend (since he kind of asked us to, haha). I have 2 major issues.1. I treat this like indoor karting too much. What this means, is that I typically start off slow and smooth on my inputs, then once I'm comfortable with the course I start over-analyzing where I can start shaving tenths here and there. By trying to get faster, I end up becoming more aggressive on my steering inputs without realizing it. Trying to rigidly and aggressively follow a driving line in a controlled environment like indoor karting is possible as we're doing lap after lap seeing our times and making adjustments on the fly. Doesn't quite work the same on an autocross course. Indoor karting is walking on a curb, where autocross is walking on a roof - going over the edge is much easier to recover from in one than the other. This might be why I get stuck having my first lap be my fastest (though it's still probably the batteries not getting a full charge, haha - though this hasn't been an issue up there lately). I could definitely see changes in your steering inputs between your 2 videos. I'll bet if I go back and look at more of my videos throughout any given day, I guarantee I'm doing the same thing, but inverse. 2. Looking ahead - or too much of it. Everyone screams look ahead, look ahead. Which I do. A lot of it. I preach it to newbies too. When you start driving, you're used to staring 5 feet in front of the car, and eventually as you become more experienced, your sight lines grow and you start looking at the cars ahead of you. Much is the same here as well and is a good rule to follow. My issue, is that I do the Shawn Bauman (I call him out because I've blatantly used what he's done at Wyotech events when course working to explain to newcomers how it's done). This is where you look really far ahead - basically pinpointing where you want your car to be and where to position your apex on the upcoming turn, but then you start looking in front of you to actually start driving the line. Sounds great in theory - I'm avoiding "reacting to the course" and then setting up to shave hundredths and thousandths by getting closer to the cones, but what I'm actually doing to accomplish this is looking 250 feet ahead, then 25 feet ahead, then 150 feet ahead, then 30 feet ahead, then 75 feet ahead, etc. as I keep getting closer and closer to that original target. What's happening here (and I never realized it) is that I'm making small, minor adjustments to my line each time I shift my eyes trying to measure where I go instead of relying on my peripheral vision to carry me. Those small, minor adjustments are sometimes upsetting the car. In other instances, I'm getting so fixated on that original 250 foot ahead marker that when I'm only 100 feet away from it, I haven't yet scanned what's now 250 feet ahead. I should be consistently looking 2-3 seconds ahead and worrying less about how close to the cones I get by trusting my peripheral vision and driving instincts. Shawn might be able to pull this off - I still need refinement.In addition to my being extremely impressed with his ability to quickly diagnose these challenges, his trail braking game is on point. Holy moly.
Quote from: lprmesia on February 14, 2017, 10:53:21 pmYou were killing it Paul - I think you had the 3rd fastest time, and that was against some pretty solid drivers/cars too.You going to run DS or STX next year?
Quote from: Josh R. on February 15, 2017, 08:48:45 amQuote from: lprmesia on February 14, 2017, 10:53:21 pmYou were killing it Paul - I think you had the 3rd fastest time, and that was against some pretty solid drivers/cars too.You going to run DS or STX next year?Alex, don't sell yourself short. If you applied the Winter street tire PAX I'm sure you would've been 1st. Good thing you can drop the points for this one.
Quote from: lprmesia on February 15, 2017, 09:33:12 amQuote from: Josh R. on February 15, 2017, 08:48:45 amQuote from: lprmesia on February 14, 2017, 10:53:21 pmYou were killing it Paul - I think you had the 3rd fastest time, and that was against some pretty solid drivers/cars too.You going to run DS or STX next year?Alex, don't sell yourself short. If you applied the Winter street tire PAX I'm sure you would've been 1st. Good thing you can drop the points for this one.Yeah, definitely should try to come up with a Tire Index for Snow Tires. Joking aside, my compliment to Paul wasn't intended as backhanded at all. I think for someone putting out a feeler on a different car than usual, trying to quantify/measure performance is a normal process. I think since out of around 30 cars there, many of whom run DS and STX, performing well up against two possible classes his car would be in is a pretty fair question to ask, no?