A five-part series during which I learn how NOT to embarrass myself at the racetrack. In other words, how I became a pretty good high-performance driver.
For the last few years, I’ve wanted to get to the racetrack regularly. Up to now, that Strong Man money stood in my way. No longer. Not that I have stacks of Benjamins littering the back hall, but enough to get to my local track, High Plains Raceway, if I keep modifications to a minimum, do my own maintenance, and run tires that have decent longevity.
It’s not just that I want to get to the track more, though — I want to become a competent high-performance driver.
What does that mean? For me, anyway, it means that during open lap days at High Plains, I want to be one of the quicker cars in the slow group. (If you’ve never been to an open lap day, cars are often split into two groups: fast and slow. 911s, Corvettes, exotics, and the like making up the former — Miatas, FR-Ss, sporty daily drivers making up the latter.)
You may be asking, “Why do you want to be the fastest of the slow?” Mostly because I have a yen for lightweight, low horsepower scoots, a proclivity I explore in the next segment, “Finding the Right Car.”
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