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What’s My Line, Part II

     In part one; we looked at the “racing line” in the textbook design of a long straight followed by a 90 degree corner followed by another long straight. We looked at how the theoretical and geometric “lines” are similar. In part two, we’ll get into corner combinations and more.     “Don’t use the brakes, they only slow you down!” While that statement is true, on a closed…

What’s My Line?

   One of the most fundamental aspects of safe and fast driving is making sure that you’re driving on the “proper line.” There are theoretical and geometrical lines to take through corners on the road and turns on the race track. Which is the best one for you? If you have two identical radius 90 degree corners, is the line the same through each one? Not necessarily. This is…

Taking Your Braking to the Next Level

    In the last blog post we focused on ABS. Today we’ll look at non-ABS brakes for track use. Techniques for braking on the track vary greatly depending upon the kind of race car you’re driving. Even though we’ve used the brakes all our lives, braking technique is critical for not only making passes in competition, but also lowering lap times and influencing how the car handles. First, let’s…

History of VARA

      Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) is a long-established organization devoted to racing vintage cars. The rules generally require that the cars racing with VARA be more than 20 years old. In theory, a 2001 car could now be considered vintage. However, most of the cars VARA members race are from th heyday of road racing in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. More modern cars can be seen in the…

ABS – Always Be Steering!

     Why use the brakes? They only slow you down! Of course I’m kidding when I say that. Using the brakes is an everyday occurrence whether you’re driving on the race track, the street, or even on your bicycle. Even though we know that pressing the brake pedal slows you down, there are nuances to be learned and understood in order to become a better driver. Today we’ll…

Heart Rate Training for Motorsports Part II

  In the last blog, we discussed the basics of how the monitors work and how you can use them in your race car to track where your heart rate goes during a race. Today, we’ll take a closer look at training zones and actual heart rate data. Once you’ve found your maximum heart rate, you can then start looking at training zones with zone 1 being the easiest…

Heart Rate Training for Motorsports

   Auto racing has always been a sport known for pushing the limits to the extreme to gain a winning advantage. In today’s arena, it’s all about data. Engineers track vehicle speed, rpm, g-force and a multitude of other data to help improve the set-up of the car to ultimately lead the driver to a quicker lap time. But what about the driver? For less than you might think we can track…

2021 Indianapolis 500 Recap, How the Race was Won

If you were fortunate enough to watch the Indy 500, you witnessed one of the best races ever. Every “500” has 33 unique stories but only one winner – and in this case it turned out to be a (now) four-time winner in Helio Castroneves. Are you interested in driving an Indy car? Take a look at our race car rental program – we have Indy lights cars that…

The Armchair Racer’s Guide to the Indianapolis 500

Are you interested in driving an Indy car? Take a look at our race car rental program – we have Indy lights cars that you can rent and drive! – Editor With the fastest field of drivers in the 2021 Indianapolis 500 ever, and the third-closest spread of speeds of all time, how do you know who’s the driver most likely to move forward in the field and who…

FastLane Racing School Expands to Buttonwillow Raceway Park

FastLane Racing School announces that it is expanding to a dedicated facility at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. FastLane will now offer classes and services from both Willow Springs International Raceway, the school’s original location, and Buttonwillow Raceway Park. May 21, 2021 Santa Clarita, CA FastLane Racing School (raceschool.com) is pleased to announce expansion to a dedicated facility at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. FastLane will soon offer classes and services from this…

FastLane Racing School Announces New CEO and Expanded Driver Programs

After more than 25 years of providing high performance driving instruction at Willow Springs International Raceway, FastLane Racing School (raceschool.com) has hired a new CEO, Sandy Mahle. FastLane has started launching new programs and will continue to do so throughout 2021. They will also continue to expand services for vehicle manufacturers and the film and television industry. SANTA CLARITA, Calif., April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — FastLane Racing School (raceschool.com)…

The 10 Weirdest Formula 1 Cars Of All Time

Formula 1 is all about speed. It’s the pinnacle of autosports, and engineers are tasked with finding creative ways to make the cars as fast as possible while the drivers are tasked with racing the wheels off of ’em. Formula 1 has seen some fantastic-looking machines, such as the Lotus 49, but it has also featured some truly odd ones. And with the current crop of F1 cars on…