In Honor Of James Garner, Here's How To Pull A J-Turn

Whether he was sharking cards as Bret Maverick, driving race cars, or outwitting the bad guys as Jim Rockford, James Garner was one of those Hollywood actors who always seemed impossibly cool. And to those who grew up watching him on The Rockford Files, he also helped make the driving technique known as a "J-turn"… » 7/20/14 10:00am 7/20/14 10:00am

A Victory For This Camry Rally Car Is A Victory For Toyota, America

The Toyota Camry is one of the most boring cars on the road. How do you unboring it? You make it into a rally car with throwback graphics, knobby tires, fog lights, and turbos under the hood. If this doesn't win Toyota's Dream Build Challenge, then I might start losing faith in car nuts everywhere. » 10/31/13 10:21am 10/31/13 10:21am

How Horsepower Can Save Your Life

If you’re a racecar driver you could change that to “How Horsepower Saved My Career,” or if you were an astronaut “How Horsepower Got Me to the Moon." If you're the average Joe your title might resemble: “How Horsepower Cost Me My License.” But is that the truth? Do we need as much horsepower as we always insist we do? » 9/26/13 2:00pm 9/26/13 2:00pm

I'm A Professional NASCAR Driver And I Think Your Car Drives Too Well

Every relationship starts with an introduction, so here it goes: My name is Parker Kligerman and I am 23-year-old professional NASCAR driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. I've been paid to drive race cars since I was 18 years old when a small check arrived at my door with the unassuming… » 9/11/13 4:05pm 9/11/13 4:05pm

Why You Should Drive Your Favorite Race Course Backwards

Because there was a holiday this week and because it's there, I ended up at the local road course for a few laps. Only, this time, the arrow for the track direction was flipped the other way. I learned more in forty-five minutes of driving the track in the opposite direction than I've done in whole days of driving the… » 7/09/13 12:10pm 7/09/13 12:10pm

The Six Most Important Things You'll Learn At Racing School

I'm an embarrassingly slow driver, but I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to take part in a two-day race driving class at the Performance Driving Center at Sonoma Raceway and, while it didn't turn me into Mario Andretti, I'd like to pass on some of what I learned to any other rank but hopeful amateurs. » 5/21/13 12:42pm 5/21/13 12:42pm

How To Achieve The Perfect Lap: As Told By The World’s Fastest Drivers

Throughout the How To Drive Fast series, I’ve offered opinions based on the experience I’ve amassed during my 17-years behind the wheel. The whole basis of this column is to help you drive faster, and learn the tricks and techniques utilized in the quest for victory. But for this piece, I turned to my friends for… » 3/12/13 12:30pm 3/12/13 12:30pm

How McLaren Built The Greatest Formula One Car Of All-Time

Tucked away in a factory, deep in the heart of England, a group of engineers worked tirelessly through the winter. Their dream was to craft a World Championship winning machine, capable of re-writing the history books. They garnered the most powerful engines, enlisted the world’s fastest drivers, and constructed an… » 3/06/13 4:00pm 3/06/13 4:00pm