Every Driving School In America

My experience at Mini's Miles Ahead Performance Motoring School at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was one of the highlights of my year. Of course it was — what gearhead doesn't want to go to a driving school, where they learn how to fling cars around racetracks under the watchful eye of pro drivers? » 12/22/14 5:50pm 12/22/14 5:50pm

The Nine Things You Learn Driving Minis At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In 1961, Jack Brabham paved the way for rear-engined race cars when he finished ninth overall at the Indianapolis 500 against more conventional front-engined racers. The car was a Cooper-Climax T54. It's kind of fitting then that the car that bears the Cooper name today has its driving school at the Indianapolis Motor… » 12/19/14 1:11pm 12/19/14 1:11pm

Lamborghini Has A Snow Driving School In America Now And That's Awesome

Plenty of driving schools will teach you how to get around a track at speed. But what are you supposed to do when you encounter a 12-foot Colorado snowbank in your Aventador? Lamborghini has an answer to that, and I want to go to there. » 12/10/14 12:50pm 12/10/14 12:50pm

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

Learning Fast And Loose At Rally School In My Baja Bug

"It's tippy-er than I thought it'd be," Wyatt says. It's unclear if he means that the car turns in faster than he expected, or if the car feels like it's going to roll over. I get the sense he means the latter. » 7/03/14 2:45pm 7/03/14 2:45pm

How To Do An E-Brake / What Happens When A NASCAR Driver Goes Rallying

There is something lovely that, sadly, most racecars lack. It's called an emergency brake and mastering the use of it will make you a master driver. Here's how to do it. And as an added bonus, here's what happens when you put a NASCAR driver in a rally car. » 6/10/14 3:20pm 6/10/14 3:20pm

How Not To Be A Boring Race Car Driver

Millions of spectators on TV. Thousands of fans in the stands. Constant updates streamed over countless internet channels. All focused on cars and drivers racing side-by-side at upwards of 200 miles per hour. So why are we drivers usually so damn boring? » 4/29/14 3:00pm 4/29/14 3:00pm

Life In The Last Lane: What's It's Like To Be 'That Guy' In Last Place

Wait a second, did I mean to say “last” and not “fast”? Yes I did. This is what its like to be in last place. This is my life at what I can only hope is the bottom of the barrel. » 4/02/14 1:20pm 4/02/14 1:20pm

How Not To Start Your First NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

The 2014 Sprint Cup season — my first full season in NASCAR's premier series — is under way and... it's not going go so well. Here's what happens when a life full of preparation meets the catch fence at 200 MPH. » 3/18/14 3:00pm 3/18/14 3:00pm

Parker Kligerman Just Got Tossed Into The Wall At Daytona Practice

There's a large, Parker Kligerman-sized hole in the fence at Daytona after Joey Logano lost control after coming into contact with Matt Kenseth and hit Trevor Bayne who then flipped Parker. Everyone is ok, but Parker's car is trashed. » 2/19/14 4:48pm 2/19/14 4:48pm

How To Win The Daytona 500

Ok, let me be honest right up front, I haven't raced at the Daytona 500 yet and therefore I haven't won it yet. However, I have a pretty good record on the super speedways of NASCAR, including a win in the Truck Series at Talladega, so I'm sure that I can explain to you how drafting works and, in doing so, how a race… » 2/11/14 2:00pm 2/11/14 2:00pm

How To Become A NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver

Since first stepping in a go-kart at age 13, it's taken me exactly ten of the most nerve wracking, disorienting and exciting years of my life to reach the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Through those ten years, almost $10 million dollars of funding has been spent by sponsors, investors and owners on me. » 2/04/14 2:20pm 2/04/14 2:20pm

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 Not To Design A Great Race Track

Now that this attention-grabbing headline has done its job I'll make it simple for you: The only way not to design a great a racetrack is to "design" it in the first place. The more you design a track, the worse it is. » 10/24/13 3:20pm 10/24/13 3:20pm

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

Ask NASCAR Driver And Jalopnik Columnist Parker Kligerman Anything

Today marks the return of How To Drive Fast with our newest recruit, NASCAR racer and all around good guy Parker Kligerman. Parker is around for next hour to answer your questions. Hop to it kiddos! » 9/11/13 4:15pm 9/11/13 4:15pm

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… » 7/09/13 12:10pm 7/09/13 12:10pm

What You'll Learn In A One-Day Rally School

Driver education in this country is a joke. There's a place where you can learn to do better, and it kicks ass. Let me explain why you and everyone you know should go to rally school. » 5/28/13 3:00pm 5/28/13 3:00pm

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