"[Racing on a street course] is no different than walking on a straight line. It's easy to do, unless it's a tightrope." - Tommy Kendall, providing the best explanation for why street courses are so much harder to drive cleanly than road courses.
You watch SCCA racing on TV, but you wonder how the drivers got there. This is what you need to do.
Yo dawg, we heard you like details. On this week's Shakedown, Leo Parente lays out the Grand-ALMS-AM deal in detail, suggesting the success of joining of NASCAR's Grand-Am series with IMSA's American Le Mans Series will be in the details.
What happens in the pit area of an endurance-racing team at a major European racetrack? Lots of things, including lots of lubricants and spare nuts. Sounds like a party. No, seriously. It's actually the headquarters for quite an amazing tactical feat.
You're in the camp of people who feel Ken Block has breathed new life into motorsports, saving it from extinction. You're in the counter camp who feels he's got no business in WRC, and bought his seat with cash instead of skill. Either way, you've only got part of the story.
How do you get the best lap times? Among other elements of good, fast driving, it's about not over-driving your tires. What does that mean? It means managing available grip by knowing all the elements of tire physics before you even start the car.
The last lap of this year's Indy 500 included a serious sphincter-clencher for Dario Franchitti. Takuma Sato attempted a pass in a headwind on turn one, but the 226-mph inside run on the leader was unclean, and the always-courageous Sato took himself out. But the lack of on-screen drama for his rival belied what was…