I think most have been mentioned above...
I used to get too excited... especially in a street race, luckilly I had the power to overcome my lack of cool...
With that said I had the same problem at the track... no cool/patience. Plus I had never driven a car in the 1/4.
One of the MD race guys told me that when you're going at it in a street light on street tires do you floor it? I thought about that and said no I would never cross the START line!
Thinking further into it I realized I need to trust the seat of my pants to 'feel the hook'. I can't wait to find the time to go to the track and hook, not spinning through third!!
So as mentioned above, feel, get a feel for your car, be it staright ahead or turning. If you're centered with your car, know what it will and will not do, and then drive it on that limit you're there!
Watch a Formula 1 driver before a race. Eyes closed bobbing around moving with the imagined turns sitting still in the car. Feeling it, getting in the grove, feeling the 3 G acceleration, 5 G braking, 4 G turns... becoming centered and one with the ultimate raing machine!!
KJ, poorer but happier
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