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Question What makes a "good driver" when racing?

I thought this would be a fun post. I'd like to get everyones opinion on this, and who knows, we can maybe take these opinions and find our own weaknesses and work on them. So here lies the question...We hear and read all about people winning and losing races in the "kill" section of the forum as a result of being a better driver. So what makes the a supirior driver? All opinions are welcome here, and I'm hoping I can find my weaknesses here. Although I drive an automatic! hehe


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the best driver is the one who doesnt race...


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the best driver is the one who doesnt race...
I think in a safe enviroment with responsible drivers its acceptable to a point. I look down upon people racing in traffic and busy areas thats just plain dumb. But punshing it from 0-60 next to someone on a desolate highway isn't that dangerous. Plus this question also applies to racing on the track as well. Its human nature, just look at the kill section

By no means do I mean to sound like a jerk to ya, just explaining to you I'm more responsible than the post suggests.

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I'll assume you mean racing at the track.

1. Patience
2. Calmness
3. Knowing exactly what your car can do and what it can't
4. Knowing your own skills and limitations as a driver
5. Knowing your opponents

When I'm at the track I watch what the winners do and emulate them. There's a guy in our racing league that ran away from everyone last year. So I watch him. He does things that others don't, e.g., he carefully monitors the pressure in his front tires, not just the rear. I don't see many others doing that. Except me, I do now. There will always be someone better than you . Learn from them.

And finally, the most important rule of racing for me: Do not beat yourself, make the other guy do it.

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A good driver in a race is...
One that can launch without too much wheel spin and "hook up".

Can hit his shifts on time and can keep the car straight while doing it... thus achieving the best possible aceeleration for his given car and set up. In the kills section, you are pretty much limited to this.

5-20, I think you are talking about what makes a good racer and race car driver, but I don't think the statement in the kills section of "Better Driver" reflects what you say.... even though it may be true enough at the race track. Sounds like your buddy would also make a good crew chief.

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1. Launch without spinning more than a little, throughout first gear

2. Hit your shift points to maximize acceleration by shifting at the correct RPM.

3. Don't "miss a shift" by jamming the shifter from the second gear gate, into the forks and not getting into third. Also, don't accidentally shift from third to fifth by shifting too slowly. I did that on the test drive and never again.

4. Have a good reaction time, on the start light. Practice, practice, practice.

5. Work hard to lower your 60 foot time because this makes a big difference in your total elapsed time.

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what makes a good driver when racing?

reflexes...guts...desire...better have all 3 to win a streetrace...


side note; my grandad doesnt race and he belongs on that south park episode about the killer old people...so not racin doesnt make a guy a better driver.....just makes him a weener if he buys a mustang and NEVER races it anywhere
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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!!

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So what makes the a supirior driver?
The one who wins!

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Very good ideas guys. I'm making myself a list of em. Defintly the one I like the most is what 5twenty said, knowing what the car can do and what it can't.

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