Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for August 27, 2021 – Picking a Manager, Calculating Fuel and Qualifying Laps

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for August 27, 2021 - Picking a Manager, Calculating Fuel and Qualifying Laps

This week on the Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief we look at a a number of cool techniques, tools and advice to help you in your career as a race driver as well as the usual range of motorsport business news, series developments and more.

If you missed what was published this week on the Motorsport Prospects blog, here is a brief summary. My regular Sustainable Motorsport Round-Up was published on Monday which summarizes some pretty amazing developments in sustainable motorsport. In addition to looking into the sustainable future, I featured a great slicks and wings car for sale in the Motorsport Prospects Marketplace as young Canadian racing phenom Mac Clark is selling his Elan (Van Dieman) F2000 Race Car.

Now on to this week’s Weekly Debrief.

Driver Development News, Tips & Techniques

  • This week we start off with Enzo Mucci answering the question “Do I need a manager to succeed as a race driver?” with some great advice. Look for an expanded list of management companies coming soon to the Motorsport Prospects Directory.
  • This week was the week of the Team USA Scholarship shoot-out held at the new Polecat Training Center. Full details on what the shoot-out involves and who is competing can be found here.
  • If you are thinking of applying to Formula Woman, they have a great set of Online Motorsport Tutorials that are accessible to all applicants. A great idea.
  • It looks like Formula E is bringing back their Rookie Test for 2022 according to The Race. “The regulation regarding rookie testing in Formula E was recently changed and now only “drivers who have never participated in a Formula E competition, or who have never taken part in two or more official collective test days or held an e-Licence” can run at the event.”

The Business of Being a Race Driver

  • Lessons can be learned in how Parker Kligerman approaches sponsorship. An informative read no matter what level you race at.
  • Have a look at the sponsorship deck that Ikoniqa produced for motorcycle racer Corey Alexander for some ideas for your deck. Then head over to their Motorsport Resources page for some templates and inspiration.

Series News

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for August 27, 2021
BMW M4 GT3
Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for August 27, 2021
Photo: Mygale
  • Finally, if you love sports cars, the 2021 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was recently held and Sports Car Digest has a mouth-watering photo galley to view if you were not able to make it.

Business of Motorsport

  • Czech sports car manufacturer Praga Cars confirms first international partners in new global Praga Racing dealer network as it looks to increase its footprint in new markets around the world.
  • Speaking of Formula 1, it looks like their work on social media and esports has been working as Formula 1 has increased its number of active kid fans by 2.85 million in key European markets according to latest research from The Insights Family. The 17% year-on-year increase, from 17.3 million to 20.1 million, represents a faster growth rate than football, which only grew by 6%. Check out the summary of findings as it makes for some very interesting reading in these changing times.
  • Motorsport track booking specialist Circuit Booking says it has developed the world’s first smartphone app for booking and managing trackdays. Check out all the details at PMW Magazine.

From the Motorsport Prospects Archives

This week I featured an article from Autosport which talks about driver gradings and their importance, especially when it comes to “gentlemen” or amateur drivers. They are the lifeblood of the sport and over the months and years I have interviewed these amateur drivers and featured some of the series they compete in. Here are just a few articles to get you started. Expect more in the future.

The Last Lap

Motorsport Prospects Weekly Debrief for August 27, 2021
Photo from Motortrend Magazine – Tim Bernsau Author Wes Allison Photographer
Aug 17, 2021

As I approach the Last Lap this week, here are a few things that caught my eye.

  • Ever wanted to know what happens at an F1 factory during the summer shut down? Check out this awesome video where you are quite literally a fly on the wall at Williams Grand Prix. It is amazing how these factories look like college campuses.
  • Mark Blundell is a successful driver manager these days but back in 1990 he put together this scintillating pole position lap at Le Mans.

Stay safe and I will see you at the track!

Mark Boudreau
Author: Mark Boudreau

Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background to assist race drivers in finding the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.