Racecraft & Driver Development Roundup for July 18, 2022

This week’s Racecraft & Driver Development Roundup features a number of great racecraft tips as well as a wide assortment of driver development news. In Racecraft there are autocross tips, braking techniques from Ross Bentley and more. In Driver Development, Enzo Mucci helps you get through a disappointing season, Belinda Riseley and Brad McIntyre explain how to get started in motorsport fitness, Revolution UK looks at overcoming disability in motorsport and more. I also have two driver spotlights that should both inspire and inform you.

Racecraft Tips & Techniques

Racecraft & Driver Development Roundup for July 18, 2022
  • Your Data Driven asks the question regarding better car handling, Will Stiffer Suspension Help You?What I can help you with is thinking through the puzzle. This will help you understand what is going on, decide what good looks like and give you a clear direction.”

Driver Development News & Resources

Racecraft & Driver Development Roundup for July 18, 2022
  • The Motorsport Coaching Podcast with Belinda Riseley has a great edition on Getting Started With Motorsport Fitness Training with Brad McIntyre. You can listen here.
Racecraft & Driver Development Roundup for July 18, 2022
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  • To promote and drivers from a variety of backgrounds to participate in its sanctioned series, IMSA is continuing its Diverse Driver Development Scholarship program worth $250,000, and the application process for 2023 is open through July 22. The application, along with additional details on the process for the 2023 IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship are available at imsa.com/diversity.
  • Revolution also has a great article on Pro Simulators. “Spending time in a simulator is now almost a must for any competitive racer, from the club scene to the cutting edge. Revolution spoke to the experts to discover how they work and how they can help.”
  • The Red Bull website has an excellent podcast episode on The Search for an American Driver. “Two decades before Drive to Survive dominated American F1 attention spans, Red Bull engineered a search to find the next American F1 driver, and along with it, a scrapped reality TV show. Host, Andrew Lawrence, speaks with racer Scott Speed, the winner of the Red Bull Driver Search, and Maria Jannace, the brains behind the program.”

Driver Snapshots

Learning from the experience of others is key to succeeding in any walk of life and racing is no different. In Driver Snapshots, I will feature the experiences of various drivers where you can get some perspective on what they have gone through (and continue to go through) as they work to make their motorsport careers happen. I hope you can take some lessons from these experiences and apply them to your own motorsport careers.

Racecraft & Driver Development Roundup for July 18, 2022
  • Warning: The video above contains disturbing and graphic videos and pictures. “Mark Petronis may very well be the worst-burned race car driver in history that managed to survive and tell the tale. Petronis incurred 3rd and 4th degree burns over 34% of his body after a racing impact found him unconscious and sitting in flames for over 3 minutes before he was rescued. In this 35 minute video he explains (and shows) the cause of the accident, the gear and people who saved his life, the extent of his injuries, details of his ongoing recovery, and his hopes for both his professional and personal futures.”
Racecraft & Driver Development Roundup for July 18, 2022
Charlie Martin (Photo: Formula E)
  • Charlie Martin spoke to Formula E on her journey from motorsport’s grassroots to pro racing driver. “Ahead of her visit and as we come to the end of Pride Month, Charlie took the time out for a sit-down with fiaformulae.com to chat about her racing career right from grassroots to trophy-winning pro racing driver, her advocacy and what more motor racing can do to further inclusion and help generate positive change for the LGBTQIA+ community across motorsport.”
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Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background and research skills to assist race drivers by showcasing the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.