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This is a fitting topic as NASCAR heads to Talladega this weekend. The circuits largest and fastest track where drafting is a necessity. We have talked about drafting in previous blogs...where two cars run faster together than one car by itself. Bump drafting is when the car trailing gives a little push or a bump to get the lead car going faster. It's a pretty amazing sight to see a car being pushed at over 180 miles an hour. This technique is used to help make passes. I've also seen cars being bumped by a teammate or friendly (0 comments)
During the course of a race, a racing team will make many adjustments to the car to improve its handling and increase its speed. These are done during the pit stops and can dramatically improve the results of the race, if the team makes the right adjustments at the right time. Watch a race sometime and listen to the pit crew's conversation. Some adjustments are as simple as changing the tires' air pressure to increase traction or adding tape to the grill to create more down force. A crew can also make adjustments to the suspension or move weight (3 comments)
Fast Lane to Success! My story (cont.) - 04/27/09 07:21 AM
My story (cont.) I learned what I thought was a lot about right and wrong when I was a child. I thought I also learned a lot of good lessons. We were very polite children for the most part. We were what I considered a religious family. We went to church every Sunday. My mother ended up later in life becoming director of Christian Education for that same church we grew up in. So that may tell you a little about our upbringing.
But we learned most of our real lessons from our father. Unfortunately not the father above. Now (2 comments)
I was not planning on this being the topic today, but as we follow our racing theme in the Fast Lane to Success blog, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the history that took place on a race track in Phoenix, Arizona Saturday night. For only the fourth time in NASCAR history a man who has been on this Earth for over half a century won in its premier series. Mark Martin took the checkered flag in first place on Saturday night at age 50 years and 89 days. In what many consider a young man's (5 comments)
Turn your wants into MUSTS! - 04/22/09 07:38 AM
Why do I compare life to racing? Why do I use racing metaphors in my writing? I believe my affinity for racing comes from trying to control something that is uncontrollable. All my life I have tried to stay in the fast lane. Racing has always seemed a good fit for me. It's high speed excitement, the same kind of thrill one gets from a roller coaster ride or downhill skiing.
Racing, however, is entertainment; a life that is out of control is not. Is your life out of control right now? Are you struggling with addiction, financial problems or (3 comments)
Fast Lane to Success Life and Business Coaching! Stories - 04/21/09 06:45 AM
Today we are going to do something a little different than usual. On Tuesdays we are going to do a blog that gives you a little insight into me, the author. There will be stories about my background, about my struggles and my successes. Hopefully this will empower you to know that no matter what difficulties you are facing right now there is hope.
This is my story, a culmination of my life events so far. What I've learned from them and what lessons I can use to make my next 30 years better than the first. Unfortunately or maybe (0 comments)
Every NASCAR driver who gets on a track of a Sunday has a spotter. You usually do not see them because they are perched high above the track on top of the luxury boxes or press boxes for a view of the whole track. What is a spotter? A spotter is a person who, through radio communication, gives information to the driver. He tells the driver when the green flag waves to begin the race. When the driver is in traffic, the spotter tells him if he is clear high or (1 comments)
Fast Lane to Success Life and Business Coaching! Do you have an on/off pedal? - 04/19/09 07:47 AM
Have you ever ridden with someone who thinks the accelerator is an on/off pedal? You know what I'm talking about. He hits the gas and your head flies back into the seat. Then he lets off, and your head flies forward. This continues during the entire ride, and you're lucky you don't have a mild case of whiplash by the time it is over. There is nothing smooth about the way someone like that drives. Plus, it seems exaggerated in heavy traffic...speed up...slow down...speed up...slow down...speed up...stop.
In racing this happens a lot. The cars are coming to the green (1 comments)
Increase Your Speed by Drafting. Fast Lane to Success Life and Business Coaching! - 04/18/09 04:30 PM
On super speedways, racers use the technique of drafting to increase their speed. Drafting is when one car tucks in behind another car, lessening the effect of drag from the air. Basically two or more cars running in a line can go faster than one car by itself. Resistance from the air is drastically reduced when in the draft.
This technique can be used in life as well. I know this is going to come as a shock to some of you, but whatever problem or goal you have has been had by someone before you. Why are you fighting (3 comments)
Speed Up to Slow Down! Fast Lane to Success Life and Business Coaching! - 04/17/09 06:19 AM
This topic is fitting because my favorite racing series, NASCAR, just finished racing in Martinsville, VA a couple weekends ago. This track is ideal for applying this principle, Slow down to speed up. The reason for this is that if you overdrive the car, you will not get the most traction and cannot speed up coming out of the turn as quickly. Rather than over- driving the car into the turn, by slowing up a little you can carry your momentum through the turn and accelerate out. By going just a bit slower, your overall lap times actually improve.
This (1 comments)
In a spin, both feet in. Fast Lane to Success Life and Business Coaching! - 04/16/09 07:56 AM
Yesterday we talked about what to do when you're in doubt about situations in your life. But what do you do when your life is out of control? The second thing I learned at Skip Barber Racing School was In a spin, both feet in. When you've already lost control of the car, then you need to immediately push in the clutch and brake hard. In this situation you are just along for the ride, but by pushing in the clutch you cut the power to the wheels. And by jumping hard on the brakes you are trying to get the (2 comments)
When in doubt, power out! Fast Lane to Success Life Coaching! - 04/15/09 06:49 AM
This is the very first thing I learned at the Skip Barber Racing School: when in doubt, power out. In racing this means that when you are in a turn and you feel like you might not make it, accelerate through it. Sparing you all of the physics involved in this, the simple explanation is that giving the car more gas when it is starting to go sideways puts more weight on the rear tires for more traction. This maneuver goes against a lot of your instincts, especially if you are new to racing. A natural reaction with a car beginning (0 comments)
Fast Lane to Success Life Coaching and Business Consulting! - 04/14/09 02:49 PM
Welcome to my new blog! I am happy that you are checking it out. My goal is to earn you as a consistent reader by providing you with quality content. I would like to start this blog off with a prayer both because it's how I want to live my life every day from this day forward and to bless this blog, its author, and all those it may touch today and everyday in the future. This blog will include some spirituality but by no means is religious. It is for everyone no matter what your beliefs are.
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