Shameless Plug: Learn To Drive With Me (Or Someone Even Better)

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
shameless plug learn to drive with me or someone even better

Long-time TTACers know that it’s usually possible to request your humble author as an instructor at any TrackDAZE event. If you secretly want to beat me up, and you’re too lazy to drive to central Ohio, this can be a good way to save yourself a trip. I will be attending several of their 2012 events with my [s]anything but[/s] trusty Boxster Anniversary Edition and/or my Plymouth Neon racer.

This year, however, the nice people at TrackDAZE have a new option for instruction, and it’s an even better idea than letting me boss you and your triple-supercharged Corvette Z07 around VIR.

Everybody in the race game knows who Peter Krause is: he’s the bow-tied savant who turns orthodontists into dominating race drivers and plastic surgeons into track-record holders. If you’ve come into a major sum of money lately and you’re determined to humiliate every other nouveau in your Ferrari Challenge region, Mr. Krause is your boy. Make no mistake, though… it takes big money to hire the man, because he’s worth it.

Until now. The new TrackDAZE RDE program allows drivers to work directly with Mr. Krause and his staff of instructors during the course of a regular TrackDAZE weekend. This is a great idea for drivers who have progressed about as far as they can with volunteer or pickup instruction and want to take the next step into winning time trials, races, and non-competitive trackdays which WE ALL KNOW are secretly races.

Check the guys out at TrackDAZE, and tell them TTAC sent you.

Full disclosure: Although I haven’t received cash or prizes from the TrackDAZE staff, I did borrow $5 once from Jon Felton and I’ve been avoiding him ever since. So until I pay him back, that’s a $5 in-kind benefit, which basically means you should ignore everything I said above, the same way you should ignore everything you read in MotorTrend about how great GM vehicles are — JB

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  • SKUSA_boy SKUSA_boy on Feb 14, 2012

    The best way to learn to drive fast is in a kart. Ask Schumi where he learned how to go fast. Senna referred to karting as "the truth." Cars and karts are definitely different. However if you can be fast in a kart you can be fast in anything. The only vehicles with similar capabilities are faster open wheel formula cars. When I say "faster" I mean a Formula Atlantic or beyond. A kart will destroy a Formula Ford or any of the smaller formula cars used at Skip Barber or similar driving schools.

    • Jack Baruth Jack Baruth on Feb 14, 2012

      Most adults have no interest in driving, or racing, go-karts, regardless of the merits from a driver development or competitive perspective. Go to a NASA race sometime, too, and see how physically large most of the drivers are. The average self-funded driver is a big guy, because big guys have the edge in this country. I've been in drivers' meetings where half of the people were taller and/or wider than I am, and I'm not a tiny d00d. Make no mistake: anybody who wants to race for a living should be in a kart by their eighth birthday. But nobody in the US imagines themselves racing karts at the age of 50. They imagine themselves racing cars, or driving their street cars with skill.

  • Obsolete Obsolete on Feb 14, 2012

    Jack, planning on hitting any LeMons races this year?

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