Over the past 9 months, I’ve figured out some sort of a system to keep myself organized so that I can stay on top of my game when I get to the track. My “home track” is Virginia International Raceway, in Alton, VA…less than an hour drive from home.
The preparation is partly due to items that need to be brought to the track for my mean manchine…Her name is Bianca, by the way. She is a 1985 Porsche Carrera. Another important part of preparing for a High Performance Driving Event involves my own prep: both mental and physical.
The mental part includes taking 5 minutes each night to visualize and study the track, plan where I will accelerate, where I will brake and downshift, and where I will turn. The physical part involves making sure I get plenty of sleep, and getting lots of exercise. I have found that yoga and swimming the week before I go to a track event prepare me: strength and flexibility are what I need most.
Here is what I’m the most excited about: my assigned instructor Larry emailed me. I told him about what my goals are for this event, and about my experience level. Then, I asked him if he had ever driven an older 911 on track before. He replied “Only about 200 days in my old SC”! Now I can’t wait to meet him. Driving an older 911 is a labor of love, especially the ones that have the 915 transmission. I will have to make sure I don’t drool on his car…