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We are an amateur endurance auto racing team. We hope to show everyone that they too can participate in performance driving. We are a relatively new team and learning right along with you. Our assumption is that you know very little to nothing about the sport but are interested in learning to drive better and eventually maybe even race in a local event of interest. We will cover all forms of racing and hope to be entertaining as well as educational.
 
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DwD 0263: Improving Your Sense of Speed on Track On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk about ways to improve your sense of speed on a track. This includes the commonly referred to “butt dyno”, but can also include several other ways and several other senses that the driver can use to determine their relative speed as well as their absolu…
 
Do you know anyone who always wanted to drive on track but didn't think it was possible? Do you talk to people about driving on track and they don’t understand but you know they would? Do you want a bigger racing budget? Perhaps the CFO of the house isn’t involved in our sport (yet). Vicki and Bill have attended several Track Night In America event…
 
GHIT 0261: Our NJMP HPDE Event - Part Deux We had a large group of drivers at the recent NASA Northeast HPDE event at NJMP’s Lightning course. Since schedules did not fully coincide last week, we broke our group up into two different episodes. We start off with our usual goals for the weekend and cover how the event went. For this episode, we had A…
 
DwD 0260: Over Slowing for a Turn and A Few Ways to Stop On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk through the importance of the entry speed into a turn. One of the potential problems that comes in this area is learning how not to over slow for the turn. There is very little that can be done to make up for that lost time and speed. This can …
 
GHIT 0259: Paul Gerrard - Author of Optimum Drive, Professional Racing Driver and Coach, and Top Gear USA’s “The Stig” Do you REALLY want to be a great driver? If so, this is the episode for you. Paul Gerrard is the author of “Optimum Drive - The Roadmap to Driving Greatness” and he knows what driving greatness entails as he has competed at many of…
 
"Don't you think it should cost less to be alive?" Today on the show we've got a review of the new Netflix film The Power of the Dog from writer/director Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee. After that a look at the fascinating new Thanksgiving film from A24, The Humans, directed by Step…
 
GHIT 0262: Jaime Garcia from the RaceFF podcast returns to Talk about his 1st wheel-to-wheel race and upcoming Endurance Racing Prep Jaime Garcia returns to discuss his first Honda Challenge H2 race which was his first ever wheel to wheel race and satisfied his lifelong goal. We also talk through his upcoming preparation for his new 24 Hours of Lem…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk about the two types of drivers we have on our team. Some of us approach track driving by overdriving the car and then backing down. Others of us approach the limit gradually working up to the limit. Both have their merits, but it is valuable to know what your default is and how to maximize your speci…
 
Joe Adams joins us for an in depth discussion of all the introductory questions that we had related to oil and what their analysis can reveal within your car’s engine. We start with what the oil is actually doing within your engine and how through use it can indicate either the oil degrading or the degradation of individual engine components. We al…
 
Part 1 of 2 On this episode, we cover our latest HPDE event at NJMP's Lightning track with NASA Northeast. The track and the weather was a bit cold but we had a great time and a large groups of drivers and cars. We even had all 4 levels of the HPDE groups covered with at least one driver in each. To make things even better, Jen and Vicki's sister D…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk through the common issues that many drivers have that some are much better setting the pace while leading another car and others are much faster trying to catch a car ahead of them. Are you a better leader? Or are you a better chaser or follower? Does it matter? Should it matter? We discuss our opini…
 
In this episode, I've got reviews of the new film from Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, and the latest from Edgar Wright, Last Night in Soho. After that, we start a new series called "The Art of Deconstruction: Faith, Doubt & Film." In this series, guests come on the show, talk about the evolution of their religious life, and select a film that h…
 
Kim Coffey has been a car girl from a very young age and has recently discovered her passion for driving her car at the limit. It all started with a Supra Sunday with NASA and once the hook was set, she was off. She loves and drives her 2020 Toyota Supra for HPDE events, autocrosses and has even started Sim racing. If that wasn’t enough, she often …
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk through the importance of optimizing the pressure in your tires. No doubt this is of great importance to the performance of the tire as well as affecting the wear characteristics of the tire. We go through what you should try to target and several methods that can be used to determine the optimum tir…
 
Tom Suddard is the Director of Marketing and Digital Assets at GRM. Tom’s first visit to our podcast was with zero notice and was at the invitation of Nine Live Racing’s Johnny C on episode #209 when we had our first episode on Aero. In spite of this, Tom decided to put up with us again in what we hope will be a long list of bad decisions in the fu…
 
In this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we discuss when your track car has an antilock braking system. We also discuss the other driver aides like stability control etc. being used on track. If you would like to help the podcast, you can subscribe to our podcast on the podcast provider of your choice. This includes the Apple podcast app, Google mu…
 
"Dreams make good stories, but everything important happens when we're awake." On this episode, we've got a discussion with social worker Allison Grigsby Sweatman about the new sci-fi epic Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet. Plus, Omaya Jones returns to finish up the Wong Kar Wai marathon by discussing The Hand and looking back at our favorite Wong K…
 
Did you ever wonder what a driving coach does for their driver? We were always curious. Ross Bentley was kind enough to show us the start of the process. Ross Bentley was kind enough to continue our tradition of having him on as a guest to help us celebrate every 50 episode anniversary. And as long as he keeps saying yes, we will keep asking him, l…
 
In this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we discuss the debate between fast hands and slow hands. The natural tendency of each driver varies, often by how they grew up. Go karters and autocrossers usually have a tendency to have faster hands. Ben discusses with us the usefulness of both and what we think of as the "proper" hand speed. Also, Ben sta…
 
Dave Peters started the HPDE Junkie website to help everyone to find a local HPDE track day by compiling every HPDE event across the United States at every track with every organization. He is an HPDE Junkie himself and has even had Ben Dawson as his coach early in his driving progression. The focus of this episode is on what an HPDE is and how to …
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we are finally able to discuss what lift off oversteer is thanks to a recent article that Bill found on the internet. At least we now know what it is and how we can address this potential issue on the track. The fourth time is the charm. Finally. Lol. If you would like to help the podcast, you can subscribe …
 
"Love is all a matter of timing." We've got a review of the new A24 film Lamb, starring Noomi Rapace. Plus, a recap of the Filmland 2021 festival and Omaya Jones is back to break down Wong Kar Wai's 2046. Full episode transcript coming soon Links What Omaya’s been watching Eastbound and Down The Righteous Gemstones Vice Principals Reservation Dogs …
 
GHIT 0246: Our Autobahn Country Club HPDE 2021 Vicki and Bill attended the recent NASA Great Lakes HPDE at the Autobahn Country Club. It was the first time Vicki was on this track and she was in the HPDE 2 run group. Bill was in HPDE 4 and instructed a HPDE 1 student Saturday and Sunday. Bill also completed his MSF Level 2 instructor in car trainin…
 
Heroes Garage is a weekly podcast that reviews movies and limited series. In this episode, Mark reviews two movies: Dear Evan Hanson and The Eyes of Tammy Faye. #NoPhony #Bensound theme music #PoderFamily --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tom-zimm7/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tom-zimm7/support…
 
In this Dominating with Dawson episode, we go over how to apply the throttle on a track, what our default habits are and the various reasons for deviating the application of the throttle. We also go into the various features of the track and the vehicle that may affect the application rate. We also try to cover what the desired throttle application…
 
The 91 Octane podcast is hosted by our two guests, Randy and Jon. The podcast focuses on car news and car culture, as well as their personal car passion related stories, including their projects and progression as drivers. They are based in Southern California, a hot bed for the world's car culture. They obviously love cars and we are excited to se…
 
In this Dominating with Dawson episode, we use a recent article by podcast friend Ross Bentley for this first installment of the If-Then Game. On this weeks episode, we focus on braking in track. Join us and play along with our two contestants from the Garage Heroes In Training Team. We are sure this will go into global syndication soon, lol. Speci…
 
“She’s a firecracker, Jim.” On this episode, we have a review of the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye, from director Michael Showalter and starring Jessica Chastain. After that Omaya Jones is back to discuss a hugely significant film, it’s Wong Kar Wai’s masterpiece, In the Mood for Love. Links Tammy Faye Bakker intreviews gay Christian Steve Pieter…
 
Everyday Driver started as one of the early YouTube channels in 2007 and again they started an early podcast in 2014 that Bill first discovered in late August. The fundamental premise for Everyday Driver is that cars can and should be fun and they work tirelessly to help by testing virtually all types of new cars and many used cars. In addition, a …
 
Filmland 2021 is almost here! (And Jessica Chastain is coming!) This year Filmland is happening in the Park. Coming Sept 30 - Oct 3, the festival features film screenings, special guests, workshops, panels, local filmmakers, food trucks, and much more. Jessica Chastain will be here to screen her new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and there will also …
 
Alex Levinson has a ton or racing and wrenching experience, especially with Miatas of all vintages. So when he "volunteered" to come over for a work weekend, we quickly lined up everything we could think of to finish up several projects on each of the team's 3 Miatas. However, our best laid plans did not come together as we had hoped. New car lift?…
 
In this Dominating with Dawson episode, Ben goes over his personal plateau story and what it means to be stuck at a driving plateau. To this point, our team has not been at a plateau and has been slowly or quickly improving to this point. One of the key areas to look at for breaking plateaus is to do something new or differently and learn from it. …
 
Jaime Garcia started the Race FF Podcast to share with everyone his racing and building progress and to help everyone get started in racing by showing them that it can be done. Since we have essentially the same goals, it was natural to have him on the podcast. As his podcast title indicates, Jaime races a Front engine Front wheel drive in both HPD…
 
Heroes Garage is a weekly podcast where we review movies and limited series. This week the guys review James Gunn's Suicide squad. The film was a commercial failure of epic proportions. It was packaged as unique, as well as, new and improved. See if the guys find this iteration of the movie more compelling than its predecessor. #NoPhony#PodernFamil…
 
It all started with a great idea, let’s go to an HPDE event with the hosts of the Shifting Points podcast. Audra had raced with us at the Thompson race in August and Jess & Kathy had visited for moral support and wanted to try track driving. There was a ladies event with MassTuning set for mid September. Sounds like a blast. Until it wasn’t. In wha…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we play our jeopardy jargon game with Ben and go into the topic of (Bill lost his place) oppo lock or counter steer and how it can be used on track. You can subscribe to our podcast on the podcast provider of your choice, including the Apple podcast app, Google music, Amazon, and YouTube etc. Also, if you co…
 
Tim Fokine is a commercial pilot and also involved with the training of pilots, as such it was no surprise that he is involved with the training of drivers and instructors within NASA Great Lakes and a few other groups. Bill first met Tim in HPDE 2 at Mid Ohio and Tim was further motivated to progress quickly, lol. This past week however, like a ba…
 
The Garage Heroes In Training team has had quite a summer on the track so far and with our racing season beginning to wind down, but far from done on the track, we thought we would bring everyone up to speed with where we are with the podcast, how our driving and racing is progressing, and what our car related projects are going into the fall and w…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we go over jargon again and cover what body roll is, how it affects your car, and how it can help and hurt you on track. The physics of racing are consistent and not able to be broken, but knowing them allows you to use them to your benefit and minimize any deleterious impacts through driving accommodations …
 
Ken Hill is an accomplished motorcycle racer and sought after coach. Ken was kind enough to join us for a great discussion on track driving and riding. While often thought of as very different, most of the skills and techniques translate fully between riding a motorcycle and driving a car on a track. Ken has a podcast that goes into a lot of Ken’s …
 
GHIT 0237: Breaking News With Eric Rood - On the Saving Saturn Protest and Other Lemons Rally News As part of our journalistic responsibility, we caught up with Eric Rood from the 24 Hours of Lemons to discuss the recent protest at General Motors HQ that was aimed at resurrecting the legendary Saturn brand. The rally was respectful but filled with …
 
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