The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
11/20/17 2:08 p.m.

Story by Peter Krause • Photography as Credited

There’s one universal truth in racing: The car can always be driven faster by somebody else.

How can that be? Sometimes the difference between two drivers comes down to experience. Or maybe it’s the confidence born of that experience. Either way, the more you do it, the better you get, right? Not exactly.

In this sport, sometimes the more you drive, the more cemented your bad driving habits become. Confidence in your skills can work against you here, as you may be less likely to let those habits go and follow the righteous path instead.

But don’t worry. You’re one of the lucky ones—You’ve realized early enough that there’s room for improvement. You’re beginning to find out how the quicker folks do it. You resolve to learn. You resolve to do better.

It won’t be an easy road. Most people get on track just a few times a year, and many enthusiasts don’t begin until later in life. It’s not a bad thing, or even something that consigns them perennially to the back of the pack, but it does mean that they will have to work harder to go faster.

How do you go quicker? Thanks to the myriad of variables a driver deals with regularly—tasks undertaken in the car, countless possible distractions—our investigation could easily span volumes. So let’s concentrate on what we should work on first. Here are 10 of the most common tips that I’ve used over the last two decades to help drivers raise their game.

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