Yesterday, I completed the last two sessions required before I could take the Level 3 Test at The Driveway. After the two sessions, I took a break then took the test. The test wasn’t the typical pen and paper type, it was, of course, one with lots of high speed driving around their Grand Prix course and being chased by another car. And best of all, I got to do it in the rain. But that was just the precursor as to what I really want to do: the Level 4: Advanced Race Craft course. Taking the course will also allow me to obtain a NASA racing license so I can start competing in wheel-to-wheel racing.
The level four course teaches the basics of what to expect during a race and how to handle the situations. I can’t really describe it much better than what they do on The Driveway’s website, so I’ll just repost it here.
- Track walk and Identifying Passing Zones
- Qualifying Strategies (it’s just the clock)
- Pre-Grid procedures
- 5-Minute, 3-Minute, 1-Minute Warning
- Warm up lap procedures
- Getting in position for start
- From the Pole Procedures (pick side and pace)
- Rolling Start procedures
- Standing Start procedures
- Race Starts and Turn 1
- Aborted Race Starts
- Setting up the pass
- Drafting and Slip Streams
- Taking the race line
- Passing under braking
- Looking for weaknesses in other cars
- Using other cars to your advantage
- Working with another car to increase position
- Radio Communications
- Preserving your race car
- Psychology of Winning
I’ve read about the majority of these in the Drive to Win and Going Faster! books, however, nothing prepares you for the real deal out there on the track. I think it’ll be great fun to go from learning how to move the pieces on the chess board to actually playing.