Keeping Focused, and Balanced

Family, work, racing, not necessarily always in that order, very hard to keep everything in balance. Over the last few weeks, I have prioritized getting ready for Road America, my race there is coming up over the Labor Day weekend, really looking forward to it. It’s been pretty tough to put it at the top of the list with all of the other responsibilities, and other activities I have going.

I had the opportunity to share some of my thoughts on this topic with Ross Bentley on his incredible speed secrets podcast this week.

Work has become increasingly demanding requiring more frequent travel, the partnership, sponsorship component of preparing for 2020 is a significant time investment, and the startup is gaining real traction with some exciting opportunities on the horizon. The near constant question I get is “when do you sleep?” Everything is a compromise.

I start by taking care of myself first, having a routine is the thing that helps me most, I guess I am a creature of habit, but breakfast, and training is how I start my day, when I am running, cycling, or swimming, I am able to organize my thoughts, and build a game plan for the day, it helps me get prepared, and regulates my mood, and anxiety level.

I have to focus on work through out the day, once I am home in the late afternoon, I make an effort to turn off technology, and spend time with my family, playing with the boys, making dinner, I love that we always sit down to have dinner together, and getting everybody ready for bed. Once the boys are in bed, I am able to have dedicated time for the startup, partnership, and work in the sim. On the weekends, time with my family is the priority, there are few opportunities during the afternoon, and evening to make progress on the startup, or work in on Road America.

Here is my method for working in iRacing, I am a big fan of data, so Virtual Racing School is a huge asset, I have a subscription that allows me to look at all of the data packs, and compare my times, with their excellent analytical tools. Additionally, I work with David Murry, and his webinars, he has a turn by turn breakdown of Road America that is incredibly detailed. I attempt to use the same approach for working in the sim, as I use when actually at the track, I take notes, look at video, and data, and then create a checklist of items to work on. This approach helps me feel prepared, and confident coming into the weekend. In addition to all of this preparation I have made it a goal for the season to work with a coach each weekend. I will be working with David on Friday, and Tom O’Gorman on Saturday.

A quick update on the partnership, and startup front, I was able to spend some time this week with Joe Speed from ADLink Technology, he has graciously offer the use of one of the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier DevKits, and Amit Goel from NVIDIA’s embedded team sent over a carrier, this is really going to accelerate the development of the models that we are running in the car.

Excited for Sebring

Crazy week coming up, have a work event in Las Vegas for two days, will then make my way from there to Sebring. I am really looking forward to working with David Murry, I’ve spent a bunch of time working through his webinar. iRacing, and Virtual Racing School have been invaluable for preparation. My experience with this approach for Road America, was that it helped me get comfortable more quickly, and focus on the detail of getting to consistence lap times. Thus far I have been able to get into the 2:09’s at Sebring, need to get a couple more seconds off aiming for 2:07’s which in the real world will probably be about 10 seconds slower. I hope all the travel goes smoothly, wish me luck!

Signed up for Sebring!

Registered for Sebring, Feb 01-03 really looking forward to driving at this track, I plan to run the Triple Trofeo this year: Sebring, Road Atlanta, Road America, plus a couple others: COTA, and Watkins Glen (Barber didn’t make it on the schedule for 2019). Time to start getting ready, I am going to get the Ross Bentley, and David Murry webinars. Need to get going in iRacing as well.

Starting a Business

I decided to start ryracing, LLC, lots to figure out. I have worked with Ashley White to put together press, and marketing materials, and have been working with Jed Rogers to get my logo, and branding done right. I have a three part business plan:

1.) build a sponsor, and partner network by providing consultation, leveraging Google’s marketing cloud. Putting metrics in place for measuring co-branded campaign success.

2.) build spec cayman leverage my sponsor, and partner network to build a Porsche specific arrive, and drive business with TPWS.

3.) develop technology for making car setup recommendations. Generate baselines in simulation, then leverage a real-time streaming telemetry system such as the PodiumConnect to compare actual vs simulated.

I am working on my marketing plans, and will have a couple announcements coming on from Nestle, and another from the YMCA of Austin. Additionally, I have an opportunity to work Manthey Racing via the Porsche Racing Experience need to figure out how to fund it.

My next race will be at Road America, or possibly a Super Enduro at High Plains if we can get the car ready.

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Racing Simulators

A racing simulator is a really great investment, no costly consumables, total freedom to try any line, with no fear of breaking your car. I use iRacing as my simulator of choice, pretty sure it is the de-facto standard at this point, it is unbelievably detailed, and exceedingly realistic.

As with your car, you can really choose how far into the simulation to get, with how you add/modify your setup. Some people choose a complete cockpit setup, some leverage a VR rig, others have a completely modest setup, like me.

I use a Logitech G920 it is reasonable priced comparatively, and has a lot of the functionality I need. I used this setup to run the Porsche GT3 Cup last season, combined with Virtual Racing School (VRS)  a really great experience with both the series and the VRS system. I think the VRS datapacks are phenomenally valuable, data capture, analysis, video, and download, I learned a lot from trying the different setups, and watching the videos.

Right now I am using my simulator to learn the Barber Motorsports track for the Porsche Driving School that I will be attending in December (see my previous post)

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