Week 5

“What Do You Think”

According to TURNology Magazine:

The situations one faces during a race weekend can be nerve-wracking, stressful, and draining. The promises one makes to themselves, to sponsors, and to family members can come under intense personal scrutiny, which often damages one’s ability to focus on the race. A driver who focuses on the wrong things will come under threat of overdriving, making careless errors, and generally going slower. Therefore, it’s incredibly important that the mind is sound and free of mental clutter prior to and during a race.

Getting Over Exceedingly High Standards
The most common culprit for poor mental performance is the expectations drivers place on themselves and the frustration they feel when they don’t perform to those expectations. That frustration typically leads drivers to drive too aggressively and drive without thinking clearly. Learning to manage these expectations is a huge advantage.

Leading motorsport experts believe that the mental game of racing is THE key to success…

“Racing is a delicate balance of man, machine and attitude.”
~Chip Ganassi

“Racing is 95 percent a mental game, and that’s going to be the hardest thing – to be confident enough to be calm and patient and not panic in any situation out there on track.”
~Retired NASCAR Driver Carl Edwards

“Racing, regardless of what people say, is a mental sport. If you believe you can win, if you’re in a car that can win, you more than likely will. If you have a negative attitude, typically you won’t get very good results.”
~Jamie McMurray, NASCAR

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"It's All About Time"

It’s About Time 

“Time management” is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high. Failing to manage your time damages your effectiveness and can play a huge role in the advancement of your racing career.

Key points...

  • Time blocking
  • Prioritization
  • Put that down!
  • Slow is fast

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