Kathy, Jess, and Audra met with a special guest, Lana Tsurikova, who told us the fabulous story of her driving and riding path starting from a small girl to a national Autocross Champion. Now she is looking to conquer the GS Trophy|BMW Motorrad competition in a motorcycle.
We talked about:
The value of taking instructors.
If you are contemplating going to Nationals, do not wait until you think you have a chance to win. Just do it for the experience.
Value of autocross in daily life and in training for the motorcycle competition.
The intensive training needed to prepare for the GS Trophy (off-road challenges on a 550-pound bike).
Women in motorsports.
How Lana wants to help educate and empower the younger generations.
Audra provides a review of a BMW Ultimate Driving Experience. She gives insight into a recent HPDE she attended at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park organized by NER PCA and answers questions from Jess and Kathy to help prepare them for their first foray to the track.
Audra and Jess had a great conversation with Rachel Baker and Heidi Ellison from Driving Forward Together. Their mission is “To encourage, connect, and support women in Autocross, as drivers in their own right, and to embolden them to exercise their power to vie in open competition, embracing ideals of strength and inclusion to radiate through all forms of Motorsport.” They actively promote inclusivity and are working hard to normalize women in motorsports.
We talked about:
Levelling the playing field. This includes ensuring that women are represented without being treated as an anomaly.
Their origins, their cars and how they got into autocross.
How to recruit women.
It is actually less stressful to run in open class.
Autocross is a cult.
DFT is partnering with Autocross Evolution School and Beyond Seat Time.
We also debated whether or not Rachel actually likes people and she tells us how much she really likes Porsches. Check out DFT on Facebook and Instagram as Driving Forward Together and on their website https://drivingforwardseries.wixsite.com/drivingforwardseries where you can find information about their contingency program, data and trends on women in autocross and their fabulous Showcase series. You may even see some very familiar faces for their March showcase!
Audra and Jess sit down with Bill and Vicki Fischer who are endurance drivers with a podcast called Garage Heroes in Training. They discussed the differences between autocross and endurance racing, and the similarities with advice about how to get started. Their podcast focuses on new racers and they aim to help people learn from what they did and they augment their knowledge and experience with guests.
We also heard about:
how Vicki’s sister, and co-host, learned how to drive a stick 5 days before her first race.
that Bill is a “the more the merrier” kind of guy and this definitely shows in how they built their team and in his immediate generosity with the Shifting Points crew.
that the goal for them is to learn, have fun and get better every time they race.
it is a huge accomplishment to finish an endurance (and they frequently do!).
$500 is not really the cap; it’s just the beginning.
And, if it’s worth doing, it is worth over-doing and that’s something we can really get behind!
Audra and Kathy have a conversation with Jason Hopkins, from Citrus Racer Lounge, and Roland Hahn, from Citrus Racer Lounge and Hot Mess Race Group. Jason is the admin and the creator of Citrus Racer Lounge in 2015 and it has grown to almost 5000 members. It is a hub for endurance racers to connect and share information. Roland has been racing competitively since 1984. He assists with Citrus Racer Lounge and is the co-owner and head mechanic for Hot Mess Race Group.
In this episode, we talked about:
Different types of endurance racing, with Lemons being the clear favorite as the entry-level event. They tell us that Lemons is safe and cheap with very friendly people and great camaraderie amongst the competitors.
The best way to start Lemons is to find a team. Alternatively, if you start with a car the base price has to be $500, prior to all the work to make it safe (rollcage, brakes and other safety equipment).
Most Lemons races are about 14.5 hours. They usually only have 1 or 2 24-hour endurance races per year.
A good endurance driver needs to be very consistent. Roland recommends that drivers drive at 75% and leave room to make mistakes.
Driver comfort is key, even if that results in a wet seat.
Jess, Audra and Kathy sit down with father and son team Don and Brian Kuehl (multiple time SCCA Solo National Champion) to talk about their love of building a project CRX together, discovering autocross, and the joys of tuning a daily driver.
We tried something new, but that led to learning about how our brains do not like having a decision to make: it causes stress on the brain. We also decided that we are suffering from decision fatigue and talked about some car related stuff.
In this episode:
We talk a bit about front ends and general car design. Do people just hate the new designs because they are new? So along those lines, we found something that hasn’t changed.
We, yet again, contemplate what people are buying.
How do you Tai Chi yourself into the back of a MINI? Does it count as a workout?
Some cleaning tips, like spit and vacuum attachments. And while we were on that topic, we had some advice for car designers.
Shifting Points sponsors Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee. Audra and Kathy talk when to switch tires, and convertibles and New England winters.They also had a great conversation with Cecily and Nathan about all things cars and Jason Hopkins who moderates the Citrus Racer Lounge which is all about Lemons racing.