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We are an amateur endurance auto racing team. We hope to show everyone that they too can participate in performance driving. We are a relatively new team and learning right along with you. Our assumption is that you know very little to nothing about the sport but are interested in learning to drive better and eventually maybe even race in a local event of interest. We will cover all forms of racing and hope to be entertaining as well as educational.
 
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GHIT 0285: Thank You Three Pedal Mafia We have four members of the Three Pedal Mafia come up to help Vicki and Bill work on the two Honda project cars for this winter. We had originally planned a full cage party work weekend but had postponed it until February or until the Covid spike recedes. What we were able to accomplish with their skills in su…
 
In this Dominating with Dawson episode, we use a recent article by podcast friend Ross Bentley for this second installment of the If-Then Game. On this week's episode, we focus on corner entry. Join us and play along with our two contestants from the Garage Heroes In Training Team. We are sure this will go into global syndication soon, lol. It ends…
 
GHIT 0283: Global MX-5 Cup with Todd Flis of Flis Performance Todd Flis has been involved with various levels of racing and now his company Flis Performance provides all of the cars for the series. The Global MX-5 Cup is a great entry level series for professional racing. The races are typically some of the most competitive races we see with margin…
 
DwD 0282: Slow In Fast Out - Truth or Fiction On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we discuss the often referred to concept of "slow in, fast out" for turns especially early in your high performance driving career. As with most aspects of driving, this is a generic truth but not a 100% principle to carry with you for every situation and every t…
 
GHIT 0280: Scott McMichael - Long Time Dirt and Endurance Racer Scott McMichael started out as a dirt track racer and has transitioned to endurance racing as and arrive and drive and grand poohbah of the Sir Jackie Stewart's Coin Purse Racing and founder of The Unofficial Facebook Group of the 24 Hours of Lemons(TM). Scott was long overdue to come …
 
DwD 0274: Pedal Application and Release On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we go into an aspect of the smooth is fast principle by going into the ways that each of us apply and release the throttle (or gas pedal) and the brake pedals. To the surprise of no one, Ben is almost a 100% full hammer down while our ladies have a bit of a different p…
 
WOOT 0281: (Spoiler Filled) We review Spiderman: No Way Home and Most of 2021's Movies (& The Matrix Resurrections) It has been quite a year and we decided to review the recent Spiderman: No Way Home movie and then we go into many of the other movies that we went to this year including Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and all other MCU and…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, Alex joins us to help define what the rain line is on a track and how to find it on a track, especially when it is our first time at a track. The discussion wanders a bit, but all of it should help you in determining the rain line and allow you to optimize it to that specific day's track conditions and your …
 
GHIT 0278: Our Annual Season Review and Goals Episode Starts our 5th Podcast Season We take a look back at how our team and drivers 2021 racing season went and compare it to our planned goals. We did have quite a year and accomplished quite a bit. How did we do versus how we wanted? As always, you will have to listen to find out. And as always, the…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we try to answer the potentially unanswerable question that we hear at the track "What Tire Pressure Should I Use?". Alex joins us as we try to answer as best we can. First we go over several of the factors that can affect what the answer could be. Next we try to go into the various methods that can be used …
 
GHIT 0276: Mike Kramer Honda Challenge Racing Driver Mike Kramer has been racing in Honda Challenge and is the two time H2 champion with NASA Southeast. In addition, he also races in endurance racing with the 24 Hours of Lemons and Lucky Dog. We have several goals for this episode and one of them is not so subtly aimed at convincing Vicki the our 1…
 
GHIT 0275: The 2021 Escape from Moscow Lemons Rally - Conclusion You hoped we had forgotten, but no, here is the final review of this years Escape from Moscow rally. Rally master Jeff Stobbs joins us to review the event and we also had a chance to talk to two of the team members that drove a Peugot 505 for the event and ended up finishing on the po…
 
DwD 0273: Double Apex Turns On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we cover two of the potential ways to approach several turn types that you will encounter on a track. In longer turns/turns that require a large direction change like a 180 degree turn etc. In several of these turns it may be faster to try to get through the turn with a classic la…
 
GHIT 0272: Tim Bagnall - Starting a New Endurance Racing Team Tim Bagnall recently contacted us looking for getting started in endurance racing. We thought this could be a great episode and an informal 11th episode in our how to get started series that we had earlier this year (2021). Tim did most of the heavy lifting and asked us a ton of great qu…
 
DwD 0268: DwD Storytime - The One About Fred Lobster Trying to Kill Ben and Ann On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we have our second DwD Storytime episode where Ben recounts a recent track day event where he found a peculiarity in the “Fred Lobster” car that led to a weird issue where the steering and brakes would not respond. If this was a …
 
GHIT 0270: Jaime Garcia from the Race FF Podcast Reviews their Sonoma Endurance Race Jaime Garcia from the Race FF podcast returns to review his recent endurance race at Sonoma with the 24 Hours of Lemons. His team prepped their Toyota Corolla for the race for the last several weeks and had a great time at the event. They had a series of good and b…
 
It is day three of this years Escape from Moscow rally. Rally master Jeff Stobbs joins us for today's update and then we talk to one of the two brothers (Max) from the Great Race team that is participating in the rally in their '67 Plymouth Valiant (former) race car. Points are not yet updated to reflect today's events but who cares anyway? We will…
 
It is day two of this years Escape from Moscow rally. We interrupt the festivities at a local Korean restaurant for an update from Jeff Stobbs and two of the teams on the rally. Todays events have been quite lemony. We go through some of the highlights of the days journey and how the teams are coping with the itinerary and we have several teams "su…
 
If you ever wondered about what a Lemons Rally is, this series will cover the daily updates from this years Escape from Moscow rally. This year the rally started with a pre-event kickoff event at the local Circle Drive In theater and then the initial check in was at Montage Mountain ski resort. The end point for the rally is Road Atlanta in Brazlet…
 
DwD 0265: What to Do In A Turn On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we start off with a poor word choice and make the best of it. The real subject for this episode is what to pay attention to in a turn from pre-turn in all the way through track out. While there are many things to do and even more potential things to possibly do, we try to cover…
 
GHIT 0265: Kyle Lockrow Upcoming Professional Racing Driver Kyle is a racing driver who has worked his way from a grassroots racing hobby to a professional career that has reached the NASCAR level. We had the opportunity to talk with him about his history and how amateur racing and especially amateur endurance racing has helped him progress and imp…
 
DwD 0264: Improving Your Sense of Speed on Track On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk about ways to improve your sense of speed on a track. This includes the commonly referred to “butt dyno”, but can also include several other ways and several other senses that the driver can use to determine their relative speed as well as their absolu…
 
Do you know anyone who always wanted to drive on track but didn't think it was possible? Do you talk to people about driving on track and they don’t understand but you know they would? Do you want a bigger racing budget? Perhaps the CFO of the house isn’t involved in our sport (yet). Vicki and Bill have attended several Track Night In America event…
 
GHIT 0261: Our NJMP HPDE Event - Part Deux We had a large group of drivers at the recent NASA Northeast HPDE event at NJMP’s Lightning course. Since schedules did not fully coincide last week, we broke our group up into two different episodes. We start off with our usual goals for the weekend and cover how the event went. For this episode, we had A…
 
DwD 0260: Over Slowing for a Turn and A Few Ways to Stop On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk through the importance of the entry speed into a turn. One of the potential problems that comes in this area is learning how not to over slow for the turn. There is very little that can be done to make up for that lost time and speed. This can …
 
GHIT 0259: Paul Gerrard - Author of Optimum Drive, Professional Racing Driver and Coach, and Top Gear USA’s “The Stig” Do you REALLY want to be a great driver? If so, this is the episode for you. Paul Gerrard is the author of “Optimum Drive - The Roadmap to Driving Greatness” and he knows what driving greatness entails as he has competed at many of…
 
GHIT 0262: Jaime Garcia from the RaceFF podcast returns to Talk about his 1st wheel-to-wheel race and upcoming Endurance Racing Prep Jaime Garcia returns to discuss his first Honda Challenge H2 race which was his first ever wheel to wheel race and satisfied his lifelong goal. We also talk through his upcoming preparation for his new 24 Hours of Lem…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk about the two types of drivers we have on our team. Some of us approach track driving by overdriving the car and then backing down. Others of us approach the limit gradually working up to the limit. Both have their merits, but it is valuable to know what your default is and how to maximize your speci…
 
Joe Adams joins us for an in depth discussion of all the introductory questions that we had related to oil and what their analysis can reveal within your car’s engine. We start with what the oil is actually doing within your engine and how through use it can indicate either the oil degrading or the degradation of individual engine components. We al…
 
Part 1 of 2 On this episode, we cover our latest HPDE event at NJMP's Lightning track with NASA Northeast. The track and the weather was a bit cold but we had a great time and a large groups of drivers and cars. We even had all 4 levels of the HPDE groups covered with at least one driver in each. To make things even better, Jen and Vicki's sister D…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk through the common issues that many drivers have that some are much better setting the pace while leading another car and others are much faster trying to catch a car ahead of them. Are you a better leader? Or are you a better chaser or follower? Does it matter? Should it matter? We discuss our opini…
 
Kim Coffey has been a car girl from a very young age and has recently discovered her passion for driving her car at the limit. It all started with a Supra Sunday with NASA and once the hook was set, she was off. She loves and drives her 2020 Toyota Supra for HPDE events, autocrosses and has even started Sim racing. If that wasn’t enough, she often …
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we talk through the importance of optimizing the pressure in your tires. No doubt this is of great importance to the performance of the tire as well as affecting the wear characteristics of the tire. We go through what you should try to target and several methods that can be used to determine the optimum tir…
 
Tom Suddard is the Director of Marketing and Digital Assets at GRM. Tom’s first visit to our podcast was with zero notice and was at the invitation of Nine Live Racing’s Johnny C on episode #209 when we had our first episode on Aero. In spite of this, Tom decided to put up with us again in what we hope will be a long list of bad decisions in the fu…
 
In this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we discuss when your track car has an antilock braking system. We also discuss the other driver aides like stability control etc. being used on track. If you would like to help the podcast, you can subscribe to our podcast on the podcast provider of your choice. This includes the Apple podcast app, Google mu…
 
Did you ever wonder what a driving coach does for their driver? We were always curious. Ross Bentley was kind enough to show us the start of the process. Ross Bentley was kind enough to continue our tradition of having him on as a guest to help us celebrate every 50 episode anniversary. And as long as he keeps saying yes, we will keep asking him, l…
 
In this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we discuss the debate between fast hands and slow hands. The natural tendency of each driver varies, often by how they grew up. Go karters and autocrossers usually have a tendency to have faster hands. Ben discusses with us the usefulness of both and what we think of as the "proper" hand speed. Also, Ben sta…
 
Dave Peters started the HPDE Junkie website to help everyone to find a local HPDE track day by compiling every HPDE event across the United States at every track with every organization. He is an HPDE Junkie himself and has even had Ben Dawson as his coach early in his driving progression. The focus of this episode is on what an HPDE is and how to …
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we are finally able to discuss what lift off oversteer is thanks to a recent article that Bill found on the internet. At least we now know what it is and how we can address this potential issue on the track. The fourth time is the charm. Finally. Lol. If you would like to help the podcast, you can subscribe …
 
GHIT 0246: Our Autobahn Country Club HPDE 2021 Vicki and Bill attended the recent NASA Great Lakes HPDE at the Autobahn Country Club. It was the first time Vicki was on this track and she was in the HPDE 2 run group. Bill was in HPDE 4 and instructed a HPDE 1 student Saturday and Sunday. Bill also completed his MSF Level 2 instructor in car trainin…
 
In this Dominating with Dawson episode, we go over how to apply the throttle on a track, what our default habits are and the various reasons for deviating the application of the throttle. We also go into the various features of the track and the vehicle that may affect the application rate. We also try to cover what the desired throttle application…
 
The 91 Octane podcast is hosted by our two guests, Randy and Jon. The podcast focuses on car news and car culture, as well as their personal car passion related stories, including their projects and progression as drivers. They are based in Southern California, a hot bed for the world's car culture. They obviously love cars and we are excited to se…
 
In this Dominating with Dawson episode, we use a recent article by podcast friend Ross Bentley for this first installment of the If-Then Game. On this weeks episode, we focus on braking in track. Join us and play along with our two contestants from the Garage Heroes In Training Team. We are sure this will go into global syndication soon, lol. Speci…
 
Everyday Driver started as one of the early YouTube channels in 2007 and again they started an early podcast in 2014 that Bill first discovered in late August. The fundamental premise for Everyday Driver is that cars can and should be fun and they work tirelessly to help by testing virtually all types of new cars and many used cars. In addition, a …
 
Alex Levinson has a ton or racing and wrenching experience, especially with Miatas of all vintages. So when he "volunteered" to come over for a work weekend, we quickly lined up everything we could think of to finish up several projects on each of the team's 3 Miatas. However, our best laid plans did not come together as we had hoped. New car lift?…
 
In this Dominating with Dawson episode, Ben goes over his personal plateau story and what it means to be stuck at a driving plateau. To this point, our team has not been at a plateau and has been slowly or quickly improving to this point. One of the key areas to look at for breaking plateaus is to do something new or differently and learn from it. …
 
Jaime Garcia started the Race FF Podcast to share with everyone his racing and building progress and to help everyone get started in racing by showing them that it can be done. Since we have essentially the same goals, it was natural to have him on the podcast. As his podcast title indicates, Jaime races a Front engine Front wheel drive in both HPD…
 
It all started with a great idea, let’s go to an HPDE event with the hosts of the Shifting Points podcast. Audra had raced with us at the Thompson race in August and Jess & Kathy had visited for moral support and wanted to try track driving. There was a ladies event with MassTuning set for mid September. Sounds like a blast. Until it wasn’t. In wha…
 
On this issue of Dominating with Dawson, we play our jeopardy jargon game with Ben and go into the topic of (Bill lost his place) oppo lock or counter steer and how it can be used on track. You can subscribe to our podcast on the podcast provider of your choice, including the Apple podcast app, Google music, Amazon, and YouTube etc. Also, if you co…
 
Tim Fokine is a commercial pilot and also involved with the training of pilots, as such it was no surprise that he is involved with the training of drivers and instructors within NASA Great Lakes and a few other groups. Bill first met Tim in HPDE 2 at Mid Ohio and Tim was further motivated to progress quickly, lol. This past week however, like a ba…
 
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