Driver Blog: Randy Pobst – PRI and the Track Drug

photo: Jim Haughey, K-PAX Racing

Driver Blog: Randy Pobst – PRI and the Track Drug

by Randy Pobst

 

Ed: Randy Pobst is a ten-time road-racing champion with over 70 professional wins. He’s also a friend of MotoIQ. When we bumped into Randy at the 2012 Performance Racing Industry Show last month we asked if he’d be willing to share some of his speed secrets in one of our driver’s blogs. And did he ever deliver. Sit back and read about what The Rocket has to say. It will do you good.   

 

photo: Performance Racing Industry

 

I go to PRI primarily as a racing driver looking for rides. Beyond that, I go just to troll the show making contacts. It’s who ya know in this business. I love talkin’ racin’ with the folks I run into, much more so than asking them for things. This has definitely held me back in my career. Take my advice you gotta stick your neck out. Push your nose in there. Not too far, of course, but enough that the racing community knows you are looking for a drive.  

 

photo: Jim Haughey, K-PAX Racing

 

I have a great deal going with the K-PAX Volvo S60 in Pirelli World Challenge GT. That ride is my priority for next season, but that’s only nine weekends a year, kids. I wanna race more! How ‘bout you? For years I have had a primary and a secondary series, sometimes even a third. Racing is such a feel-good drug for me and I am admittedly hopelessly addicted. It’s powerful. If it has been a while…two weeks is enough…then I need a fix. The longer I am away from the track, the worse my urge to race becomes. Track days help, especially if I get offers to drive cars – the faster the better. Low-power cars work too, because everything is fast in the corners, and the straights make for a anticipatory buildup. The longer the straight, the greater the thrill in the brake zone and corner.  


photo: Chadbee Photography

 

Recently I was a guest of Chin Motorsports for one of their track days at Road Atlanta – just the fix I needed. Co-manager, Maria Hicks let me take her around at speed in their supercharged Acura NSX. That was a good injection mainlined straight to the bloodstream. My first impression was that the mid-engined Acura was a little loose on entry, nervous on brake application and good on exit. We tried a couple quick shock adjustments on their new JRZ’s, to little effect. That only means we did not yet find the cause of the issue. Remember, if you have trouble figuring out what happened after that last change to the chassis, then face it, nothing happened. Often that is the best answer you can give. If you’re not immediately aware of the change, or worse, make something up, you’re gonna just chase your tail. And if you’re working with a pro engineer, he’ll immediately know he cannot trust what you say.  


photo: Jim Haughey, K-PAX Racing

 

At Road Atlanta I also tried a Spec Boxster, Porsche Club’s version of Spec Miata. A hard-core racetrack machine, if not especially powerful, it was still satisfying to drive flat out – which just happens to be my style. This Boxster was on old tires, and got loose mid-corner, but because the suspension is spec, so we discussed ways to stabilize that, which shall remain secret for the sake of the generous owner who put me in the car.

 

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