Want to track your improvement? Get a driver’s log.

If you follow professional racing, you’ll see how drivers have telemetry, which helps to track and measure his performance during sessions. As the majority of amateur drivers do not have access to telemetry systems, one of the key instruments they can use to track their development is a driver’s log.

Having a log allows the driver to keep notes of his key learnings while at the track. Each driver should tailor their own for their own specific needs. However in general, a log can be used for the following uses:

  1. To track the number of hours logged on track
  2. To track lap times through sessions
  3. To track set up changes on the car,
  4. To track changes to track condition due to weather.
  5. To log track notes and reference markers to use to negotiate the track.
  6. To brainstorm solutions to problems, either with the car or the track
  7. To develop learning strategies which help for the next time that he is in the car
  8. To note advice given by mentors
  9. As a contact log for people that he meets surrounding his racing career.

If you don’t have one, I would recommend creating one. Don’t think of a driver’s log as just a diary, think of it as a development journal which allows you to track your progress. Like any development tool, it’s only helpful for the driver if he consistently uses it.

Get in the habit of logging your progress. When you look back, you’ll be amazed how far you’ve come!

(Note: I will be defining the driver in the masculine tense throughout these articles, only because it makes it easier for me to write. (He, him, etc.) In reality, racing drivers can be both male and female. I actually encourage more women to get on the racetrack and start mixing it up!)

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