A handy piece of advice to remember during track days is that no one will remember you driving slowly, but they will remember if you crash. When presented with a track day, most of us leap at the opportunity to get behind the wheel. And why wouldn’t we? It’s a chance to stretch our legs and test our own limits. But if you get the opportunity to ride shotgun with someone with vastly more skill than you—a racing instructor, for instance—you should jump at it. Recently, Ford flew me up to Michigan to test out the new, 2019 Shelby GT350 at M1 Concourse in Pontiac. It was an unfamiliar car that didn’t belong to me, running at an unfamiliar track. On my mind was to be as careful as possible with it during my laps. I’m not ashamed to say that I can’t heel-toe for shit because I just haven’t had the opportunity to practice enough, and I also didn’t know the car as well as those Ford guys did. So I was happy to have them take me out for a few laps to see what it was capable of. You can’t set a goal for yourself if you don’t know where to aim, after all. Given that I had already taken a few laps myself, I had a basic understanding of what the car could do. Riding shotgun with the pros was, I figured, a way of cementing my initial impressions. I went out with both Keith Weston,… [Read full story]
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