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A motorsports show for club racers. Engineer Samir Abid talks to motorsports Pros on your behalf so you can learn, be inspired and improve your racing performance.
For more FREE resources visit --> https://www.yourdatadriven.com

Your Data Driven Podcast Your Data Driven

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

A motorsports show for club racers. Engineer Samir Abid talks to motorsports Pros on your behalf so you can learn, be inspired and improve your racing performance.
For more FREE resources visit --> https://www.yourdatadriven.com

    Ep45 John Shoffner From GT3 Racing To Space

    Ep45 John Shoffner From GT3 Racing To Space

    Today I'm delighted to welcome John Shoffner to the show. Husband of a previous guest, the amazing Janine Shoffner, John is another incredible person. A successful GT racer and entrepreneur, John Shoffner is also a pilot .. oh ... and he's about to go to the International Space Station. Yes that's right, John is going to become a real life astronaut. This is a fascinating discussion, I apologises now for making only fleeting references to motorsports!, although we do discuss how Johns motorsports experiences have helped him in his astronaut preparations. John has a great story and share lots behind the scenes insights I'm sure you'll find interesting. Maybe ditch the pad today, and simply grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy listening to what John has to say.

    [7:40] How to get into racing 

    [15:12] Meeting, and being trained by, Sabine Schmitz

    [21:15] How to crash!

    [27:12] How do you become an astronaut?

    [34:34] What is it like to be astronaut today (verses in the 60's?)

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    Links mentioned in the show:

    - John Shoffner's race team website http://j2-racing.com/

    - Learn about Axiom and becoming an astronaut https://www.axiomspace.com/

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    Perfectly setup your racecar. Master data analysis. Drive faster @ https://www.yourdatadriven.com

    Get Ahead of the Curve - Weekly motorsports wisdom you can read in 5 minutes, for free --> https://yourdatadriven.ck.page/3d029366d9

    • 45 min
    Ep44 John Santiago On The Garage As A Community

    Ep44 John Santiago On The Garage As A Community

    Today I'm delighted to welcome John Santiago to the show. Dr John has a long history in motorsports as a participant and instructor. John Santiago is also a philosopher and has managed to blend his passion for teaching and motorsports into an amazing project called the Community Garage. 

    We discuss how they are using motorsports to make learning more engaging and fun for young people. We also discuss how you can become a better learner. Learning to learn if you like! This is a good one so as ever, grab a pen, grab a coffee, sit back and let's hear what John Santiago has to say.

    [2:52] What is the community garage?

    [10:42] How accountability in motorsports helps you develop as a driver (and person)

    [22:22] What "civilians" think of motorsports (and how they miss the point) 

    [37:17] What is the best way to introduce new drivers to high-performance track driving?

    [41:36] The importance of getting the basics right (and what they are)

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    Links mentioned in the show:

    - John Santiago's education project - https://www.thecommunitygarage.org/

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    Perfectly setup your racecar. Master data analysis. Drive faster @ https://www.yourdatadriven.com

    Get Ahead of the Curve - Weekly motorsports wisdom you can read in 5 minutes, for free --> https://yourdatadriven.ck.page/3d029366d9

    • 52 min
    Ep43. Janine Shoffner On Learning To Race At The Green Hell

    Ep43. Janine Shoffner On Learning To Race At The Green Hell

    Janine Shoffner is quite an incredible lady. An ex-professional sports skydiver and free-fall photographer, Janine Shoffner now completes on the World Endurance GT stage, including doing completing a whole 4 hour race alone at the Nordscheife. We discuss how a chance track day outing lead to her being training by the late-great Sabine Schmitz and sparking a life long passion for racing. Janine Shoffner shares tips you can try on fitness and mental preparation as well as many other fun stories along the way.

    [6:24] Learning to sky dive with the SAS

    [14:42] How to spend 2 years finding the perfect car (and discovering track days)

    [17:57] How did you get started in Motorsports (and drinking with Sabine Schmitz)

    [25:40] Transitioning from track days to racing (spec Mazda Miata's)

    [30:59] Becoming a master of your own mind

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    Links mentioned in the show:

    - Janine Shoffner race team website http://j2-racing.com/

    - Technology mentioned in the show https://nucalm.com/, https://www.whoop.com/en-gb/, https://life.bemergroup.com/

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    Perfectly setup your racecar. Master data analysis. Drive faster @ www.yourdatadriven.com

    Get Ahead of the Curve - Weekly motorsports wisdom you can read in 5 minutes, for free --> https://yourdatadriven.ck.page/3d029366d9

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep42 Andre Lafond On Deciding To Follow The Dream To Race Indycars

    Ep42 Andre Lafond On Deciding To Follow The Dream To Race Indycars

    Andre Lafond is a future star Indycar driver currently racing Formula Ford here in the UK. In this show we discuss what it takes to make that decision to go all in on a career driving racing cars. We talk about the role of coaching and how to give the most useful driver feedback to your engineers and crew. Andre Lafond also gives us some surprising tips about how he uses mountain biking to help with his mental, as well as physical, preparation.

    [4:00] What does it take to commit to becoming a professional racing driver? 

    [14:50] How different are karts and racecars? 

    [23:01] How can you learn from watching other drivers?

    [31:52] Tips for working with engineers or your support crew

    [38:33] What is the different between a coach and an instructor?

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    Links mentioned in the show:

    - Follow Andre Lafond's progress here - https://andrelafondracing.com/

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    Perfectly setup your racecar. Master data analysis. Drive faster @ www.yourdatadriven.com

    Get Ahead of the Curve - Weekly motorsports wisdom you can read in 5 minutes, for free --> https://yourdatadriven.ck.page/3d029366d9

    • 50 min
    Ep41 Paul Fickers On Using Simulation To Tune Your Cars Handling

    Ep41 Paul Fickers On Using Simulation To Tune Your Cars Handling

    Today I'm joined by ex-F1 suspension guru Paul Fickers. Paul Fickers has worked has been developing suspension systems on road and racing cars for nearly 30 years. He has also developed a quite astounding suspension development tool within Excel. In his own words it got completely out of hand! We discuss all things suspension, how you can do the basics right and what the basics even are. We do get a little nerdy at times but its a great conversation and if you've ever had questions about how your car's suspension works, then this will be perfect for you. So without further ado, grab your notepad, grab a coffee, sit back and lets hear what Paul Fickers has to say. 

    [4:06] How to build a suspension analysis tool in Excel

    [13:25] Why multi-link suspensions are good (if complex!)

    [23:50] Why the nature of suspension systems make racing so exciting

    [33:33] How simulation is still useful even though they are not 100% accurate

    [43:11] How to (and the important of) building trust between engineer and driver 

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    Links mentioned in the show:

    - Pauls epic simulation software (for the confident!) http://www.dynatune-xl.com/

    - 10 Step damper tuning process http://www.dynatune-xl.com/uploads/1/2/6/7/12673370/dynatune-xl_10_step_damping.pdf

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    Perfectly setup your racecar. Master data analysis. Drive faster @ www.yourdatadriven.com

    Get Ahead of the Curve - Weekly motorsports wisdom you can read in 5 minutes, for free --> https://yourdatadriven.ck.page/3d029366d9

    • 53 min
    Ep40 Elite Cyclist Dan Bigham On Apply F1 Thinking To Win At Any Level

    Ep40 Elite Cyclist Dan Bigham On Apply F1 Thinking To Win At Any Level

    Today I'm joined by Elite cyclist Dan Bigham. Dan Bigham is not only a multiple track cycling champion and British record holder, but he is also a very talented engineer. Currently Dan Bigham works as a Performance Engineer under David Brailsford at the INEOS cycling team. In the past he has been an aerodynamics engineer for the Mercedes F1 team, plus he has even worked for me! In this episode we explore what it takes to win in cycling and how you can apply that in your own motorsports. There are more parallels than you might think. It was a real pleasure to catchup again with Dan and I really hope you get a lot from what he has to say. So without further a-do, grab your notepad, grab a coffee, sit back and lets hear what Dan Bigham has to say.

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    [4:55] How (and why) to simplify the complexity of motorsport

    [14:55] Why socks matter - and the idea of making your life easier to go faster

    [20:38] The power of being confident to always be open to learning

    [30:00] Competing is the competition of preparation too

    [38:18] How is coaching different to instructing? 



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    Links mentioned in the show:

    - Dan's book - https://www.shopforwatts.co.uk/products/start-at-the-end-book

    - Dan's cycling business - https://www.shopforwatts.co.uk/

    - Dan's day job - https://www.ineosgrenadiers.com/

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    Perfectly setup your racecar. Master data analysis. Drive faster @ www.yourdatadriven.com

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

BoogieFries ,

Great techy-but-pragmatic style

I’ve listened to a whole bunch of these podcast episodes and I really enjoy Samir’s techy-but-pragmatic conversational style. It’s clear that he is smart but humble and still trying to learn and improve like the rest of us. Subscribe and listen!

Peter Greg ,

Podcast 39

Really enjoyed the info about how to guide drivers into giving the engineers the info that can better help them understand what actually needs to be changed in a set up. Blind verses structured focus was also interesting and relates to my work as an internal tester for a SIM developer. These podcasts are packed with gems of experience you won’t find in most places. Would recommend them highly to anyone looking to save time by further understanding the relationships between driver, engineer, and the car.

CPMaverick3 ,

Excellent and entertaining resource

This podcast caters towards people with motorsport as a hobby or that are just getting started in the industry. However the guests are typically have a high level of experience. The podcast's goal of getting them to distill and simplify their advice to the basics I find really fascinating. I am a professional in the industry and decided to listen when I saw some of my peers on the pod. Even for experienced motorsport people I think there's a lot to be learned.

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