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Sim Racing in VR Part 1 (Primer)

I’m not sure I actually enjoy sim racing yet. I’ve used sims such as iRacing to learn a new track in the past but never jumped in the competitive ‘deep end’ of the sim so to speak. I’ve always been more drawn to the fps and arcade style genres. Games where you function at 100 percent intensity. Perhaps that is where a distinction could be drawn as iRacing isn’t...

A Lap Around Memphis International Raceway 944spec

I want this article to serve as a primer for running the road course at Memphis International Raceway and help new drivers come up to speed quickly. Memphis is a short, rough and very rewarding track to drive with a surprising amount of nuance.

Is the Season Over? A Racer’s Guide to Coping with 2020.

The current Covid-19 outbreak is wreaking havoc around the globe. Over the last two weeks we’ve watched world economies shutter as more countries go from a wait and see approach to varying degrees of quarantine. Italy appears to be a turning point in response and as evidenced by the toilet paper hoarding, people are panicking. I’m not here to say whether this level of panic from...

2020 Season Preview

With the recent activity on the site, more than a few of you have clued in on my new year’s resolution. In the spirit of keeping that resolution, and perhaps helping my sanity during the off-season, let’s keep this thing rolling and discuss the 2020 season, plans, goals, etc…

Learning Autobahn Country Club

This was a unique experience and I put a lot more thought and effort into this than I originally planned. What does it take to learn a new race track? What about learning a track with effectively zero prep? These are two questions I was faced with recently when I had the opportunity to drive Autobahn Country Club in August of 2018, sight unseen. And as I said in the race article, this was not a...

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Herron), Firefox 3, WordPress 2.5 File Uploader Hack

Ever since I upgraded to WordPress 2.5 / 2.5.1 and Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Herron) which comes with Firefox 3 Beta 5 as the default browser, I have had sporadic errors with the file uploader in WordPress. Specifically, when trying to upload an image, more often than not, the browse and upload buttons will instantly disappear and will be replaced by the choose files to upload button which does nothing...

NOPI Drift St. Louis (2008)

As I said on the news page, the 2008 Nopi Drift event in St. Louis Missouri was somewhat of a let down this year. Given, the event was larger than last year which was great but unfortunately, the layout was also changed and really separated the spectators from the action. However, this was more than likely due to the management at Gateway International Speedway but I will explain none the less...

Aftermarket Lady Lumps

And no I am not talking about breast implants. What I want to know is do titties make your car faster? Do they make you a better driver? Hell, I bet a purist would argue the converse and tell you that smaller is lighter and therefore better. Regardless, I received a flyer recently for a first annual drift and drag event sponsored by a local drift club and something caught my attention as slightly...

A Tribute to Colin McRae (1968 – 2007)

I am writing this now because in all honesty I didn’t know what to say when this first happened. No, I never had the honor of meeting Colin McRae but I remember staying glued to the TV for hours on end watching him fling the Subaru Impreza WRX rally car around countless rallys all throughout the world. McRae’s driving was literally supernatural and in fact, I can say that he is one of...

Contradictologists Stroking their Egorections

I don’t have a Ph.D. so I lack the credentials to make up words but even so this ridiculous topic requires just that special kind of phrase that can only be used to describe that special kind of internet Nazi, the contradictologist. The controdictologist is the guy that we all love to hate. He’s the guy that lurks around any technical discussion and only chimes in when he can catch...

Oops, I got too comfortable with open source.

I messed up. I got so comfortable with open source software that I neglected the internet explorer crowd. To all of you using internet explorer for your browser needs I offer my most sincere and humble apology. I will go ahead and tell you what happened so the people who already live in browser bliss will know what the hell I am talking about. Basically, each web page you view is just a set of...

Introduction – What is Drifting?

According to the all knowing wikipedia: “Drifting refers to the difference in slip angle between the front and rear tires of a car. When the rear wheels are slipping at a greater angle than the front wheels, the car is drifting, or over-steering. The rear end of the car appears to chase the front end around a turn, while the front tires control the actual direction of the car.- wikipedia...

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community over 10 years ago and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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