My approach to driver coaching, whether I am working with an established Indy-Car driver or a young driver just starting up the racing ladder is the same, I work to pull all the tools necessary together that they need to achieve success.
When I first started private coaching in 1991 after working at a racing school since 1981, it was a pretty much a straightforward job. Was the driver putting the car on line? Maximizing the braking? Staying calm in the car? It has now grown into a sport where thousandths of a second count, and time on the track in a car at any level is expensive.
I take the approach that the driver is a twenty four hour a day athlete, where everything they do can affect their performance on the track from their fitness level to how well they understand the data that comes off the car.
From those basic building blocks of fitness and nutrition, to pre event preperation with notes and video, to working at the event to make sure that they are driving to their potential, and not only absorbing data but providing strong feedback to the team, I work to help the driver get the most they can from themselves. I observe from the corners and use tools, like video, that is then analyzed with the most advanced software available, and help show the driver where those very valuable bits of lost time are and how to get them. Post event I supply notes that set goals for the next event and remind the driver what was worked on and help them focus on the tasks ahead.
My goal is to teach, not just instruct you to do something, but to have you understand why and what you are doing so that it becomes a tool that is with you moving forward. Ultimately as a coaching relationship matures we should become collaborative and be working as a team together to achieve success.
I do not "specialize" in one series or class of racing, and I work with champions as well as drivers just getting started, I think this keeps me fresh and engaged and learning myself.