Mazda Motorsports gave its club racers at the SCCA Runoffs the opportunity to have video and data reviewed by its pros at Indy. Did it help?
MazdaMotorsports.com has featured a lot of articles on coaching – the benefits, how to get the most out of a coaching session, how to find a coach. At the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mazda Motorsports made that last part easy; the team brought some of its professional drivers – Tom Long, Jonathan Bomarito and Joel Miller – to Indy to provide free video and data review for Mazda racers. But is a 30-minute review of video really going to help? Journalist turned club racer Richard S. James can say, unequivocally, that the answer is “yes.”
“Given the choice of the three drivers, I chose Tom for a couple of reasons,” says Richard. “First, I’ve done a lot of features with Tom over the years, so I feel like I know his presenting style. Second, he has a lot of time in Spec Miata, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and in developing the Global MX-5 Cup car, so I felt his experience was most relevant. And, finally, I was reasonably sure he wouldn’t laugh upon reviewing my video and data (I’m joking, of course – none of these professionals would laugh, no matter how much I gave them cause to).”