“There are 1,000 channels of information coming at you and you have to figure out what are the most important ones,” explained GT racer Andy Lally after getting his first taste of racing in Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup last fall at Sebring. “There are probably 20 important things and all the rest are white noise. You kind of check off the box – OK, that vibration is fine, that little bit of slide, that compliance, that rebound … all those things are OK; check it off the list and think, ‘OK, next time I feel that, I can ignore it.’ You focus and whittle down to the things you need to feel.
“You have to figure it out – is it the tire, or the car,” Lally continued. “Is the tire always going to do that or is there something that I can do with the shock, the spring, the swaybar to make the car better? The answer is almost always ‘yes.’”