I'm not sure who's sponsoring the event, but this Saturday Scottsdale Porsche/Audi here in Phoenix is hosting a performance driving school, with instruction in the morning and hot laps in the afternoon. My sales rep called and asked if I wanted to participate, and that Scottsdale Audi would pick up the tab. Of course I said HELL YES!<p>So, for those of you who have taking or taught courses, raced, etc., what should I be aware of going in?<p>Can't wait to hit the track,<br>Rob O<br>--the forecast is for rain too, so maybe we'll get an extra tutorial on the benefits of quattro!
12-03-1998, 11:47 AM
12-03-1998, 03:20 PM
...don't feel like you have to compete with anybody, but do try to push yourself a little. You'll be amazed what your A4 can do! Most of all, HAVE FUN, and let us know how it went.<p>Rich D.
12-03-1998, 04:10 PM
Rob...I will email you later with my unexperienced viewpoint of your latest undertaking.<br>Sounds like fun.<p>Steve S.<br>97 2.8QM
12-03-1998, 05:14 PM
My wife and I did track days at Road Atlanta this past weekend. We have a 1.8T QMS and it was incredible! This weekend was my wife's first time on a trackl, and she had a great time.<p>I think the A4 is a great beginners track car. Its sooo stable and forgiving, yet it will go fast with very little effort, it also has a way of forcing you to be smoooooooth which is very important.<p>Just remember, the A4 seems to have a propensity toward trail-braking oversteer, which is when your hard on the brakes and you begin turning, the rear can come around. I have a quattro and it was extremely controlable though. Perhaps less so with the FWD? Just make sure you're done braking before you begin cranking on that wheel. <p>If you learn the proper line around the track, the speed will come. Take it smooth and easy, you'll find that your alot faster at the end of the day because you took your time and learned how to drive rather than learned how to stay out of the armco.<p>Avoid "The Red Mist" and keep your ego in check Its real easy to get pumped on all that adrenalin and get so tunnel visioned you think your (place your favorite driver's name here) It happens to everyone who has been on a track. I find that how hard you're gripping the steering wheel is a good gage. This sounds goofy, but do a mental check when you get on the straights. Loosen up that grip a little if ya have to and relax, remember smoooooth.<p>Oh ya, If you do touring laps like my wife did (instructor leads, everyone follows) I noticed that everybody bunched up so much that people had to pay more attention to not hitting the person in front of them, rather than learning to drive. Be the last in the group if possible so you don't have to worry about an idiot rear ending you, and hang back so you don't have to worry about the idiots in front.<p>Have Fun!!<p>Enzo
12-03-1998, 06:33 PM
BTW -- on of my favorite drivers is WRC Champ Collin McRae, so I don't think I want to drive like him, at least not in *my* car!<p>Can't wait to turn laps. Thanks again,<p>Rob O
12-03-1998, 06:34 PM
I'm going to try and avoid both at any rate.<p>I'll watch for your e-mail.<br>Later,<p>Rob O<br>--Soon to be *official* driving stud, as opposed to *self proclaimed* driving stud!
12-03-1998, 06:39 PM
I rarely get to put the true purpose of quattro to use here in the desert, so why not while I'm practicing tutored hi-per driving? ; )<p>Thanks,<br>Rob O
12-03-1998, 06:40 PM
12-03-1998, 06:50 PM
Email is coming...I am just formulating my response.<p>Steve S.<br>97 2.8QM
12-05-1998, 08:16 AM
Who's your rep.? I just bought a 99 A4 Quattro from Scottsadale Porsche/Audi and I never heard a thing... I would have loved to attend. I'm definetly going to give them a heads up Monday so I can get in on the next event.<p>Don K