MEMBER NEWS: SiF SPEED SECRETS, GANASSI’S 30TH, BINKS RETIRES, PTD BACK IN AUGUST, IMAGE OF THE WEEK

ROSS BENTLEY REVEALS HIS SPEED SECRETS FOR SAFEisFAST – PART 1

What sort of secret tips do Driving Coaches really whisper into drivers’ ears to help them go faster?

To find out we turned to Ross Bentley, one of the most sought-after Driving Coaches in North America. Ross has coached many of today’s top drivers and has authored a host of books and videos on how to go fast.

We brought Ross to the race track and grilled him for hours to see if we could find those final tenths.

I think our multi-part series will open your eyes as to what it takes to really go fast.  

We begin with part one of Ross’s Top Ten Speed Secrets.

Bobby Rahal
SAFEisFAST.com

 

CHIP GANASSI LAUNCHES 30th ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN

Chip Ganassi Racing, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this season, kicked off the truncated NTT IndyCar Series with a victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Ganassi’s five-time series champion Scott Dixon scored his 47th career victory, third behind A.J. Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52).

Ganassi is currently fielding five cars across the NASCAR Cup Series and the IndyCar Series. CGR, which began in 1990, is recognized as one of the most successful teams in the motorsports industry with 19 championships and more than 220 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, eight Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Scott Dixon takes the checkered flag to win the delayed IndyCar season opener at Texas Motor Speedway. The race marked the successful competition introduction of the new aeroscreen enclosed cockpit. [AP Image]

 

DAN BINKS RETIRES FROM PRATT & MILLER

After 38 years, Dan Binks is retiring from racing to devote his time to the automotive performance and restoration shop he runs, plus support Camp Anokijig which he attended as a youth in Wisconsin near Road America.

Binks has been one of the most successful crew chiefs in road racing for nearly four decades, first having guided numerous championship efforts in the 1980s and ‘90s with Tommy Kendall in Mazdas and Roush Racing Fords. Dan and Tommy cut a swath through IMSA GTU, SCCA Trans-Am and IMSA GTP.

In 2002, Binks joined Pratt & Miller in a relationship that lasted until last week when he rolled his tool box out shop door. In lock-step with team principal Gary Pratt and program manager Doug Fehan, Binks made stellar contributions in the garage and the racing pits that were integral in the rise of Corvette as the most successful American team in international road racing.

Dan Binks waves from LeMans podium 2009. [Kevin Wood/LAT Image]

 

PERFORMANCE TRACK REOPENING AUGUST 13

As North America continues to reopen following a several month shutdown, Performance Track Day is back in business, beginning with a one-day program at Sebring International Raceway, August 13. Factory Acura Team Penske drivers Dane Cameron and Ricky Taylor will join PTD founders Darren Law and Johnny O’Connell as instructors at the unique on-track experience.

 

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

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