Jeff Kiesel Part two Star Wars or Star Trek

This is part 1of Jeff Kiesel’s interview.

With the final question for you – Star Wars or Star Trek??

I actually used his advice of make a change if you feel like it at Nationals here in 2018 on day one when after the first run I needed some rear grip so I added toe in between runs two and three.

Jeff has won a lot as evidence he has the longest Streak of SCCA Solo National Championships for Men with 12 autocross wins.

What stand out to me is how much family matters to him and how much of a family sport autocross is for him. (And as of 2018 his family has the most SCCA Solo National Championships.)

If you are hoping to buy the bug eye listen to find out more…(or do we talk about that I part 2?)  Listen in for his autocross insights, tips and a few stories!
Some of Jeff’s Autocross Accomplishments:
1st – Longest Consecutive-Years Winning Streak, Men – 12 years (2006-17)
1st – Longest Personal Event Win Streak, Men – 12 years (2006-16)
1st – Most Family Championships – 25 (Jeff 12, Shawn 11, Zak 2)
5th – Most Championships, Men – 12
5th – Widest Margin of Victory, open class 21-30 cars – 4.726-sec, EM 2010 6th – Widest Margin of Victory, open class 11-20 cars – 6.048-sec, EM 2013
Jeff’s company has been giving away Guitars for several years now to the top PAX winners as well as Pro Solo Overall Champions.
I had no clue how custom Kiesel Guitars can be.  See them at .com/
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Jeff Kiesel of Kiesel Family Racing is this shows guest Part 1

This is part 1of Jeff Kiesel’s interview.

Jeff has won a lot as evidence he has the longest Streak of SCCA Solo National Championships for Men with 12 autocross wins.

What stand out to me is how much family matters to him and how much of a family sport autocross is for him. (And as of 2018 his family has the most SCCA Solo National Championships.)

If you are hoping to buy the bug eye listen to find out more…(or do we talk about that I part 2?)  Listen in for his autocross insights, tips and a few stories!
Some of Jeff’s Autocross Accomplishments:
1st – Longest Consecutive-Years Winning Streak, Men – 12 years (2006-17)
1st – Longest Personal Event Win Streak, Men – 12 years (2006-16)
1st – Most Family Championships – 25 (Jeff 12, Shawn 11, Zak 2)
5th – Most Championships, Men – 12
5th – Widest Margin of Victory, open class 21-30 cars – 4.726-sec, EM 2010 6th – Widest Margin of Victory, open class 11-20 cars – 6.048-sec, EM 2013

Jeff’s company has been giving away Guitars for several years now to the top PAX winners as well as Pro Solo Overall Champions.
I had no clue how custom Kiesel Guitars can be.  See them at .com/

You can contact me at www.AutocrossTalk.com or on our Facebook Page.  I like input and feed back!! Thanks for listening and saying Hi! Kinch

Randy Pobst is on the show, Autocross Champion, World Champion Pro Racer

Most of you know Randy Pobst the World Champion Pro Racer with over 60 wins but did you know he started autocrossing at the age of 19.

He has Solo National and Pro Solo championships.

And you see his article every month in Sports Car Magazine.

Randy Pobst in the 1977 VW rabbit at SCCA Solo Nationals Autocross
Randy Pobst in the 1977 VW rabbit at SCCA Solo Nationals Autocross
Randy Pobst at SCCA Solo Nationals 2018
Randy Pobst at SCCA Solo Nationals 2018
Randy Pobst at SCCA Solo Nationals 2018
Randy Pobst at SCCA Solo Nationals 2018

This interview is before his return to solo nationals (a 30 year break to give us some time to practice) where he will be driving a 1977 VW Rabbit yet again this time in FSP.

Listen in and hear great stories -he remembers it all- as well as great insights and tips. I really think I know a lot more about shocks and weight transfer after his explanation.

And can you answer his question(s) – Visit our Facebook page to interact.

I forgot to ask him if he has raced in the Rolex 24….If not I hear he would like to so please connect him :)

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Hear from Cindy Duncan Driver of the Year and SCCA Autocross SOLO National Champion

Cindy Duncan is a SCCA Solo National Autocross Champion and Driver of the Year winner.

She describes Autocross people as her people.

Listen in to hear her story.  I am still thinking about Sam’s tip to run more gas for her Mustang (A good experiment although a heavy one 😉

She is very involved with her club.

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Rachel Baker is this weeks Autocross Guest

Rachel Baker is this weeks guest.

She has championships in SMFO in 2014 and ASL in 2016.
She brings speed color and smiles with her to Autocrosses and some of that color in the form of hats and dresses.
She is the first flutist that I know of on the show :)
She is currently competing in the street and her Porsche Cayman S.
Learn how many miles you put on her bike in a season, which car she does not want to talk about and much much more and this autocross talk podcast.

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Rachel Baker and Perry Bennett
Rachel Baker and Perry Bennett
Rachel Baker's Porsche Cayman S
Rachel Baker’s Porsche Cayman S

Kevin Dietz National Champion is this weeks fast guest

Kevin Dietz is this weeks guest and he just won the Super Challenge in Arkansas (after we recorded this podcast).

Learn about how Autocross has become more than just competition for Kevin, its become part of his family!

Kevin Dietz Autocrosser National Champion autocrossing his STR Honda S2000
Kevin Dietz Autocrosser S2000

Kevin’s award include

Roger Johnson Spirit of the Sport Award, 2007

2006 CS Autocross National Championship in a Pontiac Solstice

He has won 16 trophies at Solo Nationals.

Kevin shares his journey of autocross and shares about his business Jim’s Detail Shop.

Kevin Dietz Autocrosser National Champion
Kevin Dietz Autocrosser National Champion
Kevin Dietz Autocrosser National Champion with ASP Porsche
Kevin Dietz Autocrosser National Champion with ASP Porsche

Larry MacLeod your 2017 KM ProSolo National Champion

Larry MacLeod is this shows guest.

He is your 2017 KM ProSolo National Champion in Autocross.

This was a fun call with Larry MacLeod also known as Lefty (catch that funny story toward the end).

He has been autocrossing a Kart for a long time and driving them fast (Lots of National Trophies).  He did start in a car like most of us.

He covers at lot of tips for karts including:
Practice shifting at a track
If it’s quiet down shift, lout upshift
Jetting
Logging events (temp, altitude…)
Physical Aspect
As well as his metal game, prosolo thoughts, course walks etc

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Annie Gill and Jamie Yost are this show guest

This was an in person interview with Annie Gill and Jamie Yost here in Colorado.

They both have been driving for quite a while and are friend so we did the combo interview.

I’ve gotten to know Annie over the years of seeing her at many pro solo’s and she even stored a Type R for me once to keep it safe.

I’ve raced with Jamie and her husband Jay off and on over the past 10 years.

Annie had a streak of 14 ladies class trophies in a row.

She was STXL champion 2014,2015 and 2016.

She was the ladies challenge winner in Packwood in 2014.

2017 Solo Nationals Rookies Show 2

This is the second show for 2017 Autocross SCCA Solo National Rookies Series.  It was fun to hear their insights and experiences.  The may be rookie racers but most of them have autocrossed for quite some time.  So their insights and racing tips are that much more helpful.

This show features four guests.  If you’ve listened to the previous show and this one you will notice some similar advice and comments like: The grip level is quite high in Lincoln so make practice runs on the test course.

  • Terrance Pearson – ES  Mazda Mazdaspeed Miata   (Alaska)
  • Gordon Kuhnley – STR – 2000 Honda S2000
  • Eric Less – Kart Modified – 2018 Briel Kart
  • Dan Simms – AS – 2009 Corvette Z06 – 1:11

Who else will catch my reference to Lincoln Airport instead of Forbes Field where we had Nationals back in the early 2000’s.

2017 Solo Nationals Rookies Show One

This is the first show for 2017 SCCA Solo National Rookies Series.  It was fun to hear their insights and experiences as well as to get to know some of the newer autocrossers.

This show features four guests.

  • D.J. David Alessandrini – C Street 2017 Mazda Miata
  • Greg Tarantino –  F Modified  1937 Chevrolet Legend
  • Haley Nicole Oosterhof – D Street Ladies  2014 Subaru BRZ
  • Brad Herley – B Street  2008 Honda S2000

Who else will catch my reference to Lincoln Airport instead of Forbes Field where we had Nationals back in the early 2000’s.

This show features Dave Ogburn who is a multi time SCCA Autocross National Champion and road racer

This show features Dave Ogburn who is a multi time SCCA National Champion.

7 trips to Solo Nats, 6 trophies.

2 National Championships
A-Stock in 2011 (C5 Corvette)
C-Street in 2015 (Scion FR-S).

Triad winner in 2015 (C-Street).
3 seasons of ProSolo – 2013 – 3rd in ESP class points, 2014 – 2nd in ESP class points, 2015 – 2nd in C-Street class points

Here are some links and videos from things we discussed:

He mentioned the book “Driving on the Edge” by Michael Krumm.  It’s a book I really liked – Driving On The Edge: The Art and Science of Race Driving – Revised and Updated Second Edition

His website: http://www.yawmomentracing.com/

His Facebook page: www.facebook.com/YawMomentRacing
Runs from 2015 Solo Nats in the FR-S:
West – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrYrvtvoJvU
East –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLHRhIQTIIo

Drifting practice after a test day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHf4qjMbbSY

Winning run in 2011 where I turned the radio off mid-run (about the 34s mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UKEju2SaBMA typical test course we setup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoMXIGcb92s

Shifter kart racing onboard from 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyZldOwR1Xs

Street race in the TAG Kart in Ohio in 2009: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D_HZzhXWrQHe also road races but still comes back and autocrosses.

He shares a lot of insights, tips and thoughts for racing from the mental side to setup.

He worked at Honda R&D as a design engineer on suspension and had the MDX front suspension as a project. Interesting hearing how bushings on cars can impact your suspension and thus handling.

He now drives cars on a pad we should be using for auto cross in San Angelo Texas. He says he has learned a ton driving on all season tires. Don’t challenge he or Lane Borg his coworker and codriver this year since they get a lot of practice!

He mentions that if you are slow in a certain type of car it might point to a weakness you can improve.

He has been autocrossing with his dad for many years and continues to do so at Nationals.

Biggest improvement has been on the mental side. He also reads a previous guests books…Ross Bentley Inner Speed Secrets: Mental Strategies to Maximize Your Racing Performance

He watches the other competitors and likes to stay calm and relaxed rather than feeling any stress.

He did quite a bit of TAG Kart Racing…who else wants a kart for the track?

Biggest key he learned in karts was getting to the limit and learning to feel it.

He has autocrosses a D Street Nissan Sentra as well as a 350Z Convertible.

He also did Baja FSAE and got to autocross them (He isn’t sure what the colleges were thinking).

He bought a formula ford and ran it in CMod in 2008 and learned a lot.

He looks for areas he should be best at as a place that can separate him.

Mentally he focuses less on other people and more on good technique. He likes to rotate on entry.

Uses the DL1 for data and it is more useful with data port data.

He likes to make a car as loose in the slalom as he can handle which makes it better in sweepers.

When it comes to practicing he focuses on car setup or driver but not both at the same time.

***When at nationals he ends the practices with three runs he treats just like nationals as in they count so being clean is key. (I really like this approach as compared to mine which is probably over driving for the fun of it).

Get feedback from people and have them drive your car for you.

His dad asks him after wards about three things he did well and three he can improve on.

1:54 Walking course: 1st walk pick out key cones (circle them on map)
Mark technical areas he thinks he can use as an advantage.
Example: Fast exit slalom vs. slow exit.
He will stop after a section and rerun it in his mind and any previous sections.
He visualizes as the front view of the car like he is a GoPro on the front.

He does not preplan inputs.

He has his codriver walk them through the course – what are they seeing and planning to do.

At nationals he thinks about being as fast as possible.

He only looks at video of someone he trusts.

He thinks about the position of the car relative to cones as well as direction it is pointing.

He thinks about weight transfer and likes the book I often reference but forget the name of which is “Driving on the Edge”

Dave Ogburn at the Runoffs 2016
Dave Ogburn at the Runoffs 2016
Dave Ogburn UVA Baja SAE in 2008
Dave Ogburn UVA Baja SAE in 2008
Dave Ogburn Taking track map notes
Dave Ogburn Taking track map notes
Dave Ogburn Racing shifter karts in 2011
Dave Ogburn Racing shifter karts in 2011
Dave Ogburn Crossle Formula Ford
Dave Ogburn Crossle Formula Ford
Dave Ogburns Spec Racer Ford
Dave Ogburn’s Spec Racer Ford
Dave Ogburn autocrossing in C Street
Dave Ogburn autocrossing in C Street
Autocrossing the UVA Legenda Car Dave Ogburn
Autocrossing the UVA Legenda Car Dave Ogburn

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Nicholas Chu is your 2016 Solo Rookie of the Year for Autocross

Nick Chu Solo Nationals SCCA 2016 Rookie of the Year
Nick Chu Solo Nationals SCCA 2016
Nick Chu SCCA Silver S2000 STR
Nick Chu SCCA Silver S2000 STR

Nick is the guest on this podcast.  He was just awarded the 2016 Solo Rookie of the Year for Autocross.

He was 2nd place in the STR class which had 64 drivers – driving a S2000.  And he wasn’t even driving his own car (which helps since he no longer owns an autocross car).

I think you will get some good autocross tips and things to try after listening to this podcast.  ***He started autocrossing in 2013*** so he caught on quickly.  And you will hear how he learns while not actually racing.

Yes he has video game racing experience and talks about the setup he uses which makes the braking feel real.

He has driven in STS in a Civic and a CRX, as well as an ES Miata.

He talks about how he looks at data and videos and we will share a link below to some of his data.

He talks about over driving on purpose for practice as well as not being able to duplicate being fast with applying throttle later.  (It worked for a codriver but he had to find another way to drive faster.)

And a tip I’m looking forward to implementing – watching videos at 1/2 or quarter speed. (I tried this and had to mute the volume on my coaching video to keep watching it.)

I thought we were going to wrap up the interview when he mentioned owning a kart so we had to hear about that.  He has a 4 stroke kart which sounds much more up my alley for lower maintenance!

Let us know what stands out to you!

 

Nick’s local Shop: http://ariaauto.ca/

His local club: http://www.vcmc.ca/

His runs at Solo Nationals 2016 that earned him Rookie of the Year honors: Nick’s autocross runs

Side by side runs: Autocross Side by Side runs

And Nick reviewing data of a run: Nick’s Data Video Autocross

6 Tom Berry Multi Time Autocross and ProSolo Champion and 2009 Driver of Eminence winner

Tom Berry

Tom Berry in the EVO
Tom Berry in the EVO

TomBerrySuperman

2009 Driver of Eminence award

7 Solo National Championships
2015 ASP National Champion
2003, 2007, 2008, 2009 BSP National Champion
1995, 1996 DSP National Champion

Pro Solo

One over all Challenge Championship, Runner up to over all and 15 Class Championships and 10 Challenge Wins

TOM BERRY NOTES

  • Started in 1976 when he was a freshman at University of California Riverside and saw a flyer for UC Riverside Auto Club
  • He described the experience as very archaic compared to what we do now
  • They were racing in parking lots
  • He continued doing it from ’76 to ’79

Were you always around cars?

  • Not very much, very little exposure but I was always interested in cars
  • “It’s still a passion for me, it’s not just something I do for a living.”

First car/s?

  • Honda Civic 79/80 that my then girlfriend (now wife) Theresa had and we repaired and started racing.
  • Life happened – marriage, kids and work so Tom didn’t race for a decade and came back on the circuit in ’91

How does that help driving different cars?

  • It helps you adapt easily in different conditions

Left or Right foot braking?

  • Left, most cars respond to left foot braking

“We have our weekend events to practice and I just show up with a helmet at times.”

It is eye opening for people to ride with others for progression of their driving skills.

TOP TIPS on Slaloms

  • I was doing it wrong for years.
  • We didn’t have data acquisition or a feedback system so you mainly learned from watching and riding with people.
  • SETTLE THE CAR BEFORE YOU ENTER, changing the speed before entry – presents the car on the slalom much smoother, as opposed to standing on its nose.
  •  Braking a bit later, it’s not about how he is applying the brake, it’s how he’s letting go of it (in reference to Brian)
  • When I started in ’76the parking lot we practiced in was like a long line, very archaic

Data system?

  • DL One
  • I’m not a techie but Marshall and Christine set it up.

Coming off the brakes and release it much easier

Learning by watching – you should try getting in somebody’s car because you can always learn a little something from everybody

Challenges and experiments – change the car and try a different set up

If you are stagnant and you haven’t changed anything – if you’re not tying different stuff you’re getting passed up.

It’s like business – if you’re business plan hasn’t moved in the last 5 years, then you’re not successful.

WALKING COURSES?

  • It’s easy to do too little or too much
  • I walk it once and analyze it – and then I walk the second time
  • I vocalize the course and it helps me solidify in my head
  • Half a dozen KEY CONES
  • A mistake I made was walking the course too much – you’re no longer forcing the brain to look ahead
  • Looking ahead – I’m not sure I do that well. I think it’s more important for the beginners than intermediate people.
  • Don’t concentrate too much on looking ahead, focus on THINKING ahead

 

 

 

Episode 3 Bob and Patty Tunnell Driver of Eminence award winners and multi time autocross champions

Bob and Patty's BMW M3
Bob and Patty’s BMW M3

Episode 3 features Bob and Patty Tunnell Driver of Eminence award winners and multi time autocross champions.  It was great to hear their history in the sport.

Their business is BimmerHaus.com and it was interesting hearing how apprehensive Patty was to buy that first BMW and now that is just about all they will drive.

Towards the end we get to hear about one of their passions of helping people in Afghanistan you can learn more and support the cause at http://www.barekaub.com/

I was surprised to learn that Patty does NOT like to ride along with Bob and don’t invite her to a roller coaster.

We still don’t know who was in the halfway house.  But we do know that Bob uses his left foot for braking and Patty her right.

Awards:

Bob Tunnell

  • Solo Cup, the sport’s highest award 2007
  • Driver of Eminence award, 2002
  • Inducted into The Silver Circle (25 events), 2010
  • Keeper of the Old Fartz list
  • 2nd – Most Family Championships – 2nd – 19 (Bob 6, Patty 13)
  • 7 ProSolo Class National Championships (92, 95, 97, 98, 00, 03, 06)
  • ProSolo Street Tuner Challenge Championship (07)
  • Solo Nationals Sportsmanship Award (05)
  • Rocky Mtn. Division Ricky Peña Award (03)
  • Rocky Mtn. Division Driver Of The Year (04)

 

Patty Tunnell

  • Driver of Eminence award, 2002
  • Roger Johnson Spirit of the Sport Award, 2002
  • Inducted into The Silver Circle (25 events), 2010
  • Won the largest Street Prepared Ladies class ever (1 of 2) – 13 cars in BSPL in 2001
  • No. 1 Among Women in Who’s Who In Solo – 464 points (2nd overall)
  • 1st – Most Trophy Finishes, Women – 24
  • 1st – Trophy Streak, Ladies – trophied in 17 consecutive events
  • 2nd – Most Family Championships – 19 (Bob 6, Patty 13)
  • 3rd – Most Championships, Women – 13
  • 6th – Most Events Competed In, Women – 30
  • 2 ProSolo Class National Championships (00, 02)
  • 2 ProSolo Overall Ladies Championships (00, 02)

 

 

 

 

Episode 2 Julian Garfield a 5 time junior kart champion Autocrosser and one to watch

Julian Garfield and CSP miata
Julian Garfield and CSP miata

This episode is with Julian Garfield who has won 5 junior kart championships in autocross and has a 2nd in CSP and 3rd place finish in DSP at nationals.  And the third place was with his mom riding shot gun since he only had his drivers permit.

Julian has great insight on kart setup and driving which was all new to me.  If you are a parent of a junior kart driver take notes.

He talks about adding distance to keep the junior kart in the torque band rather than taking a tight line which would bog the kart.  Sounds like physics supports a wider line at times.

Julian was written up in my My SCCA Life – Click Here for the Julian Garfield article.

www.thestudentdriver.blogspot.com  – “Student Driver” Julian Garfield brings a fresh perspective to the automotive world.

His website with some videos (fast hands!)

You can catch Julian on Facebook Here