Michael sent over his next report in the series. With 2 weeks off since VIRginia, we wanted to know what he does in between these weekends. Be sure and read the end, he wants your questions!
I have received a lot of enthusiastic questions from people about the VW Jetta TDI Cup race series, as well as the new TDI power plant.
One of the most common questions I have received has been: how do you practice or prepare between races?
Michael DeNino jumping in his Jetta TDI Cup car
Racing is unique in the sense that you really don’t get too much time to practice the sport. To give you an idea, in most racing series you typically get one or two practice sessions, a qualifying session, and a race during the course of one weekend. I will usually spend more time cycling or training in one day than I will spend on the track for an entire race weekend. With very limited track time, an even greater emphasis is put on good preparation and planning. I do spend some weekends at my local go-kart track when I have the chance. Karting is a great way to hone your skills and keep sharp reflexes.
Aside from watching videos to learn the track, planning my objectives for the weekend and planning out logistics, there are also a few other ways in which I prepare for an event.
Staying in good health is the most important aspect to perform well and there is no exception when it comes to motor sports. With the help of PitFit Training, I maintain a strict diet in addition to following a rigorous fitness program. Keeping my web site (michaeldenino.com) up to date as well as fulfilling the request of other media sources are some of the other things which I accomplish between races. Because racing is a business, the modern race driver must be a business man as well as an athlete. Acquiring sponsorship is a never ending objective and one which consumes a great deal of time.
Now I want to hear your thoughts!
What questions do you have? Whether you’re a racing fan, diesel nut, or just a Volkswagen enthusiast in general, I want to hear your impressions.
Post any questions you have or ideas for topics in the comments section. I will write posts throughout the season covering the topics and questions which you describe.
- Michael DeNino