Power of Concentration in Racing & Driving

The title of this blog posting seems so very appropriate after this past Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 final lap.   Rookie J.R. Hildebrand’s last lap bobble in turn 4 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, caused his car to drift into the gray area of tire debris marbles.  It seems like it may have been due to a lack of concentration on his part, but we may never know…

Rookie JR Hildebrand's damaged car slides across the finish line, finishing 2nd after hitting the wall in turn four while leading on the final lap of the 2011 Indy 500.  Photo by Greg Griffo / The Star, from IndyStar.com

I came across this article from the Racing Secrets Newsletter, some time ago.  I had it saved for the proper timing to release.  That time is now & here it is in its entirety:

The Power of (Racing) Concentration

(Not specifically written for racing, but still useful advice for becoming a better race car driver.)

The Power of Concentration
by Steve Gillman (c)

If you had the power of concentration whenever you wanted it, imagine how much more productive you could be. Good news! Not only can learn how to concentrate better, but you can do so right now.

Concentration Power Is Automatic

Start working on something, and concentration is automatic, until you are distracted. Usually these interruptions are your own thoughts, and they may come every few seconds. If there was nothing interfering, you would have easy and complete concentration. What you need is a method to remove the distractions, to control your wandering mind.

Here it is:   Start paying attention to what is going on in your head. Maybe there’s a phone call you need to make, that has been quietly bothering you, just below consciousness. You could be worried about an upcoming meeting, or a family matter. Start tuning into your mind today, and it will become easier by tomorrow.

Then, as you become aware of these stressors, do something with them to let them go for the moment. Make that phone call, or make a note about it, and your mind will usually let go of the concern for now.  Do whatever you can quickly do to let these “mind irritation” go. Sometimes just telling yourself something like, “There is nothing I can do about this problem until Friday,” will stop unconscious worrying.

Do this exercise a few times, and you’ll find it becomes easier to recognize what is just below the surface, irritating you and sapping your power of concentration. Set these mind irritations aside, and you will think more clearly.

Why Concentration?

Another simple technique is to honestly ask why you want to concentrate. Concentration is difficult if you’re bored. A cure for this is to stop and consider why it’s important, if it is. Answer the question, and visualize the benefits clearly, and it will be easier to focus your mind.

Obvious Distractions

I have read that Stephen King writes with loud music on. What distracts each of us, or doesn’t, is obviously personal and somewhat unique. Do something about whatever it is that takes your mind away from the task at hand. Turn off the TV, feed your empty stomach, or turn your desk away from the window.

When you take care of the external and the internal distractions, you’ll be able to focus your attention and brain power like a spotlight. Watch a child building a sand castle sometime, and you’ll see that the power of concentration really is natural.


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The above article is captured verbatim & is timely.  Even in our daily dives to work, many times we go through the driving motions as if on automatic pilot.  This was brought keenly to my attention a week ago.  I was out of town for my AMSOIL business education.  I did not drive at all while away from home – essentially, I did not drive my Miata (Karlino) for about 9 days.

Karlino with AMSOIL Racing debut at SASCA autocross - the RacingReady.com color clings look sharp!

That first morning drive back to work was an eye opener.  I forgot how responsive my car is to steer & the quick spurts of power it rewards me.  I had to mentally reign in my enthusiasm of driving my little sports car, as I didn’t want to piss off my fellow, driving to work, motorists!

Concentration  in our lives takes many forms.  Racing Ready continues to pursue its different levels daily, & not just in driving pursuits.


100th Anniversary of Indy 500 Race Surprise

INDY @ 100, from autoweek.com

Today mark’s the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500.  This is actually the 95th running of this world renowned racing spectacle.  This year’s 33 starters featured a variety of racing men & women, as well as other distinctions.  In addition to the unpredictable racing action of today’s race are the following tidbits:

As usual this was a race that had unexpected mishaps & mistaken calculations.  There were a surprising number of missing left rear tires!  Also, fuel economy played a significant role in how driver results played out.

Indianapolis 500 Borg Warner Trophy checkered flagger

Wow, what an unexpected final lap finish!  We were all ready for rookie J. R. Hildebrand to take away the  checkered flag at the yard of bricks!  But NO, the turn 4 gray area marbles bit him in the butt!

Congratulations to the newest Indy 50o race winner: Dan Wheldon.  This is Indy 500 win #2 for Dan, as you can see by his upheld fingers…

Dan Wheldon wins the 2011 Indianapolis 500, for a 2nd time!

Racing Ready enjoyed the events that transpired resulting in today’s IndyCar racing event.  The Indianapolis 500 is always dramatic & today’s happenings did not disappoint!


AMSOIL University 2011, What’s In It For You?

AMSOIL University logo

This will be a different & busy week  In preparing to bring my AMSOIL Dealership to the next level of performance, I am attending the AMSOIL University in Duluth, Minnesota.

AU focuses on providing Dealers training in all aspects of operating and growing their businesses, including technical know-how, customer service and more. All attendees have access to daily forums where corporate staff will present new products, industry trends and more.

Having just completed the the introductory reception & already meeting some of the home office movers & shakers, I can see I will come out of these 4.5 days with a different, improved mindset.  I have been involved in AMSOIL for about a year & 1/2, guided steadily by my upline sponsor, Mike Westwood, of Alamo Oil.  But there is only so much he can do…

Fulfilling completion of the CORE phase of this AMSOIL University event will push my business further, to help more people discovery the benefits of AMSOIL Synthetic Lubrication.  I won’t be able to continue forward thinking this as a part-time pursuit to work through.  The seriousness of my drive is going o be shaped & honed to areas & heights I can’t imagine now.

If you’ve read this far, you’re thinking…what’s in it for me?
So what, Dan?

I have tasked myself, through this blog & other web-based social networking media,  to better educate you as to why switching your vehicle lubrication needs to AMSOIL would be a benefit to you.  With good information you can make better decisions.

I personally have switched over my car (Karlino) to all AMSOIL synthetic lubricants in the driveline (synthetic motor oil in the engine, synthetic fluid in the  transmission & rear differential).  I immediately noted improved, “seat of the pants”, performance & some improved gas mileage – I say some because I’m a wannabe racer & drive with more than the average amount of enthusiasm.  😉  I would not have done this if I had not been educated to understand the benefits of switching over to AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricant, in a nutshell:

  • saving money at the gas pump
  • improving the performance of your veicle
  • making the environment a better place for our children & grandchilren

Look for more information along this theme as my initiative here at Racing Ready and Ready Oil develops further!


Save The Salt! Help The Bonneville Salt Flats

Save The Salt - Preserving Our National Treasure - The Bonneville Salt Flats

Help to save the Bonneville Salt Flats! I had no idea that our national land speed record venue was in danger of fading away.  These folks have done a nice job of documenting the issues at hand & helping to drive a fundraising initiative.

The Bonneville Salt Flats - Save The Salt

Time is of the essence, so please visit their website when you can.  I would hate to read in the news of the closure of our salt flats to future land speed record attempts!

Save The Salt Coalition!

I wanted you to know that this is an issue & it’s good to see something is being done about it!  I’m sure you share that sentiment.  Racing Ready supports this coalition…


AMSOIL Racing – Products The Pros Use!

AMSOIL makes high quality synthetic lubricants.  Part of their promotional mission is racing.  Before I became an Independent AMSOIL Dealer, I had no idea of the variety of racing series out there.  AMSOIL is involved in a great variety of racing, both 2 & 4  wheels, both on & off road, asphalt, dirt, in snow & even on water!

AMSOIL Racing logo

Racing severely tests the ability of AMSOIL Synthetic lubricants to stand up to the mechanical & physical stresses involved.  This is illustrated & proven in a variety of different types of racing.  Click below to see the different & entertaining racing series AMSOIL proudly supports!

AMSOIL Racing Series Supported & More!

That’s quite the variety…


Here’s Bobby Unser talking about his use & success with AMSOIL Synthetic lubrication!

Racing Ready is working on more AMSOIL informational articles & AMSOIL Racing initiatives…


P.S. – Review this bonus video – TORC (The Off Road Championship) racing for the 2010 AMSOIL Cup! Just click the VIMEO image below…

TORC (The Off Road Chanpionship) - Pursuing the AMSOIL Cup

Move Up To AMSOIL - Learn About the AMSOIL Synthetic Solution!

AMSOIL: Truly Cost & Performance Effective

Using AMSOIL Synthetic Oil is truly cost effective.
Look at the examples below for the DIY consumer:

Illustrating the Cost Effectiveness of AMSOIL !Initially, I had 2 selfish reasons to want to use AMSOIL for myself:

  • only have to change my oil just once a year (I’m lazy…)
  • only have to pay (less) for the annual cost, just once per year (see the detailed example above)

Talking to people about AMSOIL, I teach how they can get the following benefits:

  • enjoy a discount at the gas pumps
  • improve your engine’s performance
  • make the environment cleaner for your children and grandchildren

If you would like to save money, improve your MPG, reduce our country’s reliance on foreign oil, and have a healthier environment, see me for a free catalog.  Better yet, ask me about becoming a FREE, no obligation 6 month  AMSOIL Preferred Customer (a trial wholesale membership).

E-mail me about becoming an AMSOIL Dealer or AMSOIL Preferred Customer – buy at wholesale!

Here’s the annual oil change I did in my garage, this past March of 2011.  Karlino was just a couple hundred miles short of 15,000 miles!

AMSOIL 15K Mile Annual Oil Change at home with Karlino

Racing Ready knows you value your car more than the average driver.  AMSOIL will help you best to protect your investment.