What goes on during the testing season?

What goes on during the testing season?

by Michele Bumgarner | Jan 29, 2014

This is the real hard work 

Although the Mazda Road to Indy (Pro Mazda division) 2013 season finished back in early October, that doesn't stop everyone from doing some winter testing to get a head start for preparations for the 2014 season in March. I myself booked a two-day test with World Speed Motorsports at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California.

To prepare for my test, I had to increase my daily workouts at PitFit, because believe it or not, test days can be a lot more physically demanding than actual race weekends. During testing, especially if you have the track all to yourself like I did at Thunderhill, you are constantly going to be running lap after lap, unless you come in for a quick setup change and take a breather--and even then you'll be back out again, just pounding down laps, until you eventually run out of fuel or wear the tires. And then you can come in and a take a longer break until you're out for the next session. Compared to race weekends, where you have to share the track with all the other race series, there is much more downtime than actual track time. So yes, being in tip-top shape all year round is very important for race car drivers!

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