What Can You Learn From The Pros In Motorsports?

Motorsports is complex. In part, that is its appeal. But you want to drive faster and realise the best way to do that is to learn from the best.

Well the guests I interviewed on the podcast have been there, done that and have shared their best advice in order to help and inspire you.

Imagine how much you could learn if you had access to one professional who lives and breathes making racing cars go faster?

Imagine how much more could you learn from 20 motorsports Pros…

Read on to learn more about The Motorsports Playbook project – a 3 month endeavour to summarise and organise my guests advice.

I made the notes so you don’t have too.

(oh, and be sure to check out the bonuses!)

Ross Bentley on Your Data Driven Podcast

” Samir has a knack for drawing out the best tips, tricks and pieces of advice from his podcast guests. To have all of these lessons in one simple, easy-to-digest book is hugely valuable.”

Ross Bentley – Indycar Driver & Coach

What Will Be Your A-ha! Moment?

What could you learn from a curated list of the best advice from collectively hundreds of years of high-level track racing experience?

Maybe gold nuggets of advice like …

✔ How to perfectly setup your car every time – even in the rain.
✔ The secrets on how the best drivers master corner entry.
✔ Ways to go testing to give you more reliable knowledge.
✔ Better ways to help, understand and coach others.
✔ What do dampers actually do – in simple terms.
✔ Ways to learn better racecraft – more safely and quickly.
✔ What you should really be prioritising to lap faster.
✔ How to manage your nerves.
✔ Ways to build your driver confidence on track.
✔ Ways to find reliability issues before they ruin your day.
All the key measures you need for driver data analysis.
✔ And much (much) more …

Advice From The Best In The World In Motorsports:

Imagine you had wisdom distilled from frank, open and in-depth one-on-one conversations with legends like Ross Bentley, Rob Wilson, Matt Neal, Peter Krause, Formula 1 race and rally engineers – even The Original Stig!

Who Were The Guests?

Andrew Cohen-Wray F1 mental perf coach & racer – McLaren

Ross Bentley:   Ex-Indycar racer & coach – Speed Secrets

Andrew Rains:   Ex-pro driver & business owner – Apex Pro

James Williams:   Mercedes F1 transmission engineer & racer

Damian Harty   Ex-WRC vehicle dynamics eng – Prodrive

Scott Mansell:  Ex-F1 driver & driver coach – Driver61

John Kirkpatrick   Ex-pro driver & coach – ARDS President

James Colborn:   AiM data guru & club racer

Perry McCarthy:   Ex-F1 driver & The Stig from Top Gear

Matt Neal:   Pro driver & 3x BTCC touring car champion

Peter Krause:   Data coach & historic racer

Danny Nowlan:  Vehicle dynamics eng & owner –ChassisSim

Aris Vasilakos:  Sim racing & Head of R&D – Assetto Corsa

Rob Wilson: Ex-pro driver & coach of 75+ F1 drivers …

Dave Devine:   Aston Martin F1 suspension eng & racer

Scott Gardner:   Olympic head coach & cycling pro –TeamGB

Brian Sims:   Ex-pro & Benetton F1 sponsorship guru

Jeff Braun:   Pro race engineer & coffee business owner!

Really great motorsport related content with a wide range of top notch guests from around the industry. Samir’s an excellent host- really easy to listen to. Lets the guests speak and develop ideas over the course of the conversation which is not always the case with other podcasts. Much to be learned here for enthusiasts at all levels.

Great listen by Dan Hale 5star

Just thought I’d pass on my congratulations on your superb podcasts! I can honestly say that all of them where very interesting but above all inspirational. All of the guests seemed very grounded and pitched at your audience perfectly (or to me anyway!). Keep up the good work.

Superb podcasts by Rob Cooper 5star

High Quality Notes – Made For You.

Hi I’m pro engineer Samir Abid. As the host of the Your Data Driven Podcast, I have had the honour of speaking to all these pro coaches, engineers and drivers on your behalf.

I realised much of the advice they were giving you was common – such as how to enter a corner, how to engineer a car and the most effective methods for coaching.

Whilst I do encourage you to take your own notes, you get much more value when you combine notes much like an academic researcher. I happen to have experience in this research world (as an MBA dissertation supervisor for the globally no.1 ranked Warwick Business School) so I set about compiling these research notes for you!

All the best advice distilled, organised and summarised in a range of themes and formats to suit your preferred learning style.

Battle-hardened, proven and actionable guidance ready and waiting for you to apply – whenever you need them most.

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Word Cloud – 100,000+ raw words, ideas and advice transcribed from 20+ hours of in-depth interviews on the Your Data Driven Podcast.

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The Motorsports Playbook - see inside

The Motorsports Playbook

A menu of proven approaches you can apply to immediately start gaining confidence, speed and lap time.

149 pages of quotes, summaries and key takeaways.

Lessons all clearly arranged to help you see inside the mind of someone who has drivencoached or engineered at the highest level in motorsports:

The Motorsports Playbook table of contents

Proven wisdom plus hundred’s of actionable tips and techniques to help you lap faster.


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24 page sample – Foreword (by Ross Bentley), Intro & 2 lessons:

This podcast has been very useful with loads of great tips for both the club racer & probably the pros. Keep it up!

Excellent podcast by Jonathan Lisseter 5star

I wanted to reach out and thank you for the wonderful podcast you host, with interviews with Damian Harty and THE Peter Krause! They were insightful and gave me the push to keep working harder and keep learning!

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Sponsorship gives you everything you want, more testing, a new helmet, a better car – the lot. If you get one sponsor from these lessons then they will have more than paid for themselves!

Included in this 42 lesson course are 3x bonus lessons on Sponsorship. They give you inspiration, ideas and actionable methods on how to raise money for your racing.

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Presented in 3x beautiful infographics they provide a complete overview of each section on Driving Fast, Coaching and Race Car Engineering. They give you a quick reference menu of solutions 94 takeaways in total – that you can start to apply to your racing today!


Who is this book for?

The amateur racing driver and their teams. This book is for you if you want to:

  • get unstuck from your current performance plateau.
  • start getting more organised.
  • get a head start if track driving is new to you.
  • gain an advantage over your competitors.
  • help others more effectively – as a coach, instructor or engineer.
  • learn how to adopt a more professional approach.
  • have more confidence on track.

How can I apply this knowledge?

I challenge every guest who comes on the show to give us one or two key takeaways. Actionable advice that they have picked up in their job but that you can easily apply – given this is not your day job. All the lessons are laser-focused on helping you given your limits of time, money and man-power. Some suggestions are so simple you will be kicking yourself for not thinking of it before. The aim is to give you the clarity and confidence to know not only what is possible but when is enough.

I can’t read! ?

Grab the audiobook version. Personally I think this is the best format. As you will discover though, everyone has their own personal learning style. The audio version is great to listen too during exercise, on your daily commute or on your travels to the track.

Why would I pay given I can listen to the shows free?

What started to become apparent during the show recordings were common themes, suggestions and approaches. The Motorsports Playbook is my interpretation of all that advice. Hours of shows distilled into a form that makes it more easy for you to learn, recall and apply what is being said. The shows are like the raw materials. The book transforms the best bits into an actionable tool you can use.

Why Playbook?

In sports the best coaches have a “Playbook” on how they would approach different key scenarios. Strategic, precise and actionable knowledge on how to succeed. The Motorsports Playbook aims to be your little black book of wisdom that works in motorsports.

Is this a real book?

Yes and no. Yes as it is a properly formatted, organised and produced book with its own ISBN number and registration. No, as it is digital and not (currently) made of paper.

Can I get a free sample?

Yes! Grab the first 24 pages here.

About The Author

Hi ?, I’m Samir Abid from Warwickshire in the UK. I’ve been a Professional Engineer for over 20 years, primarily working with suspension and data systems on cars and in pro sports.

As well as this book, I create courses and calculators on race engineering topics. Plus, I coach and race myself at club level.

I am also an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School. I supervise MBA students to write their dissertations and have used the methods I teach, to distill the lessons found in The Motorsports Playbook.

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