Battle-hardened motorsports knowledge to help you win on track.

The Motorsports Playbook is a curated collection of bite-size motorsports lessons. 150 pages of wisdom distilled from the first 20 episodes of the Your Data Driven Podcast.

You will learn how the professionals approach Driving Fast, Coaching & Race Engineering. 94 key takeaways you can apply today!!

Written by Samir Abid
Foreword by Ross Bentley

The Motorsports Playbook
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 – Speed Secrets

Sometimes Its Hard To See The Wood For The Trees!

What an honour it has been to interview such high-level guests on your behalf. To listen to these titans of our sport talk about their work. To hear them give advice on how you can go racing in a better way.

It soon became clear that much of their advice was common. Similar themes, similar ideas and similar approaches seemed to be interlaced in everything they said.

The problem with a podcast is that this transformational knowledge is buried deep in the hours (and hours!) of shows.

A podcast is very difficult for you to dip in and out of.

Many of the best comments are not obviously part of the conversation at that moment. A throwaway line at the end of a story. A quick, β€œAnd of course …” at the end of a sentence.

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

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 

How Can You Put This Great Knowledge Into Action?

You want to be able to take advantage of this wisdom. To try what the guests are suggesting. Put into practise the tips and advice being put forward. To increase your enjoyment, fun and your success in motorsport.

Because increasing your chances of success is what all this is about – it is why the guests came on the show in the first place! 😊

When listening to the shows you might hear something that resonates. You will likely smile, nod and think “Yeah I might try that!”

But then the conversation moves on. The next topic comes up. The next great tip given. Another piece of amazing advice gets imparted. Then we are on to the next show. The next guest. The next expert looking to share their experiences to help you succeed.

How can you possibly remember everything the guests have to say?

Below is a word cloud of the 180,000+ words my guests said on these 20 shows (I know! 😊)

The Motorsports Playbook - Vol 1 - Word cloud
Your Data Driven Podcast Ep 1-20 word cloud

There are over 20 hours of conversations for you to listen too. Several hundred tips and suggestions for you to think about and consider.

It is easy to become overwhelmed with so much great stuff!

These podcasts are entertaining, insightful and make for easy listening! Well done!

Absolutely brilliant by Ben Powney 

Getting More Value From These Exclusive Interviews

Yes you can take notes (I suggest it every time!). Yes you can listen to the shows more than once (and many I know do!) But more than likely – for all your good intentions – too many of your “Aha!” moments, will get lost or forgotten.

And that’s a shame.

That’s a shame because these guests are giving you really (really!) good advice!

And the advice should be good because they are the best in the world at what they do!

In fact, if you were able to get a 1-2-1 audience with anyone of them, then that would easily cost you thousands (and thousands!) per day.

This issue got me thinking:

  • “How can I help you get more value from these shows?”
  • What can I do to make sure that these shows become more than just an entertaining conversation?
  • “How can I use my unique experience to summarise all the best bits for you?” πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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

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!

Wonderful podcast you host by Purjav Rajan 

Birth Of The Motorsports Playbook.

I challenge every guest at the beginning to give us one or two takeaways. Tips that you can apply directly back in your racing.

It is these nuggets, these takeaways, these pearls of wisdom that I’ve tried to accumulate for you.

To distill, organise and combine them into the lessons covered in The Motorsports Playbook

Split into three sections, the lessons introduce you to how motorsports professionals approach:

  1. Driving Fast,
  2. Coaching &
  3. Race Car Engineering. 

There is some overlap. Some of the conversations veer from one topic to another. Sometimes the guests even seem to be talking to each other!

What I’ve tried to do is organise common threads of thinking into lessons with a single message.


Short, Sharp And Focused – On Helping You Improve!

All the lessons are short.

The idea is that you can dip in and out whenever you have a chance. Grabbing a coffee, having a quick lunch break or even between your track sessions

These lessons give you the ability to quickly refresh your mind. To reflect, to consider and to think β€œYeah, I agree with that.” Or maybe β€œNo, I don’t agree with that.”

The important thing is that the lessons get you thinking. Learning. Improving.

The Motorsports Playbook gives you quality reference material.

Material from which you can be more confident to: adopt a new approach, a new way of thinking and a new way to get more success from your time on track. 

For Example …

If you’ve been wondering:

  • How to better manage your nerves?
  • How the best drivers brake?
  • What is the best way to run a test day?
  • How you should setup your race car for the wet?
  • What dampers really do (and why dampers are so important)?
  • How you can be a great driver coach?
  • What the club racer can learn from how an Formula 1 team operates … then all of this is covered and more …

More Questions You Can Get Answers On:

Example questions, based on role and event timing, which you can get answers too in The Motorsports Playbook.

The Motorsports Playbook

It’s been a real pleasure not only do the shows but to put The Motorsports Playbook together. The amount of information and knowledge that my guests have shared with you is amazing. Hopefully, I’ve done it justice but I’ll let you be the judge of that!

For less than you’d spend on 1 day of fuel, you get access to structured knowledge from some of the best motorsports professionals in the world. Structured insights that acquired any other way would cost you $$$ THOUSANDS!!

The lessons are arranged into 3 sections to help you begin to think like someone who has drivencoached or engineered at the highest levels in motorsports.

The lessons might be summaries but there is so much battle-hardened knowledge included. I guarantee you will find something new each time you dip back in.

Unlike your tank of fuel these insights will never run out. My hope is that The Motorsports Playbook becomes a lasting tool that you keep coming back to again and again!

The Motorsports Playbook - see inside

Curated wisdom from the YDD podcast

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🏁 BONUS 2 – 3x Extra Lessons on Sponsorship. Learn about how to get someone else to pay for your racing! Great advice and actionable tips (comes included with the video course.)
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24 page sample includes Foreword (by Ross Bentley), Introduction & TWO complete lessons!

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The Motorsports Playbook is more than just a book. You have two options; the book or the excellent value “Premium Pack.”

The Premium Pack includes:

  • The Motorsports Playbook – the full 150 page book,
  • The 42 lesson video course – including all the lessons in audiogram format,
  • 3x exclusive extra lessons on Sponsorship, &
  • 3x beautiful infographics summarising all 94 key takeaways

… combined this pack saves you more than 36%!!

Here is what the bonuses include:

BONUS 1
42 Lesson Video Course (Worth Β£59.99)

Audiograms give you an even better way to understand what the guests had to say. Every lesson has been transcribed so you can hear what the guests actually said. Below is a sample. Watch it together with the free book sample above if you like.

 

Note: You may notice that the transcriptions in the videos are not always perfect. In the book they are correct.

There are 42 audiograms like the one above. They perfectly accompany the book and give you another format to get more value from the lessons. Each video also includes the key takeaways for that lesson. For a full list of all the lesson titles (inc video lengths) see the table of contents section. Here are some more audiogram sample screen shots. The audiograms are great!

The Motorsports Playbook - audiogram lessons cover

BONUS 2:
3x Extra Lessons On Sponsorship

Included in the video course above are THREE bonus lessons on Sponsorship. The first gives you perspective on what is involved. It also asks whether raising money is for you, given track driving is likely to be your relaxation not another job. Should you decide that it would be rather good if someone else paid for you passion πŸ˜‰, then the other two lessons will help. They give you inspiration, ideas and actionable methods. Simple suggestions you can use to increase your chances of raising money for your motorsports.

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 themselvesand then some $$$!

BONUS 3:
The 94 Key Takeaways As Infographics (Worth Β£19.99)

At the end of each lesson in The Motorsports Playbook, I summarise my Key Takeaways for you. I have pulled all of the Key Takeaways together – a summary of the summaries if you like!

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 in total – that you can start to apply to your racing today!

Below left you can see how the takeaways are presented in the book. Below right you can see the infographics (slightly cropped widthwise πŸ˜‰)

The motorsports playbook - key takeaways into infographics
94 Key Takeaways summarised into 3x beautiful, quick to use, infographics.

Once you have read the book, these are the crib sheets you will keep coming back to again and again. Mobile, Kindle & Tablet friendly – you also get them in two formats – PDF and ePub:


Got more questions? Maybe this short FAQ section will help:

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!


About The Author

About Samir Abid | Your Data Driven

 Hi πŸ‘‹, I’m Samir Abid. I’m an engineer from Warwick, UK. 

For the first 10 years of my career I worked in vehicle dynamics. I developed suspension systems for road and racing cars including Aston Martins, Jaguars and a – Daytona 500 winning – Daytona Prototype.

For the last 10 years I’ve run a pro sports engineering consultancy. My customers have won 40+ Olympic Gold medals and had 1 world first – I defined the optimum racing line for Eliud Kipchoge run on when he broke the 2 hour marathon in Vienna 2019.

Since 2010 I have also been an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School. Ranked 1st in the world by the Financial Times (2020), I supervise Distance Learning MBA students to write their final dissertations. I’ve used many of the social science research methods I teach to distill the lessons found in The Motorsports Playbook.

As well as being a Chartered Professional Engineer, I also race at club level. I have seen first-hand peoples frustrations and glum faces. I setup Your Data Driven in order to help my fellow enthusiasts to get more fun, enjoyment and success on track. Hopefully one of those enthusiasts will soon be you.


Table Of Contents:

ToC for the book:

The Motorsports Playbook - Vol 1 - Table of Contents

ToC for the video course:

Welcome

  • Welcome To The Motorsports Playbook 4 mins
  • Why The Blog? – A Professional Approach 2 mins
  • Why Race? Is “Serious Fun” A Good Approach? 5 mins
  • Keeping It Simple 5 mins

Driving Fast

  • Conquering Nerves 3 mins
  • Smooth Is Fast 5 mins
  • Developing Your Circuit Playbook 3 mins
  • Difference Between Road & Track Driving 3 mins
  • What Makes The Best Drivers? 4 mins
  • The Analytical Racer 5 mins
  • Understanding Your Racecar 2 mins
  • Mastering Braking And Corner Entry 7 mins
  • Starting Out With Race Driver Data Analysis 3 mins
  • What To Prioritise For Fast Lap Times 3 mins
  • Developing Race Craft Skills 3 mins
  • Mind Management 3 mins

Coaching

  • Coaching Prevalence & Purpose 6 mins
  • The More That We Learn, The Less We Know 4 mins
  • The Best Skill Development Approaches 11 mins
  • Re-Defining A Win 6 mins
  • Getting Great Driver Feedback 6 mins
  • Importance Of Driver Confidence 5 mins
  • Performance Planning & Marginal Gains 3 mins
  • Becoming A More Effective Communicator 5 mins
  • Adopting A Growth Mindset 4 mins
  • What Not To Do Coaching 3 mins

Race Car Engineering

  • The Art Of Great Note Taking 2 mins
  • The Role Of Data 8 mins
  • Role of Simulation 6 mins
  • Lessons From F1 – Methodical Discovery 3 mins
  • Lessons From F1 – ABA Testing 2 mins
  • How To Setup A Racecar Really Well 10 mins
  • Understanding Dampers (Finally!) 5 mins
  • Learning What Works For You 7 mins
  • Wet Setup Secrets 4 mins
  • The Mystery Of Tyres 3 mins
  • To Finish First, First Have To Finish 4 mins

[BONUS] Sponsorship

  • Nothings For Nothing 2 mins
  • What Do Businesses Want? (And Not Want!) 5 mins
  • Actionable Ideas You Can Try 5 mins

Wrapping Up

  • Final thought 2 mins
  • Bonus: Thank you reel 2 mins

Buy The Motorsports Playbook Today!

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🏁 The Motorsports Playbook – PDF
🏁 The Motorsports Playbook – ePub
🏁 BONUS 142 Lesson Video Course. Get more from every lesson by hearing all the quote spoken firsthand in these Audiograms. Follow along with the book. Mobile friendly shorts. Access anytime.
🏁 BONUS 23x Extra Lessons on Sponsorship. Learn about how to get someone else to pay for your racing! Great advice and actionable tips (comes included with the video course.)
🏁 BONUS 394 Key Takeaways presented in 3x beautiful infographics. A quick reference menu of all the key takeaways you will find in the book. Each section summarised into 1 page! Get even more value. See even more patterns and trends. Quickly jump back in. Use as quick prompts at the track.

Premium Bundle – Buy Now Β£69.99

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🏁 Motorsports Playbook PDF
🏁 Motorsports Playbook ePub

Buy Now Β£29.99

I really enjoy listening to Ross Bentley and will now be reading all I can from Your Data Driven. Thanks.

Congrats on a great podcast you host by Mark Wood

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!

Wonderful podcast you host by Purjav Rajan 

That was a great interview! I’ve signed up to your mailing list because of it, thanks so much!

Great interview by Cheyenne Young 

Thank You Reel πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

 

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