What does learning to play guitar and learning to be a great sim racer have in common? So, as the old joke goes, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?". As a fair to middlin' guitar player I know that the answer is "Practice!" of course. So what/how do YOU practice your racing? I take some tips from back when I was learning to play guitar. Whether practicing scales or driving laps behind a ghost car ... never quit in the middle of what you are doing. Quitting in the middle just creates a bad habit and makes it easier to quit when times get hard. This is VERY hard to do given the passion in racing and is something I have to work at very hard. Sometimes I can ... sometimes I can't ... but I have been working on it and trying to find ways to help learn this very important skill Always set a goal for my practice and always see it through to completion. Don't do open ended practice sessions. At the beginning tell yourself what you are going to do: "I'm going to do the mixolydian scale 10 times forward and backwards" Or, "I'm going to do four - 5 lap sessions behind the ghost car". Take frequent breaks. Don't let yourself get tired ... fatigue leads to mistakes, mistakes lead to frustration and frustration leads to quitting. Always warm up first. If its guitar, play a tune you know, not related to your practice ... in the car, drive 5 or so very mild laps laps increasing the speed a little each time ... then begin your practice session. Don't try to cover too many things at once time, but do some things every time, every lap ... like remember to address or acknowledge your braking points, turn in and apex every time. Practice often and regularly. I am trying to go up a class from the Mazda Cup to the Porsche Cayman GT4 Club Sport. Over the past week I am doing 10 lap sessions on 3 different tracks several times a day and night. Think you're too good to need to practice? ESPECIALLY the best musicians practice, some for several hours, everyday ... even Eric Clapton ... and so do drivers. During practice sessions for LeMans this year I was impressed to see the Toyota team and Fernando Alonso taking every minute of practice allowed, when all other teams had quit practice ... Fernando Alonso, a two-time F1 champ was still out there banging out laps until the sessions were officially closed. Fernando is a guy who wants to WIN! Practice is a matter of faith ... I may never get to be good enough on guitar to get to Carnegie Hall and I may never get fast enough to race at LeMans ... but I practice like I'm going to go tomorrow. So how and what do YOU practice? Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! Instagram Twitter Facebook Youtube Twitch Do you have a practice regimen to become a better driver, or do you just practice to prepare for coming races? When you practice, do you practice specific aspects of your driving or just try to get faster lap by lap? Why don't you tell us about you practice habits in the comments below!