Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby GarySheehan » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:11 pm

Out of the U.S., yes. Out of North America, not yet.

I did the majority of my racing training in Canada and I've raced in Canada in the Grand-Am Cup racing series.

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby Draklen » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:43 pm

First I just wanted to say, Thank you for answering questions... even after the April 29 cut-off. :)

If you don't mind still answering questions. I scanned through the previous posts and didn't see this question.
What are your top 2 favorite cars that you've driven?
Also I was just curious if you've driven the 08 STI or the EvoX (stock or modified for either car)? And if you have, what do you think about it/them?

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby the unknown » Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:45 pm

hey gary i was wondering if you could give me any tips for improving my 0-60 foot times in drag racing. i raced at the drag strip for the first time this past summer and i got sum really bad times. i think my clutch was slipping at that point but i know most of it had to do with my inexperience. my shortest 0-60 was 3.04 seconds and my fastest run was 19.1 at 73 mph. i drive a 91 integra rs btw. how can i reduce this time?

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby gizmo » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:31 pm

When it becomes egregiously clear to the driver that he/she is going to crash, I'm told he/she should let go of the wheel. But what should the driver do with his/her arms so that they don't flail around and potentially extend out the window. I ask this question for two scenarios: normal daily driving in a car with airbags and on a racetrack where there are no airbags (as the driver shouldn't move far enough to hit anything).

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby RITmusic2k » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:22 pm

Is Gary still around here? Besides you last two guys, this thread hasn't been updated in almost a year.

If he is, then:

Gary, I've gotten into the habit of double-clutching just about every shift, up and down, while driving on the streets. Without getting into a discussion of the merits (or lack thereof) of DC in a modern gearbox, do you think the added smoothness of properly executed DC upshifts offers a benefit over a slightly-faster-executed SC upshift or powershift? Or is it too dependent on too many factors to be an answerable question?

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby GarySheehan » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:05 am

RITmusic2k wrote:Is Gary still around here? Besides you last two guys, this thread hasn't been updated in almost a year.

If he is, then:

Gary, I've gotten into the habit of double-clutching just about every shift, up and down, while driving on the streets. Without getting into a discussion of the merits (or lack thereof) of DC in a modern gearbox, do you think the added smoothness of properly executed DC upshifts offers a benefit over a slightly-faster-executed SC upshift or powershift? Or is it too dependent on too many factors to be an answerable question?


I don't think that DC upshifts are much benefit at all. The gearbox's internals are slowing down during a shift as does your engine speed. The speed differential tends to be much closer on upshifts vs. downshifts.

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby Caramel » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:52 am

Lot's of great answers and questions! thanks for doing this!

What's your experience with drifting? Are you a fan? Have you tried it competitively?
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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby LHOswald » Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:24 pm

Caramel wrote:Lot's of great answers and questions! thanks for doing this!

What's your experience with drifting? Are you a fan? Have you tried it competitively?

dorifto!

Gary Sheehan is actually known as Keiichi Tsuchiya in japan...he's pretty much the man
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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby GarySheehan » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:23 pm

Caramel wrote:Lot's of great answers and questions! thanks for doing this!

What's your experience with drifting? Are you a fan? Have you tried it competitively?


I haven't tried competitive drifting yet, but I would jump at the opportunity. It looks like a lot of fun!

I've done it accidentally a few times, though...


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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

Postby GarySheehan » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:29 pm

gizmo wrote:When it becomes egregiously clear to the driver that he/she is going to crash, I'm told he/she should let go of the wheel. But what should the driver do with his/her arms so that they don't flail around and potentially extend out the window. I ask this question for two scenarios: normal daily driving in a car with airbags and on a racetrack where there are no airbags (as the driver shouldn't move far enough to hit anything).


Some drivers cross their arms across their chest, others put their hands up on either side of their head. Window nets are there to keep your arms from flailing out the window in a roll.

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheehan

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Re: Question and Answer Session with Race Driver Gary Sheeha

Postby fr4n » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:52 pm

do u know why on a track, pros are determined to engage every gear as they downshift?
whats the benefit of it? is it beneficial to the health of the tranny or is it only beneficial for the engine braking?

for street driving
i notice ppl just clutch in and run it thru each gate or simply block shift if theyre lazy
sometimes rev matching sometimes not


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