Johnf514 wrote:In your four years as a mainstay on the site, what can you say is the definitive obstacle that new standardshift drivers must overcome?
Over-analyzing. I see lots of folks that are SO focused on technique and precision. There is very little finesse involved with a manual transmission once the car is rolling. If I had any advice for new standardshift drivers out there it would be "RELAX". It will come to you eventually.
Johnf514 wrote:Edit: an additional, point-blank question if the above is too "general."
The timing was perfect. I pitched Subaru with a racing program the year before the Subaru WRX came to the US. I was one of the first and we worked out a deal to race the car in the U.S. Touring Car Championship. I raced and represented Subaru for 3 years in USTCC. Since that was the big boom time of Subaru performance cars, my racing was the focus of a lot of attention. The Subaru fans embraced our efforts and helped us out quite a bit.
While I'm by no means a Subaru exclusive racer, a lot of publicity was generated while racing the WRX and STi, so I'm associated with Subaru quite a bit.