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02/08/2017
Have you ever wondered what it took for your favorite race car driver to get to the top? This article has some good insight into just what it takes to be a race car driver, and some of the steps each driver took before they appeared on your TV racing for your favorite team.

Race Car Drivers. Just What Did They Have to Do to Get to Where They Are?

‘Arm chair critics’ is one of the more common names for it. And it’s something that everybody is guilty of doing at least once in their life. Yelling at race car drivers on the TV that you could not only do a better job then they’re doing, but remarkably better! While nobody is saying that you should stop, if you’re interested in knowing just what a driver has gone through to get onto your TV, TenEyck Distributing has just the post for you.

Of Course, It All Starts With Driving

When you were playing with your LEGO, a race car driver was racing their plastic car around. While their friends were out at the beach, a race car driver was behind the wheel practicing for every variation of turn imaginable. While you were getting married, a race car driver was...well, you get the idea. Race car drivers sacrifice a lot to get to where they are because that’s what it takes. Constant practice driving a vast range of vehicles (not just race cars) on a variety of tracks in an even broader variety of conditions.

It Isn't All Waving Flags and Trophies

Remember that what you see on TV is the pinnacle of a driver’s racing career. Before they made it to the big leagues, drivers participated in small and local circuits in cars which were not as high performing as the one you see them driving now. The initial cost for the car, maintenance to keep the car going, even driver and racing fees will all add up. As rewarding as the path is, it wasn’t cheap. Drivers often spend a lot of their personal finance getting started with race car driving until they can finally land a sponsor and be handed a large (both size and amount) check at the end of a race. One of the many maintenance items required by a race car is oil. After all, it’s what keeps the engine working smoothly and at its best. For this reason, it’s important for, not only race car drivers, but all drivers to use the best products available. Products like AMSOIL's DOMINATOR® 10W-30 Racing Oil are great for keeping an engine healthy and working at its best. If you aren’t sure if this is suited to your needs, don’t take a guess. Instead, give TenEyck Distributing a call at (208) 589-4660 or check out the online store. Both can help you get the best synthetic oil for your engine.

Then There's Their Mental Health

How fast they can take each turn, what sequence of gear changes at what time is needed for a successful overtake, and how well is the engine is performing without looking at the dials are just some of the thoughts and calculations that go through a race car driver’s brain as they drive. And with good reason. The slightest misjudgment can be the difference between finishing a race in first place, and being pushed over the finish line as the spectators begin to file out of the stadium. Because of this, race car drivers are placed under enormous amounts of mental pressure, requiring them to stay mentally acute at all times.

How Hard Is It to Sit Down for Hours on End?

Very hard! Be assured of that. While you’re sitting on your comfortable couch, a race car driver is sitting in a seat designed to keep the weight of the car down and the safety of the driver up. Unfortunately for the driver, neither of these attributes result in a comfortable ride. In addition to the seat, the protective gear they wear gets incredibly hot which can cause a serious drain on their body. All of this mixed with the endurance needed to pay constant attention to their surroundings takes a heavy toll on a driver’s physical health. For this reason, race car drivers need to stay in peak physical health, meaning lots of exercise off the track along with a controlled and limited diet.

More Than Just a Race Car Driver

Making it to the top means sponsors. And the one thing that sponsors don’t like is seeing their brand poorly represented. For this reason, drivers have to be more than just drivers. A lot of training goes into ensuring that drivers can give intelligible interviews to the press to make sure they aren’t just selling their sponsor but positively selling themselves. This goes hand in hand with their personal activities. If you have never seen your favorite driver post a picture on their social media page of them doing something incriminating, it’s likely because they weren’t doing it in the first place. Drivers often need to limit the off-track activities they might usually enjoy just to keep their fan’s attention on the sport and their performance, and not on any distracting behavior.

All Cars Can Benefit From a Synthetic Oil Change in Idaho Falls

While this list isn’t meant to stop you yelling at the TV, it should give you a better understanding of just what your favorite driver is going through as they race around the track. In addition to learning about their mechanic needs, don’t neglect your own. Speak with TenEyck Distributing at (208) 589-4660 to speak with an expert to guide you in finding the best product for your car (even if it’s not a race car). Alternatively, the online store has more information about each of the different products available and their best-suited uses.
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