What: Team SGR presents Carts and Coffee Toronto or follow #CartsCoffeeTO
Where/When/Time: Please check for an updated schedule on our event calendar.
Admission: Registration (for kart racing only, spectators are free)
Check out Lorraine’s recount of the day with Sarah in the Mazda 3.
An excerpt from Lorraine:
Who benefits from advanced driver training courses?
Everyone, actually. If you’re a seasoned driver who knows it all, a day learning from the perspective of the pros will show you bad habits you may have formed without realizing it, as well as changes in technology that can really create a whole new way to treat your car.
For new drivers, it’s a chance to create good driving habits before bad ones can form, and to provide a forum to ask questions and replicate dangerous situations they might encounter years down the road — or tomorrow. More >>
As a high school student, math and science were some of the subjects that I excelled in. Though I LOVED art, english and history, every test, every quiz and every question in math and sciences had one correct answer only – and made life seem easy to me. With university on the horizon, I was on-track to become an engineer and obtained all the necessary marks to get accepted into the prestigious University of Toronto and Waterloo Engineering programs.
Easy choice, right? Nope! A 180-degree turn at the last minute meant I chose to venture into graphic design, thinking I had given up any future hope of a technical career. A choice I sometimes reflect upon, knowing NOW how appropriate it would have been for my passion for motorsports. But nevertheless, it’s something I try not to dwell on…
So imagine my surprise to get an email from one of the TV producers from the Discovery Channel to feature SGR in the Alan Nursall experience!
The Alan Nursall experience is a segment on the Canadian television series Daily Planet that leans toward technology experiments beyond the lab. He’s frequently found interacting with students and people on the streets – “in the field” – and gets a kick out of getting people excited about whatever topic he’s exploring that week – and this is likely why Sweetie Girl Racing was his next target. We’re an excitable bunch!
So on Friday June 24, the Alan Nursall Experience teamed up with Sweetie Girl Racing to explore the science and geometry of the perfect racing line. Filming on a weekday proved difficult for a lot of our current Team SGR members, who carry full time jobs during the day. Luckily, summer had just broke out and we were fortunate to round up Katie Cheung, Brooke Trefry, Laura and Lilla Rupert, Varmini Singh and Shelby Grant – past participants and graduates of the Team SGR Kart Racing Experience – to strut our stuff!
The majority of the segment is focused on the central section of the Grand Prix Kartways track, where a combination of quick turns around corners of various lengths make up the most technical part of the track. We laid down pylons and explained the fundamentals of the optimum line – the best combination of arcs through corners and paths down the straights – as a tool to put yourself in a position to post the fastest possible time around the track. There were hits, there were misses, and everyone LOVED it!
We finished off the segment demonstrating the Brachistochrone theory with two separate ramps and some hot wheel cars. Sounds easy enough, until you’re on the seventh take and the word “Brachistochrone” caused Alan to go into a series of tongue twisting mishaps that had myself and the girls giggling. Who said show business was easy?
Most driving schools cringe at the sight of rain, thunder clouds and lightning bolts looming the sky on their big day. Throw in a bunch of pylons, press cars and media folks at an advanced driver training event and you have the recipe for a very exciting day at the track.
Despite some waiting for the heavy rain to pass in the morning, our June 4 event got the spring driving season off to a great start. The group of students ranged from young drivers with brand-new driver’s licenses, to those with over 40 years behind the wheel learning, or shall we say unlearning, driving techniques for safer roads.
According to Jodi Lai from The National Post:
The clinic encourages drivers to use their own cars for the exercises, which include a slalom course, emergency stopping, crash avoidance and different weight transfer techniques. Understanding the physics behind your own vehicle and being able to test its limits is important for boosting a driver’s confidence and driving skill. And there is no better time to do it than under the watchful eye of an expert driving instructor so she can explain what you’re doing right and help you correct what you’re doing wrong. When you understand the physics behind your daily driver and know how it feels in different situations, you will be able to react more quickly and make smarter decisions to avoid collisions. More >>
Participants were also given the opportunity to test drive the new 2011 Scion TC in driving exercises, or go for a ride on the track with a racing driver. The Scion had to compete, however, with the delicious pulled-pork sandwiches we served at lunch.
By the end of the day, participants were driving confidently around the track with hands properly on the steering wheel and big smiles on their faces. Mission accomplished!
Our next advanced driver training experience will be on Saturday September 24, 2011 at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.
Today, we’re at Grand Prix Kartways at Toronto’s Downsview Park for our SGR 1st gear Intro to Kart Racing. Our clinic will be less about getting dirty with our cars and getting behind the wheel of an electric-powered go-kart to build a foundation for safer, faster and smarter drivers!
We start off the day with a quick introduction, schedule breakdown and summary of topics we’ll be covering during the track walk. Most importantly, we cover the importance of vision, smooth inputs and the three components of a corner. Participants quickly realize that these three components – the turn-in point, apex point, and exit point – are critical to understanding the optimal driving line of the karting track.
My dad is the driving columnist for the Globe and Mail – when he told me I should go out to the racetrack to take advanced driver training with Team SGR I thought he was crazy.
At 25, I hold a G1 license. Living downtown my whole life I never really needed a car: everything was central to me and I biked and walked everywhere. While this was great for my health and for the environment, I realized I needed to be able to drive.
Two organizations reach out to grassroots community via events, driving schools and giveaways
To continue increasing awareness of driver education, particularly amongst women, Team SGR today announced a partnership with Sailun Tires.
“We’re very happy to be partnering with Team SGR, and helping to promote their unique position in the racing community,” said Humphrey Ho, Senior Director of Marketing at Sailun Tires. “We believe Team SGR is the perfect partner allowing Sailun Tires to reach men and women of all ages with an interest in advanced driving and in grassroots motorsports. Indeed, that is the market that SGR has served since 1999.”
Through Sailun’s partnership with Team SGR, together we begin building motorsports history in Canada – reaching out to automotive enthusiasts on all levels, particularly those looking to get into the sport at a grassroots level.
“Culturally, the automobile sector is male-dominated and girls are groomed to be in the passenger seat or on the hood at a young age,” said Anna He, President and co-founder of Team SGR. “and we’re going to change that. Our approach to advanced driver education is to provide friendly and fun experiences at an affordable price. In that way, we are much like Sailun, a company looking to expand the reach of its high-quality, affordable product lineup in Canada. By appealing to women, we are, ultimately appealing to everyone.” [Read more…]