After recent events, I would like to properly thank AOD Racing, past, current, and future, for helping ingrain such techniques as situational and spacial awareness and how to predict a vehicle's behavior, and even influence that behavior outside of normal boundaries to get a specific reaction.
I realize it's worded a bit weird. Because of all the years I've spent tooling around the track with you guys and learning different techniques to get so many different cars to do different things, it's become part of me. I no longer have to think about how to get a car to pivot in a specific turn, I just induce some oversteer with one of the techniques I've acquired over the years, and try to fix it in the setup later on.
I've even kept myself out of accidents simply because of what I learned on track with you guys. Most recently, someone decided to slam on the brakes to merge into a crowded lane, but didn't actually merge, just stopped dead from 50 MPH without checking behind her. Guess who was there? Normally I could slam on the brakes and be pissed that I got so close with 5 axles of braking power, but this particular time, I had no trailer, no weight. Only 1 of my axles are useful, and it's trying to stop 18,000+ pounds by it's self.
In my 100+ ft slide, I was able to keep it straight, check the mirrors, figure out I could not stop in time, and choose a side to slide into. By the time I had an actual thought, I was grabbing a gear and trying to get up to speed to keep traffic flowing.
I'm proud to say the engine never stalled, and there was no contact made between anyone in the altercation, although after reviewing my dashcam video, it was the closest I've ever been to anything with the front end.
In short, thank you AOD Racing for all the training over the years. I believe it is because of everyone here willing to teach and learn and practice that I was able to make some of these things part of my instinct and keep myself safe.