What are your favorite tunes to jam to when heading to the track for race day or even just a practice day? Do you have favorites you always return to, or do you mix it up?
I’ve got two albums in rotation right now - August Burns Red - Messengers on the way there, and Impending Doom - The Sin and Doom Vol. II on the way back. Basically, heavy, hard-hitting, head-banging bliss. Gets me stoked and also keeps me from getting too much in my own head.
Yesss, Engine 45 is one of my go-to songs from The Ghost Inside.
I feel you on not listening to much pre-race. I found myself doing that when prepping for other things, like commutes before a big meeting at work, pre-game before a basketball or soccer game, or anything else where I was trying to get focused. Recently, I’ve been making myself listen to music, to take the edge off. I tell myself that if I can’t listen to music while prepping, I’m robbing myself of the fun of it, and it’s supposed to be fun.
I like to have a Bluetooth speaker playing some of that stuff in my pit area but I prefer to focus in on the race when I push out of my pit, so silence on the way to the grid and while I wait to go out.
But good jams and a nice cold beer are the ultimate when it comes to end-of-day kart cleaning and prep for the next day.
I’m a big metalhead, so I’ll indulge when working in the garage, and of course driving to/from the track. The team I race with has learned the hard way that they need to keep me off of DJ duty in the tent
For anyone looking to get pumped up for a scale house brawl, here is a variety of tracks I’ve been into lately (some new, some old):
Cannibal Corpse- Scourge of Iron
At the Gates- Unto Others
Trivium- What the Dead Men Say
Eyehategod- Take as Needed for Pain
Serpentine Dominion- This Endless War
Lamb of God- Omens (album)
Mastodon- High Road
System of a Down- Toxicity (song and album)
Megadeth- Rust in Peace…Polaris
Obituary- Burned In
I actually like to chill with my thoughts up to the grid in the grid. I actually dont even like to talk to people in grid. However, my music diversity is quite wide. Walk to my pit you never know what you might hear. Could be metal, country, rap, you just never know.
I was cracking up at first, because I thought this was a joke (it may be), but George Winston is one of my all time faves. Autumn, Forest, December. All classics. Not my first choice in prepping for the track, but if you’re looking to mellow out, this is it.
Not a joke! If you ever watch my stream late at night, there’s a pretty good chance I’m apexing to minimalist piano.
Music and hotlapping is something that IRL racers dont get to experience. It really, really changes things, how the music makes you drive. Mellow is good. Amped up stuff has its place too, but mostly I try to summon “kalm” laps. (Usually i still overdrive like a gorilla on a tricycle).