While sports car racing is often focused on advancements in technology, particularly on the track, the industry is oftentimes playing catch up to innovations seen in traditional stick-and-ball sports.
However, in the case of remote coaching, motorsports is taking a front-and-center approach, and given the current COVID-19 climate, could arguably be the wave of the future in the broader sporting world.
A startup called Racers360, co-founded by former Rolex 24 at Daytona and two-time Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring class winner Dion von Moltke, is betting on that virtual future.
Von Moltke, who helped launch the service in 2018, has connected hundreds of amateur and enthusiast racers to professional drivers worldwide through a number of online coaching options.
From Acura Team Penske driver Ricky Taylor to current Trans-Am T2 points leader Mike Skeen and former Rolex 24 class winner Cameron Lawrence to rising open-wheel driver Nelson Mason (pictured above), users are able to upload their on-board video and data to share with Racers360’s coaches to receive highly personalized feedback.
Among other pro drivers to have recently joined the program include Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor, sports car legend Johnny O’Connell, and two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden, who has also become an investor in the company.
“Throughout most of my professional career I would be hired by a driver for occasional coaching days — and the more of these I would do the more frustrated I became with the costs involved for the driver,” von Moltke told Sportscar365.
“From the daily coaching fees to flights, hotels and meals, it prevented many enthusiast racers from effectively working with a coach.
“Much of what I was able to accomplish in my racing career came from access to some of the world’s best coaches for my education. Most drivers, however, did not have the same…