The SMART Program: Special Mentor Assisted Race Training Program
Previously known as ‘Race Smart’, the SMART Program will serve as an exceptional safety resource for PPIHC rookie drivers and riders. It’s a well-known axiom in sports and in life: Practice makes perfect. Actually, it should be “perfect practice makes perfect,” since the right preparation is key to both top-level performance and safety. This is especially true when it comes to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which is widely acknowledged as one of the most challenging road racing competitions in the world. You really do want to be perfect here. For the past two years, Ducati teamed with the PPIHC to create the ‘Race Smart’ program, which utilized the talent of some of the most experienced Pikes Peak motorcycle racers in the world to coach and prepare first-time Pikes Peak competitors in the days leading up to the event. This year the safety program will be known as the SMART Program and will include safety resources and instruction for both rookie drivers and riders. Longtime auto-racing and Pikes Peak expert, David Donner, will serve as the main contact for the auto coaching, while Paul Livingston returns to handle the motorcycle competitors. “From my experience at Pikes Peak,” says Donner, “racers must understand this venture demands just as much mental preparation as physical. With its excellent mentors and resources, the SMART Program ensures rookies are well prepared both mentally and physically to dominate the exhilarating climb of the esteemed Pikes Peak.” So in the end, it’s much more than simply ‘practice makes perfect.’ It’s perfect practice, and the SMART Program team is aiming to be perfect again this year – on two wheels and on four. Please refer to the “Resources” tab to learn more about the SMART Program and review the various resources provided.