Over the last couple of years, the car count of the Formula Ford field has been spread thin due to drivers entering one-off races. Many people in the Formula Ford community saw a need for a local series. James Lee and Brad Baytos decided to fulfill this request and create the "Formula F1600 Southern Series". Both heavily involved in racing for more than 3 decades, they both remember when Formula Ford had fields of over 40 cars.

The goal is to upkeep the growth and fun factor of Formula Ford racing. While the car count is far from its "heyday", there is still plenty of cars in the area. The Series hopes to unite all racers in the local area and maybe even bring some travelers. It doesn't matter if your fast, slow, old, or young; we are stronger in numbers. If we can attain a certain amount of drivers per weekend we will be given our own run group by SCCA (10 drivers for PBIR and Homestead). Quantity of drivers will also increase the number of sponsors we can acquire and essentially the contingencies will be greater.

Quantity = competition

Competition = fun

Fun = improvement

Improvement = quantity

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Racecar drivers are elite athletes, each need to be prepared to deal with the harsh conditions that are experienced during the race. A driver will have to face extreme heat and sore muscles. The heart rate while driving can get up to 180 bpm.

standard meal composition for athletes


You need to start hydrating 2 days before you get in the car. Many drivers try to drink as much Gatorade as they can on race day. The body doesn't work this way and proper nutrition needs to be consumed days before. You should be eating meals full of vitamins, carbs, and proteins at least a week before the race. Sleep is imperative; starting 5 days before the weekend, make sure you get a "full nights rest". I consider a "full nights rest" to be where you wake up without an alarm, your not groggy in the morning and not tired during the day.

At the track make sure to drink lots of water, only 1 bottle of Gatorade should be consumed per day. For snacks, you should be eating nuts, bananas, oranges, berries, apples, and granola. Stay away from Soda and junk food. Try to eat the healthiest breakfast and lunch possible, I personally get food from the supermarket. Once again good rest is the main priority, don't stay out late. Make sure your meals aren't heavy, especially dinner and take multi-vitamin tablets all weekend long. Avoiding the sun and getting sick is another key objective.

30 minutes prior to each session, make sure you are out of the A/C. Your body needs to be warmed up but not overly hot. Coaching through video tends to produce the best results. Focusing on the driver will get you more speed than trying to have the best car. When you are driving you should be comfortable in the cockpit and focused on performing to the best of your abilities. If you aren't doing well, don't pay attention to the results. Figure out what is costing you the most speed and work on that area.

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The safety and results of a driver are directly impacted by physical and mental fitness. Every driver should be taking their fitness seriously.

Skills you need to work on:

  • Cardiovascular Stamina

  • Muscular Endurance

  • Flexibility

  • Reactions

  • Strength

  • Mental Toughness

Workout Plan # 1

  • 1 hour of Cross-fit with a trainer every other day

  • 2 hours of playing "Ping-Pong" weekly

  • 1 hour of Yoga classes weekly

  • 90 minutes of online Chess weekly

  • 20 minutes of meditation daily

  • 15 minutes of stretching daily

Workout Plan # 2 - Home

Complete this workout 3-4 times a week, 15 sec break between each set.

Begin with running 1 mile at 50% your fastest time.

Once your body is warmed up move onto a full-body stretch.

Jump Rope for 2 minutes straight.

Do 2 sets of diamond push-ups, reps are 70% of your personal record.

Do 2 sets of wide push-ups, reps are 70% of your personal record.

Hit the battle ropes for 2 minutes, speed is 60% of your personal record.

Do 1 set of wide-grip pull-ups, reps are 70% of your personal record.

Do 1 set of close grip pull-ups, reps are 70% of your personal record.

Do 3 sets (alternating the activities & at 60% of your PR) of

V-ups, leg raises, side plank, russian-twist, windshield-wipers, and scissor-kicks.

Catch and throw a tennis ball against a wall for 8 minutes.

Run 1/2 a mile at 50% then run the last 1/2 mile as fast as you can.

Full body stretch.

  • 90 minutes of online Chess weekly

  • 20 minutes of meditation daily

  • 15 minutes of stretching daily


  • Stretching and avoiding injury is important

  • Nothing gets you more fit to drive than actual "seat-time"

  • Any type of workout is better than no workout

  • For guidance visit http://pitfit.com/

Other Activities that help

  • Rock Climbing

  • Swimming

  • Cycling

  • Boxing

  • Rowing

  • Tennis

  • Skiing


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