The Rags to Races Podcast: Motorsports and Racing for Everyone

For years, I've wanted to get involved in motorsports, Growing up, I never had anyone to help me learn how to get started. As a teenager, I thought you needed to have piles of money to even get started in racing. Now I'm all grown up, and over the years, I've found many ways to get my fix at the track, even when I had no money at all. The Rags to Races Podcast is here to show you how anyone can get involved in motorsports, no matter what the budget you're working with is. So, if you're the kind of person that lives for auto racing in any and all forms this podcast is for you. From SCCA to Drifting and Autocross to Rally, Jake is going to cover it all!
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Jan 23, 2017

In this episode, Jake talks to stage rally co-driver Ryan Dunham.

For years, Jake has loved watching stage rally highlights wherever they can be found here in the states. He's never really met anyone who is deeply involved in the sport. Fast forward to a listener message on Facebook, and he got to talking with Ryan Dunham, and stage rally co-driver.

Ryan graciously agreed to come on the show and talk about his experience in stage rally. Co-driving is a lot more than just saying, "Left 3 into crest, caution keep right over crest. 150 into jump into right 6." In most forms of motorsport, the driver or crew chief can be looked at kind of like a quarterback on a football field. In rally, the co-driver is the one calling the shots and making sure the entire team works like a well-oiled machine.

You can find more info on stage rally at the following links:

Rally Map:

Rally University:

Rally Co-Driving Book:

Sanctioning Bodies:
Also NASA Rallysport



You can find Ryan Dunham at the following links:


Instagram: @rallysideways

Twitter: @rallyformel1

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Instagram: @rags2races

Twitter: @ragstoraces

Feel free to email me at

Keep the shiny side up!

Jan 19, 2017

Are you an instant reflex driver or a feel sensitive driver?

This week, Jake talks to Derek Daly. Derek has a storied history in professional motorsports to include Formula 1, Indycar and the 24 Hours of LeMans. Since his retirement from driving, Derek has built a life teaching those who have the desire and drive to compete at the highest levels of motorsports.

Jake primarily asks about Derek's book, "Race to Win: The 7 Essential Skills of the Complete Champion". The book is a how-to guide to get into professional motorsports. Jake covers all aspects of "The Champion's Pyramid" and the skills needed to not only become a professional driver, but to perform at the top in all aspects of driving a race car as a business.

You can find out more about Derek Daly and order his book on his website,

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I'm blogging on Opposite Lock, and watch for more videos on the YouTube Channel, Just search for Rags to Races at either site.

Keep the Shiny Side Up!

Jan 12, 2017

In this episode, Jake goes over the basics of sim racing. Some people may call them video games, I don't. While video games are where online and sim racing started, they've come light years from the days of Pole Position and Hard Drivin'.

Nowadays, even the pros use sim racing to learn an unfamiliar track or car. Anyone with a good internet connection and a membership to iRacing can run wheel-to-wheel with the likes of Reubens Barrichello or Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Jake's start in the performance racing world was the original Gran Tourismo back in high school and it's grown from there.

He talks about getting started with sim racing, the needed hardware and software, and just how far you can go with your "Sim Rig."

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Jan 4, 2017

In this episode, Jake chats with Lefty, Train, Hollywood and Woodchuck of the B Squad Hotrod Podcast.

We talk autocross, podcasting, and more importantly, setting up your shop. We talk about what you need in your toolbox and the knowledge needed to get your start working on your own car.

If you are going to start working on your own car, there's a lot you need to get the ball rolling. Don't fret though, with a little know how and some hand tools, you can learn to turn wrenches with the best. All you need are some basic tools, safety knowledge, and a mentor. I think I can speak for all of us who wrench on our own cars when I say most of us would be more than happy to come out and give you a hand.

Make sure to check out the guys at B Squad Hotrod. They're on Twitter at @bsquadhotrod too. You can also find them at their RSS page-

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I'm on Twitter at @ragstoraces Instagram @rags2races and I blog on Opposite Lock- Search for Rags to Races.


Keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down!