Gooseology and Lessons for Auto Racing

Gooseology and Lessons for Auto Racing
By Don Terrill (c) -

Living in Michigan I get to see plenty of Canadian Geese. As most know, they fly in a V formation and make a lot of noise during flight.

Just dumb animals right? Well, maybe we can learn something from them.

  • Aerodynamics - Like water running downstream, they naturally find the path (in this case formation) of least resistance.
  • Efficiency - There is no wasted motion - every movement is for the sole purpose of propelling the body forward.
  • Communication - No one knows for sure, but many believe the noise they make during flight is meant to encourage each other to keep going.
  • Teamwork - In a V formation more drag is placed on the leader, thus they will rotate out of that position to let other more rested geese take their turn at the front.
  • Take the path of least resistance - Instead of always thinking about how we can add more power or speed, how about focusing on the forces that keep it from happening naturally? How do we minimize the negative effects of these forces?
  • Get the most out of what you've got - The goal for most types of racing is to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Every component and action should be looked at to see if it helps with this ultimate goal. If not, change it or get rid of it.
  • Build a REAL team - One of the biggest shockers when I first went to work for a Nascar team was the total lack of a team feeling - everyone was just in it for themselves. I have no doubt that building a true team culture will pay off with wins.
Now on to Sheepology.................... uhh, maybe not.

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