Alex Wanee on Success and Setting the Standard in Professional Motorsports

Alex Wanee is the Performance Director at PitFit Training, a motorsports performance training facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After recovering from an illness that caused him to drop out of school, Alex discovered his passion for helping athletes realize their full potential.

Inspired by this discovery, Alex began working in the human performance industry while he was completing his Sports & Exercise Science degree at Ball State University.

Throughout his career as a coach and mentor, Alex has worked with athletes in a variety of motorsports series such as IndyCar, NASCAR, and IMSA.

Alex joins me today to discuss setting the standard in professional motorsports. He shares his background in the world of physical preparation and how he specialized in coaching for motorsports.

He describes the different series in motorsports as well as the physical and environmental factors a coach needs to consider for his race car driver.

He explains what strength training looks like for race car drivers, and how communication and dialogue help him train his clients better.

And last but not least, Alex shares his advice for younger coaches who want to work in motorsports, and discusses how mentoring other coaches has impacted him.

 

Energy is the currency of performance in any sport. The goal in motorsports is to make the race car driver efficient. – Alex Wanee

 

This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • Alex’s journey from a sports journalism student to an exercise science major at Ball State
  • How Alex pivoted into the world of motorsports
  • The different motorsports series and the various physical demands and environmental factors associated with them
  • The need for static, dynamic, and reactive strength in motorsports
  • Training and building a superior race car driver in the gym
  • How brain and cognitive endurance training reduces perceived exertion
  • What the in-season and off-season looks like for motorsports
  • How Alex trains his racers during in-season
  • How to be a successful coach in motorsports
  • Alex’s experiences in both getting mentored and mentoring younger coaches

 

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