This past September, when I showed up at New Jersey Motorsports Park for a two-day version of the Yamaha Champions Riding School, I knew a few things. At the ripe old age of 39, I had been driving race cars for nearly half my life. Amateur stuff mostly, but also more than a few professional machines, from Group C Porsches to Formula 1 iron. I have raced everywhere from Goodwood to Laguna Seca. In 2012, after a decade in automotive journalism and club racing, I took a job at Road & Track, working there for eight years as a high-performance vehicle tester and editor. And once, a few years ago, in a moment representing significant luck and possibly even a bit of skill, I won an amateur roadracing championship.