Originally Posted by mdosu
number of shifts depends on the track layout. Most HPDE beginners are told that they shift too much, and this takes away from concentration of learning the lines.
I did an entire year at my home track driving the track in 3rd gear. I wasn't a lot slower than anyone else, but I got to focus on lines, braking, transitions, and corner exits without worrying about shifting.
Simplifying the driving this way was a tactic I learned from a golf pro I learned from: he joined the students for a round at the end of the group's lessons with a 5 iron and a putter. He shot par.