Practice it the only way to get better at RC racing and hone in on the necessary skills (reaction time, setup, testing, putting laps down, etc). I know... try telling that to the guy that buys all the equipment and doesn't know what to do with it. I'm telling you now; it doesn't matter what you have, how much it costs, or how flashy it is. The sure way to get better is to practice and learn the ins and outs. With that said, some of us (me included) do not have the time to go to the track as frequently as we'd like. Some of us only have time for the points races and can't get that much practice in. Others, are not afforded the facilities to do so and might have to travel hours to get to the nearest track. I will be deploying soon and need some way to get my R/C fix (and better my skills).... so, I would like to thank those at virtualrc.com for their soon to be released VRC Pro simulation.
VRC Pro is set to release on September 1, 2011 according to VRCs Website. The newest installment of this includes a lot of really neat features. You can race indoor, outdoor, nitro, or electric! And, there are talks of an off-road aspect soon to come. One of the best features is the multiplayer format. You can practice, qualify, and race with anybody from anywhere with an internet connection. VRC Pro simulates over 40 tracks worldwide, with more developing all the time. You can test drive VRC for free using your keyboard, but I am sure you'll want to get the USB adapter to use your radio or get one from the VRC store. If you already have a different controller, you can probably figure out how to make it work too.