So the maiden Formula E race was this weekend, and I just had a chance to really look at some of the highlights in detail. (First of all, props to Formula E to actually provide some highlights of their races. Why Formula 1 doesn’t do this is absolutely baffling to me still.)
I find the business of motorsport just as exciting as the action that happens on the track. In order to get on-track success, so many things happens behind the scenes.
For the 11th year now, Formula Drift has been the premier drift series in the US and in several other countries as well. When the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach takes southern California by storm, Formula Drift puts their mark (literally) on the track the weekend before the big open wheel race.
A few years ago, I found myself attracted to competition karting, not only because of the amount of seat time that you can get, but because of the types of people who make up the sport.
I don’t drift myself, but I always enjoy going to watch them at our local tracks. They also seem to have so much fun, which really is the point of all motorsport, right? #keepmotorsportfun
This Final Bout event looked like a total blast! USA International Raceway in Shawano, Wisconsin looks like a badass track. I wonder if they can run karts there…
Just taking a look at this historic kart demonstration in the UK, you can easily see how much the look of race karts have changed over the last 50 years. Sidepods, bumpers, larger curb weight. Karts now are definitely much safer that they were in the old days.
However, at the same time, some will argue that the safety factor has made it possible for some drivers to reduce their driving standards, because they can touch pods can get away with a little “bump and run”. That wouldn’t even be a conversation starter in these vintage karts. You’d just flip and crash.
Still, it’s interesting to see how the technology has evolved, eh?
This year was my first time competing in a regional kart series. I took part in the IKF Region 6 Gold Cup. Now that the season is over, I’ve had a few friends who just wanted to have a quick summary on how the racing season went, so I figured that I would give a quick post on that.
So it’s been a busy few weeks, which is why I haven’t posted much on the blog. I’ve been busy racing in Oregon, and writing some articles for a few other sites. I promise to get back on the blogging bandwagon here soon.
In the meantime, take a look at this Nurburging crash video.
Formula E. Home of the all electric formula car racing series, and all the ex-Formula 1 driving talent that you can get your hands on. The first race is coming in September, and so I’ve been doing a bit to find more information about the cars.