|SCCA Runoffs| My Runoffs Experience – Kyle Keenan

(L to R) Travis Washay, Kyle Keenan, and David Daughtery

(L to R) Travis Washay, Kyle Keenan, and David Daughtery

I’ll never forget riding in our $200 Nissan pick up truck, on our way home from our first go-kart race. Just as we were about to get on the freeway, my Dad looks over, and quietly says “Kyle, I’m sorry……I wish I could give you the equipment everyone else has.” As I sat there, half confused as to what he meant, by the time I got home I knew exactly what it meant. Since that day, I’ve been 100% devoted to my racing efforts. From racing a bike around the block, to a Spec Miata while 3-wide down the back straight at Portland, it’s been a long, crazy road, one that ironically enough, ended up putting Team KBR and myself on the top step of the podium at the SCCA Runoffs.
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|Introduction| Kyle Keenan

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Photo Credit: Camden Thrasher

Hello StartingGrid.org viewers! My name is Kyle Keenan, and I’ve grown up around racing.

As a child, I grew up rolling indy car tires around Rolla Vollstedt’s race shop in Portland, Oregon. When the opportunity arrived at the age of 6 to hop in a kart, with the help of my Dad, I began racing. Since then, I’ve raced everything from dirt oval karts, shifter karts, a couple drift events, road rallies, autocrosses, and of course, road racing.  More recently, I’ve competed in SCCA’s US Majors Tour, Pirelli World Challenge, and ICSCC events.

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|Video| Miata owner catches car, then himself on fire #drift #facepalmdrift

I honestly cannot believe this. I can count the people on one hand that I know who would catch the car on fire, keep trying to start it, then catch HIMSELF on fire…before posting the video on Youtube.

Some people’s kids, I guess. At least it gives us something interesting to watch. *Facepalm*

First Autocross After Too Long

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As I write this, I’m sitting in a truck on the road to San Diego to compete in the 2013 SCCA Pacific Southwest National Tour autocross event in San Diego. You may recall that in my last post, I mentioned some nervousness about jumping into the deep end of competition. To ease my nerves, and get familiar with Sean Green’s new Miata, I entered last weekend’s Western Washington Sports Car Council autocross.

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