Karting Data: Getting ready for Tri-Cities Shootout

Writer’s Note: So, before I get started, these posts are going to be a bit of stream on consciousness as I write down my thoughts. I might come back and edit these later, or I might make other posts (shrugs).

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This weekend, we have the Tri-Cities Shootout, which is a night race that is held in the Richland area. It’s one of my favorite tracks to race on, but outside of being on the podium in a freak rain race there, I haven’t had the best success at this track.

So this morning, I decided to pull up some of my data from some reason practices, and races there and see if there were any areas where I could improve.

Spoilers: There are a ton. (Sigh.)

Step 1: See where there is noise
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Don’t call it a comeback. Although I just might…

 

So, I just realized today that it’s been almost three years since I’ve written a post for this blog. Three years.

I remember, when I used to post here three to four times a day. Although it’s not like I haven’t been busy. A lot has changed, largely for the better.

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Why karting will help your car racing

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It’s that time of the year, where most of my autocross and road racing friends are packing up their cars for the fall and winter.  During the ‘off season’, they would love to be able to get more practice time in, but when you’re running a club racer like a Spec Miata or a Spec Racer Ford, getting practice time is an incredibly expensive premium.

Very few people have the resources to simply rent a full-size track, afford transportation and manage the regular consumable costs in order to practice sufficiently between big races or during the winter months. Continue reading

7 Key Elements that make for good teamwork

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about an experience I had earlier this year, that albeit frustrating, provided some key takeaways that I wanted to share.

I had volunteered to help a grassroots race team get off the ground earlier in the year. It was an interesting experience, because I was working with someone new to me who had asked for my help. It was different from working on a project with my friends. (Honestly, it was more like working with a client from my day-job, as an consultant.)  I was only around for about two months. It didn’t really work out, just really due to an improper character fit with  the people involved.

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I’ve cropped this photo to remove the ‘team owner’s’ name/face from the original photo, but we definitely had the pace for a victory here, if the exhaust had not failed. (We didn’t know that we had to safety wire them, as it was my second 206 race ever!)

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Three anime that get me psyched to go racing

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As follower of my blog know, I love racing. I get inspired by many so many elements of motorsport. However, one of my hidden secrets is my love of racing animes and mangas.

There something about how them that make me just want to get into my kart and hit the track. So, since I was in the middle of binge watching through some right now, I wanted to share three of my favorite anime that inspire me to go racing.  So let’s get started with a classic… Continue reading