There aren’t many black people at the racetrack

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*Not going to lie. I’m not sure how long this post will stay up. But, it is a matter of ‘my site, my rules’, so here we go.*

There aren’t many black people at the racetrack.

Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a matter of safety or acceptance. The majority of people I’ve met while racing have been some of the nicest, and most understanding people I know. I’m just saying when I go to the racetrack, there aren’t very many black people there.

I’m not angry about it. It’s just something I want to see change.

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Just a little update #keepkartingfun

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So, it’s been a little bit since I’ve done an update. So what have I been up to?

For the last three months, I’ve been working with Ched Follis and Leonardo Borrego to form a karting team. We called it ‘Ched Follis Racing’ and we’ve been racing and testing in LO206 (Really,  the class name is just 206 now, but I keep calling it by the old name) at a few of our local tracks. It’s been a complete blast.

Honestly, it’s been one of the best experiences racing that I’ve ever had. The three of us meet weekly to prep and setup the kart and do testing between races to fine tune the setup. (We try to take the tips and tricks from practice days and apply them wherever we can.) Continue reading

Help the newbies. Karting needs it. #keepkartingfun

Helping some new drivers and people who want to learn to tune by using the LO206. Simple and easy to get them started.

We all know what it’s like to be new when we started karting. It can be a bit overwhelming. You don’t know anyone, you don’t know anything, and generally you’re not that fast. It’s a very critical time when deciding whether you want to keep doing it or not.

When I got started, I was fortunate enough to have some friends who encouraged me to go out to do some track days with them, until I got up to speed. If that hadn’t happened, it would have been likely that I would have quit to do something else.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have that luxury, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Everyone can do their part to help new people get into the sport of karting, by just lending a few minutes of their time to provide some helpful tips. It’s not only valuable, but immensely satisfying to create that support structure.  Continue reading

Moving things in the right direction #keepkartingfun #lo206 #Theartofkart

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In life, things never go as you plan, but sometimes they end up better.

Originally, I had planned to go to the third and fourth round of the Gold Cup, but other events stepped in. However, an opportunity came up for a set of test days to help setup Ched Follis’ 206.

Between spending time at both PGP Motorsports Park and Sumas International Motorsport Academy, it was an opportunity to get some more seat time with the 206 and try some new setup changes with the four-stroke at two different tracks with Ched and Leo. Continue reading

Making karting fun again – Turning track days into test days. #theartofkart

 

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So in my last post, I admitted how having to worry about my engine exploding was making karting less fun, so while I’m working on that, I’ve been focusing on also how to improve my approach to my driving.

I’ll admit, though no surprise to anyone, that I am not the fastest driver in the world. Therefore, I always want to work to improve my driving skills, and my understanding of how to setup my kart. After a few years of racing, I’ve gotten to a point where “just getting seat time” isn’t becoming as beneficial. I need a more focused approach in how I practice and test, so I can work on developing specific skills with my racing, setup and racecraft. Continue reading