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

So I’ve been working on some karting data videos…

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…trying to look like I know what I’m doing. 😛

So I’m excited for a new opportunity that I’ve been working on the last few weeks with AIM Sport. We’ve been developing some data analysis videos for using the Mychron5 and Race Studio 2. For those who aren’t aware, the Mychron/Race Studio combination is the system that a majority of competition karters use for data-logging and acquisition. However, the concept of data acquisition is a daunting concept for most people to take on.

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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