In 2014, I didn’t post on |StartingGrid| nearly as much as I’ve wanted to. Mostly, because I was focused on getting my feet stable in competition karting. I’m not upset with that at all, but I decided at the end of the year that I wanted to put more attention back into having fun with the blog.
I’ve been chatting with some people about some topic ideas that would be fun to write about, so below are some of my ideas.
It turns out, no matter how we try to avoid it, that we are creatures of habit. I was turning back the clock this morning, just curious of what I was doing this time last year in 2013. Turns out that I was writing another blog post like this one.
Well, it’s my blog. So, if I want to do the same thing, I can! FYI, this blog post might get kinda emotional/sappy, so if you want to skip it and come back to some car stuff, check in later.
(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.
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’m the luckiest guy on the track, really.
So I’ve had a lot of people pinging me lately, asking what’s been going on race-wise and in my life, since I haven’t been posting a lot of here. So let me catch you up.
So things have been pretty busy, in a good way, getting ready for the last regional sprint race of the year. I’ve been racing in the Gold Cup this year with my World Formula, and I’m currently 4th in points out of 26 drivers. If the race weekend goes really well at the end of the month, I’d end up in the top three, which would be a bonus, given all of the engine troubles that I’ve been having.
So what did you do over the weekend? I dropped by Griot’s Garage, where they hosted an event, showcasing several Formula 1 cars. It was pretty interesting to see some of the machines I’ve read about up close.