|Video| Shifter Kart Insanity in the Rain!

Check out Felipe Merjech drifting his shifter kart in the rain. I just had this video shared with me, and I had to post it on StartingGrid. The angle that he carries between the corners is just awesome!

It shows you can also get away with a lot more in the rain in a kart, than you think. I wonder if he was running Vega rain tires, those have amazing grip in soaking conditions… Anyway, mucho impressive.

|World Formula| – Datalogging: Taking notes before getting started #kart

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Just recently, I picked up an AIM Mychron 4 and GPS attachment, so I could start gathering more data on my performances when racing my competition kart.

As we’re getting used to the technology, my teammates and I are learning more about how to approach using data acquisition tools. What I decided to do is catalog what we’re learning as we discover new ways to use these tools to go faster.

These posts will be short, and just have tips here and there. There are several videos on Youtube that cover the same topic, and sometimes I’ll link to them. Just another nerd thing, for those who like to read, I guess. Continue reading

|World Formula| A whirlwind of positive changes! #kart

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Getting ready for a soaking Saturday final during Gold Cup weekend

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do a project log. It’s been a real busy couple of months, karting-wise, but I’m not complaining in the slightest! To be honest, I’ve never had more fun in my entire life!

One of my teammates, Josh Stanford, volunteered himself to be my chassis tuner to help improve the setup of the World Formula kart after I finished fourth in my first regional race. We’d been noticing some improvements in the kart handling here and again, but given how competitive we had been during the finals of the first Gold Cup race, we’ve really been waiting to take the performance up a notch or two. Continue reading

|World Formula| Start of the Racing Season…with Pictures! #kart

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Of course, someone catches me mugging the camera in my fatty kart suit.

I guess we have to do something ourselves sometimes, right?

So the start of the 2014 race season has finally gotten underway for myself and my karting team, Xccel Racing. We’ve got several drivers in different categories of machines this year, so that allow us get out to several different tracks in the Pacific Northwest.

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|World Formula| Gotta love that learning curve…

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The last year has been a whirlwind of change, at least racing-wise. I was able to get my own kart and transportation, and start going to some club races. Compared to the racing that I used to do, this has been a complete different level of preparation just to get to the track. Continue reading

Aryton Senna’s PSA on #Karting! #F1

You have to love Senna, not only for his achievements in Formula 1, but for his love of competition karting. Check out this video where he advocates many of the core values of being involved in karting.

Honestly, I think that no matter what form of motorsport that you participate in, having experience in a kart is incredibly useful. Worked for Senna, so it works for me. 😉