Nerves. Everyone has them at some point in their lives. Those anxious butterflies in their stomach. That pounding heartbeat in their chest that seems to want to burst out thier head. That overwhelming voice that echos when it asks “Can I do this?”
The kart is the most pure racing vehicle ever created. It has the essential components found in all racing machinery. A tuned chassis, strong brakes and a motor designed to be revved to within an inch of its life.
Nothing will train your body to have a more immersive experience with a race track than a kart. Nothing at all. You’re sitting as one with the machine, as the entire chassis is flexing around you. You feel every camber change and every change in grip surface interacting with your body immediately.
Honestly, I’m not sure what to title this post, seeing that I wanted to put so many things in it. Now that it’s the winter time, I figured it was a good idea to do a end of the year wrap up post. Seeing that it’s been a few months since the last Gold Cup race, I’d been holding off on any new posts for a little while, as I’ve been wrapping up the year and prepping for 2015.
Just taking a look at this historic kart demonstration in the UK, you can easily see how much the look of race karts have changed over the last 50 years. Sidepods, bumpers, larger curb weight. Karts now are definitely much safer that they were in the old days.
However, at the same time, some will argue that the safety factor has made it possible for some drivers to reduce their driving standards, because they can touch pods can get away with a little “bump and run”. That wouldn’t even be a conversation starter in these vintage karts. You’d just flip and crash.
Still, it’s interesting to see how the technology has evolved, eh?
I got a chance to go up against some good four-stroke talent this year, which gave me a good reference of how good my driving is
This year was my first time competing in a regional kart series. I took part in the IKF Region 6 Gold Cup. Now that the season is over, I’ve had a few friends who just wanted to have a quick summary on how the racing season went, so I figured that I would give a quick post on that. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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 →
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.