On Saturday I went to Texas Karts in San Antonio to check out their shop, and meet the folks. Tommy, the owner, is a pretty cool guy, and his shop looks pretty top notch. Afterwards I stopped by the Hill Country Kart Club in New Braunfels to check out the expansion and watch some folks in some shifters turn some laps. Hopefully I will be able to get a kart soon and spend time out there on the pavement. Sunday I decided to scratch my itch for seat time and took a GoPro with me to a rainy Driveway Austin. Here is a clip from the first session:
Once again I went to the USGP at Circuit of The Americas packing a Nikon D7000, and some good glass. Here are the pictures:
I also got a chance to meet the NBC Sports F1 broadcast team… Will Buxton, Steve Matchett, David Hobbs, and Leigh Diffey, at Will Buxton’s Big Time Bash:
Of course, I ALSO got to meet future American F1 star, Alexander Rossi, at K1 Speed in Austin:
This year I was fortunate enough to be invited back for another round of the Performance Lab at Circuit of The Americas, courtesy of Cadillac; of course, I accepted.
Last year, I finished my run feeling absolutely ecstatic about having attacked CoTA in a 560 HP V-Series. This year, not so much. I was left contemplating missed apexes, corner speeds, braking, attacking the line more aggressively, and backing off elsewhere. I also wanted to have a go in a lighter vehicle, with plenty of time to work up to a perfect lap. I think I did better overall… a fact which is reflected in my corner speeds through T-1 down to T-11, but this time I left wanting more. More time, more power, more laps, more. This is not a complaint against the V-Lab, CoTA, the car, or anything really. Rather, it’s a declaration that I am addicted to driving quickly, and nailing the line.
This is my new project. Parts are on their way. So far I have managed to clean up the frame, wet sand, and polish to a nice deep gloss. It was a chalky red before the TLC.
I will post build updates along the way.
Here are a few of the photos from the Australian V8 Supercars Austin 400 . May 16-18 - Circuit of The Americas – Austin, Texas.
The rest can be found here.