A New Chapter

•March 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

For the last three years, I have been dabbling in karting, going out to Driveway Austin for rental karts on Sunday, and occasionally K1 Speed. By far, karting is the most exciting thing I have ever done. It is a perfect mix of challenge, and relaxation; you are basically in a state of focus that borderlines on meditation. Kart racing is something I wanted to do as a kid, but I never had the means to pursue it.

I could not take the anticipation anymore, so in February I took on a second job to accomplish my goal of racing in my own equipment by the age of 30. I am happy to announce that I have reached a major milestone, and bought my own kart last week. It is a Spirit SP32 chassis, manufactured by Birel, and powered by a 125cc Honda CR125 engine with a 6 speed gearbox. I bought it from Dave Ogburn, who kept it in superb condition, and was willing to negotiate the deal to make it work for me. Finding and buying a competitive kart is no easy task, and the stars aligned just right to make this work. My thanks go out to Dave, who is an impressive driver moving on to stock cars. If you are interested, you can see the history of my new kart via his personal racing blog ‘Yaw Moment Racing’.

Dave is a taller driver than me, so the first order of business so far has been moving the pedals back to their stock location, and getting everything set up to my liking. At some point the seat will need to be replaced, but with a rib protector vest on it is not a terrible situation. The issues develop during high cornering speeds, where the forces can reach 3G’s. It is not uncommon to bruise or break ribs in shifter karts, so you want your seat to fit like a glove. It will take me a while to get up to those kind of forces, so my first few outings will be with the current seat.

I will be getting a membership at Hill Country Kart Club next month, and will start going out on the weekends for seat time, seat time, and more seat time. My goal is to spend the rest of this year learning how to drive a shifter kart, and improving my skills and lap time. Next year, I plan to race competitively, and have set my sights on the Texas ProKart Challenge. My goal is to eventually move into open wheel formula cars, or even sports car racing. I would like to develop my pace to the point of winning sponsorships, and hopefully get picked up by a professional racing team. While I am more than happy to keep this as a hobby, I am hell-bent on making this a career. It is a steep mountain to climb, but it is a mountain I have been dreaming of climbing since I was a kid. This is a new chapter in my life, and I intend to write the hell out of it!

Spirit SP32/Honda CR125

Spirit SP32/Honda CR125

Karting in the Wet

•January 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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:

2013 Formula One United States Grand Prix

•November 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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:

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2013 Cadillac V-Series Performance Lab

•October 23, 2013 • 1 Comment

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.

And so it begins…

•June 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Because Racekart…

 

 

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Birel CR32 Shifterkart

 

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.

 

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It’s purdy.

 

I will post build updates along the way.

 

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Soon…

 

2013 Australian V8 Supercars Austin 400

•June 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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.

2013 Moto GP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

•June 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here are a few of the photos from the 2013 Moto GP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. April 19-21 - Circuit of The Americas – Austin, Texas.

The rest can be found here.


 
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