Club Night Race at Concept Haulers

In preparation for the third installment of the Briggs and Stratton LO206 Cup, Jason and I visited Concept Haulers Motor Speedway for a some testing and a practice race with the local club.  This track was the first one he put his very own kart on, and he ran his first season of LO206 Sportsman there.  His first race this season was here and he did okay, taking second, but it was not spectacular, fast but not real fast.  After working hard this season he has been reaching for the “real fast”  and the potential for Jason to do well was there.  The hope was that we would be able to at least keep up with the locals and give them a challenge.

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Getting Air while tuning the animal kart

We arrived for an early in the day open practice and tuned up his animal kart until we ran out of gas.  Once official race practice started, he was already warmed up and ready, so,  I put him in the back of the field, first to see what he would do and second to give him some practice passing.   His instructions were to be patient and smart and drive clean.  For the first two practice sessions he was very clean and passed the entire field both sessions.  In the second lap of the third practice, he exited from turn 1 a little hot and spun off the track in turn 2, then rest of practice watching the other drivers.  So much for being patient.

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The field this week consisted of 12 karts.  We have not seen a field this size since his kid kart days.  We knew most of the drivers and understood what they would do, but there were also a couple of unknowns.  Jason started the first heat in the middle of the pack in 8th, and the second in 5th(bumped up to 3rd, due to new drive moving to the back).  Being in the middle give him a better chance of finishing high in the heats and then starting near the front for the feature which makes winning easier with fewer karts to battle with in front of him.

Let’s watch, now, and see how he did.

Race Heat 1, starting 8th
 

Race Heat 2, starting 3rd
 

Feature Race, starting on the pole
I am hoping that you watched the video.  If you look back at the first race of the season he is actually a completely different driver.  At the IMG_5591beginning of the season he was letting off on the gas into corners and over breaking, now he stays on the gas through most corners, using the breaks to adjust speed and and direction to navigate the corner.  Not only did Jason win the heats 1 and 2, and the feature (by 17 seconds) but he also set the new 2015 track record with a 58.967, 1.271 seconds faster than the previous record and only 1.1 seconds away from the over all record.  We will see if it still stands at the end of the season.

Jason’s next race is August 21-22 at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway.  This will be the third race weekend of the Briggs and Stratton 206 Cup.

IMG_5523_cropThanks to both my parents and my wife for letting me muck with cars, motorcycles, and motors.  Without the skills I learned there I would not be able to keep Jason’s kart right.  Thanks to my Dad for hanging out with us this last weekend.  Your company was much appreciated.

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CES Racing at Blackhawk

trackmapThis weekend the Championship Endro Series held the third race and second visit to Blackhawk Farms Raceway.   Blackhawk is a nearly two mile long race track used for many forms of road racing including cars and motorcycles.  It is a track loved by drivers for challenging 7 turn course and its beautiful woodland setting.  When we visit we don’t even consider getting a hotel room, we know we are going to camp at this track.  Jason has now visited at this track 12 times running some where in the area of 200 laps, that’s about 390 miles.  That’s about 4 hours on driving time averaging 70 MPH.

IMG_5467This weekends competition was regrettably small, with no one in his class to race with he is a little bored.  In the past he has been able to run with some of the other classes but this year everyone is faster then he is and he is often by  him self while others are races up ahead. Its not very exciting for him.  Saturdays race started very well with Jason as usual jumping up to about 4th or 5th place and then as the faster but heaver karts picked up speed he dropped down to 11th of 17 by the end of the race.  Still a good race for him and consistent with his previous races and he won his class.

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Some of Jason’s fellow drivers

After the race on Saturday, started working on changing the kart setup to meet the Animal Junior class rules, with encouragement from his older and questionably wiser race buddies.  This class is normally for drivers 12 to 15, but since Jason is a pretty skilled and reserved driver and should be safe.  The Junior class runs without a restrictor plate on the carburetor and the driver and kart must weight at least 300lbs.  The plate prevents gas and air from getting into the motor and limits it to 7 horse power, down from the stock 12.  While adding the approximate 25lbs, I did my best to keep the kart balanced and safe, an unbalanced kart can be difficult to drive.  The only thing I did not do was put 6 in rear wheels and tires on as I don’t have any.  The tires would likely made him a bit faster.  He was given strict instructions to be careful and thoughtful with the new power and speed he when out for his first real Junior Practice.

Sunday race startThe race on Sunday was a really good time.  It however did start with a very scary moment of Jason spinning out in turn 6 and almost getting run into.  Thankfully, the guys behind him where very skilled and made the moves to get around him with out incident.  The rest of the race he played catch-up picked off kart after kart.  At one point he picked up a draft partner who stuck on him like glue and only briefly managed to pull in front of Jason, but Jason got him in the next corner.  In the end starting in 11th then going to 17th(dead last) all the way backup to 8th, quite the drive.  Although he was not on the track with other junior drivers lap times right there with the current drivers lap times of 1.33, though in the past 1.28 would be the high mark, with some tuning and practice we could do that.

Thanks all our road racing friends for their encouragement and support.  Karen, the season is starting to wind down, soon we can start to enjoy banquet season.  This race was supported by Glenview’s The Greenwood Restaurant.

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Briggs 206 Cup race at Eau Claire

The second race weekend of the Briggs and Statton 206 Cup was held in at the Mid-West Karting Association in Eau Claire, WI on July 24th and 25th.  Our trip started on with something new, a stop in Madison, WI and a stay at an AirBNB, the Uber of Bed and Breakfasts.  Our lodgings where very nice and exactly suited to our simple needs, a place to rest our heads for a reasonable price, Thanks Dustin and Family, hope to visit you again.

7095276After our Thursday nights rest, we finished our drive to the track and set about to practicing and tuning Jason’s karts.  Jason spent the first few laps puttering round on learning the track and then quickly picked up speed as he tested the track for the fast line.  This tracks main challenge is a squiggle that runs down the back stretch.  The entrance is out of a high speed sweeper and If you don’t set up the first kink correctly you loose more speed and time at each subsequent turns.  At the exit then you have to setup an moderately sharp u-turn in to the rest of the infield.  Getting that entrance wrong will blow the rest of the lap.  While Jason was tuning his driving, I was turning the karts, making the subtle adjustments as he reported back.  By the end of the day we were both hot and tried, but both karts where ready for racing.

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Saturday started with practice which went very smoothly but the racing was another matter.  The LO206 had a drive chain fail and the Animal had a tire come apart during the heat races.  I was able to replace the chain and the tire before the feature.  Unfortunately the “new” chain also failed during the first lap on the LO206 feature.  Both karts had well worn tires, as the day progressed karts got more difficult to drive through corners.  Eventually, as the laps wound down the kart slid around corners like he was using his hard tires and the slower lap times reflected that.  While, it was not our best day we learned some thing about these soft tires, when they go, they go.  Despite the failing tires Jason set the fastest LO206 Sportsman lap of the weekend of 40.242, just needs to work on passing to get around the competition.  That will come in time.  He finished 3 third in both classes for the day.

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Sunday Animal Race in the Lead

Sunday started with new tires for both karts and some more practice to break them in and bit of fine tuning.  Like the racing at Badger it was very exciting, but not much actually happened.  Jason and the other drivers in both classes where so closely matched now that they where nose to tail evey lap of every race.  Each driver looking for or to make the opened needed to move up a position and no one giving ground.   Jason was not able to make any progress in the LO206 the 4 races and finished 3rd for the day, but did set the days fastest laps.  In the animal sportsman class race one Jason took and early lead and stretched the lead to a few seconds at the end of his first win of the weekend.  The second race ended when the throttle cap came loose and he retired early.  The feature was quite the battle between the three drivers, again where nose to tail as they raced around the track.  At the end of the 11th lap Jason spotted an opening and made his move to take the second spot.  Jason held on to the position for the last lap, finishing second in the race and for the day.  The day ended with 3rd in the LO206 class and second in the Animal class.  Can’t wait for these guys to meet at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway, Jason’s home track, for the next 206 Cup race.

This next weekend we will be at the 3rd Championship Endro Series race and second visit to Blackhawk Farms, in South Beliot, IL.  This should be a fun but relaxing weekend with our racing friends.

Thanks Neil and Christian for their company and competition in both the sportsman classes.  Congratulations to Regan and Jen on your first born and thanks for the great motors from 4 Cycle Central.  Karen, we have a trailer now and it work mostly, thanks for the trust.  Kate nice working earning all of those ribbon at the Lake County Fair, 5 Grand Champions and 2 Reserve Champions.

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This is why we race, CES 3 and 4 at Grattan

I have noticed something new about Jason during the last two race weekends.  He is starting to be part of a team and not just his team.  He is no longer the “Lighting McQueen” thinking only of what he does.  He is understanding what it takes to be part of a racing team and part of a race.  The driver is the celebrity, and without their talent and skill there would be no racing, but without the rest of the team, the track owner, the corner workers, and all of the people it takes to put a race, on there would be no race.

vlcsnap-2015-07-13-20h57m11s241A few weeks ago, after his first regional kart win, the first thing he said to me was “Happy Father’s Day” and “we did this as a team”.   That right there, made me proud,  but this weekend, at Grattan, I was a bit choked up when I watched his race video with some of our kart friends.  After the checkered flag, all karts take a lap to cool down and then pull into the pits.  As he passed each flag stand and corner worker he gave them a “thumbs up” of thanks and acknowledgement of their work.  This made me happier then any trophy he could have brought home.

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IMG_5106Grattan Raceway Park is by far one of our favorite tracks.  For a the driver it is one of the most challenging tracks in the mid-west, with a mile long straight and lots of difficult corners. It is only perhaps surpassed by Road America.  It has also some the more unusual features of a swimming pool, a stocked fishing pond, and an off road motorcycle track.  It is difficult to tell whether Jason likes fishing more than racing.  When he is not doing something related to his kart he is down by the pond fishing for an assortment of game fish, sunnies, bluegill, bass, and bullheads (yuck).

OIMG_5109n Saturday, we were visited by my friend Jordan Lindberg and his son Myles.  Jordan is a renowned trout fisherman and owner of Stardust Memorials.  It has been a few years since we have been able to hang out, so we’re really glad they could make the trip over.  Stardust Memorials has been a sponsor of Wild Duck Racing for three years and this their first visit to a kart race.  Thanks Jordan and the Stardust Memorials team for your help.  We are glad to be a part of your growing business.

The weekend’s racing was great.  Jason drove stupendously on both Saturday and Sunday running a very fast and clean.  Last year he was running 1.48 IMG_20150712_104256second laps and this year he ran 1.45 second laps.  Quite an improvement.  We also had some competition from another father and son team who came with a group of teams from the Detroit area.  It was great to see another team working hard and joining the fun.  Jason brought home two first place trophies.  All in all a great weekend.

Jason will be at the Monday Night Car Show with his karts on July 20th, so come on out and see him.  Following that, we will be traveling to Eau Claire, WI for the second weekend of the Briggs and Stratton 206 cup on July 25th and 26th.

Thanks to all of our racing friends and the new ones we made this weekend.  Karen, Happy Anniversary.  Who knew that this could come from that hot day in July 14 years ago?  Thanks to Regan at 4 Cycle Central for our motor and help with our new trailer.  Good luck to Katie this weekend in her first horse riding competition.  You have it in you.

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Fathers Day Weekend, Briggs 206 Cup Race

Jason and I got to spend Father’s Day weekend at Briggs and Stratton Raceway Park at the first Briggs and Stratton LO206 Cup race of the season.  It was one of my favorite weekends so far.  The only thing missing was my own Dad, who was home with the rest of the family.  Though they were cheering us on via the internet and text messages.  We were in for a lot of work, with this being our first real competitive run with two karts.  It was all worth the effort.

IMG_5033Jason has been racing and practicing most at Badger this year, but he has not yet used the 206 Cup’s spec tire, Vega FH Blue.  Usually, we use Bridgestone YDS tires, which is the spec for most local tracks.  The YDS tires are very hard and the karts tend to slide sideways (drift) as they fly through the corners.  The Vege Blue is very soft and sticky, giving loads of grip to the track.  This allows for faster speeds through corners but requires a different chassis setup.  The drivers need to adjust their line, style, and speed to account for what has turned out to be a dramatic change in kart handling.  After consulting with some experts, we made some adjustments to both of the karts on Thursday night and then spent Friday fine tuning.  We managed to drop several seconds from our normal Badger lap times mostly due to tire changes but also due to changes in Jason’s driving over the last few weeks.  He has gotten much faster, to the point were he is driving most of the track with gas held to the floor and just a touch of break to slow into the corners as he pitches the kart sideways.

IMG_5051The Briggs Animal Sportsman class turnout was not the best, with only Jason and one other driver.  We made the best of it though.  We got some more laps in the kart and made small changes to the kart to try to eek out a little more speed and improve handling.  In the end it was really just good practice for Jason.  He was about one quarter of a second slower then the other driver, who also happens to be the Animal Sportsman class champion at Badger.  Both Saturday and Sunday Jason took second place but was able to keep up, only dropping back when the other, more experienced teams’ tires really started to work.  As the weekend progressed Jason’s extra seat time really showed and he made steady improvement in both classes.

Jason’s second class, Briggs LO206 Sportsman, on the other hand, was great.  It was everything that the LO206 racing is supposed to be.  The motors are basically equal, so it is all about chassis setup and driver skill.  The class had five very good drivers, all of whom Jason has raced before at one time or another.  TIMG_5060heir mechanics all had done a great job of getting karts prepped.  All weekend long these kids were running nose to tail with each other, each one of them in contention for a position.  It made for some very exciting racing.  Jason raced extremely well on both days.  On Saturday he finished 2nd in the first two heats starting from the middle.  The first heat was marred by a pileup in the third corner.  Jason, who was in the lead, was tapped by another kart in the rear and spun, causing a chain reaction.  The resulting damage slowed some karts in the second and third races of the day.   In the feature (on board video) he started in second and got a good start.  Halfway through the race, the leader made a mistake heading in to the boot.  Jason took quick advantage and moved into first.  He led to the checkered flag, taking his first regional win!

Mini-Sportscasters coverage of Saturdays LO206 races

Sunday’s racing was more complicated.  Jason started the first heat on the pole.  His start was a little off and he dropped to second and stayed there.  He started last in the second heat, picking up two spots by turn one, and finished third after a defending his line and trying to make it past the drivers in front.  He started the 12 lap feature in 4th and was not able to make any progress but neither was anyone else.  Those kids drove hard and pushed each other to drive smart and fast.   All of their lap times were within a quarter of a second.  Despite the lack of action it was very exciting.

Jason is now in first place in the Mid-American Sprint Series and the Championship Enduro Series,  and is in 2nd place in both classes in the Briggs 206 Cup.  His Animal finish also puts him in first place for the CES/206Cup Challenge.  After taking a few weekends off, on of July 11th and 12th we will be heading to Grattan Raceway for the next race with the Championship Enduro Series and Jason’s favorite track.

Happy Father’s Day to Joe, and to Gary, who is very much missed here on earth.  Thanks to T.J. Ross for this weekend’s support.  It means a great deal to us.  Thanks Steve, Greg, Briggs and Stratton racing, and the Badger Kart Club for putting on a great weekend.   Regan at 4 Cycle Central – thank you for your technical support.  Thanks to the Murray clan for feeding us chocolate and lending us tools.  Payton and family – thank you for helping me keep Jason sufficiently rested and hydrated so we could race safely.

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SCCA June Sprints and driving in the wet.

This is one of our favorite weekends of the summer.  The SCCA June Sprints takes place at Road America and there is a Road America Kart Club race on Saturday night.  The June Sprints is the Sports Car Club of America’s major race in the Midwest where amateur, semi-pro, and professional car racers compete in a verity of classes from near show room stock cars to purpose built race cars.  The best thing about this weekend is I get hang out with my Dad and we have Jason as our guide in the pits, where he talks his way into cars.

IMG_4990The weather on Saturday was a bit goofy – cloudy with alternating heavy fog and rain for most of the day.  The three of us did manage to stay dry while we wandered around the pits and talked with drivers and crew.  Jason, as always, was quite the charmer, talking his way in to a spec Mazda Miata, to the point of being strapped in with the 5 point harness.  We also met some former CES racers, who were now racing a open wheel SCCA Formula car.   While we were chatting with drivers and crew, Jason was always sure to bring up the kart races and ask them to come out and watch and see what kart racing is all about.  This is great way for him to learn to network and market himself.

IMG_5011Practice for the evening was expected to start around 4:30, but instead, it rained for a bit and soaked the track.  Once the rain stopped, we made the best of it by running practice laps on the wet track for about 45 minutes to help get it dry.  Jason did a great job of keeping the kart under control and moving fast.  Some of the older drivers did not demonstrate the same level of discipline.  Once the track was dry there was one single practice session and then they were racing.  Jason had a great start and was up to third, from 5th, by the first corner.  By corner 4 he was in second and battling his friend Payton for first.  With one lap to go his kart seat came loose and he was forced to retire before the finish.  I was able to quickly fix the problem but we were all a little aggravated by yet another mechanical problem.

Heat 1, note the wet hot grid.
IMG_5020After round one was complete it rained again, and again, Jason drove for 30-40 minutes to dry the track.  He was having a blast exploring the changing track conditions as the track went from wet to dry, slick to sort of grippy.  Once the track dried there was another quick practice and the second round of heats.  Jason started in 3rd, but, at the start was forced to last when the kart in front of him had mechanical problems.  Just up the hill, most of the field in front of him tangled and he dodged the melee, moving up into second.  This time he was battling his friend Logan for first.  It was a very close race but in the end there was not enough time to figure out how to get his kart out front, and he finished second again.  Unfortunately, a few classes later, it rained again and the evening was called off.  No features were run.  It would have been great to see a race without incident between this set of drivers.

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IMG_5029Sunday was spent watching the races on the big track.  One of our friends has a Spec Racer Ford and had a great day of racing, he finished 3rd.  Like us and every racer, he got bit by a change in the weather between practice and racing. His tires inflated too much for the now higher track temperature and prevented from driving all out due to lack of grip.  In our wandering of the pits, we even met up with Adventure Aaron, while he was working on a June Sprints episode for MAVtv.

This coming weekend we put all the practice and tuning from the last 2 months to work.  It is the first race of the Briggs LO206 Cup at Badger Kart Club, where we will be fielding both the LO206 and the Animal karts.  We will arrive on Friday for practice and more tuning and then two days of racing.  The level of competition will be much higher with more experienced and better funded teams.  This weekend’s racing is brought to you by T.J. Ross and Family, thank you for your support.

After a few weeks of rest the next race will be at Grattan Raceway.  This is a premier race track in Belding, MI, A drivers favorite.

I need to thank my Dad without whom none of this will be possible.  It was he who gave me my interest in motors and supported me as I tinkered with them when younger.  Thank you, Karen.  Some day when NASCAR Driver Jason buys you a house, you will thank me.

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MASS and USAIR, HORSES!

IMG_1404It was a difficult weekend for us at USA International Raceway for the Mid-American Sprint Series third weekend of racing.  We had high expectations but things did not come together for us.  After a lot of work we did get the kart where Jason could run with the leaders, as long as he drove clean.  Saturday we dialed in the kart and he took second place in the feature.  Sunday started with a rain delay, and then he misjudged a corner in the feature and drove off and covered the kart in mud.  All weekend long we wrestled with each other and ourselves.  I think the drive and sleeping in the tent in the rain wore on both of us and prevented us from working together.  We are going to have to do something different for the next time we visit this track.

IMG_4956In other “racing” news Katie had a great weekend at Timmermann’s Ranch Fun Show. She finished first in the horsemanship class and second in flags, and is getting her and this summer’s horse ready to compete.

This weekend we are going to return to our original kart track, Road America, to watch the SCCA June Sprints and join the Road America Kart Club for a night race.  This is a fun weekend for us where we don’t have any expectations.  It is an opportunity to simply have fun racing and try some different adjustments to see what effect they have on lap times.

Thanks Peschang Racing, Sorry about the dirty tires.  Congratulations to Katie on your trophy and ribbons this weekend.  Karen, thank you for putting Katie on a horse.

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First Road Race of 2015 at Blackhawk Farms

This weekend started with a very busy Friday after working all week on kart prep.   Jason went to school and then to a hot and humid football combine.  From there, we both drove to Atomic Decals to get the stickers for the Animal kart, and then we were finally off to Blackhawk Farms for the first Championship Enduro Series of the year.  This was also the Animal Nationals and the inaugural race of the 206/CES Challenge.  Our expectations were high for a weekend of great racing.

IMG_4847Unfortunately,  Saturday was a cold and wet day of rain for most of the day.  While we waited, I was able to put Atomic Decals on the kart to give it its final touches.  Just as the races where canceled, the sky cleared and the Saturday night party started.  4 Cycle Central put a great bash and someone managed to get a Red Bull party truck to come out so we could watch the Chicago Blackhawks finish off the Anaheim Ducks in game 7.

IMG_4881Sunday, on the other hand, was beautiful for racing with clear skies, cool air, and a sun warmed track.  Practice for everyone was a little touch and go with couple of red flags for accidents, but everyone was uninjured and the karts where repairable.  This interfered with our own testing, since we have never run this kart and motor here, and we never got a really hot lap in.  In order to get the kart set up I had to review all of my notes from years past and go with my gut.  The hope was to get Jason fast enough to race with some of the Sr Super heavies again.  He ran a great race and kept it clean but we were just off the mark.  Still, he brought home first place for his class and a trophy for the 4 Cycle Central Animal Nationals.

IMG_4871While waiting for the his race to start he got to spend some time with the crew of MavTV‘s Adventure Aaron.  With some luck we hope to be part of the show which should air sometime in August.  Aaron and his team have been traveling the states this year visiting various race tracks and racing events.

As is tradition after a CES race we went to the Monday Night Car Show at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie.  Folks enjoyed the new kart and it’s always fun to talk to people who used or still race.  Their faces light up with the memories.

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Animal Kart Ready for Racing,by Danrr Autobody and Atomic Decals.

IMG_4932Jason also ran the last race of the K1 Speed Junior League in Buffalo Grove.  This has been a real challenge for him because getting fast karts is not always possible.  His first practice of the night was great – setting a very fast time and making some great passes.   After that, it fell apart.  He got a very slow kart for qualifying (7th) and a mediocre kart for the race, finishing 8th.  That said, he still finished in 3rd for the season.  The kids put on a great show, and congratulations to all of them.

The next race will be this weekend at USAir Motorsports Raceway for races 5 and 6 of the Mid-American Sprint Series.  This is one of Jason’s favorite tracks.  One of my favorite features is the downhill straight into a left hand turn that the drivers take without any loss of speed and no fear.

Thanks to Peshang Racing, and 4 Cycle Central, for the support during the weekend’s race.  To Atomic Decals and Danrr Autobody for the gorgeous body work.  Adventure Aaron and MavTV for coming out and sharing our love of the sport.  Karen, thanks for letting us spend so much time working on the karts.  Good luck to Katie at the Timmermann’s Ranch Fun Show this weekend, her version of horsepower.

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MASS at Badger

badgerplotSince our last outdoor race, Jason has been practicing hard at Briggs and Stratton Raceway Park(AKA Badger) in Dousman, Wisconsin.  He is getting ready for the LO206 Cup and the most recent race weekend with the Mid-American Sprint Series.  This will be the 6th and 7th days of racing since we started in at the end of March.   That does not include the weeknight races at K1 Speed.  It is a hectic pace we have set for ourselves this summer.   The early season is taking its toll and we need to be sure that we continue to pace ourselves and not get too tired and burnt out.

We are getting so close to having the LO206 kart and Jason put together to be really competitive.  Jason and I both need more coaching,  though I think I need it more than he does.  He has been driving the kart just about as fast as it will go with my inexperienced hands.  Every lap he turns is more consistent and faster.  We are starting to reach some of the faster lap times that it will take to win races.  Most of the changes this weekend were very subtle gear changes to adjust for temperature changes.  Other than that it was check nuts and bolts and keep it fueled.  I am going to have to start branching out into more chassis adjustments to refine the setup for maximum speed.

IMG_4630Jason had a very good weekend.  On Saturday he qualified third.  He started 3rd but dropped to 5th with a really bad start, finishing 4th in the pre-feature.  In the feature he started 4th but picked up a spot and finished 3rd for the day.   Sunday’s racing was a little more exciting when he qualified 2nd.  He took advantage of his start position and managed to take the lead on the start.  He held it together for the whole race and took the checker with his first win in this series.  For the feature, he started on the pole and kept the lead until the hairpin where he made a small mistake and dropped to second.  He stayed ahead of the rest of the field and finished second.


Sunday Pre-Feature Win
IMG_4713We are taking the week off from racing to watch racing – the 99th annual running of the Indy 500!!!  We watched the Indy Lights race on Friday, hung out at the track for the driver’s meeting, and then watched the spectacle on Sunday.

The next kart race will be at Blackhawk Farms for the first race weekend of the Championship Enduro Series on May 30th and 31st.  Two days of road racing.  If your cable provider has it, you should be able to watch some of the event with Adventure Aaron on MavTV later this summer.  This race also counts toward the LO206 CUP/CES Challenge where the top points from the combined series will get a trophy.  After that is the last K1 Speed race of this season.  Jason is currently in 3rd place of this competitive series.

Thanks to Jason and congratulations on the your 10th Birthday, keep up the good work.  Thanks to Karen for giving me a great son to hang out with.

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors for their continuing support.
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K1 Race 4, Demolition Derby

IMG_4546I was finally able to take Jason to a K1 Speed race this season and I almost regret it.  It was one of the roughest races I have ever seen.  Some of the better drivers where missing and there was only enough drivers for one large group.  Jason was caught in the pack for both qualifying and the race and really had to fight to make any head way.   In qualifying he was never able to get free enough to get a clean fast lap.  His lack of space put him in 5th place for the feature start.  Quickly he moved up to 4th and was making effort to move into third when he hit the wall and lost many places as the caution dropped.  In the end he finished in 7th.  The good news is, Jason is now in third place for the season an with one race to go and only two points back, finishing second is very possible.

Qualifying Race
Feature Race
This weekend we are headed to Badger Kart Club for some practice and coaching before the next race with the Mid-American Sprint Series.

Thanks to our Moms for taking care of myself and my wife long enough for us to find our own way in the world.  You have laid the foundation for our lives.  Thanks for Karen for taking such good care of our children and giving them the confidence and freedom to be their own unique people.

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors for their continuing support.
GoPro, Slick Products, Shorai, AmsoilEVS, Stardust Memorials, The Greenwood Restaurant, C&M Auto Service, Atomic Decals, Danrr Autobody, T.J. Ross.