Archive for May, 2009

Rained out

Monday, May 11th, 2009

May 9, 2009The day started out better then the past couple of weeks. We arrived at the track on time for the first time this season, which made the day somewhat easier. First practice didn’t go so well, as the kart had a reallllll bad chatter. It was so bad that I scraped the backstretch wall. Second practice we made some adjustments to the front end, moving weight to the nose and right front as well as making a LR wedge adjustment. This made the kart better, but still nowhere near a contender. After that, we made a few more adjustments before the race got rained out.

Salem Evening News – read all about it

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Salem Evening News coveredĀ our startĀ for the 2009 season. In the paper itself, there’s a picture of our driver. I have pictures of the team that I’ll get posted soon.

There’s a lot to the story that isn’t told – like how we had a pile of kart parts, rather than something to race until Saturday afternoon. JCSpecialty and Bruce Payea were of great help in identifying all those parts rattling around in the boxes that came with the new motor.

For this week, we have some welding to do – hopefully we won’t be working on it Sat. morning!

Battle for second

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Today went a little different from last week. We didn’t have the dominant kart, and from the heat, I am surprised we got top three. Kinda.

In the heat, we were junk. We got damaged on the first lap and it just wouldn’t turn. Least fun kart to drive I’ve ever had at that track. We made some adjustments for the feature, and it helped.

We came from last to second, and had a pretty good battle with the third place kart for it. In the first few laps of the feature, the kart was good. I had good turn in and drive off, but once I got to second, the kart just lost all front end grip. Maybe halfway through I got passed for second, and after a lap I realized I needed to find more grip or I wasn’t going to catch the 26 for 2nd. So I started cutting into the corner early, letting off the gas and keeping the kart only about halfway up the track on the straights. This shorter way around the track made me faster, and surprisingly, I caught the 26 pretty quick. It took me a couple laps to get around him, but after I did, we just cruised. A caution with two laps to go set up a green white checkered finish, and on the restart I tried to burp the throttle and cut underneath the leader. But it didn’t work, and he pulled away. Next week we’ll get him.