Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Brianna Kyle

Brianna Kyle


In 2010 Brianna's parents bought her frist racecar, it was a 602 GRT Crate Late Model. It was a very controversial decision for her first racecar to be a latemodel since she was only 13 and she didn’t have any prior experience. Her father believed she could handle it and always pushed her to give 100%.  She never really ran that car much. Occasionally her dad would take her to tracks and let her practice. It was a great way for her to learn. She said, "Getting feedback of what I was doing wrong and could improve on really helped me." In June of 2012 they sold that car and she began driving a different late model. That is really when her career began. She started driving in the Sportsman Latemodel class at Mike Kittrell’s Wartburg Speedway. At first she wasn’t as competitive as she would have liked to been, but by the end of the season she had greatly improved. After the season was over at Wartburg she went on to race at four other local tracks. She even picked up a win at 411 Motor Speedway and had several impressive finishes, especially considering her limited experience.

Brianna's interest in racing came natural. Her father raced at local dirt tracks, including the legendary Atomic Motor Speedway. He was successful in the Modified Street division. Her mother has also been involved in racing her entire life. Brianna's grandfather, Barney Chapman, raced Super Late Models at various tracks throughout the southeast.

Brianna's favorite thing about racing, "As Cole Trickle once stated “…to control something that is out of control.” Being on the edge is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Every time the checkered flag drops as a driver I want to know that I have pushed my car to the limit and given everything that I could possibly do, otherwise disappointment is reality."

Brianna's proud of her accomplishments so far in her career. In 2012 she finished 8th in points at Wartburg Speedway after running there from mid-season on. She also picked up her first victory at 411 Motor Speedway. Her goal for her career is to run the Southern All Star or Southern Regional Racing Series. Ultimately she would love to venture and tackle the prestigious World of Outlaw and Lucas Oil Series.

As to Brianna's free time, she doesn't really have much. She is usually busy preparing for my next race or studying to maintain her 3.8 GPA as her future plans are to attend the University of TN at Chattanooga and major in Criminal Justice.

"I would like to start out by thanking my parents, family, and friends for always believing in me and supporting me. I would like to thank my sponsors: Alotless Factory Outlet, Advantage Check Cashing, B and B Race Engines, PPM, Competition Racing Equipment, Weeks Race Cars, Shorty’s Shock Service, and Outlaw Graphics. Also I would like to send a special thanks to my racing idol and teammate Jason Welshan for all of his support and advice. I would not be as knowledgeable about racing had it not been for him," Brianna Kyle.
To follow Brianna's career follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/briannakyleracing 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Glass Hammer Racing Experience

 

The Glass Hammer Racing Experience


Greg Gaich has always loved racing he wanted to share his passion for the sport with his 3 girls. Since he did not have expereince in the kart racing arena he sought out a racing school that would basically be the motorsports equivilant of a YMCA program. Sadly he soon found out that no such thing existed. That's where the concept for Glass Hammer Racing began. His school is now in their 3rd year of existance. They are located in Indianapolis, IN. The unique concept of this school is that it is female drivers teaching female students. The exciting thing about this is that girls are able to actually see there is a future for women drivers in this sport. Their teachers are out there succeeding they have that potential as well. The Glass Hammer Experience has 3 stages from beginner to advance (http://ghrexperience.org).

The goal of the school is to not only develop drivers but to also help girls realize there is a place for females in all aspects of the sport. Most recently they had a girl scout troup earn their way to experience the class. The girls had a blast. You can read about it on his blog (http://blog.beatbyagirl.org).

I love their mission and their dedication to young girls. Below is their mission statement. It's extremely important to them. 

Glass Hammers' Mission Statement is as follows:

The Glass Hammer Racing LLC was created to encourage the interest and participation of young women in motorsports. We will do this by:
  1. Developing and sponsoring introductory racing experiences geared just to young women. They will provide a completely positive and supportive environment that will give a young woman a chance to develop her driving skills, have fun, and come away with the huge smile and second helping of self-esteem that motorsports can bring. They will include both off-track and on-track instruction tailored to each young woman’s skill level.
  2. Exposing young women to role models in all areas of motorsports. Not everyone can be a driver, or even wants to. But there are women in virtually every aspect of motorsports from engineering to marketing to team owners. We’d like to make a career in motorsports a viable option in a young woman’s mind. There’s nothing more powerful than the “I want to grow up to be just like her” moment to spark anyone’s interest in a career.
  3. Supporting the advancement of young women in their motorsports careers through scholarships and sponsorships. Whether it’s a formal education in engineering or the on-track driving experience and coaching needed to become a professional driver, it doesn’t come cheap. We’d like to help advance the careers of young women in motorsports who will become the role models and inspiration for the next generation of little girls.

For more information on the Glass Hammer Experience please visit their website at http://www.beatbyagirl.org

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/glasshammerracing

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassHamrRacing


Monday, November 26, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Melissa Hansmeyer



Melissa Hansmeyer

 
Melissa started her racing career at 4 1/2 years old at the track in Banner, Illinois. She raced there for many years then they started traveling to many different states to race. As she looks back she is now able to see all of her accomplishments and progress throughout her young career. They've raced tracks in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. According to her father, Kevin, "Some were good trips, some we try to forget." 

Melissa won her first points championship at K3 Speedway in Kankakee, IL. In 2012 she ran with the Burris Thunder Tour as her main racing program. The series runs in Indiana and Illinois. She rand the JR3 clone which is the12 to 15 age bracket. After the tour was over she had one win, a second, a third and a fourth place finishes. She won the points championship. It was a great accomplishment especially since she was the youngest driver in the class!

In the middle of the year she and her father went out to watch the late model races at their home track, Spoon River Speedway in Banner, IL. Melissa asked her parents if they would ever let her race a "big car." After many nights of discussions her parents decided to sell all of the karting equipment to buy a car. They spoke with many drivers and car owners in the crate late model class and came to the conclusion that it would be the best option for their team. Melissa and her parents feel that Mike and Evan Fink, Morey and Brad Denny, Ed and Nick Bauman are some of the best in the midwest car owners and drivers. They have given Melissa and her team help and support throughout this process.

Melissa was able to run most of the 2012 season and she and her 9M Racing team would like to thank everyone for their support in the past and in the future.



                                
                        

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Emilee Riley


Emilee Riley

 
Emilee Riley has been racing for 4 years. Racing has been a dream of hers for quite some time. "I started gaining the desire to race when I was a little girl. I would always go with my family to all the NASCAR races and I just immediatley knew that was my goal in life,"  Emilee shared. With the help from her family, friends, and all of her sponsors, she was able to pursue her dream at 14 years old. 
 
Emilee is the first female champion truck driver at Gresham Motorsports park. When asked how it felt to acheive this she said, "When I was told I recieved the 2012 GMP Champion I was so thrilled. It was a dream come true to gain this big accomplishment knowing that it was my first year in the trucks and we had to work our way up to get the opportunity to even try to race." Emilee attributes her success to her team who is constantly making changes to better their cars and her sponsor committments. She hopes to keep racing and to slowly work her way up in her career and one day be in the NASCAR series.
 
Outside of my racing she loves to ride fourwheelers and hang out with friends, family, and her boyfriend. She was involved in dance at school however she had to give it up to pursue her racing career. Her advice for girl racers, "It is a competition in racing being a female driver, but you just have to keep your head high and know that you can do anything as long as you have the desire too."

Emilee credits her racing success to Jds auto sales (www.usedcarsonclearance.com), Rocco`s pub, John Megel`s chevy (www.megelchevy.com), Michael Joe's Graphics (www.michaeljoes.com), Palmer Dodge, K.Berger Construction, Inc., MGIRoofing, ZeroedN Photography, and Mary's Monogramming & More, and all of her family and friends whom believe in and support her. She is currently working on a website. Stay tuned for the link. We will share it as soon as it is completed!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Victoria & Tara White



Victoria & Tara White

 
Victoria and Tara White are a sister race team. They have been racing karts since April 2011. This past season they raced Dover Power Clone engines in the Jr. Clone class at Cove Valley Speedway. These sisters support each other and feel that racing has made their bond stronger.
 
GirlsRace2: What made you decide to start racing?
 
Victoria: I decided I wanted to race because I figured it would be something we could all do together as a family and it might be tons of fun. I have been around racing all my life pretty much, we watch NASCAR races with dad and we occasionally went to the local dirt track to watch the cars race, I always found an interest in it. I like adventure and thrill and I thought racing would be a great way to enjoy that.
 
Tara: I decided to start racing because I saw a race one time and it looked like fun. I never said anything to my parents because I figured it would be a no, but a couple months later my mom approached us with the idea of racing, and it all started from there.

GirlsRace2: What is like racing with your sister?

Victoria: My sister and I have actually only raced together in the same class one time and it was actually a lot of fun, but we're at the track together every Saturday in basically the same way. During each others races we cheer and hope for a win and after we give advice to each other. We used to fight a lot because we're so close in age (13 months) but I think racing has helped us get along, we still have our moments but for the most part we do get along.

Tara: Racing with my sister is quite interesting at times. We use to fight a lot but racing has helped us work together. So overall our relationship has grown to be a lot better.

GirlsRace2: What are your recent racing accomplishments?

Victoria: This past 2012 racing season was my best. I accomplished a lot I never thought I would. I was on the podium every single week except for one. I finished my season with 2 feature wins, 2 heat race wins and 15 top 5's. I ended the season with getting a 2nd place points finish for the 2nd year in a row and was awarded "Most Improved Driver" for 2012 at Cove Valley Speedway (my home track).

Tara: My most recent racing accomplishment for the 2012 season was 12 feature wins, 4 second place, and 14 top five finishes. Overall I got Track Champion in the Restricted Clone class.

GirlsRace2: What are your goals for the upcoming race season?

Victoria: My goals for the upcoming season is to be a better driver and try to get Track Champion. Also I will be racing with my sister in the same class the whole season so I would like to work with her so we can get a lot of 1-2 finishes.

Tara: My goals for the upcoming season are just to show the boys up again this year and push my sister to the front so she can get her 1st track championship in 2013.

GirlsRace2: Are there any other things you'd like to share about your racing careers?

Victoria: My racing career has been amazing so far. I never thought I would be where I am and accomplishing the things I have. I hope to keep racing as long as I can because now I have race fuel in my blood and any racer out there would agree that it's something you can't get rid, it's a love you have forever.

Tara: I have learned a lot of things from racing, things I can carry with me for the rest of my life.

 
 
To follow Victoria & Tara's racing careers "Like" their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Dirt-Track-Chix-Racing/111820908913434?fref=ts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Kaitie McCardle



Kaitie McCardle


Kaitie currently races a sportsman modified at Grandview speedway. She started off racing karts, then raced slingshots and then she raced a SpeedSTR before she moved into the modified. Racing has been a integral part of her entire life. Her dad used to drag race and her grandpa raced motorcycles. Her neighbor, Billy Devine, used to own Craig VonDohren's modified. Billy raced as well. She was just always at the races when she was little. Her parents first date was even at a sprint car race.

When she was nine she went to a go kart race at Shellhammers Speedway. She asked her parents if I could race, and it's been going ever since. Kaitie's favorite thing about racing is winning. When asked about her biggest accomplishment she said, "It is a tie between a few things, first being winning back to back national races in the slingshot, and second being winning the Ronnie Paulson Memorial race with  my hand in a cast. I'm also proud that I won Rookie of the Year in the Sportsman from the Checkered Flag Fan Club."

Kaitie's goal for her racing career, "I just want to race any thing I can, as long as I can. Realistically, the sportsman is about as far as we can afford to go without a lot of help. It would be really awesome to get the chance to run a modified."

Her other hobbies and interests include reading and chemistry. Currently she is studying chemistry at Lebanon Valley College. She really likes learning about new things and trying to understand how things work. She said, "When I'm not racing over the summer, I'm usually working in the shop
trying to get ready for the next race."

Follow Kaitie's success on her website at http://kaitiemccardle.com/.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Ariana Holsclaw

 

Ariana Holsclaw


Ariana Holsclaw is 21 years old and loves dirt track racing. She lives in Elkin, North Carolina. She grew up around racing. When she was only 2 weeks old her parents had her at the hometown track for the first race of the season. When she was 14 years old she started racing karts. She continued to race karts until she was 16 years old. She then moved up to a stock 4 cylinder at Friendship Motor Speedway in 2009. In her rookie year she finished 5th place in points. Every race she was in that season she was in the top 5. In the 2010-11 season she was unable to race after giving birth to her son. In 2012 she was right back in the stock 4 car and won the points championship at Friendship Motor Speedway.

Arianna shared this advice, "The most important things I've learned during my racing career is that hard work and consistancy really pays off. No matter how many people say you can't, you push yourself ten times harder to show them you can!!"


Friday, November 16, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Jami Weimer


Jami Weimer


Jami grew up in a racing family. Her father worked for Richard Petty and raced legend cars. Jami's childhood consisted of spending every Saturday night with her father at the race track and working with him at the shop. According to Jami "Racing was in my blood." Finally in 2010 she decided she was ready to start racing. She started off in bandoleros and was recently offered a Pro Truck ride with Curt Britt Motorsports and team owner Conrad Comton in late August of 2012.

Many people are surprised by the fact that she hasn't been racing long. When she was young, about age 6, her father wanted her to give racing a try but she just wasn't ready yet. Finally she started racing in 2010. This is what she had to share about her career, "I started racing bandoleros at my home track Lanier Soeedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. I ran one full season (about 30 races)  in bandoleros winning 10 of the races, coming in 2nd in championship points, and also winning Georgia grand championship. After my successful rookie year, we decided to move to legend cars. I only ran about 10 races in 2011, focusing on rebuilding the car so I could compete competitively in 2012. During the 2012 season I competed the full 10 week shootout at Atlanta motor Speedway, and a half season shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I got 7th place points in Atlanta with multiple top 5s and a high of 2nd place (3 times) and got 4th place in overall Georgia state championship points. After my once again successful rookie year in legends, I was approached by the best truck team in Georgia, owned by Curt Britt and team owner Conrad Comton and was offered a truck ride for the 2013 season."

I asked Jami about her proudest moment in her career. "My proudest moment in my career was my truck debut at Gresham motorsports Park on October 13 of this year. I would run my first truck race with my new team (Curt Britt motorsports and team owner Conrad Comton). It had only been my second time driving a full bodied race car on such a fast 1/2 track like Gresham. And once again, the first practice session I was 4th on the speed charts, running faster than some 3-5 year veterans! I started 9th out of a 13 car field due to my inexperience and quickly drove myself up to fourth place position. I was about to pass for third place at lap 50 of 75 when we experienced mechanical issues and I would not be able to finish. Although I didn't get the results I wanted, I feel like I impressed a lot of people, even impressing myself with how good I ran in my first race."
 
What's next for Jami? "My 2013 session is not totally clear as to how many races I will be competing in as it depends on sponsorship. We will be totally focused on trucks and will be traveling throughout the southeast to compete in some big truck races. My ultimate goal in racing would be to compete in one of the top 3 divisions of the NASCAR ranks and encourage other females to persue their  dreams."

Jami's advice for other girl racers out there, "My advice to other females would be to never give up, even if people make fun of you saying you can't drive or your not good enough. Make their words turn you into a better person and a faster race car driver."

What sets Jami apart from other drivers? "I feel like something that sets me apart from other drivers would be my desire and will to learn and succeed as a female driver. Although I know I don't know everything about my car to work on it myself, I am at the shop whenever possible to try to learn about the cars to help myself become a better racer. Although sometimes I probably get in the way more than help, I can say I have become an excellent shop cleaner! Even just the little things being in the shop and helping makes me a more focused driver when we get to the race track and I can appreciate everything that must happen for a race to be successful."



Thank you Jami we look forward to watching your career continue to take off!!

Follow Jami Weimer and her career on her website at www.Jamiweimer.com

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Taylor Florio



Taylor Florio


Taylor Florio drives the #21T Jr. Mini Stock Class car.  Her home track is Heart O' Texas Speedway but she can also be found racing at I-35 Kartway.  She lives in Kempner, TX.

Team members helping Taylor are:  Mom, Dad, Ricky Reid, Chad Kipp. Chris Florio is the car owner.

Taylor started racing in 2008 in the Go Kart Class at I-35 Kartway for fun and because her Dad races.  Her first win was in '08 in the Beginner Box Stock Class at I-35 Kartway.  Career highlights include '09 Box Stock Championship in Go Karts at I-35 Kartway, '10 Box Stock Championship in Go Karts at I-35 Kartway, '10 Restricted Animal Championship in Go Karts at I-35 Kartway, '10 Pure Stock Championship at Lone Star Shootout.

The thrill of racing for Taylor is beating the boys.  Her most exciting racing moment was when she won her first Go Kart race.  She's most proud of winning 3 Kart Championships.

Taylor's racing hero is her Dad, Chris Florio.

Of racing, Taylor says, "It is exciting and fun!"

2008 Season (Go Kart Racing)    
Track: I-35 Kartway
Class: Beginner Box Stock
3 Feature Wins
7 Heat Wins

Beginner Box Stock "King of the Hill" Winner
End of Season: 3rd Place in Beginner Box Stock

2009 Season (Go Kart Racing)
    
Track:  I-35 Kartway
Class: Box Stock
9 Feature Wins
17 Heat Wins

End of Season: Box Stock Champion

Track:  4th Annual Santa Shootout Race in Graham, Texas
Class:  2nd Place Finish in Stock Intek Class

2010 Season (Go Kart Racing)
    
Track: I-35 Kartway
Class: Box Stock
26 Races:
17 Feature Wins
21 Heat Wins

End of Season: Box Stock Champion (Back-to-Back Class Champion)
   
Track: I-35 Kartway
Class:  Gold Plate Restricted Animal
27 Races:
20 Feature Wins
21 Heat Wins
    
End of Season:  Gold Plate Restricted Animal Champion

Track: Lone Star Kart Nationals in Wichita Falls, Texas
Class: Stock Intek Class Champion

Track: 5th Annual Santa Shootout Race in Graham, Texas
Class:  3rd Place Finish in Stock Intek Class
Class:  2nd Place Finish in Animal Gold Plate

Track: KAM Kartway in Rhome, Texas
Class:  2nd Place Finish in Animal Gold Plate

2011 Season (Go Kart Racing)
   
Track: I-35 Kartway
Class: Animal
23 Races:
7 Feature Wins
15 Heat Wins
End of Season: 2nd Place in Animal

Track: 2nd Annual Lone Star Kart Nationals in Wichita Falls, Texas
Class:  2nd Place in Stock Animal Heavy Class
Class:  3rd Place in Stock Intek Class

Track: 6th Annual Santa Shootout Race in Graham, Texas
Class:  2nd Place in Stock Animal Heavy Class

July 2011 Started Racing Jr. Mini Stock Class at Heart O Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, Texas
    
9 Races:
1 Feature Win
5 Top 5 Finishes
End of Season:  4th Place in Jr. Mini Stock Class

2012 Season (Go Kart Racing)
   
Track:  3rd Annual Lone Star Kart Nationals in Wichita Falls, Texas
Class:  3rd Place in Stock Animal Heavy Class (Great End to Go-Kart Racing)

Track:  Heart O Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, Texas
Class: Jr. Mini Stock

As of 7/22/12:  18 Races:
3 Feature Wins
4 - 2nd Place Finishes
7 - 3rd Place Finishes
2 - 4th Place Finishes
1 - 5th Place Finish

STATS FOR JR. MINI STOCK ARE:

27 Races total
5 Total Wins
22 Total Top 5's 
1 Total Top 10

RACING GOALS:  To continue racing and learning in the Jr Mini Stock Class for the next few seasons, working towards winning a Championship before moving to the Southern Sport Mod Class.


Special thank you to www.younggunshalloffame.com for supplying the information on this exciting young driver!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Reason For Becoming a Race Fan


I met my husband Jim when I was 16 years old and a sophmore in high school. Jim was a senior basketball player and I was a cheerleader. Cheerleading was my passion. Jim loved basketball but his passion was racing. That summer I was able to watch him race a time or two. He was racing karts out at East Lansing Kart Track, in East Lansing, MI. He also raced a street race in Indiana that I went along to with his family. Of course I cheered him on but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Jim had a life long dream of racing midgets. He finally had an opportunity to buy and race a midget. We all traveled to Grundy Speedway just outside of Chicago every weekend. Jim's racing was self-funded so it was extremely stressful and expensive. He was doing well but he was over his head mechanically with the car, and a few costly crashes made it difficult for him to be able to continue financing his racing career. Racing would have to be on hold in our lives.

We got married in 2002. Jim raced a couple of kart street races after that but mostly we just went about normal life without racing. We had our first child Ashlee in 2005. I was so excited to have a girl! I would have my little cheerleader. In 2008 we welcomed our 2nd daughter Aubree. Jim had hope that one of his girls would like racing. To my dismay both of my girls have interst in racing, not cheerleading. In 2012 we began our racing journey again. My oldest daughter Ashlee and my nephew Kyle both started their racing careers in kid karts and Aubree is looking forward to starting in 2013. I have whole heartedly embraced this journey. I am after all a cheerleader at heart right??? Who better to cheer for than my girls (my nephew) and other girls out there racing? I have poured my heart and soul into this blog hoping that it can be a resource for other parents and girl drivers out there. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

Sincerely,

Liz Opatic

Driver Spotlight: Victorya Truemner


Victorya Truemner


Victorya is ten years old. After watching her grandpa race karts she decided to give it a try. Her racing career began when she was only 5 years old. She chose the number 10 because her great grandpa and grandpa both had that number, even though her dad was number 48. Victorya is a fourth generation driver. With much talent and drive, she is set out to become a professional race car driver.

In her rookie year 2008 she won two heat races and finished 4th in points at Arthur speedway. In 2009 she had 26 heat wins and 9 feature wins, Clio indoor track champ, 4th in points at Vestaburg Speedway, Lynn McQueen memorial winner 11 in points at Arthur raceway. In 2010 she had 14 feature wins, 22 heat wins, 2nd in points in purple gas and 7th in points in purple alky at Arthur raceway and won Michigan state championship. In 2011 she did lots of traveling. 2 feature wins 10 heat wins 5th in points at Arthur 6 th in gold plate at Arthur, 7th purple plate exp at Owosso and 7th purple plate at Vestaburg Speedway. 2012 she went on a dominating year 18 feature wins 42 heat wins 2012 purple clone track championship at Owosso Kart Speedway. Ran Arthur speedway 7 times winning 5 of them finishing 6 th in points. Also winning the first ever feature of the new Michigan Midwest indoor racing series.

Coming up in 2013 Victorya will be racing karts at bigger money shows and making her debut in fwd stock cars at age 10. Her name is victory with an "a" and she wears it well.

Follow Victorya's career on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/VictoryaTruemnerRacing?fref=ts

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Katelyn Weatherly


Katelyn Weatherly

Where does Katelyn Brianna Weatherly get her drive from?

Katelyn is the great niece of NASCAR Legend - JOE WEATHERLY
Besides her great Uncle Joe Weatherly, her great grandfather, Marshall Weatherly competed in 5 NASCAR races in 1955; her grandfather, Dennis Weatherly was not only a highly rated dirt driver in the Bobby Weatherly, Katelyn's father; at 10 years old, he was ranked #2 nationally racing go karts; He started racing Street Stocks at Volusia County Speedway and progressed to Pro Late Model in 2010.

2010 is where Katelyn got the bug to drive; her parents put her in a Bandolero, and the rest is history; In spite of running head on into the wall in her first race. Katelyn is convinced that eventually she wants the Weatherly family name back in the NASCAR history books.
At 12 Years old has been racing Bandaleros for a full year; her current career stats are:

Zero - DNF
3 - 2nd Place
8 - 3rd Place
20 - Top Tens

Ranked in the Top 50 Nationally

Won championship @ Cordele Speedway

5th in points @ Atlanta Motor Speedway

3rd in points @ Lanier Speedway
Thank you www.younggunshalloffame.com for supplying the information on this exciting young driver!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Emily Gwyn




Emily Gwyn


Emily is 17 years old she's been dirt track racing since 2009 at Rolling Thunder Raceway out of Ararat, Va and Friendship Speedway out of Elkin, NC. She started racing because of her dad. Her father has had a long career in racing. She was raised at the track and spent nearly every weekend there watching her father since she was able to walk. Her father has passed down his racing knowledge to her "from wheeling a race car around the track to every tick underneath the hood." She knew she was going to carry on the family tradition she even took on the family racing number 49.

To Emily racing in not only a sport, it is her entire life. Accrding to Emily she eats, breathes, and sleeps racing. "Being a girl, I had to fight since I first climbed in a race car to get where I am today," she said. What makes Emily unique is that every blood sweat and tear put into her cars is completed by her and her father. She said, "I've been told that if a woman could make it in NASCAR, I'd be the one to do it."

She currently races in the stock 4 cylinder class at both tracks. She owns two race cars and will soon own a third one. She has her own racing team, Outlaw Motorsports. Her team currently consists of 2 drivers, herself and her boyfriend, Kenny Sapp. Every race she races for breast cancer awareness. I asked her why this fight is near and dear to her heart. "I race with the ribbon because I have seen many women and men go through the fight. My boyfriends grandfather had to fight cancer and its a problem that I wish we all could solve. Its somethings that I think all women should support and stand behind. Me being a woman of racing, not only do I support all women drivers that have to fight for a win but also all the women who fight cancer! Maybe if a woman struggling seen the ribbon on my race car along with more race cars, it would give them more hope and strength to keep fighting their fight! Race with the ribbon!"

This season she had over 7 top 5 finishes and 5 top 10 finishes and her first win! Her racing team has many plans for the 2013 season at Friendship Speedway. She said "I couldn't be where i am today without the support of my parents, boyfriend, friends, family, and FANS!"

To learn more about Emily Gwyn please visit www.emilygwynracing.webs.com or follow her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/girlsracetoo?ref=hl#!/pages/Emily-Gwyn-Racing-EGR/159893167373639?fref=ts

Monday, November 5, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Faith Schuch


Flyin' Faith Schuch

Faith is 9 years old and races karts primarily at Vestaburg Kart speedway in Vestaburg, Michigan. She just finished her 4th season in racing.
 
This is what she had to say about racing. "I love it! When I go to the track I get really excited! I just want to race!!! I am like any other girl. I like school, hanging out with friends, Tinkerbell and horses. Only difference is I am going to be a Nascar racer with a horse ranch! So far I have raced at my home track Vestaburg Kart speedway (VKS) for points. I have also raced at Owosso Kart speedway (OKS) not for points, just more experience. I also traveled to Ohio and raced at Little E, at Eldora Speedway 1 time. In the winter I raced in Grand Rapids at the Deltaplex Arena."
 
Here is a list of Faith's racing accomplishments:

*2009*
-Rookie Year
-4th in points at VKS
-Most improved driver

*2010*
-Track Champion at VKS
-Driver of the year
-Sportsman of the year
-7 feature wins

 
*2011*
-Track Champion at VKS

-Over 30 wins including 9 feature wins
-Raced at 4 tracks in 2011
 
*2012*
-Finished 2nd in points at VKS
 
Her most recent racing accomplishment from this weekend: She qualified 3rd fastest, finished 3rd in the heat race and 2nd in the feature at the Perani during the Midwest Indoor Racing Series event!
 
Thank you for sharing your story Faith!! We can't wait to see where your racing career takes you. To follow Flyin' Faith's career you can visit her website www.trinityracing3n1.com or follow her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flyin-Faith-Racing/277411265646797

 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Goals, Goals, Goals

What Are Your Goals?

 
 
Our goals for our daughter changed throughout the season. First we were shocked by how much interest in driving the kart she developed after driving it in the parking lot only once. The first time we brought her to the track we had no idea what to expect. She barely was able to make it through the practices, heat races and was extremely slow in the feature. Our first goal for her was basically to make it through the races without getting lapped 4 times. As she progressed so did our goals. Eventually our goal was for her to win. She did win. In her first year of her racing career she won 2 features and had many second and third place finishes by the end of the season.
  
Next year our goal for her is to learn to develop her driving skills. She needs to mature and learn more of the technical aspects of racing. Hopefully this will lead to more wins. The ultimate goal for 2013 is to have a great final year in kid karts and prepare her for the advancement into the junior sportsman class in 2014. We also have goals for our youngest daughter. She would like to start racing kid karts next year. In 2013 we want her to learn what it's like driving the kart and being out on the track verus watching from the sidelines.

I believe goals are important in many aspects of life. Racing is no different. I asked a few of my Driver Spotlight girls to weigh in their thoughts on this subject. Here is what Katrina Sautbine, Samantha Jansen, and Courtney Atkinson had to say about their goals.

Girls Race 2: Do you set goals?

Katrina: I do set goals. At the beginning of each season my dad and I talk about the goals that we want to accomplish over the summer. After going into each race I also set a goal. This year my goal at each race was to have to scale in each race. That meant placing in the top 3 in the heat races and placing in the top 5 in the feature races. This seemed like a reasonable goal, I like to set goals that I know are achievable.

Samantha: Yes I do set goals for each season.

Courtney: I always set goals.  I feel that if someone doesn't set goals they don't really improve themselves.

Girls Race 2: How important are goals for you in your racing career?

Katrina: I think that goals in my racing career are rather important. If no goals are set then you don't have something to work towards. Ever since I started racing my goal/dream has been to get into a sprint car. Now that I am in a wingless sprint my goal is to get into winged sprint car.

Samantha: I think it is important to set goals so there is something to work towards.

Courtney: Goals are very important in my racing career. I feel accomplished when I set a goal and reach it either during the race weekend or at then end of the season.

Girls Race 2: Do you set your goals at the beginning of the season?

Katrina: At the beginning of each season my dad and I will set goals for us for the season. Going into this racing season we wanted to win a race. It wasn't looking like this was going to happen until the last night of the Badger State Championship when I won my first race in a Sprint Car, it wasn't a feature race, but winning a heat race was still a very big achievement for me.

Samantha: Yes I usually set goals at the end of the previous season for the next season.

Courtney: My main goals are set at the beginning of the season. If I have troubles one weekend or make a mistake, I set a personal goal to fix what I did wrong for the next race weekend.

Girls Race 2: Do you adjust them as the season progresses? 

Katrina: I do have to adjust my goals throughout the racing season. Something might seem like a reasonable before the season starts but as the season goes on the goal that you set might be to easy of a goal, or might for some reason become unattainable.

Samantha: Not usually. I could see people adjusting them if new opportunities arose.

Courtney: If I am doing very well through out the season we change classes and try something different and set a goal for that specific class.

Girls Race 2: Are your goals small steps or do you go for the gusto?

Katrina: I have some smaller goals like placing in a certain position in a race, and then there are other goals like winning a race that seem bigger to me. I don't go into a season thinking that I am going to win the points championship or anything like that right away but if it were to happen it would feel that much better because it was above and beyond what my original goal was.

Samantha: Usually my goals are within reach but are something that I need to work towards. For Example this year my goals were to get Rookie of the Year and a top 3 finish in the Top Speed Modified Championship.


Courtney: I definitely set my goals high.  I am not sure why I do but I suppose I feel its either go big or go home.


To read more about Katrina Sautbine please click here: http://girlsrace2.blogspot.com/2012/08/driver-spotlight-katrina-sautbine.html

To read more about Samantha Jansen please click here: http://girlsrace2.blogspot.com/2012/08/driver-spotlight-samanta-jansen.html

To read more about Courtney Atkinson please click here: http://girlsrace2.blogspot.com/2012/08/driver-spotlight-courtney-jo-atkinson.html
 
 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Makala Marks



Makala Marks

 
Makala Marks born into a racing family on qualifying day of the Indy 500 in 2002. Her father, Scott Marks, aka "Skid" currently works at Andretti Autosport and is a crew member on the 26 car of Marco Andretti. Makala's mother, Nikkia Lynch-Marks also born and raised around racing, was drag racing in her youth before she became a mother. Makala’s sister, Ashley Marks also with the interest in racing is currently enrolled at IU studying public relations and marketing of motorsports. Makala was a unique child from day one. Quite a little firecracker she wanted to do what the boys were doing and always doing something adventures and a little on the edge.
 
Makala suffered from a traumatic brain injury in 2005 and was left hospitalizied for 30 days. After 3 days of being unconscious and having very little signs of improvement the doctors decided to operate on her brain. Makala ended up waking up that day by some miracle she had many challenges ahead of her including battles with epilepsy, migraines, physical thereapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy but Makala was a fighter and bounced back way sooner than the doctors ever imagined. No one could predict what the future had for Makala due to her brain injury. Once the brain is damaged it never completely heals. It would be very interesting see what would happen from here. Before you could imagine Makala was back to herself riding her mini chopper, dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, and anything else that she could go fast on.
 
Makala had an interest in racing dirt bikes but her parents felt it would be a better idea to try something with four wheels so they took her to Whiteland Raceway to try out racing Go Karts. Makala began racing at the age of 8. She give it a practice run to see if she really wanted to do it. She was hooked the first time she hit the track. The following season she had her own Kart and was running a full season in Kid Kart class. Everyone was impressed with how quickly Makala not only got the hang of it but was running up front with the kids with much more experience. She became a very competitive race. Along the way she picked up sponsorship that helped her improve equipment and explore other tracks and racing circuits. Makala ended up having a great rookie year and was awarded Kid Kart Rookie of the year at Whiteland Raceway Park (first time in the 54 year history of WRP this award had been given to Kid Kart driver).
 
Makala won inaugural Indy Karting Classic Dec 2011. In 2012 won 9 races and 20+ podiums in her junior sportsman rookie year. She finished 1st in points at Whiteland Raceway in Indiana and her most recent win was at the Jay Burgess benefit at Whiteland Raceway in which she the won the Pole position, heat, and feature.
 
Makala has a dream to one day be in the Indy 500 and the icing on the cake would be to see that checkered flag and be standing in winner circle drinking milk!

 
 
To follow Makala Marks and her exciting career follow her on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makala-Marks-Racing/108599142576639?ref=ts&fref=ts or her Twitter page https://twitter.com/MakMarksRacing

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Jenna Grillo


Jenna Grillo


Jenna started racing when she was 10 years old. She is now in her 6th season of racing. She started racing in the tag cadet class at a local track. After two seasons she moved up to the world formula junior class. After two more seasons she started racing s5 class for the regional SKUSA series (it is a restricted 125cc shifter kart with a smaller carb.) She won the SKUSA midwest championship. This year she raced the midwest series, as well as the SKUSA national series.

She was kind enough to answer a few questions.

GirlsRace2.com: You race nationally how often do you travel and where is your favorite racing track/location?

Jenna: The national series has 3 races, this year SpringNationals was in Phoenix, AZ. SummerNationals was in Salt Lake City, Utah, and SuperNationals is in Las Vegas, Nevada! My favorite track probably has to be Newcastle, Indiana. It is an awesome track that is perfect for shifter karts!

GirlsRace2.com: What is your favorite moment in your racing career?

Jenna: I think my favorite moment in my racing career probably has to be in 2011 at Newcastle Motorsports Park. I swept the day, I qualified with the pole position. I won the prefinal by 10 seconds, and I won the final by 28 seconds!

GirlsRace2.com: What do your friends fellow classmates say/ think about you racing?

Jenna: My friends at school all think it's the coolest thing ever that I race! Especially when I show up to school looking like a complete girly girl!!

GirlsRace2.com: What are your other hobbies besides racing?

Jenna: My other hobby beside racing includes dancing, which I did nationally from the age of four to the age of twelve when I quit because I was missing too much racing for dance competitions!

GirlsRace2.com: What is your ultimate goal for your racing career?

Jenna: My ultimate goal for my racing career is to get out of karts, move up the indy ladder, and win the Indianapolis 500! I realize this is a big goal, but I am a very ambitious girl, and I believe in myself!

"I absolutely love being a girl in a sport that is dominated by men! Taking my helmet off, and shaking my hair out while being infront of a line of guys I just finished infront of is a very rewarding feeling!"

Thank you Jenna for sharing your story! We look forward to watching you move up the Indy ladder to the Indianapolis 500. To find more information on Jenna and follow her career visit her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jenna-Grillo-Racing/155665724520041?fref=ts or her Twitter page https://twitter.com/jennagrillo15.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Stephanie Geare Season Results


Stephanie Geare Season Championship Winner & 2012 Yamaha Senior Champion at East Lansing Kart Track, East Lansing, MI

 
Congrats to Stephanie Geare who is the first woman to accomplish this goal at East Lansing Kart Track. Steph you are an inspiration to us all!
 
For more information on Stephanie visit my earlier post http://girlsrace2.blogspot.com/2012/08/driver-spotlight-stephanie-geare.html

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Annabeth Barnes


Annabeth Barnes

Annabeth is only 17 years old but has an impressive 10 years of racing under her belt. As a kart racer she has captured over 200 wins, multiple state championships, was the first girl to ever win junior driver championship, and was a two-time Grand National Champion. In 2011, she raced her rookie year at Hickory Motor Speedway in limited late model division, where she captured first win of stock car career, nine Top 5 finishes and finished 4th out of 30 drivers. We were able to see the girl behind the helmet in the 2009 award winning documentary Racing Dreams and the reality tv miniseries Born to Drive, which aired on GAC in the fall of 2011.

I had some questions for Annabeth and she was gracious enough to share her story and advice.

GIRLSRACE2:
How soon in your racing career did racing become your passion?

ANNABETH BARNES:
I think, for me, I was in love with racing before I even started. My father was a local short track racer, and my mom has always loved racing, so I grew up in a racing home. I was going to the track as long as I can remember.  I was probably about 5 years old when all I would say is that I was going to be the first women to win the Daytona 500. Being that young, of course, I couldn't have even begun to understand all the dedication and work that would come along with pursuing that dream. And looking back on it now it's crazy how my life has worked out up to this point. It really seems like this is what I am meant to be doing. I wasn't truly, 100% dedicated to racing until I was about 8 or 9. But for whatever reason, even being that young, I knew that this was my true love and something that I wanted to do everyday for the rest of my life. I feel like everyone has a purpose in life, everyone has a calling. Racing is mine.

GIRLSRACE2:
You started racing at 6 (my oldest daughter started this year when she was 6 and my youngest will start next year when she turns 5), What advice would you give young girls about racing and what they will face as they progress in their racing careers?

ANNABETH BARNES:
My advice to a young girl entering this sport is very simple and overused, but it would be to never give up and never lose your faith. As a female in this mostly male sport, people are going to doubt you, look down on you, and not give you their respect. You have to work everyday to show the world that you belong in this amazing sport. And it's not always easy and it's not always fun, but anything worth having isn't going to be easy to get. Things get tough, but you cannot cannot cannot give up. Always believe in yourself.

GIRLSRACE2:
What is your favorite accomplishment in your racing career?

ANNABETH BARNES:
Wow, that's a tough one. I think that my very favorite accomplishment in my career has been my first stock car win at Hickory Motor Speedway last year (2011). My whole life I had always been the best, in gokarts and even moving into some of the bigger stuff. But when I moved into my rookie season in a full size stock car, I wasn't the best anymore. But I learned more about hard work and dedication then I have ever learned, so to finally get that first win after a hard season was just amazing. I felt on top of the world, if even just for that moment. It also finally showed everyone that not only can I be a good gokart driver, or bando driver, but I am a good racecar driver. I finally got the respect that I had been searching for. And in my eyes, that was an accomplishment all on its own.

Thank you Annabeth for taking the time to share your advice and story with us. We look forward to watch you acheive your goal of winning the Daytona 500!! You can keep up with Annabeth by following her on facebook at www.facebook.com/annabethbarnesracing or by visiting her website at www.annabethbarnes.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Racing Buddies


Ashlee & Amanda

The first time we arrived at the race track in East Lansing Ashlee was so nervous. She had driven her kart around the parking lot at her father's work, but that was it. Her face lit up when she saw Amanda. She was so excited that she would not be the only girl. They have a great time at the track during and in between races. Amanda's parents were amazing and extremely supportive and still are. What a wonderful gift it is to have people around to encourage and support our little racers.

I am amazed how much these two girls have improved and evolved throughout the season. They have both put in so much work and effort. They are both tough competitors. Each of them have had their day at the top of the podium this year. I am so excited to see them continue to grow and I know they are capable of great things.

Great job girls!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Driver Spotlight: Julia Landauer


Julia Landauer


There are many words that describe Julia Landauer. Stanford University Student, New Yorker, Businesswoman and most importantly Race Car Driver.  Julia began racing at the age of 10. Her family felt it was a great sport that they could do together on the weekends. She immediately fell in love with it and told her parents that she wanted to continue racing and pursue a career.

Over the years Julia has expereinced many different forms of racing. I asked her her favorite thing about each form. "My favorite thing about go-karts is how quickly everything happens on track. My favorite thing about formula cars is how varied and technical the tracks are...they're like puzzles, which I find so interesting. My favorite things about stock cars/oval racing is the intensely close, bumper-to-bumper racing."

Goals are very important in any career, especially racing. What's Julia's ultimate goal for her racing career? "I'm a racer and hope to have the opportunity to race every type of automobile. That being said, my ultimate goal is to make a career off of racing."

Julia is studying ways to make racing more environmentally friendly. She is currently a student at Stanford University where she is earning a B.S. in Science, Technology & Society. When asked why she decided to take this direction she responded, "Growing up many people I described racing to would point out how harmful racing is for the environment. I don't want that to be the first thing that comes to peoples' minds. There are also so many areas in which racing can be slightly more efficient while making a big difference, which fascinates me."

Julia had this to share with young girls as they enter their racing careers, "Never take "no" for an answer! If you really want it and are willing to work your butt off to get it, no one should have the power to stop you. You can almost always work around obstacles."

For more information on Julia Landauer visit her website, like her facebook page, or follow her on twitter: www.julialandauer.com, http://on.fb.me/gRbMSI (Facebook Fan Page), www.twitter.com/julialandauer

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Helpful Karting Publication

National Karting News

My husband and father-in-law have subscribed to National Karting News for as long as I can remember. I have actually started reading it as well. I have found some of the articles extremely helpful. I would recommend checking it out.

Here is what the magazine entails..

National Kart News, The Magazine...

Now into our 25th year, we pride ourselves on bringing you the news of karting from around the world. Each month we take you behind the scenes of many of the Events, but more importantly we show you ways to improve your standings and have more fun!

The magazine is a solid mix of technical how-to articles as well as testing and product reviews. In addition, we offer the behind the scenes news through our Company and Driver Profile pieces. Whether you're a mechanic, just like to go fast, or want to know more about the leaders within the karting industry, NKN does that and more!

National Kart News covers every aspect of the sport, from 4 cycles to the extreme Shifters and everything in-between. Each month we bring to you a blend of articles from each of those divisions and wow you with a catalog of action photography.

Just some of the stories you can expect to find each month are: engine tuning tips, carburetor and clutch adjustments tricks, setting up your chassis, tire tests, and Special Issues on Clutch Previews, Safety Apparel and our huge Chassis and Engine Buyers Guides.

If you're serious about winning or just getting started, we are your source for information!

For more information on National Karting News visit their website http://www.nkn.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Good Customer Service

Thank you K1 Race Gear


Last week I finally broke down and called K1 Race Gear about my daughter's race suit. Only a few races into the season the zipper broke. We have been trying to make it work but finally we conceded that it just wasn't going to cut it. I truly believe that the suit should have lasted much longer and the other kids at the track who had the same suit did not have the zipper issue. I called K1 and they were super helpful. He mailed out a new suit immediately and we got it in time to use for the race that weekend. What good customer service! No arguing, no excuses, he just helped me no questions asked.

Visit their website: www.k1racegear.com

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Street Race...Our First Experience


 Indy Street Races Here We Come


We decided to try a street race this year. My husband has raced several in his racing career and he loved it so we thought we'd give Ashlee the experience. She was quite nervous because she has only raced at one track. It was kind of a last minute decision. The night before my husband asked hey is there any way we can pack up and head to Indianapolis for the weekend? Of course!

Friday after work we got in the car and headed for our 4 1/2 hour journey. The ride started out good (as good as it can with an excited 7 year old and 4 year old.) When we got to Indiana the rain began. It rained, and rained and rained. It was a miserable and treacherous drive. We were so thankful to arrive at the hotel.

Saturday morning we arrived at the track at Greenwood, IN (just South of Indianapolis.) Great city! The track was around a park (baseball fields.) It was very humid and chilly. They had record rain fall so the track was wet, and by wet I mean there was basically a river going through turn 2. We signed Ashlee in. They were so nice. The gal taking our information said they were glad to see another girl driver, her daughter was racing in another class. There was another little boy in line behind us. His name was Aiden and he is 6. He was the kid she would be practicing with and racing that day. The other kids were not arriving until tomorrow.

Usually they have the kid karts go out first but since the track was so wet they had the older drivers go out and dry it off for the kids. The track was fast. If we had to guess we'd estimate it at 3/4 of a mile. Basically it was an oval with a chicane going into turn 1. They use straw bails and plastic barriers to mark the track. It's a little challenging because there is really no where to pull off the track unless you pull into the pits. Another thing that was new and different for her was the way they did their flags to begin the race. She had to get used to the way they waived them. Practice went really well. She got her feet wet and no spin outs or crashing. Bonus! She gained her confidence and was able to win her heat race. We were so excited that she was starting out front especially because there would be more competition the next day.

Now I'm going to go off on a tangent about the great people we met at this great SIRA event. Aiden's parents were awesome. They made us feel so welcome and included in their racing family. It makes the experience so much more enjoyable to be surrounded by friendly and welcoming people. There was  another girl driver, she greeted us almost immediately. Her name is Makala Marks, that girl can drive!! We were so impressed with her. I hope to blog more about her later. Her mother was so extremely nice and helpful. I cannot say enough nice things about the people we met. I look forward to building relationships with them as we continue in the racing circuit.

Let me get to the feature...Ashlee started out in front. She kept the lead for oh maybe 1/8th of the track. Kaden a very talented 8 year old boy jumped out in front of her almost immediately. She was keeping up with him pretty well for the first few laps and then she slowed down quite a bit. Unfortunately her muffler was knocked loose. The kart sounded horrible. One thing we learned about street races is that it is very hard on your kart and equipment. They are going over bumps and cracks and all the other things you will find on a street that aren't on a track. These roads were built for cars not racing karts. Another girl caught her and passed her then almost immediately after spun out. Ashlee was able to hold onto 2nd for the remainder of the race. Thank God the muffler stayed on!

We are so proud of her results from the first street race. I've got to admit we are hooked. I'm not sure if it's to the street races or just to the City of Indianapolis and all the racing opportunities there. I'm sure we will be making many more trips down there in the future. Now if they could only make that drive shorter...

For more information on Southern Indiana Racing Association and their schedule check out there website: http://www.sirakarting.org/

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cadet Racing, Moving up or moving on?


Advice on Cadet Racing from CRP Racing


I want to address a couple of issues and some questions I have been receiving on moving up from kid karts to cadets or Yamaha Jr. Sportsmans. It is true that stepping up to the next level is NOT easy by any means. But if it was easy, wouldn't everyone be racing cadets? It is a huge jump in not only horsepower but chassis tuning ability as well. It is much easier to tune a chassis in kid karts than it is in cadets without question. The speeds that you will reach in cadet will definitely poise more of a setup challenge to you and tuning and scaling will become much more relevant in racing these classes. Even the most seasoned and successful kid kart drivers and teams will often struggle in this transformation. I rarely see, if ever, those that dominated in kid karts move up to dominate in cadets, it usually takes a season just to get up to speed. Before you go bashing me, there are few exceptions. Especially for those that have the 100s of laps logged in at their home track, but then move them to an unfamiliar track and watch them struggle. A couple of areas cadet parents need to get smart on right away are gearing and carb settings. Gearing was a no-brainer in kid karts (89) and as far as carb tuning you basically had 5 choices of jets and most of the time you ran a 57 or 58. The Tillotson carb is a whole new ball game and it will require patience, good note taking, proper plug and temp readings and learning to use the graph on your MyChron. Even the best built K80 motor in the sport won¡¦t run worth it weight if the carb is not tuned properly. Once you have it dialed in, you will know and the lap times will prove it.

The good news is there are plenty of people at the track that will help you along, most of us know that when it is all said and done it's the drivers race to win in the first place, but that is an entirely different topic all together. If you do not have folks willing to help, you are racing at the wrong track. The best advice I can give you is grab a decent chassis, and a blueprinted engine and get the seat time, this will pay dividends. Get out there on those practice days every chance you can get and just let them drive, drive, drive. Don't go putting your young 8-9 year old out there and expect them to be running up front with the seasoned 11-12 year olds. It will make their adventure not so much fun. Explain to your driver there is a ladder that they must climb to get to the top, and right now they are on the bottom rung. The other good news is, all those parents that have been cheating with their kid kart engines and having their child lap everyone not even using the proper driving line. Well, that is now going to come back and bite them. For those of you who have been running legal and learning the proper line, passing in traffic and the craft of racing, well that is going to pay dividends for you now.

As far as chassis and engine choices go, pretty much no different than kid karts. There is no magical chrome molly super chassis out there and those that believe that are quite simply delusional and need to get of the hype wagon. I am sure if Top Kart or Birel or one of the other Italian chassis makers were to keep track of there kid kart wins you would see double the number of wins that others are advertising. I have seen just about every cadet chassis on the market today win at the Regional and National Level as well as most engine builders K80s running up front. Pick your chassis and engine builders like you would pick your wife or husband. Make sure that they are someone that you want to spend time with while at the track, make sure they are someone you can trust with your hard earned money, ensure they are really good listeners that genuinely care about what you are saying and someone you enjoy talking to allot. I never really liked those girls that in the first 5 minutes of the conversation they had already told me how many ex-boyfriends they have had, how much money their dad makes, asked me if I thought they were pretty and wanted me to come meet their parents. Seriously, if you intend to spend any length of time in this sport relationships are very important, start making good ones now. This is how our decisions were made, we trusted Gary Lawson (if you don't know who this is Google his name and the WKA) enough to try Arrow, we had seen Ben and Sam Beasley at the track on numerous occasions and they were always helpful. It was a no brainer, Gary had been helping Kaden with his driving and known him since Kaden sat in his first kid kart. Went with Arrow and are happy with our decision. Engines are another story, but in a nutshell we had tried several other engine builders with Deven and Kaden and quite often felt like a little fish in a big sea, which is in effect what we were but no reason to be treated like that by guys that are getting your hard earned dollars. A couple of folks that I trust very much locally, tried MCR and we gave them a shot after numerous phone calls. After talking to Matt and Clay we learned more in a month (before even purchasing an engine) than we did from the others we had used in the past. We committed and one of our engines just qualified 3rd at the Charlotte Man Cup race with a 9 year old driver K. All these folks mentioned above I enjoy talking to, trust them and they are providing us with what we feel is excellent feedback and service. What more can we ask for? I am sure there are others out there that do the same, but only you can make that choice. If you trust me, follow my lead, if not live and learn.

We are here for you and although we are not at the top of the Cadet ladder (YET) we are working are way up and the lessons we have learned are still fresh in our minds. Give us a call if you have any questions or anything else.

Good Luck!!!

Check out the CRP Racing Website: www.crpracing.com