I Kart Raced A Nascar Driver Last Night

The results were rather predictable…

I got an invite from my buddies Karl and Chris to go karting last night, something I rarely turn down. Except when they are asking me to join their ride into foolishness and pain for a 24 hour endurance event at least. We are not the fastest guys around but are usually able to scoot pretty well. It sounded like it was going to be a fast group which was great – things usually move pretty smoothly then plus it is fun to chase and learn from people faster than you. I had never actually seen anyone holding a record on the wall but was in for a treat that night! We headed out to K1 Racing in Addison to run their electric karts on Track 1.

We had a large group and did a fun team format, where we split into 2 groups. The fastest and slowest best lap of either group were tossed out, and the average of the remaining best laps was taken to award a winning team. A nice format encourages those who are caught to let the faster driver by so that they can run a clean fast lap. Also good for the person being passed to learn what someone quicker is doing.

Track records before the Camden treatment.

Track records before the Camden treatment.

This was a fun format and the first group just barely edged us out. I was trying to watch Dan and Cam to see how they were scooting. I think my largest improvement came from watching How Dan was taking a far corner, it was certainly my most drastic change throughout the event. I’m not sure it’s right, but by the end of the event I also only lifted to slow and stopped using the brakes entirely. I felt like my line was pretty good, but had much to learn and practice about being smooth through some of the tighter corners. It was a benefit to watch Dan and Cam for sure, but it would have been fun to have a race chasing them as well. Results by the end of the day:

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Cam really crushed it, besting the track record by a good amount! Looks like this group is planning on turning this into a monthly event, which is awesome and will be great fun. I’ll for sure be attending more in the future to try and learn from these super fast guys.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Out with the old and in with the new!

Congrats to Camden Murphy! You can find out more about him and his racing from his official website here.

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About the Author:

Mike can usually be found placing in the top 3 of the HPDE intermediate WRB BRZ class for ages 37-37. He is a computer nerd and travel nerd and also runs igobyplane.com.

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