Thursday, September 4, 2014

RIGP

This year marked the 20th anniversary for the Rock Island Grand Prix. One of the largest karting street races in North America. The ROCK is an extremely demanding circuit, combining all of the common challenges encountered in a normal street circuit. Brick cross walks, pot holes, asphalt to concrete transitions, manhole covers, and limited vision around the corners. All of this while reaching speeds in excess of 80mph, and cornering speeds near 50mph! Needless to say, the racers get a little banged up and bruised from the abuse of the streets at these speeds.

Challenging as it is...this still proves to be a great race that drivers from all over the country enlist to compete in every year. This event attracts the sports best drivers, every year.

My weekend proved to be challenging with a new Birel chassis and the Maxter MXS engine. We had the engined tuned perfectly, but I struggled with the chassis set-up which left me slightly off pace with my lap times. I battled the best I could and finished the weekend with a 3rd place finish in the 20 lap race.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Grattan Raceway

Next event on the schedule is Grattan Raceway May 17-18th. Grattan is a fast technical road course that is 2miles long. It has been recently repaved which makes for some great wheel to wheel shifter kart racing!

I will be competing in the stock moto class as well as the CIK125 class. I expect the Birel to be fast and very competitive in both classes - I'm looking forward to a great first weekend of the racing season.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spring test day

This is how the spring test day at Grattan Raceway looked last year!! I'm hopeful that this years spring test outing will have much better weather. Winter has been....very Michigan like, so I am ready to start plans to get out on the track. The Maxter has a fresh rebuild and ready to hit the track and take a few more wins this season. The spring test day at Grattan is a great day, and I look forward to getting out there every year. No better way to kick of the season than at my favorite track.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TKZ is closed for the winter

As I prepare for a late fall vacation trip to Mackinac Island for the weekend in 30degree temps.....the Maxter is on its way to warm sunny Cali for some tlc! The chassis has been cleaned, stripped, and wrapped for the off-season. Karting in the Midwest is all but over. The RoboPong and Karting ProAm at NCMP are all that remain in the Midwest for outdoor kart racing. For me....it will be a long wait until spring, probably an early test day at Grattan Raceway. Can't wait 'til spring!

Thanks to Joe White JWRengines.com for this years tech support....and as always. Big D! Without my number one tuner, my racing endeavors would not be possible!

SHIFTERFEST

The inaugural Shifterfest took place at New Castle Motorsports park Sept 13-15. I had mixed feelings about this event. I wanted to attend as I am eager to see the SKUSA organization gain momentum in the Midwest...but have been disappointed at their previous events and scheduling dates. Even this particular event was scheduled on the same weekend at the race at Michigan International Speedway. The MIS race is a big draw for Midwest shifter drivers - oh well.

Upon arrival at the track Friday evening...the lack of competitors was obvious. I've seen more racers at NCMP on a practice weekend! Sad to say, the kart count was bad. My hope is that SKUSA can take some input from Midwest racers, and work TOGETHER with other regional series to get some shifters together. Unfortunately, ontrack driving tended to be rough without policing, and rules enforcement was inconsistent at best. A bad recipe with drivers, for a series trying to build a brand and establish a new market.

I'm hopeful that the future will bring better events to the Midwest from SKUSA. 

Gingerman

The final round of the Championship Enduro Series took place at the Gingerman Raceway near South Haven MI. This is a great track, only minuets from Lake Michigan. Gingerman is a fast challenging layout, that makes for some great shifter racing. The track surface is in need of resurfacing, and some competitors had complaints....but there were rumors that track management is considering repaving. -GREAT NEWS-

The CES still proves to be THE place to race with a shifterkart in the MidWest! Another solid field of fast drivers took to the track to compete on this beautiful late summer day! We had awesome weather all weekend, which made for great evenings along the Lake Michigan shoreline. If you have not raced with the CES - Plan on attending one of their events for 2014.  

I was pleased with the new Maxter MXS power...I finished with a 2nd place on Saturday and 1st place on Sunday! The Maxter power continued to be strong through the entire season. I've raced the engine with no issues, complaints, or problems all season. 10hours of race time! Many people will claim that these motors can not compete competitively for a full season without continual maintenance/rebuilding. This was my first season with the KZ/ICC power plant, and I was very pleased with the power, and ease of tuning.