Well, I did it. I gave road racing a try and it sure was a blast! Having done sprint racing for years, as well as a few track days, today’s road race at Laguna Seca was very similar but also a much different challenge. Being that this was in my kart and not my dad’s BMW, I knew I would be able to push the kart more so than I do in his car. But, it was also a lot like a track day, at least for what I was racing.
Racing a Yamaha, a low HP for road racing, I assumed that I would be able to take the majority of the corners flat out, which ended up being a correct assumption. What I underestimated, though, was how much commitment it would take to do so. It took me pretty much the whole first 20 minute practice to mentally commit to turning in at full throttle. Every lap of that first practice session I’d go a little deeper before lifting and get back on the gas earlier and eventually that met in the middle for full throttle. For the corners I did have to brake for, I was amazed at how late I could leave my braking. I can only imagine what it might be like pitching a 125 with front brakes into a corner. Some day maybe.
Ideologically speaking, I think I’ve been converted to road racing. But practically, I don’t have the money for what I’d want or need to make the full switch.