I’m an automotive journalist and aspiring racer. I am a pretty fast karter and was given the chance (to pay) at the inaugural Lucas Oil Karting Scholarship Shootout. It was a wild experience.
It’s funny how quickly time passes when you’re completely fixated on one goal. After the foray, I racked my brain to try and prepare for the shootout. Some over-the-phone coaching from two racers with years of experience in these cars bolstered my confidence and taught me more about manipulating these machines. A few nights spent running laps on a friend’s iRacing rig, some left-foot braking in a rented Grand Caravan, and a couple outings in a shifter kart bolstered it some more. Considering the challenge ahead, I needed all the bolstering I could get.