tl;dr - After nearly 10 years in the sport and then nearly 10 years out, I’m finally looking to get back in…any advice?
I think a little context might help - I grew up karting in the Midwest pretty much throughout the 2000’s, starting with some club level 2 cycle 100cc karts, and then I started making my way into regional and some national level races in the latter half of that decade. Towards the end of my time racing I was faring pretty well in TaG Senior classes mostly at regional events, with the occasional national level event if it was close enough to home.
Then came college and that brought my racing career to a fairly abrupt halt. Throw in a few more life events and my karting return has been on hold now for nearly 10 years.
But now my wife’s PhD is wrapped up and she’s working, and we’re nearly settled in after our most recent move to Pittsburgh, so it’s looking like I finally might be able to get back in the seat sometime in 2020.
With all that out of the way, my main questions/concerns are:
- Is there any good club level 2 stroke karting near me that I could go check out? I know PittRace is close, but they seem to exclusively run 206.
- If there aren’t any good local 2 cycle racing options, is it possible that running practice laps on my own at Pitt would be sufficient for getting some cobwebs off so that I could jump right back into a traveling series? I don’t expect to be competitive right out of the gate, but at the very least I’d like to be competent and just have some fun.
- Any other general tips or suggestions? I’ve never gone 10 years between race weekends before, so if anyone else has experience returning to racing after a long hiatus, any wisdom you could share would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!