I’ve had the privilege of working as a driver coach, mechanic, and tuner within a tent program for the past few years during my off-weekends. I’ve always thought that we offered a good program with knowledgeable tuners/coaches, reasonable rates, and most importantly, plenty of fun times and laughs.
That being said, I’m always looking to improve, whether it’s my driving or coaching, so I’ve got a few questions for you:
- Have you ever been in a team/tent program? If not, why not?
- If you have, what things kept you coming back each weekend or had you bailing mid-way through the season?
- What do you look for in a team/tent program? Is it all about results or do you just want a cool place to hang out at the track? Maybe it’s just more convenient for you?
- What are “reasonable rates” for a weekend with a team for you?
I know lots of us are father/son, dad/lad setups. My dad and I were wrenched all our own stuff for most of my life, I just happened to have a good friend in Scott Kopp who has had a kart team the past few years which is why I’m under a tent now. Of course there is a lot of pride and bonding that goes with doing it all on your own, but one thing I really have loved about the tent program is the camaraderie of having other racers around you all weekend, spending time with a second family and getting to know and laugh with others.