Archive for Rain Set-Up & Driving
First of all, hopefully you’ve either read or heard of the book The Art of Racing in the Rain, a story of a driver told through the eyes of his dog, hence my title. Great read but will not make you quicker in the rain. The following will however.
I know that the sight of rain clouds on the horizon of a kart track strikes fear in many a competitor. You can see it in their face and can see it in the poor turnouts on rainy race weekends. It shouldn’t. Rain shouldn’t be viewed as a threat, it should be viewed as an opportunity. Rain is the great equalizer, the leveler of the playing field. Who builds your motor etc. all goes out the window in the wet. Being successful in the rain can be broken down into 5 simple components: 1) a good rain set-up (which I outline in the free trial of FIRESTONEKARTINFO, click here to receive yours), and 2) four basic on the track tasks I outline in this month’s FKI…
Here in AZ, if there is even a hint of rain, the race is off. Luckily I do 95% of my racing in the ProKart Series in California. Since ProKart is a regional series and travels from track to track, they run the race rain or shine and give you double points for showing up. As an added bonus, they have the best rain set-up guide I have ever seen on their website which I have included in the free trial issue of my newsletter (see link below) along with some additional tips acquired from years of racing in the rain in Europe and the U.S. Just so you know, I used this set-up at my first kart rain race during the 2008 Winternationals at Qualcomm Stadium and my go kart was phenomenal, easily one of the five best balanced and most fun karts/cars to drive in my entire career!