FKI Oct. Article Preview – How To: Use a Set-Up SheetBy
The Set-up Sheet or Track Sheet. However you want to refer to it, in my opinion, this is the key to being consistently quick everywhere you go. There are a number of reasons I say this. The first would be that you don’t see any professional racing teams that don’t use set-up sheets. Now your response could be that a race car is a lot more complicated than a kart but trust me, there is plenty of stuff to keep track of on a kart.
The second reason I am a strong advocate for set-up sheets is they help you remember what changes you made which comes in handy both when the kart is fast or slow. To provide a more pertinent example, I was talking with Rhod Beachner, owner of 2 Wild Karting, whose son Ryan won the S2 ProKart Santa Maria race. He was joking with me saying, “you want to know what we changed on that car…, nothing.” More to my point he then strongly suggested to Ryan that they better be taking notes somewhere so they can remember that set-up for next year.
Having said that, the Set-Up sheet is only as useful as the notes you put on it and to that point I have written a separate article on how to give consistent, accurate, and understandable feedback., even if it just for you. (Click here to read the article preview) In the meantime, I’ll walk you through what I do with my Set-up Sheets to give you a starting guideline. My goal would be that you adapt some kind of system, even if its this one, use it systematically, and notice an improvement from weekend to weekend or race to race…