The day for MINI GP race 2 at K1 Speed in Buffalo Grove arrived and once again Karen was in charge of the evening’s pit crew which included Katie. This race also brought out some old friends Sophia and Skyler, who raced with Jason at Concept Haulers a few years ago. In addition to Skyler and Jason there where a total of 17 junior drivers. This would make the evening a bit longer with two qualifying sessions and two features, because the track can only handle 13 karts at one time.
Jason had a plan for qualifying: get into open space as quickly as possible and start setting fast laps. The means he will either push forward to pass the leaders or hang back to create distance between him and the next racers. He started in second and he was able to nurse his kart in pre-start low speed mode, setting up a move to the lead as soon as the green flag dropped. By the third lap he had the fastest lap, and his times where continuing to drop as the kart reached its top speed and he settled into a rhythm. In lap nine, after a few cautions and mucking with slower traffic, Jason moved down to third. But in the very next lap, he set the fastest lap of the evening 18.208. This lap time would pay off with pole position in the feature giving great prospects of winning the race.
The next race is Concept Haulers Motor Speedway‘s opening day on March 28th. Two years ago we had an early April opening and the day was delayed by snow. With the weather this year we are just going to hope for the best. We need to spend the remaining little time putting the final touches on the kart and getting major pieces attached.
Very special thanks goes to Karen and Katie who had to hang out at the track for an extra long time. To the folks running the races at K1 they work hard and and put up with a lot of BS.