Skip Barber Road America: August 20-23

August 25, 2009
You know the old saying “third time’s a charm” ? When it comes to racing Skip Barber, luck was in the cards for me this weekend. It was my second time racing at Road America and man, what a weekend. We got all of our bad luck out of the way before we even stepped foot onto the track though. Our flight was delayed a couple of hours and me and my dad wound up arriving at 2 A.M. which definitely doesn’t help when I had to wake back up at 6 to get in a car. Not going to lie, the delay was pretty stressful but we finally managed to make it to the hotel to get a few quality hours of much needed sleep.
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WKA Man Cup Race Report – Road America

July 13, 2009
We got home from the Skip Barber race on Sunday night and went right back to Road America on Wednesday for the WKA Man Cup event. I was glad to see many of my friends who I hadn’t seen since May. My mom and my sister came too so I was glad to have my whole family’s support. The weather was great for racing all weekend long and our team was excited to get going.
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Skip Barber Summer Series – Road America

July 06, 2009
During the winter months, I spent some time with my driving coach Steve Welk doing the Skip Barber School. I did a 3-day racing school, an advanced 2-day racing school, and two lapping sessions up at Lime Rock, Connecticut. Since I had never driven an open wheel car before, Steve had a lot to teach me. I had trouble downshifting at first but once he taught me how to left-foot brake, I started to get the hang of it. Steve was very patient with me all winter long because sometimes I was driving like a spaz. But he never gave up and he decided to enter me in my first car race ever! Me, my mom and dad, Steve, his girlfriend Allison, and his family all spent July 4th weekend in Elkhart Lake. We had an awesome time together!
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CKI Millville, NJ Race Report

June 26, 2009
Our team was really happy to have a race that was so close to home. New Jersey Motorsports Park is about a 2 hour ride from our house and it is an awesome facility. Mike Doty, Cale Wyse, and Uncle John Baio were all hoping for good results in our home state. We raced IAME Jr. and our Friday qualifying results were pretty solid.
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CKI New Castle, IN Race Report

June 01, 2009
We decided at the last minute to attend the CKI event in New Castle because Mike Doty wanted me to test a different set-up for TaG. So basically we went there without any expectations of winning or anything. My dad and I flew in very late Thursday night and actually got to the hotel at 1 am Friday morning. We were really, really tired but we knew we had a long day of practice ahead of us. Since I have missed so many school days for racing this season, my mom said “No way!” when we asked if I could attend the Thursday practice, too. So without having any track time on Thursday, this made it very difficult for Mike Doty, Cale Wyse, and Uncle John Baio to set up the kart. But if my mom calls the school even one more time this year and tells them that I have swine flu, I think she might end up in jail. Or at least DYFS will come and hunt her down.
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STARS OF KARTING – EAST DIVISION – MARCH 6-8, 2009

April 23, 2009
As our team headed down to Ocala, Florida for the first STARS race of the season, I was feeling much more confident since I learned a lot at the FWT races. I was lucky to have Mike Doty, John Baio, Cale Wyse, Jamie Sieracki, and my dad to help me this weekend. At STARS, there are so many heat races and then a pre-final before you ever get to your final events that you have to try to have consistently solid finishes all weekend. That hopefully sets you up for a good final event.
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FWT REPORT – FEB. & MAR. 2009

April 23, 2009
Even though we didn’t do well at our first attempt at the FWT in January, our team kept working really hard and we finally did show some improvement. In February, we still had trouble in qualifying in both TaG Jr. and KF3. The competition down at these events was fierce. The drivers are very aggressive and fast! Sometimes I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. But with the help of Mike Doty, Jamie Sieracki, John Baio, and Cale Wyse, (and of course God) we ended up with a 6th and a 10th in the TaG Jr. finals. Two 8th place finishes were the best we could do in the KF3 finals. So things were beginning to look up, slowly but surely.
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