After a few months of number crunching and tough decision making, I've made my final plans for the 2011 season. Here are the basics:
-Run the Southwest Regional Cup (10-race regional karting series) with 3G Kart Racing in Stock Moto shifter class
- Run 2 Bondurant Championship Race Series races in the Bondo Formula Mazdas
- Compete for the 2011 Bondurant Driver Search Shootout
I will be upgrading my kart chassis to a 2010 Birel Spirit SP32 that was used for 1 race day in 2010 by 3G Kart Racing based out of Katy, Texas. The SWRC runs 10 races over 5 weekends at 5 different tracks throughout Texas and Oklahoma. I will join 3G's tent program for the full SWRC series which will help me to focus on my driving and racecraft and get me access to the 3G team's extensive experience for setup, gearing, engine tuning, etc. for all of the SWRC tracks. This will be huge advantage over my previous karting endeavors especially considering I have not driven 4 out of the 5 SWRC tracks. For each race weekend, there is a Friday practice day that I will use to learn the new tracks and dial in my Birel's setup. 3G Kart Racing is a top-notch National karting team and I am very excited to be partnered with them for 2011. Thanks to Mark French at 3G for helping me over the off-season.
I will be picking the new chassis up in late February after I get my Stock Honda CR125 back from it's off-season refresh by SRS Engines in Hawkins, TX. To keep in practice, I will be testing often at Rimrock Raceway in Midland, TX and running club races with North Texas Karters throughout 2011.
Here is a link to 3G's website: www.3gkartracing.com
Photo of the new chassis: My Dad and I will be taking a year off from National Level SCCA Autocross so I can focus my budget and energy on kart racing and road racing the Bondurant Formula Mazdas. At this point, we are targeting 2012 for a return to the SCCA Solo Nationals in our STX Mini Cooper. My Dad will still be autocrossing the Mini locally and may contest an SCCA Divisional or National Solo event to keep in practice for the 2012 Solo Nats so I will post his autocross results and videos throughout the season.
Thanks to my sponsors and supporters for helping me make the 2011 racing season happen!