North Texas Karters has a wonderful membership program. You can pay the membership fee and they will give you a key to race around the track whenever you want for practice (on non race days). This has been super beneficial for us because it was the only way we were going to get the kid in the kart to practice. So we finally got a key and we were ready to go.
We have hit a little snag in our plans to race because it has become very apparent that we need to have a truck or a trailer to use for this adventure. We have wonderful friends that have been super helpful in getting the kart to and from the track. He would not have his practice time otherwise.
On day one, he could not wait to get to the track. When we got there some of the other classes were there and he watched what they were doing. When it was his turn to get on the track he took it nice and slow. He figured out what the track looked like while driving on it and gradually sped up. He had his first wreck that day. It was not as bad as it sounds though. He went around an "S" turn and over corrected a mistake he made and went into some tires. We straightened him out and he got right back on. We were there for a couple hours and he seemed to be very comfortable in his kart by the time we left.
The second day went even better. He tested the limits of his kart a little more, so much so that he was spinning out trying to figure out how to brake going into the corners. It was amazing to watch how quickly he was picking up on things. Besides the spinning out that happened, there was no incident and he had a great practice.
Today was day three. He had a super fast time of 1:25 and I am pretty sure his last lap was faster than that, I just forgot to time it (bad mom move), but we were all cheering him on as he whipped through the corners. The downside to today was that "S" turn that he wrecked on the first time. This time he was hauling butt around it and we all knew he wasn't going to make it. He hit the tires and then he went through the tires and hit pretty hard. He started to get out of the kart before it was even turned off. I ran up to him and when I picked him up, he lost it. It scared the snot out of him that is for sure. He managed a cut above his eye and a bruise on his temple from the sunglasses we thought would help him see if he wore them under his helmet (lesson learned, looking into a sun visor for the helmet tonight). After he was calmed down, I coaxed him back into the kart and he started running really good times.
It has been an awesome week. He is doing amazingly well with his kart and he has really learned how to handle it through many situations. All I know is that I have a kid with speed in his blood, I am just glad I found a way for him use it!
Here is a video of him out on the track! I will have more videos for everyone tomorrow! Enjoy this!