Dylan made the journey to Wisconsin this past weekend to get fitted for his Merlin MR29 Cadet Kart (Thursday), get some practice laps in at Badger Kart Club on Friday, race at the C-Tech Manufacturing Motorplex at Road America Saturday, and return to Badger Kart Club for the second club Race on Sunday.
The kart fitting went great at Franklin Kart and Dylan was able to pick out his safety gear for the year. On Friday, Dylan got his first laps in the kart in and with the video analysis and coaching from Brandon and the data analysis and coaching from Jamie was able to get used to his kart and shave over 3 seconds off of best time from his first session to his last. He ended the practice session with a 57.9 second lap, which wasn't too bad for his first day in a new kart with a new engine at a new track.
Saturday was beautiful as usual at Road America. There was only one other kart in his category, a fast and talented Ethan Tovo. There were some issues with the transponders as both were number 13 to start the day, but overall Dylan had a good day. He took a step back in the feature with some untimely spins while pushing too hard through traffic. Luckily we ended the day watching IndyCar from Texas and the announcers kept mentioning patience. I think it helped drive home the post-race discussion and a lesson was learned.
Sunday was a great day at Badger Kart Club under the Team Franklin Motorsporots tent. he went out on a larger gear (80) for practice and qualifying, then switched to a smaller gear (78) for the pre-final. The kart handled differently so unfortunately some of the gains from earrlier in the day disappeared in the pre-final, but after examning the data Jamie again pionted Dylan in the right direction as he met his goal of getting a 55 second lap (55.896) by the end of the weekend.
Overall the kart was great, the support was great and the driving and understanding of racing improved. Pretty much a perfect weekend for Dylan Fugate Racing.
We can't wait unitl we head to Whiteland to race this week.