Lessons learned! Brown gets A+ in sixth year of karting WATERDOWN, ONTARIO - Tyler Brown has successfully completed his sixth year of competitive karting. The 12-year-old from Waterdown, Ontario had a season that would make most NASCAR drivers...
Brown gets A+ in sixth year of karting
WATERDOWN, ONTARIO - Tyler Brown has successfully completed his sixth year of competitive karting. The 12-year-old from Waterdown, Ontario had a season that would make most NASCAR drivers cringe as he competed in a total of 37 race day events.
"I have learned a lot this year and it showed in my results latter in the year." Brown said of his hectic season. "During the first half of the season, my average qualifying position was ninth. But during the second half I improved that average up to a third place position."
Qualifying is critical to a good finish in the tough junior classes Brown runs in club and regional competition. This boost in average qualifying position also made him a threat to win on any weekend. "My dad (crew chief) was hard on me at the start of the year. He wanted me to stay more focused during qualifying - starting ninth put me behind the 8-ball right away. Dad, 'the guru' was right and once I realized that I had to qualify better, I kicked it up a notch."
With his qualifying problems sorted out, Brown was able to finish the year with two pole positions, one win and amazing 19 top five finishes in the 37 races. Having the speed to win is one thing, having the consistency to finish is another. Brown didn't make the top ten in only three of the 37 events and went the entire schedule without a DNF (Did not finish).
Brown's work ethic also showed up in his 2003 results, where he had a top five at the ASN Canadian Nationals, fourth in points at Mosport Kart Club, fifth in points at Toronto Kart Club and he ranked eighth in the Ontario KartSport Championship Series.
Brown has also been 'schooled' during 2004 about the level of skill, commitment and dedication that it takes to consistently run at the front. "I have to work on my physical strength as well as mental strength to compete at that same level when I move up next year - where I will run two classes. You have to be as strong, if not stronger at the end of the year, this is when the championships are on the line."
With the 4B Racing team behind him, Brown is already working on his 2004 plans, but he realizes that he has a lot of help, and a good support network behind him. "Without the commitment from my mom and dad, Assante, South Side Mens Shop of Hamilton, and Arnold Engines, none of this would have been possible. A big thanks to all of them."
Brown's schedule for next year will be equally hectic, especially with double the number of races. He is actively looking for new sponsors and is already looking further ahead to cars in the next few years. "Hopefully next year will go as good as this one. Having tasted the thrills of the Pro Challenge Series car, I really am starting to work on getting to that series as soon as possible."