WKA: Lake Speed teams with Irvan at Charlotte kart event

Former World Champion of Karting Lake Speed to team up with Irvan at Endurance Karting Charlotte 400. Former Winston Cup winner and international karting champion Lake Speed has confirmed his participation teaming with another former Winston Cup...

Former World Champion of Karting Lake Speed to team up with Irvan at Endurance Karting Charlotte 400.

Former Winston Cup winner and international karting champion Lake Speed has confirmed his participation teaming with another former Winston Cup champion, Ernie Irvan, in the Endurance Karting Charlotte 400, 8- hour race Saturday, April 20, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Speed's karting career began in his home state of Mississippi, and soon the young driver was winning national events all over the country, resulting in six U.S. Karting National Championships in single and twin- engine competition. Speed graduated to the international scene representing the USA across Europe and regularly competed with many drivers who became better known in full-size international motorsports like Grand Prix Formula One and World Sportscar racing. Speed was the first American to triumph in the World Championship of Karting at LeMans, France, in 1978. Speed won the championship over no less than future Formula One Champion, Ayrton Senna, who finished second. Speed began a career in Winston Cup in 1980 and in 19 years started 402 races resulting in a win at Darlington in 1988, and no less than 16 top fives and 75 top ten finishes. Irvan's team is showing tremendous depth with the two former Winston Cup winners joined by Irvan's ARCA protégé and veteran of ASA and Legends Car competition, Kevin Conway and an unknown, but rumored to be exceedingly fast young driver by the name of Tom.

Driving tip - Racing in the wet

It is the beginning of a great racing season, and with every beginning of a racing season you will find that for the first couple of months there is probably a pretty good chance that you will be running in the rain. That is our drivers tip for this newsletter. There are two racing lines in every track, a dry line and a wet line, the difference between the two is very simple. If you run up high in a turn in the dry now you need to run down low in the wet and if you run down low in a turn now you need to run up high. The reason for this is that when is wet the dry racing line has all of the old rubber and oil which will be very slippery, it is almost like running on ice. The wet line is totally clean of oil and old rubber and you will find plenty of traction if you run the correct wet line. The other thing that you have to work with is the transition between brake and throttle and vice-versa. This transition must be smooth, very smooth. Also smooth steering corrections. There is one more thing that you can do to correct under steer and oversteer you can use the horse power of your kart to get back on line. As you begin making your steering correction you can give a small amount of throttle to get the kart back on line. One more thing, be aware of the kart pushing, this is when the kart does not want to turn, you might find yourself turning much earlier to give the kart some time to respond.

Running in the rain is the best way to learn kart control and if you come to one of our schools we will never stop a school because of the rain, instead we love to teach our students in the rain. You can learn so much from the kart and your driving ability that once you go out in the dry, you will find yourself faster than everyone else.

- www.endurancekarting.com

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Series Kart , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ernie Irvan , Ayrton Senna , Kevin Conway