As excited as I was to get to drive again, I was a little weary about visiting this track again, since it was one of my worst tracks when I raced ProKart Challenge. It was strenuous, bumpy, hot, and provided next to no grip. Not exactly the ideal driver's track, especially in vehicles as rough as the 125cc shifter karts.
Once I was geared up and fitted into the kart, I drove out of the pits onto a surprisingly good feeling track. Even though there was a lack of grip, it was now smoothed out, making a huge difference in how I remembered it. Casey and I took turns throughout the day, laying down laps on what he said were already two year old tires. By the end of the day, just about the only way to go through any turn was a full on sideways drift. Not exactly the fastest way around, but it was about all we could do with those tires. Besides, it was flashy and fun.
It was great to once again be in the driver's seat, it was also a good reminder that I need to work out more once I'm racing regularly again. At the end of a day of driving go karts, you feel like you fought in a boxing match. But still, I hope to get out more often in the kart, and even better back into the Formula Mazda. The racing bug really isn't something you can simply shake off, so the only thing left to do is feed it and get out to the track as much as possible!