Last Place to Top 3 Shifter Kart Battle at Laguna Seca

Fighting tire issues in qualifying and heat race one, I found myself starting the last race of the day dead last.  Two laps into qualifying both front tires went flat under braking into turn 1 at over 100 mph, after adding air in the pits i lasted another couple laps until the front right went flat. . . went out with higher than normal air pressure and more neutral brake bias in race 1 to try and extend the life of my tires. . . made it a couple laps before the rear right delaminated from the sidewalls. . .  in another class the rear left lost pressure and started delaminating as well. . . After cobbling together 4 tires from my initial set of 8 i set out for redemption in the final race of the day.


The race is a two class format with 36 karts seeing the green flag over all, 18 in my class and 9 in the skusa class.  The main difference between the classes is race weight and engines aloud with the skusa class karts being slightly faster than the super stock kart i was racing.  The conditions made for an exciting race working up to the front from the very back!  In the last couple laps i started to loose pressure yet again in my tires, the rear left tire dropped down from 14 psi to 7 psi… making for a very loose kart in the faster corners. . .

Michael Korody is shifter kart racer based out of San Diego California with a true love for wheel to wheel. He currently races with Musgrave Racing and occasionally instructs with Don Swanson Racing School, Speed Ventures as well as private coaching. When not racing, he is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Mira Costa College, but mainly to become better at his true passion which is motorsport.