Re: Re: State Series (again)

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Several posts above make a lot of sense.

Some of you long-timers know I’ve been around racing awhile (karting off and on since 1977, and sports car racing since 1963). I have made much of my living since the ’70s from racing like IndyCar, IMSA, and many other major Series’. I haven’t kart-raced for a decade, but have witnessed many things in my time — those that worked and those that did not. I only mention all this to pre-qualify my comments.

Here’s my simplistic view from the perimeter… overall, karters are karters and get along fine and just wanna race. These relationships are priceless and enduring, and a big reason karting is so great. But if pushed into a corner, racers will go where they feel most welcome. Stacey and Brad and JB get along great and have for a very long time. I’ve never seen any of them do anything for monopolistic purposes. The gap seems clear in that some owners are willing to do what’s best for our karters, others not as much. All told, don’t we have six tracks including Pikes Peak and the revitalized SBR to host a State series?

Beyond, as I’ve said for years, it seems all this would take is one person acting as a go-between between the racers and the track owners. A Driver’s Representative, if you will. If any track owners can’t get along, why exactly does that need to preclude such a series? I’d recommend the first year of such a series might encourage larger participation by hosting only one race per track — so all can afford it amongst their other pursuits during this economy. Always better to build slowly than to tear down suddenly. From a racer’s standpoint, the idea of racing at several tracks for one championship — especially for those posting here who can’t afford too many races at the moment — is very enticing and fun, and defines the best of why we race.

When a national pro series in cars takes shape, the track owners typically don’t work together at all. Why would they need to? In theory anyway, it seems a relatively-simple matter of creating a series, working the dates and fees with the track owners, and carrying on in the direction everyone wants. Anyone not participating will soon shine brightly as the Problem Child.

The tracks eager to participate deserve the accolades that follows cooperation, for the good of the sport. The ones that don’t also get just what they deserve.

One note… when I raced in the early-’80s here, we had one of the weakest states in the country for karting. A very few people here dedicated their entire lives to changing that, at great personal sacrifice and expense, at risk of losing everything — and they succeeded to the benefit of all Colorado karters past and present. Just look at the drivers who’ve come out of Colorado since! This was no accident. It seems to me the ones who made this happen, during the years we struggled to be on the national map, deserve a bit more gratitude for developing a ready-made market for those who followed.

Good Luck, I sincerely hope this can be worked out.