My 14th Birthday gift. 1-Day Racing School class @ Bertil Roos Racing School – Pocono Raceway in a Formula 2000 race car. My first time ever driving a car and first time using a stick shift & clutch (other than on my racing simulator).
A lot to learn including: a race car’s racing line, watch the road, not the gear shift, and get the “heel & toe” right after shifting. Very FAST! I learned a lot!
What I do when I am not racing my go kart.
I represented my school by competing in a Jeopardy style academic competition against 112 other Gifted & Talented students. I was the only 5th grader who competed against 7th & 8th grade students.
Best of luck to all the kids on Season 2, Child Genius: Battle of The Brightest on Lifetime TV. I was originally casted for the show and scheduled to be filmed at home, at Learning Rx & racing my kart at Oakland Valley Race Park last July. Due to scheduling conflicts, I was forced to decline at the last minute. It would have been fun and challenging. Maybe next year? The first episode airs January 7th on Lifetime Television.
Video clip of season trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTwQym1Nw8o
KidzSpeed and F-Series racer, Yuritsa Dirpaul, went to Rutgers University in New Jersey to meet the Rutgers Formula Racing team – Engineering students who design, build and compete in Formula SAE. We learned a lot and had a great time.
I traveled to Indianapolis for 2-day simulator training at RaceCraft1 – Motorsports Training & Racer Development The Go Kart simulator was very realistic. Thanks to my coach, Mike “Chi-Chi” Ramirez for calling Kelly (instructor) with feedback on how to train me and sending over Mychron data from my last 2 races. Kelly Jones, is the owner and was my instructor. He races motorcycles and race cars. He was also an F-16 fighter pilot and flight trainer. I really liked learning from him. He knows a lot!
My Dad, who works quietly behind the scenes to make racing and KidzSpeed possible.
I also saw a few Indy drivers working out in the gym (PitFit) next door. That’s Gabby Chaves on the floor, James Hinchcliffe in the black shirt and hat on the left and Pippa Mann in pink.