2020 was, for the most part, a year to forget. But, as the pandemic subsides, we can all look forward to an exciting and active 2021 racing season. Everywhere you look, full race schedules are popping up for Sprint tracks, Dirt tracks, Road Racing, and Vintage Karting events.
Here at Fox Valley we are anxious to get back to the track, to renew old friendships, and to meet new karters. Last year's slowdown in karting activity has worked a real hardship on racers everywhere, but most especially on karting retailers across the country. Operating on slim margins, many put in countless hours for minimal return; not because they expect to reap huge profits, but because they love the sport and the people who are in it. We hope that, whereever your are, and whatever form of karting you participate in, you'll take a moment to thank the shop or engine builder you patronize. Without people who are willing ot make the investment, stock the parts, and provide the services we all need, karting can't exist. Karting can't exist without karters, and karters can't exist without suppliers to support them. Let them know how much you appreciate them. It matters.
Now let's get out to the track and have some fun!!
Fox Valley Kart is excited to announce that we have extended our commitment to help karters everywhere learn more about how to get the most out of their karting experience. After months of preparation and production, Fox Valley has released a series of instructional videos on You Tube. These videos were originally conceived as replacements for the in-person seminars hosted at Fox Valley, primarily for Purdue University students participating in the annual Purdue Grand Prix. You can find these videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58SwLw3bznFNA_-kaq46Jw
While much of the content is tailored specifically for student participants in that event, these videos should offer less experienced karters valuable information about clutches, kart set-up, and competition driving.
We have learned a great deal about video production during the shooting of these 8 videos and hope to produce others in the furture to help karters everywhere become more proficient tuners and drivers. Special thanks to long-time Fox Valley Associate Cory Patterson for his excellent production and editing skills, and for hosting segments 7 & 8 about driving in competition.
After months of delays and false starts, it looks like we can start heading back to the racetrack at last. Here in central Indiana both asphalt and dirt tracks are opening up for practice and races, but things are certainly different than they were before Covid-19: masks are a common sight, social distancing is an off-and-on thing, and we are all just feeling our way along. Regardless of how you feel about the pandemic, there is no denying that it has changed the landscape.
Karting is, after all, largely a social event. And while some of the organizers may be making efforts to keep karts socially distanced and masked, and taking our temperatures, we are social creatures. We want to visit with our karting friends, we want to hang out after the races and have a beer. This situation is tough. For those of you that are in the at-risk groups, or have a little cough, or just don’t feel quite well; do us all a favor and stay home. And if you aren’t comfortable getting back into a crowd yet, that’s ok. We’ll see you at the track again soon.
If you do decide to head to the kart track, please take this health crisis seriously.
Abide by the personal safety rules of the track, of the local and state officials, and of the CDC and other health experts. We’re all anxious to get back to “life as normal”, whatever that may be. We all do what we do because we love racing, we love the purity of karting, and we love the people who also love those things. Let’s get back to doing what we love. As long as we’re smart about it, we will have years of karting ahead of us. Be well and stay safe.
Well, it's pretty hard to put a positive spin on this one; it looks like much of the 2020 karting season may be in jeopardy. Regardless of how you feel about the reported threat of the Corona Virus, schools and universities, professional and amateur sports, and all sorts of other organizations are hitting the "pause" button.
At Fox Valley Kart we are particularly disappointed to see the cancellaiton of the 2020 Purdue Grand Prix race. We have made a decades-long commitment to the event and to all the participants. We will continue to support the Grand Prix Foundation and look forward to the running of the event in the spring of 2021.
We remain committed to supporting the Fall Grand Prix Series at Whiteland for Grand Prix teams to sharpen their skills and have some fun with their Grand Prix karts.
As for the rest of the 2020 racing season, we look forward to attending and supporting races, and racers, at Vintage Karting Associaiton events, and at Sprint, Road Racing, and Dirt events throughtout the Midwest. Each of us can look at the "hiatus" in the racing calendar however we choose; we at Fox Valley choose to look at it as an opportunity. More time to get those little projects done on the kart that might have been delayed; time to work on building a larger footprint with customers and potential customers; time to save up a little extra cash to hit more races once this is all over. And, of course, more opportunities to chat on the phone, or on the internet, or in person about karting and karting related topics with customers and friends. Remember, this sport is ultimately about people. When each of us finally sees that final checkered flag coming, it won't be the races we've won that we will rmeember; it will be the people we've met along the way.
Stay well, and keep in touch.