Hot Laps: Kayla Smith

Can you tell us about your 2015 season; the ups and down that you faced during the race year?

-2015 was a busy year for me. I was working a full time job at Welk Resorts, as well as full time schooling to earn my RDA credentials plus racing on the weekends. Any spare time I had was spent preparing and testing my car. All of this made for 0 free time, but was all worth it in the end walking away with the championship.

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Hot Laps: Joe Whiteley

You are the 1600 Class Champ and the Overall Points Champ, tell us about your 2015 Season; the high points and the low points throughout the year.

I have been racing the limited buggy class for the last seven years, which is a very competitive class in itself. Racing these young kids coming out of the trophy karts is very tough. I am now sixty-three years old and wanted to race in a class geared toward my car and driving is style. The other thought was to retire from racing (Not) or move into the 1600 Buggy class which has been a total blast. I had seven good races this year taking one second place and six first places winning the Class Championship and Taking the Overall Points title for all Divisions. Big Surprise.

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Tell us the road you took this past season to get on the podium and become the overall winner in the Open V8 Class.

-The 2015 season was full of trials and tribulations, of heartache and excitement. My background is in Desert Racing. In this type of racing you have to set up the car to perform in an extremely harsh environment with big wheel travel and lots of top end speed. Don’t get me wrong it is a lot of fun, but prepping the car and making the trek with the family and pit crew can be extremely difficult. Not to mention that my family and friends only get to see me for a few minutes at the crack of dawn when we jump on the course and maybe for 10 seconds when we finally pass by the spectator area again. I love what Lucas Oil Regional has done by providing a family friendly environment, safety and lots of racing close to home. For the 2015 season, we had to really work on setting up the car for the short course. We had to adjust the amount of wheel travel we had and shorten it to help get the car around such a tight track. Remember in desert racing size doesn’t matter, there were many times when we were flat out at 120 plus MPH with only a few long sweeping turns. In short course it’s all about the turns! It took me quite a while to learn this new style of driving.

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