Andy Blanchard joins the Late To Grid podcast to talk about his motorsports journey which includes moving from sim-racing (he repurposes arcade consoles) to a track day with Reed Kryder (here's a link to Reed on the Late To Grid podcast) to wheel to wheel racing with Lemons and ChampCar.
Bill and Andy talk about Andy's 2023 season, what's planned for the off-season, and what 2024 has in store for the team. They are really hoping to do an endurance race at Nelson Ledges Road Course.
Andy shares the fun story of acquiring his race car and the interest that the previous owner still has in seeing their family car now on track as an endurance racer.
Andy's highlights the advice he's received that's been helpful:
Look as far ahead as possible
Smooth is fast
Get a cheap car to beat on
Here's the advice Andy shares with those getting involved:
Do an HPDE event
Get a simulator (if you have the budget)
When Andy wants to learn more or research he visits forums, DriveAccord.net, and K20A.org
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Has Andy been Late To Grid? Yes, at first race at Gingerman Raceway. Listen in to hear why.
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