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Hot Lap: Kyle Knott

Tell us about your racing background and how you ended up at the Lucas Oil Regional Series: Since I was little I’ve always wanted to race a Jr2 , but the funds weren’t there. I tried everything to get myself in to a Jr2, but my tactics didn’t work. When I was a little older I started going to the races with Ron Carter and helping him. My passion grew more and more for the sport, and then next thing you know my dad bought an old 1/2 1600 so I could start racing. I raced desert 1600, and I was pretty good at it. Then my dad bought me Bradley Morris’s old Raceco limited buggy.

Family seems to play a big roll on most regional teams. How important is your family to your success and what roles do each of them play on race weekends? At all my races I have more family than friends. Without them there would be a large amount of things to do between qualifying and racing. From cleaning the car and making it look good for the main, to changing a broken transmission. They play a big role in the team.  They all want to help as much as they can so no one has a specific job because it can change from race to race. No matter what I will always have someone to talk to if I’m having a bad day or not feeling it, they will always be there for me.

You are currently doing really well in the limited buggy class. What qualities do you think make a driver successful in this type of racing? I did my research in the off season.  My car was 60 pounds overweight, and in this class that’s a lot because the motor is so little, so I got the car down to 8 pounds overweight. In this class the drivers need to get a working car and know how to keep their momentum up through the corners and hold the gas pedal to the floor! Also knowing how to work on your own car is important to be in tune with it so you can make adjustments.

Who/what is your biggest challenge on the track? The top 4 guys are very competitive.  They’re all giving me a run for my money! We’re all even across the board so if you’re not out front then your pushing as hard as you can to get there and hoping you do. Also having an open wheel race car,  I always end up touching wheels and I’m the one that gets sent off into a rollover, but that’s racing. The track gets pretty gnarly by the time I get on it so it’s always a battle fighting the ruts and staying out of them.

Any goals for the next few years or beyond? My plan is to get myself in to a Pro Buggy and go race the National series. That has been my dream for a long time. If I do well in that class like I am in the limited buggy class, then I’m going to try and start working my way to a pro lite. Bradley Morris and I have a plan to dominate the pro buggy class if I ever get myself in to one. My dad and I have been talking about getting in to a sprint car and give that a try.

We know it takes a lot of support to race and you seem to be backed by some great companies. Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support? I would like to thank my mom and dad for getting me in to this great sport and also: Skyline Fabrication, Mentom Eyewear, Drydown inc., Engineering Unlimited, Transwest, Live Right Acai, my uncle Bruce, and everyone else who supports me. Thank you to the Lucas Oil Regionals for putting on such a great event!

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