I Want This Dirt Track Racing Concept Car
When I saw this concept Dirt Track Car introduced last fall, I instantly wanted one. This week it was tested on a dirt track, and I want one even more.
Over my many years involved in the dirt track racing lifestyle, I've done all but two jobs at a race track: flagman and driver. Until recently, I have had no desire to try either. I've been yelled at enough as a race & tour director over the years, so there's no need to ask for more as a flagman.
As far as a driver, there are a few reasons, but the biggest is the learning curve. It's been 12-14 years since I've done anything with a chassis, and I haven't kept up with the technology as well as I should have. I'm not being lazy. I just don't have the time to devote to learning it, and I bet I'm not alone with that train of thought.
This past fall, Yamaha actually sparked an interest to get behind the wheel of a race car with their R1DT Dirt Car Prototype.
The company is exploring new horizons. Dirt track caring just might be their next venture, and according to a Speed Sport article on Yamaha's concept car, "The car is expected to be a valuable training tool for up and coming drivers and an affordable and fun racing machine for more experienced drivers."
I love that, and I actually thought I'd like to know more and how 'affordable' it will be. Now I realize there already is a class in eastern Iowa using a motorcycle engine, but I've had little interest in driving one. Why? Center of gravity is why.
This design addresses that concern of mine. More of the overall ground weight is on the left-side of the car instead of over the center of the car. Plus this might fit more in line with my budget for a hobby.
On Wednesday (09/13/2017), Yamaha took to the track to test their concept car with five Dirt Track Cars. I'm still waiting for some video from the test, but the Facebook page Yamaha Dirt Track posted a few photos.
Although I think this is still a 'concept' in Yamaha's eyes, I feel that this might help spark new interest into a sport that is struggling to get the younger generation into it.
Yes there are young guns that are entering the sport, but there are more retiring than entering. If Yamaha does move forward with this, think of the new audience that Yamaha can attract that has no clue about dirt track racing.
If you watch the YouTube video above, the person they interviewed even mentions how little he knew about dirt track racing, but you can definitely hear the excitement in his voice after turning a few laps, and I might add that I heard a bit of 'shock' in his voice that dirt track racing was actually fun.
If this does come to be, there is no learning curve to over come. Everyone will be starting a square one. That makes me interested right out of the box. Who knows, maybe you'll hear my name on the PA instead of me saying all those names.