First Post and March 3rd – 5th Update

Hey guys! This is my first blog post! I’m still getting used to the whole procedure of the blogging world, so please bear in mind that I may struggle with some of these first posts. As for a little about myself; I’m 18, I live in Tokyo, Japan and I’m an aspiring race car driver. This year i’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime to drive in a series in Japan called Formula Challenge Japan. FCJ is a series that is designed to find the next Japanese Formula 1 driver. Thanks to the help of Toyota and the Formula Toyota Racing School I am able to run in the series this year. Big thanks to them!

Alright, so lets get started.

March 3rd and 4th of 2012

On these two days the Formula Challenge Japan series really felt like it got underway. Although there was absolutely no on track or at track action, I went to the TOM’S Spirit garage and got to see the FC106 chassis in person. They all look very nice and clean and have been prepared really nicely. The two days were spent getting a seat made, custom designed, and fitted to fit my body. The end result, i’ve never felt more comfortable in a car in my life. Having a seat that fits the contours of your body is extremely comfortable. This will allow me to focus on other things, rather than the slight pain in my body. Some pictures of the seat fitting process will be posted at the bottom of the post.

March 5th of 2012

Today was extremely exciting. We arrived at the track at 1PM and the FTRS drivers were thrown into a 3 hour seminar on how to be a well rounded driver. I definitely took a lot of notes and will definitely think this way from this point on. The life of a racing driver is very busy, but that’s a price I’m more than willing to pay. After the seminar, we got the opportunity to learn car control and weight balance on one of Fuji Speedways many outside facilities. This facility included a sprinkler system and some sort of pavement that was supposed to give you the sensation of driving on ice. We got in the Toyota Mark Xs and got cracking. And boy, was this fun. Learning the balance of what you can and can’t do with the weight to get the car to turn properly was definitely something I will take with me in the future. It was definitely very fun, but also extremely informative.

Tomorrow is the first day of testing at Fuji. Rain appears to be in the forecast. This is a good and bad thing. Although I am still very new to the speed of these Formula cars, The rain practice would be great to use in the future, but at the same time, it will be less time spent in the dry. Both are important, so hopefully we get a little bit of both in tomorrow and the day after. Well, that about wraps things up. If you’d like to leave a comment, please send me a message or tweet on Twitter. My other social networks will be posted below, as well as the pictures from seat fitting day. Hope you enjoyed! And hopefully you’ll come back tomorrow after the first day of testing to read about what happened!

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