Valentine’s Day often evokes images of flowers, candy, candlelit dinners and romance. Well, I didn’t quite go the traditional route and, instead, spent the day with fast cars, rubber-burning tires, revving engines and 18 members of the K-PAX Racing Team in Buttonwillow, CA. With the start of the race season a little more than a month away, the team traveled to Buttonwillow Raceway Park for drivers Randy Pobst and Alex Figge to get in some practice runs in their No. 6 and No. 9 Volvo S60s while their crews made various adjustments to their set-ups throughout the day.
I had way more fun than I would’ve at a stuffy restaurant and spent most of the day snapping photos and interviewing Randy and Alex when they had downtime. I even took a ride around the track at one point. (Unfortunately, it was just in a rental car but still a thrill!) If the practice session is an indicator of the upcoming season, the K-PAX Racing Team looks like they’re in for a successful 2013!
The first two rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge are in St. Petersburg on March 23-24.