Adam Lemke knows it’s important to learn something new every time he gets inside his race car. The day Lemke stops advancing, he’ll know it’s probably time to start do something else.
“I’m not going to stop learning,” he said. “I will learn every time I go on the race track. I feel like I’m improving every year. I’m getting more experience driving, meeting new people and getting information from them.”
Lemke, who is about to complete his freshman year at San Benito High, has had a typical 2017 season. In other words, he’s been really good. In a race at Merced Speedway on May 13, Lemke was the top qualifier and took second in the heat race before finishing second in the main race.
It was another quality result for Lemke, who competes in the Western Midget U.S. Series, a class of non-wing open wheel race cars. Lemke loves racing on a dirt track like Madera Speedway, since it tends to be a driver’s track. Earlier this month, he competed at Madera Speedway, a dirt track that puts a lot of the onus on the driver to make rapid-fire decisions in handling the car.
“On dirt tracks it’s a lot more on the driver because when you go into a corner, you have to get the car sideways (to maintain speed),” he said. “You have to trust yourself and hope the car follows through the corner. The biggest difference in getting your car sideways is trusting yourself in the car.”
Lemke said he’s still learning how to drive dirt tracks after racing on asphalt tracks most of his life. But it’s a great challenge, one that he’s taken to…
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