Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Caleb Clinard: 17 and fast!

By Chanda Healton

Caleb Clinard, from Stokesdale, NC, is making a name for himself and earning respect from fellow racers.. At only 17, he has raced against some of the best upcoming drivers .

Some of you may remember Hunter Smith from an earlier interview if not please check out his interview here.

Smith has the following to say about Clinard, "Caleb has a ton of knowledge as a driver and an up-and-coming mechanic in the racing world.  I'm honored to call him a friend."

1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?

My brother was always in motorcross and I was going to start racing that until I got interested in NASCAR and IndyCar and go into go karts. This year I have been racing the Virginia Championship Series & some of the Dyno Cams Tri State Series, and tracks like Providence Raceway, Woodleaf Speedway, Coleridge Speedway, Capital City Speedway, Triple T Raceway, and Patriot Speedway.

2)  Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

I chose the number 96 because it was Richard Childress' & Dale Earnhardt's first number in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series and I got the 96 because of that, I added the one infront of the 96 this year to be #196 just to add my twist into it.

3)  Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

Jason Hazlip at Signs & Trophies, Jason Brooks at Brooks Racing Engines, Joesph Tucker at WMS Products, Daniel Hindre at 5 Star Tire Specialties, Eric Moore at Eric Moore's Painting, Tire Max in Stokesdale, @laura24fan on Twitter for helping out get my new Bell Racing Helmet, and Boomer at Charger Racing Chassis for being the latest sponsor starting in August for the awesome chassis they make and supporting me. 

I can't thank all these guys and my parents for everything they do for me. Without all of them it would be impossible to get to the track every weekend.

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?

My dad, James Clinard, he has been at all of my races except for 1. He puts in countless hours and work into my racing.

5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to? Who and why? If not what racecar driver has influenced your career?

A lot of people compare me to AJ Foyt, because every type of kart or race car I sit it I adapt quickly and show results. I look up to drivers like Rico Abreu and the late Jason Leffler. Being able to jump from asphalt and dirt and perform on both surfaces. I even knew Jason Leffler from going and watching dirt track races and talking to him and hanging out at the track with him.

Were you ever able to talk to Jason Leffler and did he give you any advie?

Yes, Jason Leffler helped me back when I was in the jr classes, he helped me understand that sometimes slower is faster, and also that the shortest line isn't always the fastest. 

6) What was thw scarriest moment in your career and did it change the way you drive?

I don't really know in any incident on track that has changed my driving style, I guess the only time I've been even nervous or anything in a kart or car has been being spun or spinning infront of the whole field and watching them all make last minute moves to miss me.

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

If I were to give advise to a young kid that wants to be a race car driver, it would be to never give up no matter how hard it seems at that time and not to let others get to you. Haters are gonna hate but everyone's big breaks comes in some sort of way when the time is right.

8)  If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

If I was not racing then I honestly don't know what I would be doing.

9) Do you feel racing has affected your friendships or schooling in any way?

Racing has just made me the "odd one" to some people and the "cool one" to others. But it really just makes me try harder in school knowing how important it is to race teams and other businesses look at your work and work ethic. The friendships really don't get effected by my racing tho, even the people who don't like racing and don't know much, think it is cool for me to do what I do. It's also cool to go to school with two of the people I race with each and every weekend!

10) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

My biggest moment in my racing career has to be the 2016 Indoor Nationals in Williamston, NC. Going down there is always one of them races and weekends where you know nothing is guaranteed because the level of competition. The 2016 Indoor Nationals we went and qualified top 10 in every class out of 80 karts. Oh yeah and we was entered in 10 classes!

10)  Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

Well looking into the future 10 years, it's hard to say where I'll be by then. But we are looking into an opportunity to jump into something like an asphalt late model, or even farther, who knows. But no matter where I will be in 10 years it's going to take a lot of effort and strength, a lot of hard work in the shop during the weeks and also will take sponsorship. But hopefully something will come together!

Smith leaves the following thoughts on this team, "I have actually raced FOR Caleb.  He let me come to North Carolina and race one of his cars.  He and his family have a great little operation and they made me feel like I was a part of the team and family when I drove for them."

If you would like to learn more here is the team's contact information.

We are still open for any sponsorship opportunities there are, sponsorships start at just $150! If anyone would be interested in sponsoring us please contact me and (336)341-6946 and leave a voicemail if I don't pick up or either email me at clinard696@yahoo.com.
Our team website is http://clinardsonracing.wix.com/clinardsonracing
Our team Facebook page is www.facebook.com/CLINARDandSON
Our team Twitter page is @Clinard_SonRcng
Our team Instagram page is @Clinard_SomRcng
My Twitter page is @calebclinard



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You can like/follow any of these accounts to keep up with my racing, please like and follow the accounts above! We love to hear back from our fans and really appreciate everyone's support!

Contrael Racing: Keeping the family dream alive

By Chanda Healton


With the support of their parents, Cody,14, and Dawson,12, Contrael are living a dream and winning races all while making a name for themselves.While they are young, they are determined. Remember these names, they are the future of racing. Many thanks to Jammie and Tom Contrael for providing the photos for this article and granting permission for me to write about their family.


1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?


Cody:Well I got started when I was only 8, back in 2010 and also my uncles raced everything from karts to 305 sprints. I race with the Western PA Mini Outlaws for Jay Fry Motorsports and sometimes my dad's kart which I actually recently flipped and that was my main track Blairsville Speedway.

Dawson: My name is Dawson Contrael. I am 12 years old and just began my 7th year in racing. My mom took me to my first race when I was only 2 weeks old and I have went to Lernerville speedway weekly since then. When I was 4 I got a dirt bike for Christmas then when I was 6 years old, spring of 2010 I got my first cage kart. I ran kid cage class for three years. My third year of racing Paul Caletri lent my dad an animal engine for me to use that year. I had ran a flatheat motor up until then. We sent it away to Todd Miller to have it rebuilt. That was my best year. I won my first race ever the first race out that year, that year I won 12 races at Blairsville Speedway, including the Biggest race at the end of the year called Octobefest and he won a 3 big trophy. I also won the track championship that year. The next year I moved up to Champ 2. I have ran mainly Blairsville Speedway up until this year. My brother got a ride in a mini outlaw kart this year so my dad go me one ready to race to. This class in run by adults. My brother and me are the youngest two in the class. Our first and only race so far this year for the mini outlaws was at Red Rock. That was a new track for us. I got 2nd in the heat and overall got 6th out of 10 karts but won in the Sportsmans class and there were 3 of them. He has raced his champ 2 kart twice so far this year and got 2nd and 4th.


2) Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

Cody:I got the number 22 because me and my brother were actually just going to share a kart until my mom found this kart and it was 22 so I had that kart and my brother had the 21. But my main number this year will be 18 I didn't choose that it was just on there.

Dawson: I got my number 21 cause it was on the kart when we got it and my brothers kart had 22 on it so my parents said those were good numbers for us being racing season was just a couple weeks away so that was the number everybody knew me by.



3) Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

Cody: The only sponsors I have are on the kart I'm racing for this year which is Fry's Garage and I really don't know the other sponsors. But my true sponsor would have to be my pap, mom, and dad. I also would like to thank Jay Frye for my Outlaw Kart ride this season.

Dawson: My Pap, Dad and Mom are my sponsors. They are special to me because they are always there to support me


4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?


Cody:The biggest support throughout my career would have to be my mom dad and pap again my pap rode with us to my first race mom never missed a race and dad helps me on the kart.

Dawson: My mom and dad have been my biggest support. 

Jammie adds: Cody and Dawson dad works his but off each week so they can race and their Pap which is my dad is a Big supporter of their racing. Without Pap help we wouldn't be able to race as much as we do and Pap very rarely misses a race. He is 70 years old and got me into racing as a kid we went to Lernerville Friday then my brothers raced karts on Saturday and Sunday he has been at just about every single race in my boys 7 years of racing. He even had a heart attack in 2012 and he was at an WOO race that same week and was at my boys next race.

5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to? Who and why?

Cody:I would like to compare myself to Kasey Kahne or Tony Stewart because they have their strong days and their crappy days a racecar driver.

Dawson: Kasey Kahne is my favorite driver and I am like him cause he is a good driver and doesn't intentionally take people out. 

Jam
mie adds Kasey Kahne was at Lernerville for the WOO race and my boys just went up to him and asked if they could get their pic taken with him. He is a really nice guy. I think they mentioned they raced but don't remember.He was busy working on his cars and we didn't want to bother him too
Cody and Dawson meeting their hero Kasey Kahne
Dawson looks for a 4 leaf clover before a race      

much....when Kasey Kahne is ever there we just go right up to him and he has always been friendly. One night my boys even got their pics taken with him before and after the races and he was very nice and gave us no problem at all. We also seen him in May 2014 at Hendrick Motorsports Fan Day in Concord, NC. We watched him and all the other Hendrick drivers one at a time being interviewed on the stage and we were sitting second row from the stage. That was awesome. We have seen Kasey Kahne race one of his KKR cars at WOO races at Lernerville.


6) What is the best and worst part of racing your brother?

Cody: Well I'd say probably the best reason for sharing the track with my brother is that we can help each other to the wins both on and off the track we can push each other on big tracks and get to a big lead.

Probably the worst part is when he is feeling stupid and decides to take me or the both of us out in races


Dawson: My favorite part of racing Cody would be Beating him!!

Jammie adds: My boys even help each other out.....Cody ran two classes one night lastyear so Dawson was helping him clean his tires. 

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

Cody:I do have advice for young drivers if your not first your last. Also kids "It's not the graphics and decals that make the move its the chassis that brings the kart around the track decals make it look good".

Dawson: My advice for a young kid wanting to race a car is get in and push the gas pedal and not the brake pedal. 

8) If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

Cody:If I wasn't racing I'd probably be playing football basketball and baseball.

Dawson:If I wasn't racing I would be playing football and basketball because I also am involved in those sports.



9) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

Cody: I actually have three one is my first win and two is my first flip which was this past Saturday and my first outlaw kart win which was in a stock

Kawasaki KX 250 that was at Redrock Raceway.

Dawson:My Biggest Moment in my racing career is when I got my first win.



10) Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

Cody:I see myself running half the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and racing the full Nascar Sprint Cup Series schedule. It'll have to take responsibility patients and hard work.

A funny story I have would probably be last time I raced Champ 2 at Blairsville and my brother taking me out and pushing and shoving each other in the trailer.
Thank you for interviewing me Fast Lane Race News really appreciate it.



Dawson:My Biggest Moment in my racing career is when I got my first win. 10. In 10 years I see myself racing a Sprint car. My favorite part of racing Cody would be Beating him.


Family and racing have gone hand in hand as long as it has been around. It's nice to see families still working side by side and I look forward to seeing where the Contrael family is in 10 or 15 years, These boys and their bond, as well as their love and support from their parents will take them far. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Joe Ryan Osborne In His Own Words

By Michael Loomis
Joe Ryan Osborne has made the news a lot lately and not in a positive way, but here at Fast Lane Race News we like to let drivers tell their own stories in ther own words. So here is Joe Ryan Osborne's story FLRN style!

I'm sorry, at this point in time I do not have pictures, though please check back, I may have some to add in the future.

1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?

 I started watching my grand father and my dad race late model stock cars in the early 1990s and 2000s and just feel in love with it always had a strong feeling for racing.

2)  Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

 my number is 27 because well honestly that was the number I wore when I played football lol

3)  Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

 I don't have any at this time

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?
 my dad and grandfather and my fans with out them and the great fans at Bowman gray stadium I wouldn't be nowhere

5) What was tour scariest moment in racing and did it affect the way you race?
 last week as most of you guys probably heard about at bowman gray but will get more into that in a bit

6) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

 honestly this sounds bad but if you have to spin someone for a win might as well do it.

7)  If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

 football

8) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?
my first win at bowman gray when I beat my dad in the late models

9)  Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?
 hopefully a championship and in NASCAR because I'm only 20

"Now for last week what it was coming out of the turn everyone says I held my line and he came down and I was heading back to my pits when bout five or six guys from his crew came to confront me and I felt a hit to my head and next thing I seen was people trying to grab me so I did dounuts in the pits and swing them off my car if I had to do it all again I honestly would.

Everyone at FLRN wishes him the best of luck in his career. Even in dark times, there is a light waiting out there. We will continue to follow his story.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kyle Locke: A Kid And His Sprint Car


By Chanda Healton

Kyle Locke is a 17 year old Sprint car racer from Quincy, Michigan. He's a young kid with big speed and even larger dreams and he is our Thursday Thunder Driver of the week!

1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?

My brother raced before I did and I really like to go fast so I bought my own car an

d moved up through the ranks. Now I have a sprint car and race mainly with the GLSS (Great Lakes Super Sprints) and at Buttler Motor Speedway

2) Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?
I race a 360ci Sprint car but will also be running a 410ci Sprint cat some nights My Car number is 3 because I have always had  the number 3 as all my sports numbers in the past. 

3) Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?
 Sponsors: TLC Auto Collision They do a great paint job on my car!

Expressions Photography: They do an awesome job creating my hero cards and they are also in the process of making my team a website.

Locke Masonry Throws most of the money at my car and keeps our racing program alive

5 Star Sprinkling systems.

Miss Print Apparel and Design: Creates coo; designs and shirts for our team

And a Special thanks to the people who help me on and off the track Kevin Toboiski, David Williams, my Mom and Dad and Guy Bassage.

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career? 

My biggest support throughout my career has definitely been my parents, they foot most if my bills for my hobby and always influence me positively to do better!

5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to? Who and why? If you don't compare yourself. to another racer, who has been your racing inspiration and why?

Someone I look up to in the racing world would e Kyle Larson. He is a heck of a driver and can win in any type of racecar.

6) What was the scariest moment in your career and did. it change the way you race?

My scariest moment so far was flipping in a micro sprint. The accident didn't really change my style of driving because that's racing and these things happen no matter how a driver drives.

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?
If any young kids are trying to race, I would tell them to follow your dream! Racing is obviously expensive but also a great way to make new friends and have a lot of fun.

8) If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

Outside of Racing, I am an outdoors activist. If I weren't racing, I would do more hunting and fishing.
9) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

My biggest racing moment would be clinching my 1st championship in a micro sprint at Buttler Motor speedway.


10) Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

10 years from now I'd like to be racing still just on a larger scale maybe with the Allstars or World of Outlaws.

To learn more visit Locke Motorsports Facebook page

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tim Estenson: The Kid With A Dream

By Chanda Healton

Today is Father's Day, so I wanted to bring you a special Father's Day story from Fargo, North Dakota about a Father, son and their love for racing. Meet the Estenson family. Father Mark works the pit crew while 14 year old son Tim wheels the INEX Legend Car. Tim is no rookie though! After 6 years and a championship in Go Karts. Tim now races with the adults. He has 12 top 5 finishes and 4 top 10 finishes this season alone! The announcers at the tracks call him "The Kid" or "The Young Gun." Tim races at the race at 3 local tracks. 1)RRVS Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. 2)


BRRP Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN. 3)Norman County Raceway in Ada, MN.

His mom, Marcy Estenson says "He races against men who have been doing this for 20+ years and is kicking their butts! He is so talented. It comes naturally for him and he is so humble about it. I don't think he realizes how good he is. He just loves to race. I believe he just needs to get discovered."

1) How has racing brought you together as a family?

Racing has really brought us together as a family. My dad, uncle Ken and uncle Tim all used to race cars and motorcycles when they were younger. When I started racing, my dad and uncle Ken became my pit crew. I learned a lot from them and now do some of the work on the my car myself. My Aunt Marcia (my Dad's sister) sponsors me and so does my uncle Ken and uncle Tim. We spend a lot of time together now because of my racing.(Except my uncle Tim. He's in Arizona)

2) Who are your sponsors?

1. Winmar Diagnostics - The Sleep Wellness Center in Fargo,ND. Owner Marcia Nelson (My Aunt)
2. Estenson Logistics in Tempe, AZ. Owner Tim Estenson (My Uncle Tim - Dad's brother)
3. Wheels Incorporated Fargo, ND (My Uncle Ken works here)


3) What are the most important lessons you have learned about racing from your dad?

The most important lesson I learned from my dad is just to have fun and if you bring the car back in one piece, it's always a good night.
4) How has racing so young affected your friendships or schooling?

Racing has affected my friendships because I don get to see my friends as much because I race 3 nights a week. When I am not racing, I am working on the car. As for school, sometimes I am late because I got home late from racing the night before.

5) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I will hopefully be driving NASCAR, but if not, I will keep racing the Legend or a Mod.

What are the most important lessons in life? I asked Mark what is the one thing Tim should always remember even if his racing dreams came to an end Mark said "If there is one thing I would like Tim to remember from racing even if he doesn't choose it for a living is to always try to do your best and have fun in anything you choose to do in life."

This sounds like some good fatherly advice to me! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! Remember, your dad would love to go to the racetrack for a night of fun! If that isn't possible? Well. ho about a car show then! 






Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bobby And Sadie Siegel: A Special Father's Day Story

By Chanda Healton

I believe racing runs in your blood like a second set of genes. You either love it or you don't. You either have the skills or you don't. There are a lot of fathers and sons who both race and on every level, but there are not a lot of fathers who can say they raised their daughter with gasoline in her veins. Today I bring you one such family: The Siegels. Meet dad Bobby Siegel and his daughter Sadie Siegel from Pennsylvania. They are our Thursday Thunder Drivers of the week.

1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?

Sadie: I've been around racing my entire life. It's something I've done almost every weekend for 16 years though I only started racing last year in a go-kart. I race at Lernerville Speedway weekly.

Bobby: started racing when I was 16 when my dad bought me a 6-cylinder modified. This year, I won't be racing much to focus on Sadie and her stock car.

From early on Sadie has always known her father Bobby would be there to help her.
Be it working on a racecar early in her career or deer hunting, they are a family brought
together by the power of racing!
2)  Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

Sadie: My car is the Blue and Hot Pink #91 Sportsmans car. I chose #91 because it's the number that has been used by all my family members so I wanted to keep the tradition going!

Bobby:Most recently, I raced a J&J sprint car at Lernerville. I've always been #91 because it is the year I graduated high school.

3)  Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

Sadie:I have many great sponsors. First and foremost, Mr.Easler from Alternative Power Sources. He has really helped me get started this year. Other sponsors include, Precise Racing Products, Dietz Fabrication, and Thoma Meat Market. 


Bobby:Thoma Meat Market and Dietz Fabrication are both great friends of mine!

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?

Sadie in the 91 racing against fellow competitor  Joe Gombach in the 5 car /
Photo credit Al Ayers Photography 
Sadie:My biggest support comes from my family, mainly my dad. They put up with my when I'm grouchy about rainouts but they also are there to tell me when I do something good or bad. No matter what I know I can count on them.

Bobby:My family have always been #1 throughout my racing days.


5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to? Who and why?

Sadie: I don't compare myself to anyone because I want to be me. I want to make a name for myself and do my own thing. 

Bobby: Alan Kulwicki. He was a very independent racer who worked for what he got. He didn't have much help but he still did what he loved.

6) What is the hardest part about racing while you are so young? Does it affect friendships or your education?

Sadie:Racing at such a young age can be difficult but not because of friendships or education. But things aren't meant to be easy. 

Bobby, How has being in the military affected your racing?


Sadie with her stock car
Bobby:The Military was great for me in many ways. Because of the military, I've been able to achieve most of my dreams and goals in life..including racing dreams.

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

Sadie: GO FOR IT!! Don't ever let anyone or anything hold you back!

Bobby:Never give up! Always keep digging on and off the track!


8) If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

Sadie: I'd be playing in summer league basketball.


Bobby: Hunting and Fishing!

9) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

Sadie: Well, this year pretty much has been a big moment for me. Getting in a stock car has been great!

Bobby:  Watching my daughter turn her first few laps on a racetrack.

10)  Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

Sadie:I don't know what will happen...but the dream is to be racing a Sprint Car with the World of Outlaws within 10 years and racing the World of Outlaw World Finals in Charlotte!

Bobby:Probably retired from driving and just working mainly on Sadie's car.

11) How has racing brought you closer together as a family?

Top Sadie's Stock car
Bottom: Bobby's Sprint car
Sadie:Starting this year, my mom will come into the pits with us, as well as my sister. Being at the races together every Friday night really brings us together.

Bobby:We work on the cars together and we all have the same passion for racing.

12) When you finally get a chance to race each other,  who is going to win and would you push the other one out of the way to get the win?

Sadie:I'd say he'd have the win on lock down if he and I were racing against each other. But if I had a chance to make a move for the win, I might give him a love tap just so he knows I am there. Hahaha

Bobby:Sadie would win! She is much smoother and has much better throttle control than I do. But if it came down to it, yes I would push her out of the way. Sorry. Haha

The bond racing brings to families is like none other in the world. Sadie and Bobby are the perfect example of how close it brings two people who already hae a bond. So as father's day drawes near, remember to thank your father, whether it be for the races he took you to or the cars he helped you work on so you could race. Maybe even honor him with some race tickets to a local track.

To learn more please visit Sadie's Facebook page.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Daniel Gundolff: Racing to a future In IndyCar

By Chanda Healton

Daniel Gundolff is a 17 year old racer who calls Whiteland Raceway Park in Indiana his home sweet home. He is also team mates with last week's driver Nick Vincent. Meet our Thursday Thunder Driver Of The Week!


1.1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?
Daniel Gundolff (right)
 with his brother Michael Gundolff (left)
I started racing in 2009 when my brother caught interest in it back in 2007. Whiteland Raceway Park is our hometown track. I also run some select SIRA (Southern Indiana Racing Association) events.

2)  Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

I have ran with the number 35 from the day i stepped foot in a racing kart. The number is special to me because a friend of mine played football with the number 53, just the opposite of mine. 

3)  Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

 Right now i have no current sponsor. We are a family funded "lower budget" team.

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?

My dad would have to nail it on this list. He's the biggest reason im still racing today.

5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to?  Who and why? If you don't compare yourself. to another racer,  who has been your racing inspiration and why?

 I'm a bigger fan of, IndyCar so i would have to say any icon/driver in  IndyCar would be someone I'd look up to. I've always dreamed of making it to  IndyCar.

6) What was the scariest moment in your career and did. it change the way you race?

My third year of racing i had a bad accident. It haunted me for a while, but nothing that i haven't been able to overcome.

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

Stride for your goals. They're out there waiting for you to make them happen.

8)  If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

Honestly not sure what i would be doing other than driving a race car. Racing is my main motivation.


9) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

Meeting Tony Stewart would have to be the highlight of my racing career.

Were you able to talk To Tony Stewart about racing?
Tony and I didn't get to talk a whole lot, so no we didn't

10) What is the hardest part about racing while you are so young? Does it affect friendships or your education?

 It doesn't affect my friendships or education, the hardest part would have to be staying in shape when I'm not on the track turning laps.

11 )  Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

 I would like to see myself sitting in an indycar on the starting grid for the 110th Indianapolis 500.

Your team mate, Nick Vincent, who was our Driver of the week last week, said he plans to be in the 110th Indy 500 as well, so let's say it's down to the two of you and you are racing for the lead. Who will win and would you nudge him out of the way or race him clean?

I would feel confident in winning the Indy 500. If we were battling for the lead I'd try to pass him in a clean way since it is the 500.

Bonus question: What can professional racing learn from small track racing to help improve their sport?

The fact that young kids can look up to professional drivers today motivates them to wanna be there one day.

The future of racing is bright with young honest kids like Daniel Gundolff in the sport. Not all will make IndyCar or the Indy 500 but he is a name to remember for the future. As always we wish Daniel Gundolff the best of luck

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nick Vincent: Aiming for the stars!

Nick Vincent is a young Indiana racer who dreams of being in the Indy 500. He currently races at Whiteland Raceway Park and is a competitor of one of our racers from last week, Hunter Alltop. Nick has bee racing since he was 14, though he didn't try an asphalt until his senior year of high school and just added road courses last year.  Welcome our driver of the week: Nick Vincent!

1) How did you get started in racing and what series or tracks do you race on regularly?

I got my start in a badly painted black and red kart back in 2011. We had the kart given to us by my papaw's friend. We were just playing with it one day to see if it I was scared of it. I wasn't even close to being scared. I was hammer down the second lap in it at Cera Land in Columbus. After that we saw that the Columbus 4H Fair Grounds were having their fair race. My papaw and I came up with the bright idea to race it. That week I made my debut and finished in 6th. Now, I'm in the Yamaha can lite at Whiteland. We race at New Castle once in awhile too.

2)  Tell me a little about your car number and how you chose it?

I drive the number 5. I started out in the number 7 and have drove a number 24, but when I got the kart I'm in now I changed to number 5. I chose 5 because my older sister wore 5 in high school volleyball and my younger sister wears it for basketball so it seemed like it should be a sibling thing to be 5. Plus my first night out with the number, I finished second, so it stayed.

3)  Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

I have a quite a few sponsors. K&L Machining is a big one, Pete Knue (owner) is a family friend and let's us park our trailer at his shop. He has been there since the very beginning. Tony Ogle Expediting and Drain Master are both owned by a good friend who helps when he can and would do anything for us. He has also been there since the very beginning. John Staple's Custom Pipes and Mufflers jumped on board last season and helped a lot with funding. John and his wife Katherine are very nice people. Thirty-One Auto Group helped us a lot with mounting tires and is ran by some good buddies. Taiterbuilt is awesome when we need something welded. If we need jack stands we know where to go. The Hornet Factory guys are more than friends, they're family. They'd do anything for us in a blink of an eye. Eighth Day Riders is a motorcycle group who does charities and rides to raise money for people. They're awesome with the things they do! I can't thank ALL of my sponsors enough without them, NONE of this would be possible. I'm also looking for more sponsors!

4) Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?

Everyone in my family has been pretty supportive. My biggest inspiration to be an IndyCar driver was a man named Richard Wertz (Unkie). He knew everything there was to know about the Indy 500 and was always telling me stories about Indy 500's from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. We always talked racing and IndyCar. He was a huge AJ Foyt fan. He and his wife, Rita (Aunt Sis) both sadly passed away earlier this year. For them I want to make it to IndyCar so much more!
Vincent compares himself to Sage Karam.


5) Is there a famous race car driver you like to compare yourself to?  Who and why? If you don't
compare yourself. to another racer,  who has been your racing inspiration and why?

I'd compare myself to Sage Karam, because I'm just so aggressive in anything I drive and good with fans. I do envy him, because he started his first Indy 500 at age 19, in 19 now and still in karts, but hope to climb the ladder like he did in the Mazda Road to Indy.

6) What was the scariest moment in your career and did. it change the way you race?

I had a real hard hit in my first ever asphalt race. It was the Halloween 200 at Fast Track in Emison, Indiana. I started last due to missing qualifying and I was trying to move through the field as quick as possible. I was up to around 8th and I came off turn 4 on around lap 145ish. The rear of the kart stepped out and I went to catch it. When I thought I had it, it spun and I back ended the wall. I almost came out of the kart and it almost flipped. My hit actually put a hole in the wall. It hurt but I did finish the race in 9th. It didn't really change the way I drive because, stuff happens.

7) What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

Go for it. You only live one time, so do what you love. Never stop improving yourself on and off the track. Always stay humble, no matter how good you get. Never think that you got to where you are by yourself. You got there with the help of others and that's how you're going to grow in the sport.

8)  If you weren't driving a race car, what do you think you would be doing with your life?

I honestly have no idea. Racing has been my life since I can remember. Three fourths of my toys
A rainy day at Indianapolis gave Nick Vincent a chance to make new friends
such as Conor Daly, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden
growing up were diecasts of Nascar, IndyCar, monster trucks, and dirt late models. Racing has always been me.


9) What is your biggest moment in your racing career?

Definitely racing RoBo Pong weekend last year at New Castle. I didn't race the RoBo Pong 200 but I raced the Yamaha class that weekend. I started 21st and finished 20th. I know that doesn't sound amazing to people, but I was just happy to be racing on that big of a stage against some of the best kart drivers in the world. This year I hope I can find a team or the funding to race the actual RoBo Pong 200. Fingers crossed!

10)  Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

There's only one Indianapolis Motor Speedway and many have dreamed of going there. Vincent is no different 
In 10 years, I see myself on the starting grid of the 110th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. I hope I can make it there before then but I'll be patient and let God lead my path. I hope to be the first 5 time champion of the Indy 500 and become a legend. Names like Foyt, Andretti, Unser, and Mears are names that make you think of the Indy 500 and the history of the Speedway, I'd like to add the name Vincent to that list!

Sometimes the road to where you want to be as a racer is much longer than any race ever will be. There are many twists and turns along the way and often times, a wall. It takes a lot to make it to the top of your game, but when you have a dream, sometimes you have to follow it all the way to victory lane!