Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Justin Taylor

Interview by Michael Loomis

 Justin Taylor is a 24 year old driver out of North Carolina. Many thanks to Michael Loomis for getting this interview for us,

1) How did you get your start in racing? What series or tracks do you race frequently?

 Been racing since 2007 run go karts till 2011 then moved to the stadium. It all started when I run king of the concrete on a go kart I thought why not try asphalt in a car. So we tried Bowman Grey, yes it's fun cause of the fans but the political stand point it's not a real race track by no means.

2) Tell me a little about your car. Who sponsors you and what makes them special to you? What is your car number and how was that number chosen?

My car now is a 2006 Leight big spring truck arm car. Little more for giving on the long run. I sponsor myself with a couple little sponsors also have a big sponsor KOA of Greensboro.

3) What was the best advice you have been given in your career?

Biggest advice I have got in my career would probably have to be sometimes you have to slow down to go faster.

4) What was the scariest moment in your racing career and did it affect you as a person or as a driver?
 Really couldn't say I have had a scariest moment of my career yet

5) What has been your biggest moment in your racing career and how did it help you grow as a racecar driver?

Biggest moment was that first car win it wasn't easy and after that that kept coming.

6) What are your hobbies outside of racing and have they helped you focus on your goals as a driver?

 Outside of racing my hobbies consist of about anything you can think of swimming pools, my boat, softball, golf, and riding my four wheelers and razor. The four wheeler prob helps keep In shape for the racing the rest doesn't really affect if in my opinion.

7) Who has been your biggest racing influence or supporter? ? 

my biggest supporter is my dad probably the only person I can think of if I'm wrong he has my back if I'm right he still has my back he has always done everything he can to make sure we are there and try to be competitive. He is my best friend so I know when I go in the corner I know what he adjust isn't gonna just fly off
8) Would you compare yourself to a famous driver? If so who and why? Have you ever met them and did you talk about racing with you? If so what advice did they offer?

Compare to a pro driver I would hope Kyle Busch I got that really don't care attitude I will get back and 1 up but that's besides the point I'm never satisfied with second.

9) What advice would you offer to young drivers looking to get started in racing?

Be smart and do not race a bowman gray stadium go to a real race track ace caraway tri county.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Zach O'Henley

Zach O'Henley is young, fast and has big racing dreams. Our Thursday Thunder Driver of the week this week is only 18 but he has accomplished a lot in those 18 years, And there is still more to come!

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

No one in my family has ever raced. But my dad and I were always into watching NASCAR. When I was eleven years old I got the chance to test out a 4 cylinder race truck at our local short track called Onaway Speedway. It is a 1/4 mile asphalt oval. After going to a couple races there I knew I wanted to drive. So after a few years in the 4 cylinder class I jumped into a modified when I was 14. I mainly race at Onaway Speedway but I have made starts at Northern Michigan Speedway and occasionally I travel to Kinross Speedpark. I am trying to make it to a few more tracks this year before heading off to college such as Whittemore Speedway and Auto City Speedway.

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

My car number has been 3z since day one. My dad was a true Earnhardt fan and so I wanted that to be my number for everything. And then of course the Z comes from my first name.
3. Who sponsors you and why are they special to you?

This year I was fortunate enough to drive for a great couple by the name of Jim and Krista DuBois. Jim recently had a brand new modified built and I ended up selling my car to help pay for college. Jim and Krista had moved out to California for work related reasons but Jim had left his race car behind. I got the chance to race it this year for him and so far I have set fast time twice and got my first feature win in a modified. So needless to say I would not be racing this year without them and I am very thankful I was given the opportunity.
4. Who has been your biggest support throughout your career?

My biggest support throughout my racing career has to be my family. Every weekend they are at the track cheering me on. My parents have sacrificed so much for me and I am very thankful for everything they have done.

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?

I don't really compare myself to any specific driver I just try to be as smooth as I can but not lay back either. If anyone I would say a mix between Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson because I try to be as aggressive as I can but also try and make the smartest moves.

6, What was the scariest moment in your career and did it change the way you drive?

The scariest moment in my racing career would have been my second year racing, I was still in the 4 cylinder class and a driver cut across in front of me and clipped the front of my truck and barrel rolled right in front of me.

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

My advice to a young kid that wanted to be a race car would be to work hard at what you want and anything can be possible. Make your way to your local short track and try starting off in a JR class or something like that. You have to start somewhere just don't give up.

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

I can't imagine my life right now if I never started racing. Racing is part of what I am and will forever be a part of me. What advice would you give a young kid wanting to be a race car driver?

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

My biggest moment in my racing career would probably be getting my first feature win in a modified this year. It was over a year since I have even had a win and getting one in the feature made it that much better.
10.Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what will it take to get there?

Well I am still not giving up trying to make a career out of driving a race car but I am going to college this year at the University of Northwestern Ohio for automotive technology and high performance motorsports. If I can't drive a race car for a living I wouldn't mind being part of a NASCAR team and building cars.