Racing

January 26th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Residence: Penfield, NY
Hometrack: Watkins Glen International
Car: 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X
Main Event: One Lap of America

It is hard for me to differentiate when I stepped over a line where I could call this a racing career. After dabbling with autocrosses and cone courses, I really only drove onto a real track in 2003 when I started driving with the Niagara Region PCA group at Watkins Glen.  Apparently I was doing something right, as I spent the morning session in the green group and was moved to white by afternoon.   I quickly forgot autocrossing and the time it consumed every weekend.

The track addiction festered for a few years until one day I found myself on the other side of the car as an instructor.  While I invaded a good amount of road courses in the northeast, ran in a couple amateur drag races, I never entered into a structured competition over the span of an entire year.  It was more of a way a junkie needs a fix every so often that the need to be on the track increased and I found myself finding ways to shorten the time I had to spend away from the track.

Then in 2009 I ran in my first One Lap of America with two good friends and instructors and it was like taking the sampler platter of everything tasty on the menu and cramming it into one adrenaline packed week.  I have been running in that event ever since, and filling in the gaps with as much as I can in between to get exposure to new tracks.

In between trying to get onto tracks, I spend a lot of effort giving back to the sport through education.  I typically can be found at the Tire Rack Street Survival School, as well as at the Genesee Valley BMW Club’s Car Control Clinic at Watkins Glen.  Otherwise you can find me tagging along with the Niagara Region Porsche Club of America as an instructor for most of their Driver Education events.