How far would you go for your dream? Would you be willing to risk everything? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the question I ask myself every day.
I was asked to write about my experiences in automotive and racing. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m tired of complaining about it; IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m ready to help make a difference.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m new to The Garage, and like many of you, I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t born into racing. I caught the racing bug at a very young age. My father brought me to my first Auto Cross event when I was seven years old. I still remember that day. There was everything from CamaroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to Austin MiniÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. The exhaust notes of a race car, and the sound if the occasional pylon getting hit, and the smells of burning tires and brakes are things IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never forget.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a certified automotive technician with a passion for racing. My attempt to get into the field, began by starting a small business that focused on racing. With only the knowledge that I have as a technician, I teamed up with two other passionate race enthusiasts to start a goal.
I learned very quickly that with out the right background and contacts success in the racing business would be difficult. Knowing the low rate of success, I continued. This is where passion interferes with reality.
Where does one go to chase their racing dream? I did some research and our neighbours to the South have such racing programs. Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NASCAR, Drag Racing etc. there are options for the enthusiasts.
What does Canada have? To my knowledge, there isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ample opportunity here for passionate racers. There is a lot of talent in Canada that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get the chance to take to the next level. My focus isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t to sit in a race seat (sure that would be great but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not my goal) itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s becoming a race mechanic or race engineer? So now what?