The ebb and flow of the racing tide is about as predictable as the winning lotto numbers. The real competition in drag racing begins long before a car ever reaches the racetrack.
The past two years have been very difficult for me. I ended 2006 on an emotional high of finishing #2 in Pro 5.0 in my rookie season. I had so much momentum going for me, and was eager and excited to continue on by improving the car’s performance and image with sponsor Brisk USA stepping in to help.
But then life happened, and a series of heartbreaking events that have put delay after delay, and road block after road block in my way, sidelining me for 2 years now. I try to stay focused and upbeat, but with time comes frustration and depression of not racing, and worse, not being able to keep my commitments to Brisk and Harland Sharp of a great season.
I won’t give up…. I’m still working very hard and inching closer to getting the Horsepower & Heels car back out on track. I’m lacking just a few things, but it seems like time and labor is hard to come by now-a-days…. things that I am not able to do on my own, out of my control. That’s the most difficult part of the whole deal… being helpless and forced to just sit and wait.
Motorsports marketing is one of the greatest forms of marketing available. I know that I will be able to make good on getting exposure for my great sponsors and telling their stories. I just hope that the damage that this delay has caused will not be permanent. As they say… this too shall pass. The lows of the racing rollercoaster.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been approached with opportunities: some to drive, others for sponsorship, etc. Everything from pro mod rides up to Top Fuel and Funny Car. Each and every time, I put an enormous amount of energy into each opportunity… offering assistance, marketing materials, interviews, phone call follow-ups, etc.
I’m hoping that pretty soon, the law of averages is bound to shake out a green GO light on one of these opportunities. And until then, I’ll put every ounce of effort into every offer that comes my way.
But it still does not lessen the excitment, nor the disappointment that each trip on the emotional rollercoaster brings.