It not to say I had zero interest in motorsport, just zero interest in professional motorsport. I grew up outside Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, CA. I grew up drag racing (1/4 mile) in imports (Honda, Toyota, Mazda). The big thing back then was “Beat the Heat.” You could drag race a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer in the 1/4 mile at Sears Point. If you won, the CHP Officer would sign off any fix it tickets (whether they were actually fixed or not). A program I’m sure no longer exists in this overly P.C. world of ours.
Then the first Fast & Furious movie came out right when everyone I knew was getting out of import racing. Once it became mainstream, it lost its appeal as EVERYONE started doing it. Alot of friends of mine had advisor roles in that first movie, and some even had their cars featured in the movie. But thats another story how that all played out.
Shortly thereafter, I was in law enforcement for almost 8 years and fell in love with the high speed pursuit courses. Back then it was called EVOC- Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. I became an instructor so alot of my juvenile “experience” complimented my career aspirations at the time. But when I left law enforcement, started having kids, etc. I lost touch for a while.
So when I discovered karting earlier this year, and as I started learning more about racing and the tactics involved; I guess you could say that I started paying more attention to professional motorsports. I had some of the basics already. It was like all my old passions got rekindled, and I got very-very interested as now I could understand it and follow it better. Which I can thank karting for giving me that inside look at racing/ racecraft in general.
I was always into speed, just not into professional motorsports if that makes sense.
I’m just starting to watch NASCAR, Indy Car, and a little F-1. So far I like Indy Car the best, but that is subject to change as I begin watching more F-1. (But on the surface, F-1 seems very conservative; aka boring) Just my first impressions, not saying I’m right.
Its an unothordox way of getting into motorsport, and probably too much information. But you asked, so what they hey.