78 FEBRUARY 2018 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• The 1992 SCCA Pro Rally
Championship was reviewed,
celebrating outstanding season
performances by Tim O’Neil,
Peter Cunningham, and more.
• Tony Ave clinched the 1992
Olds Pro Series title – a feat he
accomplished after transitioning
• RallyCross celebrated its first
National Championship event,
which took place at Motorsport
Park Hastings in Nebraska,
attracting 50 competitors.
• Readers debated a topic
that was hot at the time:
flaggers with lights.
• A survey of SCCA’s 16,000
members revealed members
were, on average, 33 years old,
70% were married, 16.7%
considered themselves into
hi fi, 20.3% smoked pipes, and
the membership’s median
household income was $14,500.
t age 19, I was a bit of a mess. In college, I’d failed out of my first declared
major and was frantically hunting for another major that would utilize all of
my existing credits and keep to my four-year escape plan. I was a certifiable car
nut and an ex-NASCAR fan, but I was also still a year away from discovering
autocross and the SCCA, so I knew very little from hands-on experience.
Truthfully, I had no vision of my future, and my life was, for the most part,
consumed by the day-to-day minutia of being a 19-year-old in college. I was, you
could say, the polar opposite of the 2017 F4 United States Championship
powered by Honda winner Kyle Kirkwood.
Unlike me at his age, Kyle – as the interview on pg. 30 indicates – seems to
have his head screwed on correctly. Kyle’s plans involve, well, a plan. A daring
plan, I should add, but a plan nonetheless. His goal was an open-wheel
motorsports championship; he made a plan and stuck with it to the end. My goal
at his age was graduation at any cost and I was willing to take whatever roads
befell me in order to get there. I chose the path of least
resistance; Kyle chose planning, determination, and execution.
Following graduation, I packed up my belongings and moved
across the country with a friend. Why? I don’t really know. My
plan was also as well thought out as my graduation route. I had
no job, work prospects, or place to live. In one of my first job
interviews, the person asked me what I ultimately wanted to
do. I stammered. I quickly blurted out an answer that was
cliché beyond belief – it wasn’t what I wanted to do nor was it
something the interviewer wanted to hear. I might as well have
said I wanted to be the president or go to space. Kyle, on the
other hand, when asked a similar question about what comes
next, produced a legitimate response – one that indicates
thought and experience. “I have to try and make up my mind, find a team, and
go to sponsors and see what I can find in regard to funding,” he said in the
interview. “I’ll only have about two months to do that. It’s a good bit of time, but
it’s going to run out quickly. It’s not like I’m off work now.”
I constantly hear concerns voiced throughout the motorsports industry that
kids these days don’t care about cars, that Millennials want everything handed
to them, that the world of racing is bleak because of it. Perhaps this is true. But
maybe those who are interested in motorsports are more determined than you
or I ever were. Maybe some of today’s kids are actually driven to perform, and
they’re using everything they have access to in order to educate themselves and
plan their own path – after all, unlike many of us, they’re growing up with access
to the world’s knowledge database in their pocket, and many know how to use it
I suspect, like with 2016’s F4 U.S. Championship winner Cameron Das, this isn’t
the last we’ll hear of Kyle Kirkwood. And, with the launch of F3 in the U.S. in 2018,
I wouldn’t be surprised to see more like Kyle and Cameron emerge, plans in hand,
ready to take on the world. I also won’t be surprised when they blow right by me.
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