“While I’m out there competing…
I’ve discovered, more than
anything, I’m building memories”
78 JUNE2018 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• With 36 years of racing action
under its belt, we took a look at
The Birth of Lime Rock.
• We reported on the
groundbreaking that took place
at Thunderhill Raceway Park.
• Ron Fellows won the opening
Round of Trans Am on the famed
streets of Long Beach.
• In our monthly First Gear
section, young member Shea
Holbrook discussed her pro
racing aspirations. Since then,
Regional races in her IT Acura
laid the groundwork for a pro
career, moving her to World
Challenge and beyond as a racer
and team owner.
• An in-depth look at
Autodynamics told the story of
Ray Caldwell, and showed the
products offered in addition to
its very successful Formula Vee.
• Mark Donohue took back-to-back USRRC wins at Riverside
and Laguna Seca.
was shuffling contents from one duffle bag to another to free up some room
when I came across my first legitimate racing shoes. I got these shoes from
Subé Sports more than a decade ago, and with the exception of slight
discoloration on the right shoe from it resting against a hot transmission tunnel
for many a race, they’re pristine. I didn’t realize how much I missed those shoes
until I saw them once more.
In 2012, I had the opportunity to participate in a project outside
the scope of this magazine, and for that I received an excellent
Alpinestars suit, gloves, and shoes setup. That’s when my trusty Puma
shoes took a backseat and the new shoes took their place. Then, out
of habit more than anything else, I kept outfitting myself with the new
gear at the track. My old racing gear got buried in the duffle.
The Alpinestars gloves wore out a few years back, but rather than ordering
a new set to match, I dug in the duffle and pulled out my first legitimate racing
gloves. They still fit – well…like a glove – and
they brought back great memories of the
ITA Miata racecar I sold in 2011 to fund the
build of my current E Production racecar.
These gloves (which have since been sold
under the Team DI name but have now been
discontinued) have been on my hands for
every race since. I don’t know what I’ll do when these gloves wear out.
Then, earlier this year as I was at the track supporting SCCA President
and CEO Mike Cobb in a story that appeared in the May issue of SportsCar,
I saw my old ITA Miata pull into the paddock. When I sold the car in 2011, it
went to a couple that ran it in Time Trials, Club Racing, and enduros. They
ended up selling it, with the next owner selling it a few years later – and
into the paddock it drove, looking very similar to the day I last raced it.
I even paddocked next to the car and its new owner at the following race at
Willow Springs – the same track where I raced the car for the last time.
Seeing the Miata once more was like breaking out those old racing
gloves – in fact, the gloves I wore during that last race in the ITA car in 2011
were the same gloves I was wearing that weekend while racing in E Production.
I watched Miles, the car’s new owner, run competitively in both races that
weekend, doing justice to the car I still feel connected to. I was tickled pink.
So I’ve decided I’m breaking out those old shoes for my next
race. And, after I lace them up, I’ll put on those old gloves. Because
while I’m out there competing, pushing hard for a podium finish, I’ve
discovered, more than anything, I’m building memories, and those
memories stick with me longer than any of the finishes.
OLD GLOVES AND SHOES
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