Championship Runoffs at VIRginial International
Raceway in his first full year of competition.
Sure, I thought. Then in early 2019, he told me
that he’d be attending the April 12-14 Hoosier
Super Tour at VIR. Since I was headed there to
scout the forthcoming Runoffs location anyway,
we decided to meet up. And, as we hid from the
weekend’s torrential rainfall near NASCAR Bend,
I got my first true glimpse of who Coyote really is.
“Nobody else in my family does this, nor
a single friend. I didn’t even know him at all
when I started,” Coyote says, pointing to his
right, where Mike Sayers sat, Coyote’s new
friend and crewmember. Joe Geisler, the third
member of the team, couldn’t make it this
weekend. “I bought a car, and in three months
I had it ready for an SCCA Driver’s School. Then
I won a Regional championship with the car.”
Cars have always played a role in his
life, but not at this level. “I tried drag
racing, but that was lame,” he laughs.
The Honda Civic that Coyote drag raced was
swapped for an Acura Integra GSR. “I hooked
up with SCCA Steel Cities Region and they
pointed me in the right direction, which was
Summit Point’s Driver’s School,” he says.
“I went there with a car, the GSR, that was a
total piece of...” We’ll assume he said “crap.”
It’s all about the GCR spec line, I note. The
fact of the matter is, I say, a GSR in E Production
needn’t start life as a GSR. Coyote’s
response? “Yeah, I just figured that out.”
Truly, Coyote began this adventure from
“I had never been on a racetrack before
that Driver’s School,” Coyote reveals. “I’d never
even been to an actual racetrack. I’d never
owned a truck, and I’d never pulled a trailer.”
Coyote learns fast, but his racing journey was
fraught with enough troubles to make anyone
READY FOR ANY THING
(TOP) Coyote made his final
preparations on the grid during the
April 2019 Hoosier Super Tour at VIR.
Sadly, his race ended shortly after
it began when he became collateral
damage to someone else’s spin.
(ABOVE) Back in the paddock, Mike
Sayers and Coyote worked into the
night before concluding the car’s
damage was too much to repair in
the VIR paddock. While there was
frustration, they never gave up.
“ I bought a car, and in three months I had
it ready for an SCCA Driver’s School.
Then I won a Regional championship”