the Runoffs. “The whole weekend they were
putting sticker tires on their cars every single
session, and they would give us their old tires.”
The E Production Runoffs race itself
was also a blast. “In the race, I was doing
really well,” Coyote says, reliving the
moments of his first Runoffs race.
A few laps in, the race went under double
yellow due to oil on the track, and when the
track returned to green, Coyote jumped into
action. “I had an amazingly good restart,
and I passed a couple of cars immediately,”
he says. “But then I lost fourth gear. It just
popped right out. With one lap to go, I lost
everything – I didn’t have a single gear so I pulled
off the track. I didn’t even end up finishing.”
It was, sadly, a fitting end to a year-
and-a-half of struggles. But this is Coyote,
so the story doesn’t end there. Coyote is,
after all, the definition of determination.
While Coyote’s desire to enter a professional
race is ever present, he has other plans
for 2020. “I’m going to race this year, but
I don’t know if I’m going to do the Runoffs,”
he says. “The focus for me lately has been
trying to get more people involved.
“I’m a novice coach for Track Night in
America at Pitt Race now,” he says in his
excited, chipper tone. “I’m also now on the
Steel Cities Region Board of Directors and
I head up outreach and social media, a position
I motioned to start. I try to work with people
one-on-one to really help them get to where
they’re going – hopefully to get them on track,
or at least get them [flagging] a corner.
“I want this to be around in 20 years,” Coyote
says of the sport he simply can’t get enough
of. “If I want that to happen, some new things
have to happen – that’s just the bottom line.”
Truly, Coyote is like so many others who
discover SCCA Road Racing. In those early days,
he was absolutely, positively determined to race.
To that end, despite it all, he still is – but now
he’s just as driven to make sure the path is clear
for everyone else who has a similar dream.
Stopping is not an option.
(TOP) Coyote’s Runoffs experience at
VIR went well, although it did end a tad
early. (MIDDLE) Mike Sayers assists
Coyote at the track with the same can-do attitude. (BOTTOM) With no previous
experience, Coyote often solves
problems differently. Case in point, a
tablet presents his car’s only gauges.
“I want this to be around in 20
years. If I want that to happen,
some new things have to happen”