As I wrote in my 2019 Racing Plans post I will not be entering 2019 with any specific plans to race. My goal in 2019 is to focus on family and the business. This past racing season was filled with too many distractions which lead to frustrations and a focus on the wrong things.
Not As Planned
On a recent Saturday my wife and I loaded up the race car, its spares and headed east to deliver the car to its owner so that we’d have that space cleaned up to store another vehicle or a place for a project vehicle. Keep reading to see what is currently there.
The day didn’t go as planned. I estimated one and a half hours to pack and load everything up. Spot on with that estimate. However, the car wound’t move. Turns out that one of the recently installed axles was wrong! I swapped out the axle. While it didn’t take too long to do the job I had to wait for the axle to be delivered.
“This car fought you ’til the end. This is a reminder of why you aren’t racing next year.” – My wife
We made it to Erie and dropped off the car without much of a hassle. However, we missed a good portion of our evening with friends due to being behind time wise, but all in all the race car removal project can be viewed as a success. The space is cleaned up!
Removal = Focus
The reason I placed this post into the The Journey category is that my involvement in racing is two fold.
First, I really enjoy the sport as a participant – there’s nothing better than being on track and tuning out the world. Being at the track with friends is a blast and being able to wrench between sessions is weirdly fun for me.
Second, I love the business side of motorsports. Sponsorship engagement, fan activation, promotion – and everything else. I believe that if I am involved in motorsports it will be good for business. While I have gained some new business by being involved in racing it’s not a large referral source.
Part of The Journey is adapting and learning and then making adjustments based on lessons learned. While it can be fun and rewarding to be involved with a race team and to have a reason to be to at the track right now just isn’t the right time.
With as busy as the shop is, my focus needs to be there. We have so much work to do on including getting the new offices ready. I very excited that I can now have a clear focus on my business and personal goals
Video of the Race Car Removal Project
What’s in the space now?
While I have no specific plans for the Painesville Race Car in 2019 I will prep it just in case. It doesn’t need much.
So how can I prep this car and still not race in 2019? While I have no specific race plans for 2019, that doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t race. Heading out to the Painesville Speedway for a Winter Series Race or a regular season race night will be a last minute decision. If everything in my life is where it needs to be at that moment, you might find me at the track.
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So while the ChampCar Race Car is out of my life, that doesn’t mean that cars, racing and projects are 100% out of my life. In addition to posting updates on my website, I’ll be creating short videos on YouTube as well.
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