I can’t tell you how long I been telling the same old story, “Oh yeah I am getting on the drag bike real soon we will start testing then get ready for the NHRA license, yup real soon.” I told that story to so many people and repeated it so many times that I didn’t blink or even care if it was true because honestly I wasn’t ready and it was the story a lot of people wanted to hear. While I was creating that dream writing career I became overwhelming with other people wanting me to race that I developed a huge of fear of failure. I mean lets be honest when you are talking to some of your heros about making the leap to racing a drag bike they become invested and you don’t want to let them down.
Slightly off the radar I been doing things in my own time and with the last two months of shadowing my dad at the track, I can finally say there is no better time than now to start sneaking in some random nights at Atco to begin testing. Shadowing my dad was the best thing I could have done because he is learning all over again as well with a new drag bike thanks to the RPM Shop. Together we are able to discuss all the runs which certainly gave me peace of mind.
Rolling my dad through the water box, to the burnout, and lastly to that final yellow ember before he launches I began running through every step in my head almost as I was on the the bike with him. I knew he was about to bring the clutch in or by a simple move in the seat where his head was. I knew the driver and I knew the bike. I wasn’t busy sitting on the starting line ready to pump out another article thinking about my notes or who I have to go speak to now it was all about that run my dad was making down the track.
For someone with my crazy brain peace of mind is everything. That sigh of relief that I am finally ready to race and for once I am not secretly panicking about everything and anything. It was interesting Angelle Sampey posted a rather neat video on youtube where she walked fans through an entire run, a run I can picture through listening and steps I knew. It can seem scary if there are parts of the run that you look at and go I have no idea what I am doing! With only a little motorcycle experience in the seat as I have it can seem rather daunting.
My plan of action? Fire up the bike and lets drop that clutch because like I said there is no time like right now. I have waited years to be a drag racer, to be on both sides of the fence as writer and racer and without a single lie within the next few weeks I will be heading to Atco Raceway and facing that quarter mile.