Every weekday starting at 5:45am, a series of alarms set off and challenge my dreams to a gauntlet of consciousness. Nearly all of these battles end with the army of alarms prevailing and me begrudgingly rolling out of bed. Some hygiene maintenance and feet shuffling later I sleepily set off to go to work at my job that is literally down the street from me. And oddly enough, this is how fired up I am in the morning for a career I actually like.
Last weekend however, I sprung out from my nest of pillows at 4am just to get my gear together for a 2 hour trip to go watch race cars all day. There’s something about track day.
On the way there, however, exceptions existed in the form of iced bridges that managed to claim at least 3 cars going our way. Our travel buddy, Will, spun on the highway at over 70mph when we crossed one such bridge. But other than having to clean mud out of the wheel wells and wipe grass off the carbon fiber, he came away unscathed.
I toured the grounds looking at everybody’s toys and fell in love with this Porsche. This is the most endearing road turn race car I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It feels special while at the same time a little humble. I wish I could wax poetic about this car, but I’m just drawn to describe it solely as… charming.
As I was being nosey in other people’s garages, my friends had been attending the driver’s meeting. More than just an area to screw around in, DriversEdge provides instruction and guidance to raise little hoonies into big hoonies.
Seeing the track at level was a different experience entirely. It’s safe to assume that my envy for the day was peaking, but I was also a little bummed for a slightly different reason. 2015 is supposedly also the final year for Texas World Speedway, and I may not ever get the chance to drive the track myself before it goes. Though it’s been here since 1969, it’s projected to be torn down for housing development after this summer.
I was speaking to this guy and he told me that he had been coming to the track since he was 11 years old, so I can only imagine how it must feel for the racers who’ve been coming here from its inception.
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