Archive for September, 2014

Our friends at Optima shot usĀ an email wanting to know what we have been up to regardingĀ race preparation with the car and personally!

Here’s what I had to say!

Optima Jim,

Hmm. Where to start! I believe Greg got the technical info to you regarding the car.

As for me??? So much less interesting!

I study and practice Yoga. Regularly. I started practicing Yoga last year to improve my race jitters. I thought if I could learn to relax more at the line then I could have a chance to learn more, ultimately leading me to doing better. Confidence and visualization I believe is a big part of being a winner at anything you do! I’ve always been beyond capable with academics and business. But I’m not a natural athlete. Don’t get me wrong, I can do almost any sport well. But I’m talking about the fact that there are some people who have a gift, a natural talent at basketball, gymnastics, driving! Sure I’m a good enough driver, but I have to work much harder than some people at getting my head right, chasing nerves away, and learning the courses. I didn’t start driving competitively until early last year. I really have only competed in business! So bottom line is Yoga has not made me more competitive, but it has helped eliminate the anxiety, the harsh self criticism, that crap talk in my head!

Physically, I’m working toward being lighter on my feet. I’m increasing my workouts and cleaning up my diet. I want to be in top physical condition for Optima/SEMA. I know that it will be a long week, so the better condition I am in physically the more likely it will be that I have a good time. And the more likely it will be that I am a contender. I’m planning on getting to Willow Springs at least once for testing and am looking to schedule a trip to Vegas for some practice, as well.

My goal for racing is first to have fun. But second is to show other women, wives, mother’s that our lives don’t end when our kids are grown and head off to college. I want to show the world that at ANY age we can have a rocking good time and do things other may not think possible. If I could be an ambassador for our sport, I would gladly do it! If by my participating in these events inspire someone else to live life to the fullest than I know that’s something I want to do!

Who do I think will win? That’s a toss up. Really the one who wins, is the one who shows up! If you don’t show up you’ll never win. Do I want to win? Abso-freaking-lutely! Do I think I can? YES. Because if I didn’t think for a minute that I could win, I probably shouldn’t be racing! I have an amazing car. I know how to drive it. When we got home from Portland we found many little issues that had ultimately slowed me down. The motor wasn’t performing as it should. One of the bolts had come off of the shocks. Little things like that. Could have had better times. I’m satisfied with my first real run at a road course. Honestly, I believe I can catch the field. I believe I have the heart and soul to win. I believe that if my Scarlett stays together, she and I will do amazing things. I believe that I will be one to watch!

With that said – that’s what’s happening here in my world – less than 60 days out from the event. Thanks for asking!