It’s been quite some time since I last posted to this blog. Things have changed quite a bit for Mason’s racing program. We are very proud at the accomplishments he has made so far during his short racing career. Back in 2011 when Mason started racing at the age of 7, he set a goal of one day racing a Legend car. After our 2013 karting season, we decided it was time for a change due to many changes that were taking place in the karting industry. We checked into a couple different paths. At that point I started doing research on the Legends so we could pursue the necessary paths to make that happen. Inex (sanctioning body of US Legends) rules has an age limit of 14, therefore, we would have a couple more years yet before he could compete. Ultimately we chose the path of a Bandolero which is also sanctioned by Inex. Spartan Speedway in Mason, MI is the only race track in Michigan that has a Bandolero program. 2014 is the first year for this program. He was the first ever Bandolero driver on the track and the first ever winner of a Bandolero race at the track. Mason has shown great racing skills this season and is currently sitting 1st in points for the 2014 season championship.
Our original intentions for this season were to race the Bandolero and race a few kart races locally. Mason has competed in every Bandolero race to date and competed in a kart race at Owosso Speedway on May 24, 2014. We were excited to get back to doing some kart racing but that thrill quickly faded after Mason was punted off the track by another racer during practice. Mason struggled through the races and was beat around pretty good but kept on going. Due to his persistence, he ultimately ended up with a 4th place finish. Mason has decided that his karting days are going to be few and far between from here on out.
While speaking with the track owner of Spartan Speedway, Jim Leasure, about our plans for the 2015 season, he suggested we should check into getting Mason into a Legend. We questioned him on the age requirement and he offered to contact Inex on Mason’s behalf and start the necessary paperwork to get him approved. We took Mason to the track to make a few hot laps in a Legend to see if it was something he even wanted to pursue. Within a couple of days after his test drive, and after sending Inex Mason’s resume along with a recommendation from Jim, Inex approved him to race a Legend car next season at the age of 12.
We have been very pleased and proud of the accomplishments Mason has made. In his short racing career, he has been asked by his competitors to drive for him and is constantly being commended on his smooth, consistent driving style and ultimately reached his goal of driving a Legend car. Well, almost! We have a lot of funds to raise and some karting equipment and personal items to sell in order to make a Legend car purchase.
Others are constantly questioning the amount of money and effort we put into Mason’s racing program. It’s something we enjoy to do as a family. Not only that but we see talent in our child and what kind of parents would we be if we didn’t showcase that talent and do everything in our power for him to help make his dreams come true? Some families have kids that enjoy bat and ball sports and they are good at it. Well, ours just so happens to drive a race car. If it means we have to drive our old vehicles for a few extra years and wear the same clothes and shoes a little while longer, so be it. There’s truly nothing we would rather be doing.
We love it when friends, family members and acquaintances have the opportunity to see Mason in action on the track. Rick and I understand that a lot of times when we are speaking about Mason, people assume we are talking him up because he is our son. Well, of course that is true to a certain extent but in all honesty, we get such positive comments from people after they themselves witness his racing and driving abilities. Mason has done his part as a driver and as his parents, Rick and I have committed to continue this journey and do whatever it takes to keep him on the path to achieve his goals.