As I flew back from the Knoxville Nationals, I was thinking about the role of ambition in racing. ‘Hope’ is a lovely word, but ambition is hope backed by hard work and perseverance. Ambition is a word that seems to have horsepower and torque naturally attached to it. Ambition is an engine.
It takes ambition to be a racer. It may be a young man’s first race, but he would not have entered this sport without a driving ambition to win.
Next, the winning racer develops the ambition to win championships.
For a very few, an interesting vision occurs to them, followed by the ambition to make it happen: starting a racing business.
The racing industry is full of people who never planned to make a career in racing. If...