1 December 2015
I saw this photo from Cars For Hope a few weeks ago which says “You lose yourself in the things you love, you find yourself there too.” I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this saying for the last few weeks.
No matter what has been going on for me personally, I have lost myself and found myself in this amazing industry of ours more times than I can count - in the buzz of the events, in the exhilarating highs and the devastating lows, in the pure adrenalin rush. What really burns for me though, is the heart of some of the drivers I work with. Of the guys and girls that are giving it absolutely everything that they have to make their dream happen. To come back from sometimes shattering setbacks. To make the most of their achievements.
I see them lose themselves in the thing they love, and I see them find themselves in it as well, and when I have the pleasure and the privilege of being a part of that journey, it makes the blood and the sweat and the tears, the ridiculous hours, the travel, the insane characters you deal with, the incredible lows that we have all experienced, COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY WORTH IT. Their stories and their heart are what I live for. The emotion. The amazing freaking journey these guys and girls are on. The never ending pursuit of perfection on and off the track, and the dedication they pour into it every single day. They never give up. They never give in. They live and breathe for what they do, and that is oh so bloody inspiring.
Of course I love a whole other range of things that are a part of this sport - the sounds of the engines, the feel of them in your chest as you stand trackside and the cars thunder on past, the action, the adrenalin, the beautiful machines, the atmosphere, the venues, the fun we have as a group on and off the track. But what trumps it all for me is the people and their stories, and that is why I do what I do - share those stories – it is something I know I will never get tired of.
So I just wanted to take this moment to say thank you – thank you to this sport and everyone involved within it, thank you to the drivers and teams I have had the pleasure of working with both directly and as part of the various Series, events and venues that I have worked with over the past eight years. And especially to those that have allowed me to be a part of their journey since I struck out on my own with Jigsaw Communications in 2012.
With you, I am able to lose myself and find myself over and over again in this amazing, ridiculous, crazy sport that we all love so much. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your story, no matter how small a part I may play. I can’t wait to see what the year ahead brings.