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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Another "The Best Day"

For those that have read my book I have a chapter entitled, "The Best Day." In it I recount my first go-kart race which was an event I had waited for my entire life. It isn't very often in life that someone gets to relive the best day in their life, but in a way I did.

Recently I got a phone call from James, the USAC developmental director, asking if I could flag the USAC Mopar National Midget series at the Grundy County Raceway. I had flagged some of the lower divisions of midgets and had yet to flag the national series so when I got asked I didn't have to think twice.

I decided to ask my dad if he'd like to go with me as he hasn't seen me at a race since 2008 and, well, this was going ot be the first time I would be the chief starter of the national series. Also, it was fitting because this was up there with the anticipation I felt before my first kart race and since it was my dad who got me into racing I figured it was indeed right for him to be there.

On the drive up I thought about all the times we had gone to Indianapolis Race Park to watch the thunder series in the early 90's. I don't think either of us ever imagined that I would someday be the person in the flagstand for a USAC national race like this.

How did it go? My dad being who he is couldn't just go to the race and watch. He brought his camera and made a video so I will let that do the rest of the talking on this post.

6 comments:

  1. Now that's some flaggin'!

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  2. THRILLING!! seriously

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  3. That's awesome! We're huge race fans in this house (basically, anything with wheels and an engine is worth watching), and I think it's so cool that you get to be right there IN the action!

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  4. Looks like you were having a Great time! The flagging was incredible! It was like watching a dance! Your dad did great setting it to music! : >
    That was really cool!

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  5. I have never seen such a great clip of someone flagging before! Great job Aaron and James! :)

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  6. It's like you're conducting a symphony! Also, it's obvious that your father is *very* proud of you. You're so lucky to have a passion in life. Most people don't. I have three sons with AS, and I often think that one of the compensations for all the emotional turmoil they deal with is the fact that they have something that they truly, deeply love doing.

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