It goes without saying…there are things in life whether you ask, like, want, or not that “just are”. Choosing to compete in Motorsports is no different there are responsibilities and duties that inherently “come with the territory”. Hopefully your choice to compete in Motorsports was one from a passionate liking of the necessary work activities required to be successful…that choice also comes with the inherent responsibility of becoming a representative of the sport by default. So in all actuality “Support the Sport” should really read “Represent the sport” for those competing and “Support the sport” for those who are not, such as race fans. The “Just Are’s” meant here are ones to often forgotten from the loss of perspective while competing…It’s easy to forget that all actions and choices made affect more than just the one who made the choice and that no matter what a person is doing, they are always representing something. “Actions speak louder than words”…words can destroy by themselves so imagine the absolute power that actions have, yet most thinking is done with hindsight.
Support the sport, Represent the sport…that’s not important, what’s important is the way YOU represent yourself, competitors, sponsors, fans, and the sport. Do that properly and the sport grows, do it improperly and it declines…If it could just be understood that there is more than enough “Whatever it is” to go around and that representing yourself, sponsors, competitors, and the sport selfishly actually supplies less of what is sought!…Represent yourself, the sport, and all your networking’s with an attitude of gratitude and sincerity, and watch things start falling into place…Here are the “Just Are & Just Do Them” things inherited when becoming a racer.
1. You’re a racer, your job is to race…done with the proper focus and precision there is no time for much else, if there is it’s not being done properly.
2. REAL racers want to beat their competitors when they are at their BEST…so do what you can to help them be just that (Meaning in times of trouble or urgent need, not do their homework)
3. Racers no matter how bad, ugly, stupid or unbelievable something may seem of a competitors find something positive and let them know it, if you can’t then keep your thoughts to yourself. Remember, everybody starts somewhere, understands or learns differently, and makes mistakes
4. Racers race they don’t officiate or race direct, and as a racer if you think that all calls are going to go your way, not be missed or other non-pleasing situations will not occur, you should probably find something else to do, the other option is to DEAL WITH IT, don’t waste time moaning and groaning spend that time calculating how to overcome or better your situation. (NOTE: It won’t be any different at any other track, things get missed and things happen and it will occur again, you don’t win every race they don’t get every call..otherwise quit racing and try officiating guaranteed it’s harder than YOU think it is.)
5. Racers PROMOTE, EDUCATE, and MOTIVATE
6. Racers if they must speak up understand that there is a right and wrong time and place to express concerns and when expressing do so in a respectful and tactful manner understanding that everyone has a job to do.
7. Racers keep things in perspective…5 years from now or even a year will it really matter?…If it will, then they understand that THEY are the problem. Racers are grateful that they have the opportunity to be able to do something they are passionate about and realize how lucky they are that they HAVE and CAN make a choice..and could always be worse.
8. Racers know that they are either part of the solution or the problem, that you can disagree without being disagreeable, and realize that to aim for perfection is the goal, but nobody or no thing is perfect…including them.
9. Racers understand that “REAL racers speak because they have something to say…Fools do because they think they have to say something.”
Your always representing something, the actions you choose always have an effect on more than just yourself, so before you say something at an event, THINK! Is it true, helpful, inspirational, necessary and kind? If so rip it….If not zip it……So get to Respectin’ and Representin’ your chosen style…Racers lead, they don’t follow!
R- respects his fellow competitor, and races him the same way.
A- Is an Ambassador for the sport and Represents it with integrity
C- Is Cool, Calm, Collected, and Caring
E- Educates and Encourages others
R- races with perspective
In Motorsports it doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a total “Green Horn” newbie to get the good consistent results or repair results that have deteriorated over time, checking these five things and committing to doing them faithfully is the difference between consistently good results or results that suck consistently. Continue reading
ProSoundAudioServices is pleased to announce that each month we will be recognizing passionate racing enthusiasts for their outstanding achievements and contributions with our Motorsports Excellence “PaceSetter Profile”. It will be a way for both aspiring racers and their teammates alike to get the recognition they so deserve but don’t always get….It is also a way for you passionate race fans to meet and find out more about your favorite drivers….Our inaugural profile we are pleased to announce is a young, bright and rising karter, “Racin” Mason Smark from McMinnville, OR. Congrats to Mason and his entire Smark Family Racing Team for being much improved, and generously giving their time contributions and involvement with their home club the Portland Karting Association.
NAME: “Racin” Mason Smark
HOME: McMinnville, OR
TEAM: Smark Family Racing
YEARS RACING: 2 FAVORITE DRIVER: Lewis Hamilton FAVORITE TRACK: McMinnville Raceway Park LEAST FAVORITE: Jackson County Medford, OR FAVORITE FOOD: Hot Dogs FAVORITE SHOW: Modern Marvels SPONSOR: DAVIDSON NAPA AUITO PARTS DRIVING COACH: Chris Hatch-Blackstar Motorsports CHASSIS/#: #7 Swiss Hutless ENGINGE BUILDER: Tim Lawrence-Lawrence Racing Engines CREW: Paul Smark- Dad, Jennifer Smark-Mom, “Factory” Pat Munyon
Mason Smark, a young up and coming racer from McMinnville, OR is working hard early at becoming one of the future stars in motor sports. With just over a years worth of experience under his belt, Smark has shown a marked improvement. The 2013 season was Mason Smarks first season in the Kid Kart division. It wasn’t long before it was apparent that he was going to need more of a challenge as he was starting to dominate the division consistently. Smark family Racing made the decision to make the move up to the Junior 1 division which is home to some of the finest junior drivers in the northwest, with many of them older and more experienced. October of 2013 was Smarks official Junior 1 debut, and his expectations were simple…”don’t get lapped.” Smark accomplished his goal and then some as he finished third, well behind the leaders, but on the lead lap.
It was a bittersweet debut for Smark who pleased with his on the lead lap third place finish, but wasn’t thrilled that his pace was not that of the leaders, and knew he didn’t want to run that far off the pace for an entire season. So Smark, during the time most take off for some well needed R & R, spent his winter months behind the wheel, putting in all the laps he could at his home track McMinnville Raceway Park, and even ran some indoor oval track dirt events just so he could continue to stay behind the wheel…Smark fared well on the dirt bringing home a win and a runner up finish. After school and on the weekends, Smark was an ornament at the track putting in lap after lap preparing for his rookie debut in March with the NW Gold Cup Series, a regional traveling series that hits three different states and Canada. The start of the 2014 season was tough for the Smark Family Racing team breaking two rear axles in consecutive months. It would be just a minor set back for the up and coming pacesetter, because in his next nine races, Smark recorded a second, a third and seven fourth place finishes…Not bad for a driver who’s goal at the start of the season was to run mid pack consistently by season’s end. By mid-season Smark had far surpassed his goal and was as threat to win in every event he entered from mid-season on.
What started off a little rough, ended what could only be called a stellar rookie season. Mason Smark ended up runner up in the NW Gold Cup Regional point standings with two top three finishes at two of the biggest regional events in the series, a second in Tri-Cites, Washington and a third at his home track in McMinnville, Oregon. He finished third in the Oregon State Karting Championship Series point standings in Junior 1 with his shot at the title coming down to the final race of the season.. Mason Smark is a passionate, hard working young racer both on and off the track and looks to be on his way to a very successful racing career if he chooses to stick with it…and has all the makings of a quality champion… making him ProSoundAudioServices inaugural Motorsports Excellence “PaceSetter Profile”.