Last week, the new Florida Winter Series commenced with a triple-header race at Palm Beach International Raceway. Not particularly newsworthy in its own light, unless some of the competitors are.
In this case, they were. Among the 12 drivers on hand included former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen’s 16-year-old son Max – learn that name now in case his career takes off – and NBC Sports Group’s F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton.
Buxton would be thrown in at the deep end for the beginning of his racing career, and he chronicles the lead-up to the races in his blog.
A brief excerpt…
The lights extinguish, my left foot leaps from the clutch, the rear tyres squeal and squelch around for grip and I’m off, past the white car in front and to the right of me and tucking under the wing of the blue car in front.
For the first time in my life, I’m watching a race from inside the cockpit. And what’s even more astonishing… is that I’m completely silent.
And there’s the setup. The story of how he got to that point follows in the rest of the blog post.
It’s rather interesting, and provides an illuminating insight into the world of racing, coming in from a journalist’s perspective. Part 2 will, undoubtedly, provide more details of the races themselves.