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A Little Background

A banker by trade and lifelong racing enthusiast, I live on the coast of Massachusetts just south of Boston.  I have lived in various parts of New England since 2002, but I am originally from the south.  My hometown is Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  I grew up watching modified races at Bowman Gray with my friends and going to NASCAR races at tracks like North Wilkesboro, where I saw Harry Gant's streak of short track wins snapped by Dale Earnhardt, and Rockingham, where Kyle Petty somehow always had his car dialed into that track.  Charlotte, Martinsville, and Richmond were also tracks we would frequent.  Over the years NASCAR outgrew some of its roots and more and more folks missed the "good ole days".

My Father was a race car driver.  It was his main hobby in the 1970s and 1980s. He raced Formula Fords and CanAm cars. I remember going to races with him at Road Atlanta, VIR, Charlotte, and Daytona.  Most of the racing series I watch today are grass roots type of series like the Cars Tour, American Canadian Tour, NASCAR Whelen Modified, Southern Super Series, and S.M.A.R.T.  I am also an avid follower of Formula One and IMSA.  The technology coming out of these series is simply mind blowing.  Many people do not realize that much of the high tech functionality that makes its way to the cars we drive on the road first started in Formula One, IMSA, or FIA WEC.

Allen E. Wannamaker

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