Have you ever been pulled over for speeding?
Yes, absolutely. I wasn't going too fast -- maybe some 20-overs. After
a little while the cops realize I'm a racecar driver. They give me a warning,
ask me to slow down and then send me on my way.
Q: What's the best thing about racing?
A: I was able to have my job end up being something that was a
passion for me at such a young age. I feel very fortunate that my hobby
turned into my career.
Q: What's NASCAR's appeal versus other sports like football and
A: Everyone wonders what it would be like to go fast in a car.
That's the first thing that draws people to it. Everyone relates to driving
a car and wanting to drive fast. I get to do it legally.
Q: What were you like in high school?
A: Through junior high I won the class clown award quite a bit.
In high school I was so busy racing that I wasn't around a lot on the
weekends. I was pursuing my dream of being a racecar driver. I had fun
when I could. I surfed. I'd go to the desert and go camping and ride quads
and buggies. I'd go to the river in the summer and water ski and jet ski.
I loved being outdoors.
Q: If you could go back five years and give yourself some advice
what would it be?
A: I'd go back and assure myself that I was doing the right thing.
When you're pursuing something and you're tense and worried -- you hope
it's going to play out right. Fortunately it did for me, so I'd go back
and say just relax. Ride the wave and enjoy it. Don't stress out so much.
Q: How do you prepare yourself physically for racing?
A: Physically I do a lot of running and mountain biking and some
light weights. I do more cardio than anything.
Q: Any specific diet?
A: No, it's too tough to keep up on it. I just try to eat well
and take care of myself.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
A: I spend a lot of time skiing and snowboarding. I picked that
up quick. I didn't realize that I'd be good at different things involving
speed. It was so natural.