His strategy is that he loves to be in traffic, loves to watch where another driver displays weakness and then trying to find a way by him. I guess that is what millions of Americans are doing when they sit for hours watching cars being driven in one direction going around in circles. The real excitement is if an accident happens and then we wait to find out if it was a fatal accident or not; kind of crude and heartless. I guess I could get used to that when the pay day is a Million Dollars a race.
There is stored all his trophies, dune buggies, motorcycles and winning race cars; a type of museum. Now he even has his own video game that he designed which is set to go and play at the warehouse. He won at Minneapolis too. Not bad from a middle class kid from Southern California whose parents were also drivers. His Dad drove a truck and his Mom drove a school bus. As much as he shows off his successes it can easily be a fatal day and he knows it.
It apparently was a natural knack to be able to race cars. Finally, he moved east to Nascar country near the Charlotte Motor Speedway before he even had a car to drive or a sponsor. You can learn from him how to get the dream job you want. How to get into the company or hang with the industry insiders you need to know to get ahead in life. Resumes mean little or nothing. It is the contacts you have that mean everything to get ahead in this life unfortunately. What if you are shy but knowledgeable? Looser!
Jimmy started hanging out where the crews ate lunch. He met , got to know guys, passed out business cards, tried to go to shops and meet management, hunters, agents, team owners, anyone who knew anyone that he could be part of their conversation in the future. Yes, he admits he was trying to sell himself. He wasn’t sitting at home with a dream of being a racer he was out there being a racer.
Henrick Motor Schools, the team he drives for now is like a busy car shop only his is shinny clean, fully staffed and the envy of the other teams. Jimmy has nearly 100 engineers and mechanics behind him keeping his cars ready for a top performance. On average he goes through 12 to 15 cars a year and that is if he doesn’t crash any. And being the great guy he is, he works with charity too.