Driving from the Paddock

9/23/2011 – By David Martinez

Good day fellow readers. It’s been a couple of months now, where there has been little activity inside a cockpit for me. From driving Champ Car, A1GP or ALMS, to being outside the car (Coaching, Engineering and directing a team). It has been a temporary big change due to the lack of sponsorship to continue my career, and it hasn´t been easy.

[media-credit name=”csmteam” align=”alignright” width=”240″][/media-credit]Used to being the center of attention, while driving amongst huge crowds chanting my name, or being popular amongst friends and family who knew me as “the race car driver”, to working in an office as a project manager like an average person. It has been like living 2 different lives and I am grateful for everything I´ve learned.

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Though I might sound old, I´m a 29 year old Mexican driver that has raced all around the world and climbed all the steps in the Road to Indy. I have learned many new things outside of racing. I have also learned many things about racing, without even being in the car. There is one thing I have learned for sure though: my racing career is far from over, It is actually just beginning.

When you´re the star driver in a team, this is what you actually think on a good day. “ Damn, I must be really good to be going this fast,” and in a bad day “wow, this car must really suck”. Being outside the car, makes you realize everything that revolves around a driver´s performance. It makes you think how much mechanics, engineers, friends, family , fans, etc are part of this moment. After all this inactivity, this is what I have come to realize. It´s not just me driving that car. It´s my team, my family, my friends, my country. We are all racing together for a purpose, we are creating synergy where 1+1 = 3.

I will from now on, keep you a part of my story on our way back to the IZOD Indy Car Series in 2012 with the Racing for Mexico program.

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