In light of the many tragedies involving loss of life and serious injury (including the recent fatal accident at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala) which have occurred at racetracks around the country, Jake Perkins a Junior at Belleview High School In Belleview, Florida and a Super Late Model race car driver, and his team, have taken the initiative to start a not for profit corporation which will help educate drivers and promote safety at race tracks around the country. It is Perkins’ hope that through the efforts of this corporation, many of these tragic occurrences will be eliminated. The effort will involve videos, written materials and other media to present the subject matter. Perkins, who has been racing since he was eight, and driving Super Late Models since he was 14, says that proper head and neck restraints and proper seat restraints should be required of all drivers and cars. It is the intent to inform drivers of proper safety measures, and getting race tracks around the country to subscribe to minimum safety standards for cars and drivers, especially those who are just starting in racing.
The team overcame a lot of adversity this week, worked hard on a car that wasn't even close to ready and we came home with a very solid 7th place finish after starting 13th. A mid race trip to the pits and a quick correction made the car a lot more competitive and Jake was able to move up quickly. Thanks to all the guys on the team. We take a week off then we head to Pensacola for round 1 of the Blizzard Series. Thanks again for all of your continued support.
Last Saturday at New Smyrna showed us the tough side of racing and the great side of short track togetherness. On the first lap of practice, we broke a right front spring which put us into the wall. That was the tough side. Having a car with severe damage, we questioned if we could get it back together by race time. What our guys did, coupled with the help of two other teams, got us back on the track in time for the race. Although we started dead last, 100 laps later, we were 16th. One huge thanks to everyone who helped get us back on the track for this race. It was an awesome effort, thank you all very much.