My Brilliant Racing Career Essay

(Part 2)


At UTI the learning environment looks like a collage campus from the outside, but on the inside it is one big garage full of all types of cars. The teachers are all certified automotive technicians and master mechanics; they will teach me everything I will need to know. Most of the students are like I am; we all share a burning passion and love for cars, and we all strive to gain more knowledge about them. I feel like I will be able to fit right in because we all have that one big thing in common. That is why we are all at that school anyway. After one year of being there, I have the option to go into a racing program of my choice such as; Ford, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota, the list goes on and on, but all of those classes are 15 weeks long. When that class is over it would have taught me all the things I will need to know about racing cars and working on them.

Hopefully, I get picked up by one of the big racing companies, but if I don’t I will have to work my way up to them. If I don’t get picked up by one of the companies, I will then try to become a part of Pat Williams Racing, the company my grandpa raced for, and just work hard, hoping a company sees me and then picks me up. I will have to start at the bottom of the team, just helping out with, cleaning and preparation of the car. After a while I would be promoted to either a supervisor, or even secondary technician. But my dream after being a part of a team for years would be being head driver; the one man every guy looks up to and learns from, that is my dream. One day I will reach it, and I’m sure I will have that same big smile I had on when my grandpa took me for that first ride. Every day, waking up and wanting to go to my “job”. At that point it’s not a job it’s my career and I would love doing it. I can’t wait to even thing that this job is in my future, I wake every morning just thinking that this going to be my job. I feel like a kid again, being excited and all. After all “If you do something you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.”(Unknown)

Now I had the opportunity to talk with my Grandfathers race technician/Crew Chief, Pat Williams, he gave me some more insight on my career path I have chosen. He is the Chief operator of car 234, driven by my grandpa (Barry Bays). What is his title? Mr. Williams has been chief operator for Pat Williams Racing Crew #234. How long have you been in your position? “I have been in this position for 6 years”, but he worked his way up to the top, he started being preparation worker, “but after blood sweat and tears I made to where I am now, I love my job.” How long have you been with your company? “I have been working with PWR for 13 years, and now I own the company (Hence the name Pat Williams Racing).” Are there different shifts available for this type of work? “Actually no, because it basically nonstop, I work about 70 hours a week, but I would never give it up for anything”. How did you become interested in Racing? “Probably the same way you did, my father was really into cars and henceforth I got into them.” What kind of education do you need to get into this type of field? “I started in a technician school just like UTI, like yourself, but after my father got me into the racing field. After all it who you know not what you know.” It took me about 3 ? years to get into the actual racing field.” What are some things you like about your position? “I like every bit of it, just the whole feeling of being in control and actually being listened to is actually better than I thought it would be”. What are some things you don’t like about your position? “the responsibility, there is so much of it, watching out for everybody, talking to Barry, making sure everything is ready and set for the next pit stop, because if I mess up I could hurt or even kill somebody and we don’t want that happening”. Mr. Williams’s last thing he told me was “I love seeing kids like yourself, being extremely interested in the sport, it brings a tear to my eye, that some stranger I’ve never even met or seen before has such a burning passion for the sport. Honestly, it would be my honor for yourself to be a part of this team when you finish your schooling. After all in the end you’ll be working for your grandpa, it comes down to what he says, what he says my team and myself have to listen to him”.
Now that I’ve told you what I want to do, I now have to go try to be what I want to be. All these years at this school has prepared me for what is ahead. I’m going to miss this place, but I’m sure I will come back sooner or later. To check in and say “hello” to all my old teachers. I’m going to miss the times and memories I had here at Indian Rocks. This place will always have a place in my heart, a place in which I can call home. But I think the thing I’m going to miss the most is all the friends I’ve made here. I couldn’t have done this without them. So I thank you, the teachers and friends, I will always remember you. But now I must go, I have a goal I must reach, to be like my grandpa, he is my role model, the man I look up to, and the man I strive to be like. Good bye Indian Rocks, I will miss you. Peace.



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