Laguna Seca: SAMAX Motorsport preview

Dave Lacey and Greg Wilkins will swap the high-intensity corporate world for the high revs of motorsport this week, traveling 2700 miles from their Toronto offices to compete in a Rolex Sports Car Series race in Monterey, Calif., on May 7. They...

Dave Lacey and Greg Wilkins will swap the high-intensity corporate world for the high revs of motorsport this week, traveling 2700 miles from their Toronto offices to compete in a Rolex Sports Car Series race in Monterey, Calif., on May 7. They will share the thrill of racing on the sweeping 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course, co-driving the No. 71 SAMAX/ Doncaster Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

SAMAX Motorsport will also field the No. 17 SAMAX Porsche, with drivers to be announced later this week.

challenging contrast

Greg Wilkins, a former class winner in les 24 Heures du Mans, is the chief executive officer of Barrick Gold Corporation, the biggest gold-mining company in the world. He lives with the daily stress of managing a business that operates in 10 countries on four continents, but he believes racing is tougher. Racing is also, ironically, his chosen form of relaxation.

"They're very similar -- operating under deadlines, it's competitive, you need to perform, you need to deliver results. A racing team operates under more intense pressure because time frames are short and decisions have to be made in split seconds," he said.

"But the nature of the stresses and challenges is totally different from what I deal with every day, and that change is really important. Relaxation takes many forms. I like activity and I like to be doing things. For me, to sit on the couch and read a book is not relaxing. I start to get fidgety, I want to get off and do something else. My form of relaxation is in being busy doing something else that consumes my focus."

family time

Dave Lacey is a second-generation racer and president of KidsFutures, a consumer-rewards program that enables Canadian families to save money for their children's post-secondary education. He is fortunate to race with his father, Doncaster Racing principal John Lacey, who has managed race teams from Mini Coopers to Formula One.

"It's great to have family involved. It really is a family affair and a lifestyle. If you're going to spend every other weekend away for four days, you want to do it with a team you like and people you like. It would be tough to be away from the family for the 60 days we have scheduled this year," Dave Lacey acknowledged.

"Some people go to cottages, some people go boating and we go to the race track. Everybody has a role and everybody is contributing. I think the more you're involved, the more rewarding it is when you do well."

-samaxmotorsport.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins