Week Wrap Up A Champion of Champions reaches out during IMIS "I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team. I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion" (Mia Hamm). Since winning the...
Week Wrap Up
A Champion of Champions reaches out during IMIS
"I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team. I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion" (Mia Hamm). Since winning the 2010 World of Outlaws title, Jason Meyers has been on a whirlwind journey of sorts between interviews with media, award nominations, and celebrations with all the supporters who helped him make it to where he is today. Elite Racing and Meyers have not forgotten those who have helped their dreams come true and not only did the team take some time this week to celebrate, Meyers also took some time out of his busy schedule to spend some time with the future of the sport, students in Motorsports programs.
At the end of the day, it is the people around Jason Meyers that have helped to make him a champion. This week Elite Racing held its third celebration for sponsors and supporters and in total there have been over 560 people attend the events. The Open House at the Brownsburg shop held on Wednesday evening December 1 was deemed a success as supporters from near and far packed the facility.
"It has been an amazing couple of weeks," Meyers stated. "To share the Championship with everyone who has helped me in racing over the years has been nothing short of remarkable. This has been really special to me. This is a lifetime achievement for me and something we look to do again, but in racing it is so hard to stay on top once you get there. To be honest, I did not win this championship, everyone involved who has helped out, has won this championship. To be able to share this with everyone during the celebrations and at the open house ha s b een the best part of winning this championship."
There is a lot of "wheeling and dealing" that goes on at any auto show, but this week Jason Meyers took time out of his busy schedule to speak about what it takes to be a champion with over 100 students representing more than 10 colleges throughout Indiana. In its fourth year, the INgear conference and the Indiana Motorsports Association brings together some of the leaders from the motorsports industry to inspire the dreams of students.
On Friday morning, Meyers was on a panel speaking to students about the importance of communication and teamwork in motorsports with USAC Champion Levi Jones and three-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon. Not only did Meyers share what it takes to be a champion, he shared a little bit about his background in racing and shared some advice to those looking to get into auto racing.
"Don't ever give up on your dreams," Meyers shared. "You may encounter some low points, but never give up. The number one item for me is finding a way to stand out. Find a way to separate yourself from the others. It is like getting any other job. You can send out a resume, but they all stack very neatly on a desk and they also fall nicely into the trash. Find a way to stand out. Find a way to be different. If you listen to a lot of people's success stories, you will find they did something to stand out. That is why they are where they are today. Do your research and make educated guesses, you don't want to come off the cuff all the time, but you do want to make people remember you. In the end you have to never give up on your dream, find a way to stand out, be dedicated to excelling in this industry, and don't be afraid to take chances."
This week Jason Meyers was nominated for yet another award after his accomplishments in the 2010 season. After 12 victories and claiming the 2010 World of Outlaws title, Meyers is one out of eleven champions to be nominated for the Economaki Champion of Champions Award. The award presented by National Speed Sport News will announce the winner in its year-end issue due December 15.
Each year the award given to the North American racing champion judged to have had the best season on and off the track. It is named after legendary motorsports journalist and publisher Chris Economaki who began editing National Speed Sport News in 1950. National Speed Sport News is often and accurately described as "The bible of Motorsports."
This year the NSSN staff selected 11 finalists for the award, which goes to the champion who not only has shown on-track success, but has been a true champion off the track as well. Other drivers up for this honor include: John Force, NHRA Funny Car Champion; Larry Dixon, NHRA Top Fuel Champion; Jimmy Johnson, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion; Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, Grand Am Series Champions; Tim Shaffer, All Star Circuit of Champions; Scott Bloomquist, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion; Dario Franchitti, IndyCar Series Champion; Levi Jones, USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series Champion; Bryan Clauson, USAC Midget Series Champion; and Chip Gnassi, team owner in IndyCar, NASCAR, and Grand Am.
"It is a huge honor to be nominated for the Economaki Champion of Champions Award," Meyers stated. "To see my name included on a list of notable champions like John Force and Jimmy Johnson is nothing short of remarkable. It is a privilege to be up for this award and I am glad that I do not have to make the decision, because there are so many great drivers who have been nominated."