August 31st, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
altus motorsports, cam petersen, cameron petersen, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, gsxr-1000, josh hayes, learn, melissa paris, motoamerica, motorcycle, motorcycle racing, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, mp13, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, racing, ride, riding, safety, stock 1000, suzuki, wrenching
In this episode I have a great chat with Melissa Paris. Melissa is a self-proclaimed street squid who snuck her way into racing and is currently the lead technician for the Altus Motorsports team which races a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 in the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 series with rider Cameron Petersen on-board. We start off talking about the team’s very successful weekend at PittRace, where rider Cam won both Stock 1000 races. We also talk about how Melissa got into motorcycles in college and made the progression from street rider, to track rider, to club racer, and then to mechanic, professional racer, and team owner. And we discuss relationships and motorcycles, including a little bit about her son Hawk and her husband Josh Hayes and how banging handlebars with your spouse on the track can be very therapeutic and great marriage counselling!
June 25th, 2020 | 56 mins 40 secs
america'a national park of speed, camping, campsite, chris geiss, cliff tufte, education, enjoy, enjoyment, fear, imsa, indycar, john ewert, learn, motoamerica, motofest, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, race circuit, race track, racing, racing track, ride, riding, road america, safety, sportscar racing
In this episode I have a great chat with John Ewert, the Communications Director for the Road America road racing complex which is very close to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This coming weekend Road America is hosting Round #2 of the MotoAmerica motorcycle road racing series as well as the Vintage MotoFest. We talk about the history of the race track and facility and who designed it, the automobile and motorcycle racing that has been held there over the years since the track was built in the 1950’s, the other types of events held throughout the year, and the amenities that are available for spectators and visitors.
June 14th, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
amateur racing, chris geiss, education, enjoy, enjoyment, eric swahn, eric swahn racing, esr, fear, learn, motorcycle, motorcycle riding, motorcycling, motoseries, new rider, old man slacker, overcome, overcome fear, overcoming, overcoming fear, podcast, racing, ride, riding, safety, shopesr.com, wera
This episode was a little different than usual. It was recorded as a live video shown using Facebook Live. In this episode I talk with Eric Swahn from Eric Swahn Racing. Eric is an amateur racer who has done a lot of racing at the club level and really loves it. He also has quite an entrepreneurial streak and started selling merchandise online through eBay as a kid. Since motorcycle racing is a very expensive sport, unless you have lots of sponsors backing you, Eric decided to put his racing on hold for a little while as he focuses on building his online motorcycle gear and parts store. Right now, he operate his online store part time in addition to his regular day job, but his goal is to build his store up to the point where it not only supports him, but also provides the extra cash he needs to continue with his passion for motorcycle racing. Check out Eric’s story in this episode and check out his online store at shopesr.com.