2022 Wrap up: Part 1?


This is becoming a theme for me and one I am not particularly happy about. The last two years have been full of change coupled with excessive work. I left a job and business that I worked for nearly 20 years, looking to move into a career around my passion. And before I could execute any such plan, an opportunity presented itself that was too large to ignore.

Spec E30 doing what Spec E30's do.
My 2023 is looking rough if I don’t change things now. (Image courtesy of NASA Southeast)

This opportunity is a lateral move into an emerging industry, with myself being a partner in a new startup. My workload has been insane, and I’m surprised I had a 2022 race season. And after the 944 Spec started having issues, I figured I was done for the season until the 5000-dollar Spec Miata showed up. I’ve driven the crap out of it to a few podium results, but at the end of the day, it’s a compromised car that needs significant work.

Where am I going with this?

Keeping this short and sweet, my work/life balance sucks, and I simply cannot ignore my passion for creating and racing anymore. Racing takes way too much effort to run another lackluster season, and that’s what I am facing if I don’t make drastic changes.

Racing has always been a creative pursuit, and I want/need to see the edge of my abilities.

I started Driftopia as a kid that knew nothing about cars. I taught myself every skill I needed along the way and tried to share that knowledge to the best of my ability. I want to be frank here: I have compromised that vision at every step to societal, familial, and workplace pressure, and it’s time to prioritize this place and racing. In short, I’m throwing down the gauntlet.

I can always work harder, make a little more money or pursue another idea outside of my passion. But at the end of the day … why? I’ve found my playground, and it’s time to enjoy the process again.

By Chris Simmons

About the Author:

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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