By: Joee Wong
I love my job.
I travel the world photographing people in love. However, photography was not my first love. My true first love was – cars. I had no interest in being a police officer, astronaut or doctor. I just wanted to race cars.
I have loved cars since I was a little kid. I had a subscription of Car and Driver magazine, years before I even got my license. So when Lisa called and asked if I would drive an actual race car for this blog – I jumped at the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine.
I spent this past Tuesday with journalists and other media in an invite-only event hosted by Honda Canada. ‘Tame the Track’ took place at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and gave spectators like myself the chance to push Honda-powered cars to the limit in a controlled environment.
I arrived about an hour before my registration to get a feel for what lay before me. There was electricity in the air. I could hear the cars before I arrived to check-in. The first wave of journalists were just completing their runs so I had a chance to meet some of the crew and representatives from Honda Canada.
First things first…sign my life away. I didn’t really know what I was signing, but it was a liability waiver. Then I was greeted by Honda staff with a swag bag of goodies including two amazing tickets in pit row for this weekends Honda Indy!!!
We were introduced to a very welcoming team of experts from Honda Canada along with two of Canada’s top drivers:
James Hinchcliffe – #27 United Fiber & Data, Andretti Motorsport, Verizon IndyCar driver
Daniel Morad – 2010 Rotax World Karting Champion and former Indy Lights driver
Our day ended with a friendly timed “Beat the Pro” competition in a brand new Honda Civic Si. One guest commented that I totally looked the part of a race car driver. However, my lap times would prove otherwise. It was a humbling experience – haha.
My favourite ride obviously was the Formula F car. INCREDIBLE! It was nothing like anything I have driven. My personal vehicle is no slouch in the speed department, but after I was done racing on the track, I felt like I was driving a jalopy.
Thank you to all the people that made this happen especially Honda Canada and their entire racing and development team. The coaching was excellent and the experience….priceless. See the video here:
If you haven’t checked it out, visit http://www.hondaindytoronto.com for more information on schedules and tickets for the Honda Indy happening THIS weekend. It’s a family-friendly event, here’s lots to do and see and I’ll be there with my son enjoying the festivities and racing. Don’t forget your earplugs!
Joee Wong is an International photographer based in Toronto. You can see more of his work at: http://joeewong.com