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   my dad is still a big part of my racing just because of all that; he doesn’t need to be, but he is. When I was growing up, my grandparents would drive the motorhome out to some of the races and then we’d fly so my dad didn’t have to miss as much work or I didn’t have to miss as much school. There are so many things like that -- you know, the whole family atmosphere and the work that goes into it makes it a lot of fun. For me to be able to make it as a pro, I’ve
got to give a lot of thanks to my parents and grandparents, and my whole family for all the sacrifices they made to get me in the position I’m in. You do make a lot
of sacrifices grow- ing up -- being away from school and not having that “normal” life, but I don’t think I’d change a thing. I’ve got to travel the world with my fam- ily and have had
a lot of awesome experiences (stuff that you wouldn’t normally get to do going to school).
I’m definitely thank-
ful for it -- there’s been a lot of good memories growing up at the track with friends, being there with your family, and doing what you love to do. It’s awesome. Being a parent
now, I can see the sacrifices that you make for your kid. You want them to just go do their best. When your dad sees you ride during the week and you ride really good then you go to the race and you don’t do good
-- it might not be that he’s mad at you ‘cause you didn’t
do good, it might be that he’s mad at you ‘cause you didn’t ride as good as he knows you can ride. You’re all putting so much into it and you want what’s best for your kid. So, be-
ing a parent now I just kind of see that side of it looking at it from a parent’s point of view. I couldn’t imagine doing what they’ve done for me.
What advice would you give
to any aspiring amateur racers looking to make it

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