By Jim den Hollander
One day prior to ‘going live’ with the Racingonline website, there is a feeling of excitement and apprehension at the same time.
I have learned so much about Wisconsin Racing since moving to this state from Canada in 2000 but I feel like the past couple of months, preparing for this day I have learned 10-times as much.
The apprehension comes from the fact that there is so much more to learn and the racing scene is so much bigger and deeper than I could have imagined.
I have rediscovered a passion I had for racing when I worked at a racing magazine in Toronto in 1998-99, having been introduced to the sport by a friend who raced all over Canada.
While my first love was open wheel road racing, I have discovered so many other types of racing – from the top national and international levels to the local tracks and racing clubs.
My goal is to find space for all of them. I come from a newspaper/magazine background and the best thing about running a website is that there is no space limit, but that can be a bit of a double-edged sword as the scope of what I am attempting to do it so immense it overwhelms even my ambitions.
The think I really like about racing is that those involved generally do a great job of promoting themselves. I am counting on getting access to track and driver reports and photos to help get this thing off the ground. But at the same time, I want to know who’s who in the world of Wisconsin racing and I mean at every level.
One of my primary projects in recent weeks has been putting together a couple of calendars, so I can get on top of everything and put my own plans in place. Calendars, points pages and winners pages is one of my primary, most ambitious projects and that is where the picture just gets bigger every day.
For example – yesterday, I scoured the internet to find out what I could about karting in Wisconsin and then later, motocross tracks. Both are so much bigger in this state than I ever thought. Like their car racing bigger brother, the karters have a good mix of asphalt and dirt in Wisconsin while it seems like the motocross options are endless as well.
As far as coverage, I have been spoiled so far with a steady diet of racers like Paul Menard, Natalie Decker, Johnny Sauter and Hunter Sayles. It’s the off season but these racers keep Wisconsin in the racing picture. The Pabst Racing team will be pulling out their F2000’s out next week and while they will not have Wisconsin drivers behind the wheel, these cars are all-Wisconsin made.
As far as actual racing in this state…well, that is right around the corner.