Nineteen Years, A Survivor

19 years ago today, I was diagnosed with Leukemia. I endured 2.5 years of chemotherapy and never stopped fighting. I knew it wasn’t my time. I knew I had more to do in life, more to experience… and I decided I would never forget that once it was all over. I promised myself to always stand up for what I held true, be openly passionate about everything & everyone I love, and always do what I love no matter what obstacles I encountered or who might try to make me second-guess myself. I know the value of how precious life is … Continue reading Nineteen Years, A Survivor

Ready for holiday travel!

This is the first time I can remember having legitimate travel plans around Christmas time. I’ve always been lucky to have the majority of my family here in Ohio and have celebrated the holidays in and around Cleveland my entire life. Christmas Eve is normally spent at my Nana’s house. Those Christmas Eve’s in her beautiful home, with the perfect tree full of meaningful ornaments and sparkling white lights, lit the living room in a comforting hue and made me feel like I was in a Norman Rockwell painting. Those evenings are some of my most vivid and cherished childhood … Continue reading Ready for holiday travel!

LFT Track Tech: Verizon Moto Z2 Play

Welcome to the new Track Tech! As you may know, I’ve been partnered with Verizon as a “tech blogger” since May of 2014. In that time I’ve normally posted a review of my devices after my demo is complete. More recently, I’ve talked about them on social media and done live updates during my demo. I thought I would combine the best of both worlds by trying a live notebook during each demo, so I can share all the cool discoveries I make about these devices on the daily! This live notebook will be easily accessible at the top of … Continue reading LFT Track Tech: Verizon Moto Z2 Play

Four-time IndyCar Series Champion Dixon is Subject of Feature-Length Documentary

It’s no secret that I love Indy car racing. I’m also pretty open about my other passions – live music and film. These are all lifelong passions that started at a very young age. And what I’ve found pretty amazing, are the moments when these vastly different interests intersect and create something even more memorable. My first experience with Indy car was attending the 1986 Indianapolis 500 on the Saturday after Memorial Day, due to weather conditions. Bobby Rahal won, and prior to the event I stood on the hallowed ground that fed into Turn 1, with my brother by … Continue reading Four-time IndyCar Series Champion Dixon is Subject of Feature-Length Documentary

I Made It, Castroneves Led Carb Day, and IMS is Ready to Make More History

I’m extremely thankful that I made it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month. I honestly didn’t think it would be possible. Mind over matter and a truly determined spirit, combined with hard work can accomplish more than one might imagine. I think Helio Castroneves would agree with that sentiment, and let me tell you why. It’s no secret that Team Penske has been struggling over the past 10 days leading up to this Indianapolis 500 weekend, but then Carb Day happened. The last track time that is bestowed upon the field of 33, before taking the green for the … Continue reading I Made It, Castroneves Led Carb Day, and IMS is Ready to Make More History

My Unfortunate Kickoff to the Month of May – An Open Letter to my Readers

This is certainly not how I saw my Month of May unfolding. Bags are half-packed, car is empty, and this designer gown I’m currently wearing is a style from Diane Von Furstenberg, but it’s a clinical gown for patients of Cleveland Clinic hospitals… a far cry from the ones I get to wear to formal IndyCar events.  Since October, I’ve been dealing with some pretty serious health issues. Unless you are family or a close friend of mine, you likely have no clue what I’ve been going through the past 7 months. I am not a big proponent of sharing … Continue reading My Unfortunate Kickoff to the Month of May – An Open Letter to my Readers

That Time I Asked Helio Castroneves About Cleveland

When I meet people at a track for the first time, they usually already know I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. That is, if they follow me on any form of social media. I’m far from shy when it comes to proclaiming my adoration of the city I call home. I sing it proudly from the rooftops. And I’ve always been that way, well before the Larry O’Brien trophy took up residence. The other thing that I love loudly and unashamedly, is IndyCar. Once upon a time, the two loves of my life came together on a single summer weekend and all … Continue reading That Time I Asked Helio Castroneves About Cleveland

12 Years Later, Wheldon Legacy Continues in St. Pete

In 2005, Dan Wheldon found victory here on the Streets of St. Petersburg, his adopted-home race. At that time, the now Firestone-branded race was sponsored by Honda, the manufacturer of his engine in the No. 26 with Andretti-Green Racing. Wheldon won 6 races total that season, also standing on the top step of the podium at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, the Indianapolis 500 (his first of 2 career wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway), Pikes Peak International Raceway, and Chicagoland Speedway. He went on to win the IndyCar Series Championship that year. A short 6 years later, the … Continue reading 12 Years Later, Wheldon Legacy Continues in St. Pete

The On and Off Track Legacy of Bryan Clauson

This week, the race family is hurting. Regardless of religious beliefs or lack thereof, we pray and hope that Bryan Clauson is at peace. We continue to pray and hope that those Bryan left behind can find peace over time, taking comfort in the memories and feeling the loving embrace from the worldwide race community. A community that he had a profound effect on. I will not claim to know Bryan Clauson personally. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with him. But the stories and accounts shared by so many yesterday, make it … Continue reading The On and Off Track Legacy of Bryan Clauson