Congratulations to State Farm, Fields BMW and the Volusia County FL, community for pulling off on awesome Rock My Ride event. The students at Warner Christian Academy pulled together and won the grand prize for the most pledges to never text and drive! Remember, accidents are the number killer of teenagers, but together we can change the future.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to start working with the Humanity Project and State Farm on the “I Care: Just let me drive!” program! Check out this article I wrote in the “I Care Just Help Them Drive” pamphlet to help making driving easier for the parent and the new driver!
Jarret had a week full of high speed racing at Daytona. Top speed was over
150 miles per hour! Recording the legendary track with the 360Fly Action Camera we came away with some incredible footage! “At the beginning of the season my focus was just to qualify to compete at the Runoffs. Racing with the best Formula Mazda drivers in the country was amazing and finishing with a top 5 isn’t bad! We will get them next time! “-Jarret
Jarret had a disappointing but fun weekend at Sonoma CA. Unfortunately he had a gearbox failure on Saturday. Sunday contact with another car broke his front wing but still ran third fastest time and got a top 5. “The highlight of my weekend was being able to get to experience the brand new 360Fly HD action camera!” – Jarret. To check out a sneak peek of the footage be sure and watch here!
Jarret continued his campaign against distracted driving with Keller Texas, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 32. “I had a great time! I think they really enjoyed the presentation, and they had a lot of questions about the car. I know many of the scouts are not driving yet, but I thought it was important to get them thinking about it now. There are so many things competing for your attention both inside and outside of the car while driving.”
Jarret partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation this week making appearances at press conferences in the Texas cities of Austin and San Angelo. According to 2013 data, there are 8.6 deaths daily on U. S. roadways attributed to distracted driving. More recent data indicates that this number is climbing. Texting while driving is prohibited in many areas across the United States. “Laws are great but until we raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, we will never get the desired effect”-Jarret. Remember #X -let your friends know and pause the conversation before you drive.
Two third place finishes for Jarret Voorhies at Kansas Speedway! “This track was all about speed” said Jarret. “I have always heard a lot about aero drafting but I’ve never really experienced it until now. The car takes on some different characteristics depending on where you are in relation to the car ahead. As the second car you get such a pull you think you can out run the car in front, but as soon as you pull out and take on all that wind on your own, you slow down considerably.” The series takes a few weeks off as competitors prepare for the final stretch of the season. “Sonoma is up next, so I will definitely be spending some time in the simulator preparing. Thanks go out to my partners, AT&T, Mitchell Petroleum Land Services and Texas Autosports.”
Jarret had a good weekend at the 60th Annual June Sprints, held at Road America in Elkhart Lake,Wisconsin. A heavy rain shower shortly before the race left some racers on different tire strategies. “Well in hind sight, slicks were definitely the way to go” said Jarret. “It was simply too dry to race on rains but that was the decision I and most of the field made” Fans really turned out to watch all of the racing action. Jarret spent a lot of time signing autographs and talking to fans. He also had the pleasure of visiting with David Hobbs, Formula 1 correspondent with NBC Sports.
Billed as the last race at Texas World Speedway in College Station, the entry list didn’t disappoint. Jarret finished 12th on Saturday as an engine over-heat forced him pit with two laps to go. Sunday brought a mix of sun and rain. The decision to run on slick tires was last minute as the track had dried too much for rains. The car came in late during the race where Jarret finished 7th. “We just caught the cautions and the pace car at the wrong time. I know we had at least a fifth place car, just a little bad luck, but it happens. I’m really looking forward to the next portion of the schedule with Road America and Kansas coming up.”- Jarret