Unless you are entirely self-propelled like Usain Bolt, racing is a costly venture.
Unless you are entirely self-propelled like Usain Bolt, racing is a costly venture. There’s the equipment – light but stable materials that reduce drag are expensive. Then, there’s product development – the engineering that goes into shaving seconds off a racer’s timing – not to mention maintenance costs and, in the case of motor racing, the price of participating in an event.
So what is a father to do when his 10-year-old child becomes addicted to a sport that is also one of the most expensive in the world? For entrepreneur Logan Ravishankar, who sparked his son’s passion with the gift of a go-kart nine years ago, it’s less stepping on the brakes than pushing on the accelerator. After discovering that his son has talent, he and his family are ﬂying around the world to support the former’s podium ambitions. But at what cost? Ravishankar’s story is on Page 43.
Truly, what does it take to stay in the sport, and do dream jobs have an expiry date? On Page 40, we check in on Yuey Tan and Claire Jedrek, one of the world’s rare racing couples, on how they stay on top of the game, especially now with a one-year-old baby in tow.
Elsewhere in this issue, we speak to established racers for their take on the world’s most intriguing tracks for amateur drivers (Page 46). This is where speedmeisters who have not made podium ﬁnishes their life’s work can push their limits of skill and courage, to experience the rush of blood to parts that matter – and feel awake, alert and alive.
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