Short-term sacrifice and long-term dividends

Hey everyone!

It’s been forever it seems since I’ve written a blog entry. Things on the racing front have moved to the back burner for a while and life has taken precedence. So much has happened since the last time I sat down to write anything, I’m not sure where to start.

I guess I’ll start with the announcement that I’ve been given the opportunity to become a Financial Advisor at the firm where I work. I’ve been spending the past five weeks studying for my Series 7 and Series 66 licenses that will allow me to buy and sell securities, as well as give investment advice. I will be leaving on February 7th and going to St. Louis for 8 months to take part in the company’s training program. I have the opportunity to relocate to just about anywhere I want upon my completion of the program, but I will most likely come back to the Indy area.

With all that being said, we’re still not 100% sure how the 2011 racing season will work out. I’d like to race as much as I can but work and traveling won’t allow for racing every single week. The upside of not running a full schedule is we have the luxury to pick and choose our races that we want to try and run. With such a great end to the season last year, I REALLY want to make sure we go to both races at O’Reilly Raceway Park (ORP, IRP, Lucas Oil Raceway – whatever the name of it is). I would also love to run Baer Field as much as we can in 2011. I really like Baer Field, and I think we are very close to getting a win there.

The car won’t look any different in 2011. I like to think I did a pretty good job keeping the nose clean this year, so we’re not focusing any resources on making the car look new again.

One area that we are focusing some of our resources will be the engine. It’s currently being worked on by Bill Schumaker at Schumaker Performance. Bill is making sure the engine is going to produce maximum power while also staying together so we don’t have any problems.

We’re still months away from the first race of 2011. With a possibility of limited appearances, we’re going to make each and every race count this year!

The new job promotion will provide for more frequent racing, new race cars and equipment, and less financial strain on everyone (including me) in the future. The trade off is that racing this season could be limited. I consider this a short-term sacrifice that will pay long-term dividends!

Okay, back to the books so I can pass these exams and move forward with my career!

Until next time,
Josh #09

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