We are back at Baer Field Motorsports Park this week for another run on the 1/2 mile track. Last week, we returned home disappointed and with a busted radiator after we became entangled in the aftermath of two others fighting for on-track position. The good news is that the car is ready to go for today’s race, and it’s fast.
Racing along with me today is 4-1/2 year-old Charlie Maree Schifsky. Charlie is the daughter of Toby and Jo Schifsky from Saint Paul, Minnesota. I first met Charlie and her family in 2012 at the HPE conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. During one evening of the conference, I invited the families to join me at Charlotte Motor Speedway to watch a Legends race, and six month-old Charlie Maree, her parents and siblings (Roman, Lily and Simone) came out for a night at the track. At the 2014 HPE conference in Dallas, I coordinated and supervised the tween and teen sibling activities so I spent a lot of time with Roman. I’m looking forward to hanging out with the Schifsky family again this summer at the 2016 HPE conference!
As a very active family, one of the favorite pastimes of the Schifsky family is cycling. A few months ago, Charlie Maree was awarded a bike from Freedom Concepts, Inc. These are special bikes specifically adapted to each rider’s unique needs. After taking a test ride during therapy and seeing Charlie laugh with joy, there was no doubt that Charlie needed a bike of her own. Here’s a video of Charlie during her test ride.
Okay, Charlie Maree, are you ready to ride? We have a fast race car today, and we are going to be aggressive. We want a win today, so let’s go out there and have some fun!