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Nov 15 2017

Adam Isman - Driver of the Year

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Adam Isman - Driver of the Year

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Great interview with SIMA Driver of the year, Adam Isman.

1. At what age and how did you get into karting? What was that experience like for you?
Long before I got into karting, I was a race fan, having attended the Molson Indy Vancouver every year from the age of 5. It took me 9 years to finally convince my parents to let me start racing, when they bought me a 4-stroke kart for my 14th birthday. The first few months, my dad and I spent a lot of cold winter days at F440 in Tsawwassen so I could practice and improve my driving. I loved it so much that I couldn’t get enough. I started racing in 2004 at CARTBC (now GMR) in Chilliwack and attended every club race for the first few years. I knew from early on that karting was something I would enjoy for a long time.
2. What do you enjoy most and what is most challenging about driving?
I love the precision of karting and the amount of focus it requires. You aren’t thinking about work, school or your evening plans. You have to be 100% in the moment while you’re driving. The biggest challenge for me in karting is setting up the kart. Every day is different and the changes you can make to a kart are limited only by your imagination. After all these years, I still have to really think about setup changes from session to session and the kart can always be better. 
3. Are you a goal setter? Does this help motivate you?
I set goals for each session, race day, and even season. The main goal for me is always to win, but I also set other goals such as to finish every session and make as few mistakes as possible. It’s important to be realistic and know that you can’t win all the time, so when I am competing, driving well, and achieve a great result, I try to look at those positives. I’m a very competitive person by nature so the thing that motivates me the most in karting is that I am racing against my friends every race, and it’s always more fun to beat them than lose to them. One of my favourite quotes is from Michael Valiante earlier in my career when he said “there’s always time on the table”. I try to make every session count and I always know that I could go a bit faster. 
4. What do you like best about being at the track?
One of my favourite parts about being at SIMA is the friendly atmosphere. With all of my friends there, it is a social event as well as a race. The other thing I really enjoy is watching the kidkart races and being a mentor and role model for some of the drivers like Forest and Grayson. I will be taking a step back from TaG for 2018 to free up some time at the track so I can help both of them step into the Jr 1 class and grow as drivers. 
5. Who do you admire most in the racing industry and why?
There are so many people I admire in the racing industry it would be hard to name them all. I admire Claudio for what he has been able to build, my friends who have worked so hard and found success pursuing professional racing as a career, those who have built big empires in racing (Penske, Andretti, etc) and I especially admire the kidkart drivers for their enthusiasm and reminding all of us that we race karts for fun and to not take it too seriously!
6. History of events and accomplishments.

I can safely say this has been my most successful karting season to date. Having won both the TaG Pro and Shifter Expert championships this year and winning the 2017 Driver of the Year award was a great way to finish the year off. I have done quite a bit of professional car racing in the past few years but didn’t do as much this year. Staying active in karting keeps me confident that I’ll always be ready if given an opportunity to jump into a race car at any time. I still love this sport and I’m already looking for ways to make 2018 an even bigger success!

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