Kyle Wyman - Blog Entry - Road America Redemption
NEWS June 27, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 27, 2014) - We just finished up round two of the AMA Pro Racing series at Road America. It was a long 11-week break after the season opener at Daytona, and my anticipation for the event was at an all-time high.
Reason being? Well, after I crossed the stripe first at Daytona in the Harley-Davidson series, I faced a disqualification penalty due to my engine parts being out of compliance. It was a long, strung-out course of events that took a toll on myself and the team. Road America was about redeeming ourselves and trying to get a win.
We had a bar-banging battle from beginning to end on the Harleys. The class provides such great racing, with all of us being on similar equipment. I had so much fun scrapping with friends and fellow competitors like Danny Eslick and Tyler O’Hara, guys who I respect so much and allow our racing to be more fun than ever. At the end of the race my plans worked out perfectly, and I came away with the win. It was probably the most emotional win of my career. My crew told me that they’ve never seen me so happy to win. I guess that’s what redemption feels like, and man was it satisfying.
Things were just as satisfying off the track as well. In 2012 I became a spokesperson for the Progeria Research Foundation. Progeria is a rapid-aging disease that affects kids who typically live to be only 13 years old. My friend, Megan, who has Progeria, is from Wisconsin and she came out to the races to support me. It was her 14th birthday that day when we won, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with her and her family. It’s the weekends like those - the ones that leave us smiling from ear to ear, enjoying the company of family and friends that make this whole racing gig worth it.
All of the money, sweat, tears and time we spend to make it to the race track each week are repaid with some of the greatest rewards known to man. Down the road, perhaps on a less-than-stellar race weekend, I’ll be able to look back at Road America 2014 as a reminder of why we’re all here, doing what we love.
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