NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jason Bowles is driving for Randy MacDonald’s MacDonald Motorsports in 2012. Here are 20 questions – and answers – with Bowles.
1. What got you into racing Jason?
“My dad got me a go-kart when I was 10 as a way for me and him to spend time together and just like it does for all of us, it becomes a disease.”
2. What was your favorite car that you raced and why?
“Favorite car is definitely a go-kart. Just tons of fun and close racing.”
3. What’s your favorite place to eat at while you’re on the road?
“It depends on the state. I try to eat places that I can’t eat at home in NC. Always good to experience new things.”
4. What’s your favorite track that you have raced at?
“Road America and Infineon for sure.”
5. What track are you looking forward to racing at this season?
“Road America, Watkins Glen and Montreal. I just love the road courses.”
6. What driver has been giving you the most help this season?
“Matt Crafton probably helps me the most as he’s a good friend but Justin Allgaier and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have been really helpful too.”
7. How do you manage keeping your day job at Oakley while racing in the Nationwide Series?
“Lots and lots of hours plus I have someone that works for me to help balance it out.”
8. Who are some of the people that have been the most instrumental in your racing career?
“My dad for sure has always helped and supported me. Kinnon Marshall has been a huge supporter and actually is probably the biggest reason I got a break when I moved back here. He really pushed hard for me and stuck his neck out and I cannot thank him enough.”
9. What has it been like driving for Randy MacDonald at MacDonald Motorsports this season?
“It’s been good so far. Randy is a great guy and I really get along with all the guys. I think things will just continue to get better throughout the year!”
10. What are your goals for this season?
“I think by the end of the year we should be finishing in the top-10 on a regular basis and a top-10 in points would be a pretty big accomplishment.”
11. What is your favorite band and type of music?
“I listen to country all the time. No real favorite I can listen to just about anyone.”
12. What kind of things do you do for fun when you’re not racing?
“I love to ride my mountain bike and I spend about 3-4 days a week in the gym. My friends and I do a lot of wake boarding and surfing in the summer as well.”
13. What type of training have you been doing to prepare for the races this season?
“I train with a trainer three days a week and I do a lot of training in the sauna. I always wear a sweatshirt and beanie to try and simulate heat.”
14. What did winning the 2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown do for your racing career?
“It made a lot of people take notice for sure and also made me realize how many people watch that race. It was a great career boost since I didn’t race a lot in 2010 with no ride after I won the 2009 West Championship.”
15. Do you have any other notable wins that really mean a lot to you looking back?
“Probably the first race I won at Sonoma in the West Series and the first West race I won at Irwindale, being my home track. Up until that first win I really struggled and Irwindale but that day I learned what my car needed to be there at the end.”
16. Tell us a little about your sponsor for the 2012 season, American Majority.
“Well I can’t thank American Majority enough for their support. This year is an election year and we are trying to get as many people as possible to get out and vote! Everyone knows we’re not where we should be from a government stand point and this is their chance to make a difference. Everyone should check out Pledgetovote.com to get registered and have your chance at winning free NASCAR tickets each day.”
17. With your day job, do you still get some time to stop by the shop throughout the week and see the guys on the crew?
“Yes if I am in town there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see the guys. I think the relationship we build just helps the whole program especially when things are down and that relationship keeps us together and working hard for the ultimate goal.”
18. Did you have any racing role models when you were growing up?
“Probably Paul Tracy was my biggest hero growing up. I was originally going open wheel racing and he came from the same background I did but it’s changed throughout the years. Now I really look up to JJ (Jimmie Johnson). Anyone that has met him and spent time talking to him understands that there is no way you can’t respect a guy like that.”
19. Are there any other types of race cars that you would like the chance to race?
“I love sports car racing and I would like to do some of that in the future. A V8 super car would be pretty awesome for sure.”
20. What aspect of your life has changed the most from becoming a full-time NASCAR driver?
“Things are just busier all around. I’m used to traveling because I was going to about 30 races a year on my own. Now I have just shifted my focus back to driving and it’s my priority. I just really have to manage my time efficiently.”
Thanks so much for the time Jason and good luck with the rest of your season.
“No problem and thanks. Can’t wait to get to Texas next weekend and get back in my American Majority No. 81 Toyota. I’m having withdrawals.”
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About American Majority Racing: American Majority Racing is a national program of American Majority, the nation’s leading conservative grassroots training organization. The program is designed to target millions of NASCAR fans from all political backgrounds in an unprecedented effort to engage them in the electoral process. Having teamed up with NASCAR driver Jason Bowles and car #81 MacDonald Motorsports for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series racing season, the American Majority Racing program is designed to educate Americans about how smaller government and less spending will “Keep America Free.” Through www.PledgetoVote.com, American Majority Racing encourages all Americans to register and vote in the 2012 elections.
About American Majority: American Majority is the leading developer of the nation’s new 21st century conservative grassroots political infrastructure. The organization uses its cutting edge curriculum to empower individuals and organizations with the most effective tools to promote liberty through limited government. American Majority trains thousands of activists and candidates each year in communities across the country to be catalysts for authentic change in government. The non-profit, non-partisan organization is dedicated to developing a new generation of American elected and opinion leadership that will reject the self-destructive policies associated with government expansion and promote those that will lead to growth and success.
About MacDonald Motorsports: MacDonald Motorsports Owner Randy MacDonald has been around the NASCAR circles since 1985, when he began his own racing career with the loving support of his father “Doc” and his mother Pat MacDonald. As a NASCAR driver, Randy was successful in making it all the way to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The MacDonald family became NASCAR team owners in 1986 and have fielded cars in all three of NASCAR’s elite series following faith based principles. MacDonald Motorsports focuses on assisting our sponsors with strategically increasing the overall awareness of corporate messaging or brand recognition by consistently articulating the message to be delivered through motorsports. MacDonald Motorsports offers drivers opportunities to gain experience from grass roots all the way through the elite series of NASCAR.
-MacDonald Motorsports Press Release