Updated: Nov 9, 2019
Embracing change, opportunity, and new beginnings as a first-time business owner in the motorsports industry.
If you managed to stumble onto my brand new site and find my very first blog post, then I suppose I'm headed in the right direction! Thank you for making it this far. Stick with me on this journey, I promise it will not be boring.
"Passion is visible. People can see it emanating from you. They're drawn to the positivity, curious about why you believe in what you're doing." -Tom Popomaronis
Igniting the Fire
I'll try to keep the first entry brief. I do not have a racing background. Dad did not build race cars, I never drove a junior, and aside from attending the US Nationals in Indianapolis as a young child, I was not involved in racing at all. Fast forward to my twenties, I attended my first drag race at the age of 24 in Lyons, Indiana at Wagler Motorsports Park. That one tiny bracket race, in the middle of a cornfield, had me hooked. I had to be involved some way, some how.
Fall of 2018 gave me my first real taste of traveling to races. No Mercy 9 at South Georgia Motorsports Park and No Prep Kings Live at Galot Motorsports Park made their way onto my itinerary and that was all she wrote. I began to make plans, develop goals, and align myself with this industry. I reached out to my local dragstrip in Holt, FL, Emerald Coast Dragway, and started working at the track at the start of 2019 season.
In February of 2019 I met Damon Steinke, cofounder of E3xtreme Motorsports Media. In May, Damon put a camera in my hand at the NMRA St. Louis race and literally said "Go shoot." I never looked back. Since May I have had the opportunity to shoot amazing races; PDRA, Outlaw Armageddon, YellowBullet, No Prep Kings, ODSS, No Mercy, etc. I learn something new every time I pick up a camera, I am constantly improving and refining and I am incredibly happy.
Approaching the end of the 2019 racing season, I am still astonished by the experiences I've had this year. I've met countless new friends, travelled to several new states, and visited multiple new racetracks. Now I have decided to take on another new adventure; business ownership. I started CPaulshock Photography with the hopes of delving deeper into the motorsports industry. I love capturing the emotion behind the sport, the passion that is always our common denomi