“It’s like an addiction; my family and friends are so supportive. The thrill and excitement and never knowing what is going on.”
Teri-Lynne Dixon is one of many females who have entered the short track racing scene as she has been around racing since a young age, watching her dad.
“He raced for eight years and then I took over his car,” Dixon says. “When he tried to sell it, I negotiated with him so he sold it to me. My crew keeps me going though, which includes my dad, my brothers and my very best friend.”
Last season marked her second season behind the wheel, in which she says she saw improvement in herself as a driver, her crew as a team and of course the new ownership group at Barrie Speedway.
With that said, there will be more cars going into this year, but the 20-year-old says she focused on her goals.
In her young career already, she has had plenty of memorable moments, including her first blown engine.
“I was running eighth, car was rocking and I passed quite a few cars,” she tells the story. “Then boom engine done for. Thank goodness for the 67 Smith team, who let me borrow the spare engine to finish my season in eighth place overall, and the perseverance award.”
Helping her out behind the scenes to get her to the track each week is her crew and sponsors.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me out from 2010 right up to this very second,” she says. “Dan Dixon, Daniel Dixon, Wes Babcock, Adam Barlett, Jeff Rawnsley, Alena Xeni-Lancha, Carrie Hanna and Curtis Dixon. Also, I’d like to thank my sponsors SPM Racing Engines, Perry Sound Home Hardware, Weichel’s Auto Repair, Al Boucher Real Estate Ltd., Sidon’s Auto Recyling and Bel-Air Repair. I’m sorry if I forgot anyone.”
Racing against Barrie’s top Thunder Car competitors, it’s hard to choose a favourite competitor, Dixon admits.
“I think it would have to be Rick Walt,” she says. “He races hard and clean and is helpful in the pits.”
Each week bring new lessons, though there is one that stands out…
“I’m sure my dad would like me to say ‘don’t let anyone touch the car ever again’, but I think people need to know that it’s never easy,” she says. “There’s going to be good and bad seasons; you just kind of have to take the good with the bad and push through. My first season, I never broke anything in my car. Second season was two rear axles, three transmissions and my engine never gave up.”
One person who has taught her a lot is her dad, whom she calls her racing hero.
“He started all of this for me,” she says. “I also look up to Dale Earnhardt Sr. Sure I was 10 years old when his career ended, but it still was a sad day.”
Outside of racing, she is interested in hockey and video games.
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