Right on track: a racecar driver from Ridgeland knows how to take it slow.
When Jim Pace, 46, was growing up in Monticello, all his parents had to do to convince him to complete a chore was pull out the stopwatch. He was constantly trying to beat his own record. These days, he is doing essentially the same thing--but instead of rushing to take out the trash in a small Mississippi town, he is rounding the curves of racetracks in a Porsche 997 in the Grand American For sports car racing association formed in 1999, see .
Grand American was a NASCAR sanctioned series of pony car stock cars. The series ran from 1968 until 1971. The series was sometimes called the Baby Grand series. Rolex GT Racing Series.
"I think I just always wanted to go fast," Pace says. "I have known this was what I wanted to do since I was four years old."
Though he identified his passion early, Pace didn't pursue it until he had finished a pre-med degree at Mississippi State and three years of medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) is the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Located in Jackson, Mississippi (USA), it houses the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Related Professions, and Graduate Studies in the Health . "After years and years of frustration and distraction, in 1987, I decided to follow my dream, and I've never looked back," Pace says. "I thought, 'I'll never be any younger or have fewer responsibilities.'"
Today, his life is a well-maintained schedule of racing, teaching, and promoting the sport--with pit stops to his Ridgeland home about fifty days out of the year. He travels frequently, averaging two or three professional commitments (in as many different locations) each week--which is why when he's not driving a racecar race·car
An automobile used for racing. , he is in the cockpit of the airplane he bought a few years ago. Flying makes a life of commuting easier. "I've been doing it so long I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. anything different. I love what I do," he says.
The Rolex Series receives less media coverage than NASCAR NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), organization that sanctions American stock-car races, est. 1948. It held its first race in Daytona Beach, Fla. , but the sports cars manage to rev up Verb 1. rev up - speed up; "let's rev up production"
increase - make bigger or more; "The boss finally increased her salary"; "The university increased the number of students it admitted"
2. a considerable fan base. "Everyday that I am at work, I am driving 160 miles an hour. So when I get on 1-55, I don't really feel a need to go 90 miles per hour instead of 70 miles per hour," Pace admits. "There's no point."
Pace attributes his success as a racer racer, name for several related swift, slender snakes, especially those of the genus Coluber. All of the racers are nonpoisonous, nonconstricting, day-active snakes. The black racer, C. to determination and a few lucky breaks. When he first started driving as a student at the Skip Barber Racing School The Skip Barber Racing School is headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut, United States.
It conducts racing schools, driving schools ("defensive" driving and/or high-performance schools), six separate amateur and professional racing championships and corporate entertainment , he was awarded Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year may refer to:
In addition to racing, Pace also teaches for the Skip Barber Racing School, which is headquartered in Connecticut. He alternates between facilities seasonally (there are others in California, Wisconsin, and Florida). He also enjoys the business side of generating clever opportunities for sponsors to endorse his team. In May, his team had a CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Challenge that allowed CEOs to ride as his passengers and experience the thrill of racing.
For someone who has lived in the fast lane, Pace also manages to slow down and enjoy life's gifts. He makes time to visit his brothers and sisters (he is one of seven) who live outside of Mississippi and takes great pleasure in meeting people who are passionate about life. One such person was his wife Solange. He met her in 1994 when he raced against her brother. Though she lived in Peru and spoke little English and he lived in Ridgeland and spoke little Spanish, the two fell for each other immediately. "I remember thinking, 'If the whole world is in God's hands, then Peru is right next door,'" Pace says fondly. They married after dating for a few years, but she was soon diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 2001, less than a year after their nuptials.
As a way of honoring her life and also as a chance to visit with her family, Pace began a touring program in Peru. A few times a year, whenever a substantial group of people commit to the journey, he provides five or six off-road vehicles off-road vehicle off n → véhicule m tout-terrain and a camera crew and leads travelers through the wilderness. "It's a special adventure," Pace says. "I always think back to my first car (a Wilson Jeep) when I used to ride the banks of the Pearl River Pearl River, uninc. village (1990 pop. 15,314), Rockland co., SE N.Y., near the N.J. line. It is a residential suburb of New York City, and a computer and telecommunications research and development center.
River, central Mississippi, U. ." They stay in nice lodges along the way, but rough it through the jungle during the day. "It's a great way to continue my relationships with the contacts I made through Solange," he says.
Between flights and turns around racetracks, Pace has managed to stay grounded. He attributes this to his upbringing in the South, particularly Mississippi. He says that when he meets Mississippians along his journeys, they share a common bond. And while he is thrilled when he receives the occasional fan letter, sometimes his biggest joys stem from simple interactions with his parents, brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews. "I've been to Show and Tell several times," he says. "And I love it."