LA RUE – He experienced a thriving profession in the electronics environment, maintaining and fixing semiconductor products. She breeds and trains miniature Australian shepherds. They are Kevin Jewer and Katie Lotsberg, and they now individual Marion County Raceway.
“As a kid, I loved animals and cars,” Katie claimed. “My father took me to the racetrack most weekends when I was very young, at the New England Dragway, and I consider that’s the place I developed a genuine love of cars and drag racing. I actually did want to run a raceway when I acquired to my 20s.”
“I constantly understood I’d be included in superior tech industry, I suppose,” Kevin famous. “But I in no way dreamed I’d own a racetrack, specifically due to the fact I did not get into racing till I was in my early 20s.”
“I imagine this is a thing you have to have passion for, or at the the very least a lifelong obsession with,” he included. “It’s not a get-wealthy-fast type of enterprise. It requires a whole lot of up-entrance expenditure, and a lot of hard perform, in advance of anything definitely comes about. I just delight in the challenge. I appreciate racing, but I seriously appreciate the science and screening included in monitor prep. It is a lot like my earlier job at Intel, or the way I handle my race automobile — as a rolling experiment. There’s usually more to learn. New things to try out.”
Kevin was born in Boston and grew up in western Mass. “As a kid,” he recalled, “I was usually creating and tinkering with things. My mates bought all of the great new toys, I received the chemistry set and electronics lab set, and I chosen it that way.”
He went to a “typical large school” for the initially couple many years, then transitioned to a vocational faculty to research electronics.
“I vividly don’t forget operating 80 hours a 7 days in the course of my senior 12 months,” he continued. “All of that income went straight into my car, of program. I was often fascinated in operating on mechanical things, and particularly nearly anything with wheels.”
He skipped school, he extra, “and ongoing performing superior tech careers in electronics and fiber optics right out of significant university — until finally I discovered myself at Intel in 2002. I genuinely savored my do the job at Intel. 13 years operating on the similar gear and I by no means stopped finding out and by no means got bored with it.”
Katie was born in Minnesota and grew up in Australia and New England. She graduated from significant school in Australia.
“Early 2018,” she recalled, “late one particular night, my brother Martin despatched me a connection to Marion Place Raceway remaining for sale, almost as a joke. Like, wouldn’t this be neat? Perfectly, it bought me contemplating that owning a racetrack was a probability, and I definitely required to pursue it.”
She contacted the entrepreneurs “and just after some conversation with them,” Kevin remembered, “it appeared like we hammered out a rough offer right before I even realized we were being carrying out it.”
They took in excess of functions for the 2019 period. Kevin normally takes treatment of all routine maintenance, repairs and upgrades. On race weekends, he normally takes treatment of all observe prep and oversees race functions. Katie does “all the administration stuff.”
“It’s absolutely a labor of adore,” she summed.
“There’s a good deal much more perform we want to get performed,” Kevin concluded, “so it’s too early to declare victory still. I won’t be pleased till this whole facility is 100 percent renovated and possible to be close to for a different 50 a long time. When that working day comes, I’m absolutely sure I’ll be ready to say I liked the procedure.”
Marion County Raceway is situated at 2303 Richwood LaRue Road in La Rue. For much more information and facts, get in touch with 740-692-3267 or log on racemcr.com.
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