If you got the most recent issue of NASCAR ILLUSTRATED you may have read the four page spread starting on page 56 about the documentary Racing Dreams by film maker Marshall Curry. Well I am here to tell you that if you have a chance to see this movie- I highly recommend that you do.
The film Racing Dreams follows Josh Hobson (age 12), Brandon Warren (age 13), and up and coming rookie Annabeth Barnes (age 11) in her class through the 2007 World Karting Association season as each strives to be the National champion in their division (Brandon is in the senior class, Josh and Annabeth are both in the junior class). It incorporates not just their racing and the 5 race WKA season- but their individual family dynamics and the kid’s personalities as well.
It’s really the kids that make this movie in my opinion. Josh is extremely polished for someone his age- he holds court at fundraising events to support his racing, he practices mentioning sponsors, he is the most gracious winner. He has extremely supportive parents. Brandon is not so polished, extremely fun-loving, has had issues with a quick temper, but a desire and want to win. Brandon is being raised by his grandparents. Annabeth struggles with balancing being a “normal kid” and a racer. Two of the kids strike up a friendship that is just so classic of that age that it makes the movie. By the last race of the WKA season, you (or at least I was) are rooting for all three of them. Three very different kids. One dream.
I highly recommend seeing this movie if you have the opportunity. For more information on the movie check out the Racing Dreams website.