On the right track
Monday, March 05, 2012
Donnie and Sandi Schubert, Chase’s parents, are extremely supportive of Chase’s ongoing passion for racing cars. The Schuberts live in Eagle Springs and also have a daughter, Lauryn, who is equally supportive and proud of her brother. Donnie is Chase’s “crew chief” and he and Sandi are very excited about their son’s accomplishments. When asked how she handles her son being involved with such fast and powerful machines, she stated, “There’s risks with any competitive sport. I used to be in gymnastics which has its own set of risks, just like football or soccer, but I know that Chase is not balls to the walls and I know that he has a respect for the car and takes all the necessary precautions to be safe. I try to focus on the positives; he’s doing something he loves, it keeps him out of trouble, and we enjoy watching.”
At the age of 8, Chase started competing in the INEX Racing Series in what is called the Bandoleros (The Bandolero car is a turnkey, spec-series racer designed for drivers as young as 8 years old and the young-at-heart at any age.). In his first year in the INEX Series, he finished fifth overall and received ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2009. Last year Chase was ranked sixth in the State of Texas and 43rd in the nation. He describes his racing style as “Pedal to the Metal” and jokes that he does what his crew chief (Dad) says “just bring the steering wheel back.”
On Feb.12, 2011 NASCAR announced that it had lowered the minimum age for drivers competing in its regional touring series to 15; which means that Chase’s dream of racing NASCAR could be as little as two years away. He has already applied for the NASCAR license he will need when he drives at Houston Motorsports Park, and a NASCAR-sanctioned track.
In a corresponding move, the Learner’s Permit License for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be applicable for all divisions at NASCAR-sanctioned tracks.
The Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for its more than 55 sanctioned, short tracks across North America. More than 10,000 drivers compete in the series annually.
Last year, NASCAR introduced the Learner’s Permit to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, which allowed drivers and crew members ages 14 and 15 to participate in tracks’ entry-level divisions.
In 2007, NASCAR lowered the age minimum for the regional touring series from 18 to 16.
Chase may be someone to keep an eye on in the years to come.
Photos: (top) Chase Schubert poses with car number 31. (Bottom) Schubert with his dad and crew chief, Donnie Schubert.
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