People have said soccer and racing don’t mix, but why? Both sports see the top athletes competing against one another week in and week out. Both sports require precision, agility, tenacity, dedication, guts, and probably most importantly…heart. Of course when you’re told something won’t work what do you do? Set out to prove everyone wrong. And we did that by bringing Chicago Fire standouts, Sean Johnson (goalkeeper) and Lovel Palmer (defender), to the TUDOR United SportsCar Race at Road America.
A couple things you should know first. Sean is a car enthusiast and has aspirations of racing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge once his soccer career is done. Lovel on the other hand, well, let’s just say he wasn’t a car enthusiast to start. This was new to him. In fact he said, “This is like my first day of school and I’m in Kindergarten.” We brought the two “What’cha Got” participants (Sean actually won the Lamborghini in 2014) out for a day of fun and to see the smiles on their faces was amazing. From meet and greets with some of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship top teams and drivers, to a lap around the track with Audi driver, Christopher Haase, Sean and Lovel couldn’t get enough.
Some of our favorite memories from the day included Sean’s perfect figure eight as the 6’3” goalkeeper stood atop the flag stand waving the green flag to start the race. And who could forget Lovels Jamaican twist on the command (thanks to Ricky and Jordan Taylor for the Jamaican bobsled team recommendation on that one). Speaking of Ricky and Jordan Taylor, we need to give them a big shout out for taking our friends from the Fire back to Chicago and introducing them to cheese curds along the way. The best part of the day, seeing the amount of respect that the soccer players had for the race car drivers and teams and vice versa. We made two new race fans at Road America but Sean and Lovel made an entire paddock full of soccer fans.
Here’s the best news, we captured the whole day on video. So take a look at: Racing, Soccer and a Road Trip. And take a note from Sean and Lovel. Try something new. Explore. Go on an adventure!