Chris Simpson of SRS
Chris Simpson of Simpson Racing Solutions has been racing drag for nearly two decades and Heavy Industries could not be more excited to partner with such a consummate professional. Chris was previously participating in NHRA’s super street from 2011 to 2013 and is now racing in NHRA’s Division 6 and. In his time at the super street level, Chris won three NHRA “Wallys”. In order to gain some insight into Chris Simpson as a person and as a driver we’ve provided you with his off the record interview with the Heavy Racing Team. These 32 questions will provide you a better understanding of what makes this man of speed tick.
Off the Record
Date of birth: Dec 8, 1979
Hometown: Brandon, Manitoba
Years in sport: 17
Racing Highlights: Three NHRA National Open Super Street wins, Northern Alberta Super Street Association event win, Fun Ford Weekend event win
Hobbies: Skiing, mountain biking
Personal car: 1997 Dodge pick-up truck with over 390,000 kms
Start in racing: bracket racing my street car on the weekends when I was in high school.
What you love most about racing: The science behind it. Every little variable has an impact on performance. Each run is like a real life science experiment.
Most embarrassing moment at the races: Rolling up to the starting line without a helmet.
Toughest thing about drag racing: Everyone is always bringing their A-game. You have to be top-notch to win.
Best race car you’ve ever had: The bantam altered that I race now.
Toughest loss: They all hurt.
Favorite opponent: Ken Goldade. He is such a competitive racer and all-round nice guy.
Last person you would want to race in a final round: The competition is so tough right now that it doesn’t matter.
A race you will never forget: Winning my first NHRA Wally in Super Street.
The person you admire the most in racing: John Force. He started out with a bunch of passion and humble beginnings, fought through adversity, and has become an icon in the NHRA.
Lifelong hero: My parents… can I have two?
When will you know that you’ve made it in drag racing: It pays the bills.
What are you really good at: Staying on task until it is done to the best of my ability.
Favourite TV shows: NHRA Mellow Yellow races
Favourite food: Steak
Favourite sports teams: Minnesota Twins, Calgary Flames
Favourite music/bands: Led Zepelin to Jason Aldean
Pet peaves: Disorganization
Biggest regret: Not following my passion at a younger age
Modern convenience that you can’t live without: The internet… is that too old school?
Nobody knows that you: Skipped grade six.
What do you hope you never have to do: Quit racing without it being on my own terms.
Smartest thing you’ve ever done: Followed my intuition
Dumbest thing you’ve ever done: Talk myself out of a good decision
Best time of your life: Landing a summer job, a teaching job, and a great apartment in the same day.
Worst time of your life: The time it took to realize that the summer job, teaching job, and apartment were not even close to what I wanted out of life.
Advice to young racers: Set goals and do it right the first time.
Future racing goal: Build an exciting racing team that is competitive on the divisional stage.