KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Seeing race tracks for the first time and quickly adapting to them is a valuable trait that Parker Price-Miller has acquired and honed during his young racing career.
The 19-year-old has visited numerous tracks for the first time over the last few seasons, and will add another to that list on Friday when the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series invades Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout.
The race at Lakeside Speedway will be part of a stretch of six race tracks in a seven-track span that the native of Kokomo, Indiana will be making his debut at.
Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, Price-Miller is usually able watch videos online of tracks to get an idea of the shape and even the complexion of the track surface.
“Sometimes you go to tracks like Eldora and Williams Grove where there are millions of videos you can watch and then you go to a track, such as Lakeside, that only has one Outlaws race a year, so it’s kind of hard to find videos,” Price-Miller said. “I think with how I race, I normally don’t go to the same track two weeks in a row. I am always going to new places and I think I adapt well.”
“It’s going to be tough with the Outlaws, though, because those guys are the best of the best and most of them have been there before and I haven’t. So, that’s a disadvantage, but everyone has had to go through it. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Price-Miller, who had been running a “True Outlaw” schedule this season, was named the driver of the No. 4 Destiny Motorsports car on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series circuit last month, after Paul McMahan decided to step out of the driver’s seat.
The 2016 MOWA Series champion made his first start for the team on Sept. 22 at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio.
“I’ve always wanted to be an Outlaws driver and I am thankful for the opportunity,” he noted. “It’s tough, though. It’s fun, but it’s not easy how everyone says it is. It’s a lot of work and wears you out. Balancing everything is one of the biggest challenges and one of the most important keys to being successful out here as well.”
After stepping out of the driving role at Destiny Motorsports, McMahan elected to remain on-board as team manager, as well as serving as a mentor to Price-Miller. Having been around the sport for over 30 years, with many of those years spent on the road full-time with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, McMahan brings plenty of hands-on experience and knowledge to his new role.
That should greatly benefit Price-Miller, who is still just a teenager.
“He’s done and seen it all before,” explained Price-Miller of McMahan. “If I have a question about a track or even just a question about life itself, he’s been there and done that. It’s nice to have someone there to talk to. I can ask my Dad, but he’s never raced sprint cars. There are questions that he really can’t answer, but Paul can.”
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