Car & Driver of the Month: DJ Manis

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DJ Manis

Occupation:

Owner of Automotion By Manis Inc.

Where do you live?

Berryton, Kansas

Years attending SORC?

6 years

Navigator Name:

Shane Landis

How did you learn of the SORC?

We were invited up from my good friend Rob Walton.

What is your main car for this event?

A Fox Body Mustang.

Why did you choose this car?

It’s a car I know well and have driven all of my life. They’re somewhat inexpensive to build and I have a lot of spare parts.

Is this the only car you’ve ran here? If not, then what other car or cars have you used?

This is the only car I have ran here but every year is a slightly different version.

Djmanis 2rszdWhat inspired you to start open road racing?

I have raced on a road course and drag strip since I could drive. This venue was unique in so many ways I just couldn’t pass it up!

What other types of racing do you do, if any?

Race in NASA American Iron series.

What does your family think about your racing?

I am blessed to have a very supportive family.

Do any of your family participate as well? And if so, what do they do?

Not yet. I have two boys that are close to driving age so perhaps a father-son team in the future?!

Think about another person in the same situation as you were in when you started. Given what you know now, what advice would you give them?

Life is too short to not try anything at least once! So go for it!!

If you were able to start this all over again from scratch, what three things would you do differently?

Quite honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing.

How important is it for you have a navigator?

I think, especially when you get into the faster classes, that the navigator plays an extremely important role in keeping the driver and themselves safe with the ability to relay to the driver any upcoming road hazards, sharps turns, and just about anything ahead that could potentially create a very bad situation. I would say that safety is the navigator’s main job and timing is a close second.

What’s the scariest moment you encountered on the course?

Airborne and sideways at a speed we will not discuss!!!

For people who have never driven triple-digit speed, what’s the most important thing to know?

When you are covering a mile every 24 seconds, things are happening very fast!!

When you finally hang up your helmet, do you see any member of your family continuing on in your racing footsteps?

I hope so!!

What is your number one favorite thing you do while in Arnold?

My number one besides driving is of course the social aspect of being at Arnold. I can’t think of a better town in the USA to have an event like this.