July 15, 2024

Mentoring young motorcycle racers, and a local wheelchair racer who is tearing up the track

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Mentoring young motorcycle racers, and a local wheelchair racer who is tearing up the track

Mentoring young motorcycle racers, and a local wheelchair racer who is tearing up the track

Penguin Road Racing School offers young motorcyclists lessons and mentorships, while world-class wheelchair racer Jason Fowler is making his mark



ONLY ONES DRIVING THERE. >> THEY CALL IT THE MAGIC MILE, HOME TO THE REGENTS ONLY NASCAR NATIONAL SERIES. BUT IT’S NOT JUST THESE COLORFUL CARS PUSHING 125 MILES PER HOUR THAT CALLED NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEEDWAY HOME. MOTORCYCLES HAVE RAISED HERE IN LOUDON SINCE THE EARLY 1920’S. >> THIS WILL BE THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE CLASSIC. >> TODAY HE’S NOT HERE TO RIDE, BUT TO TEACH, FOR HIS COMPANY, PENGUIN RACING SCHOOL. >> IT ALSO MAKES STREET RIDERS MUCH SAFER AT THE SAME TIME. THERE’S NO CARS AND TRUCKS AND PEOPLE TEXTING GOING THE OTHER WAY. >> GIVING RIDERS THE CONFIDENCE TO REALLY PUSH THE PACE. >> MOTORCYCLES AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY CAN HIT ABOUT 150 MILES PER HOUR. >> AND WHAT DOES THAT KIND OF SPEED FEEL LIKE? >> IT’S FANTASTIC. IT’S ADRENALINE, IT’S PRECISION, IT’S ATHLETIC. >> WITH SUCH A PASSION FOR THE SPORT, IS NO WONDER HE HAS MADE IT HIS GOAL TO PASS ON HIS EXPERIENCE TO THE NEXT GENERATION, MENTORING YOUNG RIDERS. >> I’VE BEEN RIDING FOR ALMOST SEVEN YEARS BUT I’VE BEEN ROAD RACING FOR THREE SEASONS. >> THOUGH ALL RACERS MAY LOOK ALIKE ON THE TRACK, RENEE TURNS HEADS WHEN THE HELMET COMES OFF. >> I THINK IT’S A MIX OF ME BEING A GIRL AND ALSO BEING YOUNG. THE ACCOMMODATION IS KIND OF UNHEARD OF IN THE SPORT, BUT IT’S PRETTY AWESOME. I LOVE INSPIRING OTHER GIRLS TO RIDE. >> AND IS NOT JUST YOUNG GIRL SHE’S INSPIRING. >> HOW CAN I HELP THESE KIDS ALONG THE WAY AND TRANSFER WHAT I’VE DONE TO A GENERATION TO KEEP IT GOING ONCE I’M GONE? >> JASON FELLER IS A WORLD-CLASS ATHLETE. >> SINCE MY ACCIDENT IN 1991, I’VE DONE OVER 100 50 ROAD RACES, OVER 45 MARATHONS, SIX IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. >> THAT DRIVE TOWARD THE NEXT CHALLENGE WAS BORN DURING FOWLER’S CHILDHOOD WITH A GIFT FROM HIS FATHER. >> DAD BOUGHT ME A BIKE WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS OLD AND I STARTED RACING SHORTLY AFTER THAT. RIGHT AWAY, BEING ON A BIKE WITH A MOTOR AS A YOUNG KID, JUST WAS EXHILARATING. >> FOWLER WOULD GO ON TO TURN THAT PASSION INTO SUCCESS AS A MOTOCROSS RIDER, A HIGHFLYING, DIRT MOUND HOPPING COUSIN TO MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACING. >> I JUST THRIVED ON GOING FAST AND REALLY HAVING THAT FUN AND CHALLENGE. UNFORTUNATELY AT AGE 17 I HAD AN ACCIDENT, FELL OFF MY BIKE AND BASICALLY WASN’T ABLE TO WALK AGAIN. BUT RIGHT AGAIN, — RIGHT AWAY, 5.5 MONTHS LATER, I BORROWED A RACING WHEELCHAIR FROM A FRIEND OF A FRIEND AND WENT OUT AND DID MY FIRST ROAD RACE. IT LIT ME UP INSIDE IN A WAY THAT I HADN’T FOR THE PREVIOUS FIVE MONTHS. >> FOWLER SAYS HE MADE THE TRANSITION BACK TO RACING WITH SUCH INCREDIBLE SPEED IN PART BECAUSE OF FORMER MOTOCROSS RIDER DAVID BAILEY. >> I SAW HIM ON TELEVISION, THE BOSTON MARATHON WAS ON TELEVISION AND I THOUGHT WOW, I GOT TO DO THAT SOMEDAY. >> HE DID COMPLETE BOSTON BEFORE SETTING HIS SIGHTS ON A HIGHER GOAL, THE IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. >> HOW DO I LONG TO REALLY ACCELERATE MY BODY AND GROW MY MUSCLES AND GET FASTER? >> THE ANSWER WAS ACCOMMODATION OF TRAINING, NUTRITION, TRAINING, MENTAL FOCUS, AND, WELL, MORE TRAINING. >> THE FASTEST I’VE EVER GONE ON A HAND CYCLE IS 45 MILES AN HOUR. THE FASTEST I’VE EVER GONE MY RACING WHEELCHAIR WAS ABOUT 35. >> IN THE END, ALL THE HARD WORK PAID OFF WITH THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN HE BESTED THE MAN WHO INSPIRED HIM TO RAISE, DAVID BAILEY. >> ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AND I WAS ALL PUMPED. THEN I WAS LIKE, ALL RIGHT, WHAT’S NEXT? SHAYNA: SINCE WE LAST SAW JASON FOWLER, HE HAS QUALIFIED FOR THE IRONMAN TRIATHLON THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN HAWAII THIS FALL. HE IS TRAINING UP TO 25 HOURS PER WEEK IN PREPARATION FOR THE EVENT AND IS EXCITED TO BE RACING UNDER THE PALM TREES. BACK TO THE LOUDON CLASSIC THIS YEAR’S RACE IN JUNE WAS THE 99TH RUNNING AND IT HAS BEEN HOSTED

Mentoring young motorcycle racers, and a local wheelchair racer who is tearing up the track

Penguin Road Racing School offers young motorcyclists lessons and mentorships, while world-class wheelchair racer Jason Fowler is making his mark

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is home to the region’s only NASCAR National Series and the Loudon Classic, the oldest Motorcycle race in the country now in its 99th year.Penguin Road Racing School provides instruction for motorcyclists of all levels. To help grow the sport they started the Penguin Mentor Program which has produced several champions on the national level.Jason Fowler is a world-class athlete and life coach. As a youth, he was a motocross champion before being forced to adapt to permanent paralysis from the chest down. Despite this huge challenge he has gone on to compete in more than 200 races, winning two Ironman Triathlon World Championships. (Additional video for this segment was provided by Jason’s sponsor LifeWave.)

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is home to the region’s only NASCAR National Series and the Loudon Classic, the oldest Motorcycle race in the country now in its 99th year.

Penguin Road Racing School provides instruction for motorcyclists of all levels. To help grow the sport they started the Penguin Mentor Program which has produced several champions on the national level.

Jason Fowler is a world-class athlete and life coach. As a youth, he was a motocross champion before being forced to adapt to permanent paralysis from the chest down. Despite this huge challenge he has gone on to compete in more than 200 races, winning two Ironman Triathlon World Championships.

(Additional video for this segment was provided by Jason’s sponsor LifeWave.)

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