Not many 13-year-olds get to spend their weekends tearing down the drag strip with the roar of the engine behind their head.
For the few lucky ones, it’s a dream come true. Count Korban Lewis as one of those few.
Lewis, a junior drag racer for Infinity Coach Inc. in Sumner, spends summer weekends with his family at the track.
“It’s exciting,” Lewis said.
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Sure, it’s exciting and thrilling to be in the driver’s seat, but for Lewis it means so much more than just the adrenaline overdrive being a drag racer can bring. It’s about family.
“I like it more because I get to spend time with my family,” Lewis said. “I’m out here with my uncle (Jim Lewis) and brother (Devin Lewis) on the weekends … I’m not as good a driver as Devin, but I try my best.”
It’s a family connection that Lewis has in competing as a junior drag racer. With his uncle bringing Lewis and his older brother, Devin, into the fold, it was always about the potential of what being a driver could bring to the family.
“It’s been something to do with them,” Lewis said. “I enjoy it, but it’s not like (what) my brother does.”
“Devin has a goal of racing for the rest of his life, where (for) Korban it’s a fun activity for him,” said Jim Lewis, Korban’s uncle. “He enjoys the speed and the acceleration — Korban is at an age where he enjoys everything. But racing is just a matter of fitting into his schedule.”
Devin is driven to become a professional NHRA driver on the senior circuit. It’s a lofty goal, just not one Korban shares.
“I see myself being a really supportive brother, standing on the sidelines,” Korban said about his future as a driver. “It’s not for me … I think I’ll stop racing at some point.”
Korban sees life outside of drag racing. There’s other sports this young athlete loves more than racing, but not at this moment.