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.
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.