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Question Session: Thunder Car #21 Desi Walt

Question Session: Thunder Car #21 Desi Walt

By Randy Spencer / – The name Walt has been a fixture in racing circles for close to 50 years around the Barrie area. Desi Walt is a third generation racer who is starting her 6th season racing and she said she is planning on “getting my feet wet” in the Limited Late Model while still racing the Thunder Car. 2011, was a season to forget as they blew five engines and never really got on track. Her goal is to race in the NCATS series and her dream is to be the next Danica Patrick. I recently had the chance to catch up with Desi in this edition of ‘Question Session’.

The Basics
Birthdate: December 21, 1991
Hometown: Hawkestone, Ontario
Career goal: Estheticians (in school for nursing BScN)
Years in racing: 5

How did you get your start in racing?
I was at the track every Saturday night when I was young. I became really interested in racing when I was 13 years old, my first race was a Powder Puff race and rolled the car. The next year I started my racing career and have been ever since, all at Barrie Speedway.

Your family has been in racing for over 40 years. please tell me some of those who raced before you.
My grandpa Merv started racing full time in 1965 and raced until 2000, then part time from then on. When he was a child he raced go karts full time.He raced a mini stock in 1965 and moved up divisions from there. The last track he raced at was at Mosport in 2009 in the Limited Late Models. Now I own his Late Model that he raced for many years. My dad Bill started racing in 1989 for two years in the Junk Yard Dogs. He raced on and off for about 16 years and he went back full time in 2005 until 2007. My cousin Rick also races in the Thunder Car Division. We grew up really close and raised almost like brother and sister.

2011 was a year you would rather forget. Tell me about your year and what you’re planning on for this season.
We had a bad year last year with the Thunder Car. We blew five motors and at the end of the year we got a new motor built and we were just getting it broken in. Hopefully we will have luck on our side in 2012. With the Late Model we are getting a new motor built and we will be going over the car to figure out everything we need. The Thunder Car was AMAZING in practice it was such a great feeling to get back into the car and it to handle like a dream! So refreshing knowing its set up and ready to go! This year is going to be challenging trying to balance two cars, and racing with a lot of good drivers. My goal in the Late Model is to finish a feature. I’m only racing a couple nights in it and my Thunder Car. I want to be in the top 5, it’s going to be very hard, there are a lot of good competitors out there but we will have a blast!!!

If you could race in any other division or series in Ontario, what would it be?
I would LOVE to race in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and travel all over the place and that could possibly bring me to my dream.

What is the highlight of your racing career so far?
When I won the 2008 NASCAR Whelen Championship and won a NASCAR ring and trophy.

Who are your sponsors and who would you like to thanks?
I would like to thanks my family for picking up the pieces and supporting me for all these years. My sponsor who has been behind my dreams from day one is Halford’s Tax Service. Thanks to my crew, Bill, Candy, Merv & Trudy Walt, Barry Spencer, Glen McKinnon, Thom Sanford and Chris King.

What are your long term racing goals?
My dream is to be the next Danica Patrick. I want to make racing my career and race for NASCAR. It will be hard to get there and will take lots of money, but if I have people and sponsors behind me I will be able to make it to NASCAR and realize my dream.


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