SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: WARREN COX
Local drag racer Warren Cox has walked away from the sport several different times during his long career, but his love for the track always brings him back.
“My first race was probably in about 1969,’’ said Cox, who currently competes in the Pro E.T. division in Heartland Park’s E.T. Bracket Racing Series. “I raced for about five years and then quit for a short time, for four or five years. I got back into it for a couple years, quit, and then got back in it and raced for three or four years and then quit until ’96.
“I’ve been back in it since 1996. I started racing here at Heartland and really like Heartland. It’s real close to me, it takes me 15 minutes to get here from my home, and it’s a nice place to come and a very nice place to race.’’
Cox said he likes the competition that the bracket series provides.
“I like the competitive end of it,’’ he said. “I like the competition.’’
Cox, who owns and operates Cox Automotive Repair, is always around cars, but said that he has no trouble separating his business from his fun.
“To me, the race track when I come out here, I just think racing,’’ he said. “I just think about getting that light, beating that other guy and the strategy behind racing. It’s not only at the starting line, it’s at the finish line.
“I keep learning all the time. I’ve been at it a long time off and on, but I keep learning.’’
Cox, the Sportsman champion in 2009, also appreciates the fact that he has a car (1964 Falcon) that he doesn’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time working on.
“I have a car that I really don’t have to do a lot to and that’s the way I like it,’’ he said. “If I had to work on it all the time I don’t know that I’d be doing it.’’