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Continental Tire IMSA Spotlight: Jeremy Shaw

This week’s Continental Tire IMSA Spotlight: Jeremy Shaw

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IMSA Spotlight: Jeremy Shaw
Auto Racing Writer and Broadcaster
Follow: @JeremyShawRacer

What is a typical weekend at the race track like for you?

“There probably isn’t a typical weekend because I do different things for different race events. For an IMSA weekend, I typically get in the day before the start of practice, and because the IMSA weekends are so busy I have breakfast at Marion’s and go to the booth then stay there all day!

“Hopefully I have a chance to go walk around the paddock and talk to some people and find out what’s going on behind the scenes a little bit.”

“It’s not always as in depth and I would perhaps like, but I’ve been around this business a long, long time so I know many of the people, and it’s just a question of finding out what’s new and meeting new people. Weekends are hectic but they’re tremendous fun, and I’m honored an privileged to do what I do.”

Do you have a business card, and if so, what’s your title?

“I sort of have a business card. I think it says auto racing writing and broadcaster. I don’t consider myself a journalist because I was never properly trained, I just happen to write about motor racing and I’ve been doing it for 40 years now.

“Having said that, yes I do have some business cards but I keep forgetting to print them out and I ran out quite a long time ago!”

What drew you to the US racing scene?

“I started off in school very close to Silverstone in the UK, so I spent a lot of time at the race track. By hook and crook I was lucky enough to get involved in the sport. I worked on the staff or as a freelancer for Autosport magazine for a long time in the UK.

“In 1980 there was a magazine in the US called On Track, and I was invited to be a European correspondent for On Track and I did that for four or five years before I was offered a job at the magazine in 1984. I came here, had a look around, and ultimately the timing wasn’t right. The year later it was, and I was offered the editorial director job.

“I ran that magazine for several years and then went back to be a freelancer. At the time in 1985, I thought it would be quite nice to come over here for two or three years, and here we are 32 years later and I’m still here! I’m very lucky.”

You’ve done some racing of your own. How beneficial do you thing that perspective of having been in the cockpit yourself is for what you do covering the sport?

“I think it’s hugely important. The funny thing is, when I started out writing about the sport I had no inclination to be a race car driver myself. That’s not why I got involved. In fact, I didn’t even have a road car license when I started writing about it. I used to hitchhike to the races to cover them, as often as not!

“It was only when I started working for some magazines that people offered me to have spin in their car, and I did. I did some racing as a hobby, and what it did do is give me some insights into how drivers ticked and what made cars work. All of that helped enormously.”

How would you assess the state of US sports car racing in the US today?

“Sports car racing in the US is on the verge of greatness. The racing right now is fantastic and a lot of really good decisions have been made over the last few years. [IMSA is] in rude health right now and on the brink of breaking through to become the best series in the world, and arguably is right now.

“Obviously the DPi concept is fantastic. It just makes sense for all sorts of reasons.

“I think IMSA has done their homework, they’ve come up with a really good package with the prototypes, the GT Le Mans, and GT Daytona. The cars are different enough to be interesting but not dangerously out of whack with each other in terms of pace.

“I think the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is absolutely superb. The racing this year has been tremendous and the DPi concept has moved it to another level, and interest is sky-high for next year. I’m really, really, excited about the future.””

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Mark - Toronto

    September 27, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I’ve enjoyed Jeremey’s stuff since the Autosport days (early 80’s for me). Since then he’s become one of ‘the’ voices for sports car racing broadcasts. Although it wasn’t mentioned in the story, people should look up his work with the Team USA Scholarship and all that program has achieved over the years.

  2. jason

    September 27, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Jeremy Shaw is great. Very impressed with is commentating. He is right about the IMSA WeatherTech series. In 2018 it will be the premier sportscar racing series on the planet. The WEC will be pegged down to number 2 immediately after the checkered flag of the Bahrain race in November.

    The last 2 IMSA races at VIR and Laguna Seca are great examples of this. Both fantastic races.

  3. Mike S.

    September 27, 2017 at 11:59 am

    He is great and a good yin and yang situation with John. Jeremey on broadcast is a bit more calculated in his responses and reactions. While John is more exciteable. It is a good duo.

  4. Cactus Tony

    September 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Jeremy Shaw is a national goddamn treasure.

  5. Jeremy bacchus

    September 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Having heard both of them broadcast races in Europe , Asia. You can always tell by jon and Jeremy’s voice and energy level that they thoroughly enjoy the imsa calendar and racing in the series more so than anywhere else. It’s this attitude and excitement they offer that enhances the on track experience at any imsa weekend.

  6. GT3 Racer

    September 27, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Jeremy is a wonderful guy, a terrific writer and knowledgeable broadcaster. Very nice to see this profile of a guy who it’s always a pleasure to see in the paddock.

    • JM

      September 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      +1

  7. Malcolm

    September 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I have met him a couple of times in the Paddock at Sebring, and has always had the time for a geriatric enthusiast from the UK.
    Perfect balance between knowledge and enthusiasm with Hindy.
    They must drive each other mad at times but always the gentleman.

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