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July 02, 2012

Just My Type

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DE: She's racing these little cars at a go-kart track. I hope she wants to keep digging and have fun with it. She's pretty good.

DP: What would you have done if you weren't a race car driver?

DE: I was going to be a mechanic in a dealership, changing your oil.

DP: Did you have to become a race car driver?

DE: It was kind of a dream, and I didn't think it was a choice. I really didn't know if it was going to work out. My mind-set [was]: I'm the son of the seven-time champion, this great figure in the sport; if I become some old guy working at the dealership down the road, that's just going to be the way it is. And I was going to have to live with that somehow.

DP: Would that have been easier in a way because you wouldn't be constantly compared with your father?

DE: I don't know. Nothing against working at the dealership—that was [one of the most fun] times in my life. I would have felt I fell pretty short of my goals in life if that happened. I dreamed of being bigger than that.

DP: Were you any good at changing oil?

DE: One of the best.

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