answer your question, in 2003 I had a trainer, Todd
Jacobs, and I did everything right. I ate well, slept right
and didn’t ride freestyle for the first half of the year.
Guess what? I was the slowest that I had ever been. It
reminds me of Kevin Windham. That guy would spend
90 percent of his time on a motorcycle just free riding at
his house. Call it what you want, but he was able to do
things that no one else could do because he wasn’t
grinding out laps. I was like him. I wasn’t afraid to get
a little out of shape when I raced. If my feet got ripped
off the pegs and put me into a Superman, then I thought,
“Sweet! This is great!”
DO YOU EVER WORRY ABOUT THE
CONSEQUENCES? That’s something that separates a
lot of great riders, especially after they suffer their first
injury. A lot of guys get hurt and lose their drive. I was
the opposite. It also helped that I was good at assessing
the situation, calculating the risks and deciding if it was
worth it or not. If it was worth it, then there really wasn’t
any reason to dwell on it. I was just crazy enough to put
the consequences out of my mind but just smart enough
to still be alive at this point in my life [laughter].
HAS FAMILY LIFE CHANGED YOU? It has. Family
life changed my perspective on NASCAR. To provide a
bit of clarity, the year that I raced 30 Cup events, there
was a kid named Kyle Larson who did 200 different races
in a single year. He did everything from dirt track to late
model. Now he’s in the Cup series, because he works
hard. I knew that in order for me to get better than
people like him, it would take an even greater
commitment than what guys like Kyle were doing. It
would have consumed me. My wife was supportive,
but with our daughter in the picture, we realized that it
wasn’t a good idea. Our place is at Nitro Circus. Sure,
everyone probably thinks that we’re crazy for traveling
around the world with two young kids, but we have a lot
of amenities and great people all around us in case we
need support. My wife also gets to skateboard, which is
her profession. At NASCAR races, she would hang out
and talk gossip with the other racers’ wives. She’s not a
spectator. If anything, having our first daughter, Addy,
transferred life away from racing and back to having fun.
At the end of the day, I entertain, and in Nitro Circus
Live, there aren’t any winners or losers.
“DAVI MILLSAPS HAS A LOT TO
PROVE. AND BEING A FAMILY MAN,
I HAVE TO ROOT FOR A GUY WHO
IS PROVIDING FOR HIS FAMILY. I
HOPE THAT 2015 IS DAVI’S YEAR.”
HOW DO YOU BALANCE ALL THE THINGS
HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE AT THE SAME TIME?
I don’t handle my time very well. I always laugh when I
recall what Tony Hawk once told me. He said that he is
the busiest that he has ever been despite not competing
any more. People don’t see everything on the side. The
craziest part of my life now is that I’m in an office a lot.
There are a lot of fun things, but I want to be at home
with my family more. The easiest time for me is when I’m
on tour, because that’s when I am away from the office
but with my family.
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT YOUR NET WORTH
IS AROUND $15 MILLION. YOU HAVE DONE
WELL FOR YOURSELF. That number includes a
lot of stuff that I probably don’t own [laughter]. For
example, I’m working on an action figure project that is
self-funded. I was hoping to spend $250,000 on it, but
I’m more than twice that amount over my budget. It’s
funny, because money gives me an opportunity to have
fun; however, most of the money goes back into sports.
I try to help other people out, and it can be tough to
keep money for myself in case I get hurt. I’ve also been
focusing on setting aside money for my children. My dad
always said that as long as I worked, he would support
me in whatever I did. He also said that I would probably
be in the military or working construction with the rest of
my family. Neither one of those careers is a bad option,
but I’ve been very fortunate to follow my dreams. I’m still
living the dream.
HOW DID YOU HANDLE THE MONEY? Looking
back, I have made all of the wrong financial decisions in
my life. I had a contract on the table to race Supercross,
but instead I spent my own money to race rally cars.
Then a couple of years later the sport was doing better,
and I could have made a career out of it, but instead I
went in a different direction. I’ve learned to always invest
in myself. So far, knock on wood, things have been all
right. With that said, please buy my action figures
YOU STILL FOLLOW THE SPORT CLOSELY.
WHO IS YOUR PICK TO WIN THE 450
SUPERCROSS TITLE? I like all of the guys. They all
work hard, but Davi Millsaps is my pick. Look at what
happened two years ago. Everyone said that Davi’s career
was over, and then he came out and won Anaheim 1 and
led the series for a while. This came after he had a child.
Now he has another kid. Take a look at Ezra Lusk. Years
ago he had a terrible result at the Anaheim opener. Then
that week his wife gives birth, and Ezra goes out and
wins the Phoenix round. Davi Millsaps has a lot to prove.
And being a family man, I have to root for a guy who is
providing for his family. I hope that 2015 is Davi’s year. ❏