SPEED NEWS March 2016

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M E M B E R S P O T L I G H T T he Dexter family from Central City, Neb., is a fixture at Central Region races. Zane Dexter laughs when recalling how little they knew the first time he went racing with his son in Spec Miata. Hoping for some help from fellow racers at the Sports Car Club of America event — before NASA had a Central Region — Dexter said instead they got the cold shoulder. "We didn't know anything, so we had a really big learning curve to go through," Dexter said, "and they weren't going to help us." Contrast that with this past year where the Dexter family could be found running as many as three Miatas at a NASA event and freely sharing their setup knowledge with anyone who asks. "If you break down and don't have a spare, people are always willing to help you out and even repair your car," said Dexter's 23-year-old son, Dillon. "At the end of the day, it's not about the trophy. It's about the racing experience." Zane Dexter was a latecomer to amateur racing. He started at age 40 when a road course was built in Hastings, Neb., about an hour from his home in Central City. "Out here in Nebraska, there is a lot of dirt-track racing. I was more interested in road racing," said Zane, who started doing some opening lapping events in a Porsche 911. "As soon as I took a few laps, I got the bug and it quickly progressed on from there." A couple of years later, Dexter's sons, Warren and Dillon, began racing 125cc ZANE, DILLON, WARREN AND RYAN DEXTER Age: 49, 23, 19 and 15 Region: NASA Central Hometown: Central City, Neb. Racing Class: Spec Miata, Performance Touring B Sponsors: Mazda Motorsports, Toyo Tires shifter karts and a family activity was born. Both sons had success in karting and as they got older, their father believed that racing Spec Miata was the logical progression. "I firmly believe it is the best place to learn," Zane said. "You're driving in cl ose proximity to other cars and the cars are pretty evenly matched. It teaches you how to drive." Neither son missed a beat moving into more competitive racing. Warren won the Spec Miata class for the region his rookie season, edging out his older brother Dillon. "It's a whole different ballgame when you get thrown into a comparatively big racecar or race against adults," said Warren, 19, who is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree and runs track and field at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. "On the confidence side, it helped a lot just being able to really feel what the machine is doing." Over the past couple of seasons, Warren still gets the best of his older brother on the track, while Dad finishes in the middle of the pack "and blames it on his reflexes," Dillon jokes. "It kills me inside to say this, but when it comes to throwing down a quick lap time, Warren could beat us by a couple tenths," Dillon said. "Warren's real skill set is racing in traffic. He's a little more aggressive and he can cut through lapped traffic so much more proficiently than my Dad or I can." Getting the Dexter family together for a race weekend From left: Warren, Ryan, Dillon, Jessica, Kathy and Zane Dexter. 66 COURTESY OF DEXTER FAMILY

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