ACT
MEET LATE MODEL DRIVER DEREK LYNCH
GETTING TO KNOW THE FACES YOU'LL SEE AROUND THE TRACKS IN 2007

1. Where do you call home?
I call Warkworth, Ontario home, but most people still associate me with Norwood, Ontario and this is OK too. They are 15 minutes apart.

2. What do you do for a living?
I am the manager and promoter of a 3/8 mile high banked asphalt oval race track. The speedway runs stock cars every Friday night from May to September, as well as hosting a multitude of special events related to entertainment and motor sports.

3. What are your racing plans for 2007?
In 2007 I will compete full time in the newly formed NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. It is the only national series for stock car racing in Canada. I will also compete in 4-5 of the American Canadian Tour Super Series Events. St Croix, St. Eustache, Sanair, Kawartha & possibly the 250 at Oxford.

4. How did you get started in racing?
My father raced Late Models in Ontario as well as the northern U.S. for 20 years. I followed him once I was old enough and helped him on his cars. He retired fairly early from driving. I began racing go-karts myself when I was 7 years old.

5. What has been your best experience in racing?
6 years of competition with the former ACT Series (1989 - 1994) and winning the Oxford 250 (1994).

6. Everyone has a hero, who’s yours? Why?
I have two. First and foremost is my dad. I admire his work ethic, his integrity and his ability to dream. He accomplished a great deal with very little, and has always enjoyed being with family and wasn’t afraid to make the hard decisions that in the end may have affected him, but was best for his family and their future. He was also one of the best racers I have ever seen.
Second, and strictly from a racing stand point of admiration of ability and support he offered me early in my career is Robbie Crouch.

7. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go? Why?
I would travel to Germany. I have always been fascinated with the mechanical and engineering ability so many people of that descent have. I also am fascinated with history and WW II.

8. If you were going away for several months alone and allowed to bring one photo, one thing to eat and one book or movie, what would be your choices?
Picture of my beautiful wife and beautiful daughter together. As much Kraft Dinner as allowed and the Bible. I do not practice any religion, and I have never read the Bible, so based on the sound of this adventure I may have some time to get that done.

9. Name three people from any time and place that you would invite to dinner?
I would invite JFK, John Lennon and Leonardo Da Vinci. I would ask them what they though they all had in common. With that answer I would try to determine why people won’t let them die and why their vision and/or art has stood the test of time.

10. If you were the ruler of the world, what two things would you do by decree?
Not exactly sure what decree means, but if it means that I get to make decisions/laws that last longer than just a day, I would try to put a system in place that made sure anyone that hurt a child in any way, shape or form could be punishable by death. Secondly, I would make sure that every country had state of the art facilities, with the most cutting edge technology to offer kids that have either mental or physical disabilities the chance to experience and enjoy the same things as other.

11. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to give HOPE to people. Not the power to give things to people, but the power to let people know that they can aspire to what ever it is they desire.

12. Pick one reality show you’d like to be on?
AMERICAN IDOL. I have zero musical and or theatrical talent, but I believe Simon Cowel is simply stating the obvious. Some people are just better than others at certain things. I would want to tell Simon that most people agree with him. The participation ribbon is the decay of our society. Kids will have success and failure in the real world, and by protecting them from it as kids we are raising a lot of people who think they are “owed” something. You earn your chance for everything, and if you can’t sing for instance, some one should tell you so you can focus your efforts where your true talents lie.