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Southwest Motorsports wants racing off the streets

Brandon Ortega
Updated: January 05, 2021 06:24 AM
Created: January 04, 2021 11:04 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A racing community in New Mexico is trying to make a difference by taking racing away from neighborhoods to a safe place where drivers can go fast. 

"Very important to get them off the streets where most of the time is the innocent people that die and not the ones that are driving cars recklessly," said Michael Travers.

Albuquerque native Mike Travers is a member of Southwest Motorsport. 

For the most part, the pandemic has shut down local racing. Since March, the few races that have happened were done with a lot of protocols. 

"We do have precautions in place," Travers said. "Everybody is required to wear masks, everybody out that has their trailers in the paddock or every other space—basically were taking all the precautions that we can as the government asks us to do."

The club has been around for 20 years and is the largest road racing club in New Mexico. 

Above all, every member of Southwest Motosports learns how to make racing safe. 

"Started with my streetcar, took the training, just practiced on the track doing lap times. It takes a while to learn how to drive in a race class with other people out there with you," said Gary Sanford, club president. 

For more information about the club, click here. 

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