Daddy, Did You Win Your Car Race?

Raising two young kids in the 2010s is an interesting thing. I get to witness first hand the changes in child rearing I've heard about in the 20 years or so it's been since I was someone else's responsibility.

The concept of "winning" has come up especially with Carter. We have to tell him we're not racing each other in the backyard to see who wins but to have fun. That doesn't stop him from saying he won every time though.

This week I attended the annual spring rally for the Midwest Automotive Media Association — MAMA…for real — at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Even though I drive cars for a living, this is really the only time all year we get to take a bunch of cars on a private track and push them to the limits.

The kids always ask my wife where I am when I'm traveling on business so her answer this week was "Daddy is racing cars."

So at the dinner table the night I got home the kids innocently asked, "Daddy, did you win your race?"

And despite me thinking the no-winner scenario is pointless with my son in the backyard, it is the ethos that is disseminated to the journalists about to drive on one of the country's fastest and deadliest racetracks. We're there to have a good time and test these cars, not pretend we're Travis Pastrana and "win."

Maybe there is something to this new era of parenting.

Oh, and that is me in the Dodge Charger SRT8 pictured above, shot by Evan Sears for

Some other cars I drove: Chevy Camaro ZL1, Ford Mustang Boss 302, Cadillac CTS-V, Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Jaguar XKR-S Coupe and Convertible, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Subaru BRZ, Scion FT-86 and a few other more sedate offerings.