Wade: Up Close
Mercedes CLK 500, 1970 Triumph Bonneville bobber
Favorite vacation spot:
Anywhere on a warm beach
dirty Chinese carry out
Less Than Zero -Brett Easton Ellis
Favorite TV show:
Mad Men, Tosh.0
Favorite sport (other than racing) to watch on TV:
Favorite Race Tracks (& why):
Indianapolis - really? Watkins Glen - because the track remains true to a past era, there is no run off and the track is enclosed in Armco barrier. It separates those who are truly committed from those who aren't.
Acadia in Chicago
Christmas, I spend it in NZ where it's summer; followed closely by Halloween (because it's awesome)
Favorite present received (ever):
Isn't it the thought that counts?
Favorite season (besides ‘racing season’):
Don't have one
Your answering machine message:
The generic AT&T message
Oldest thing in your refrigerator:
Pets (names & ages):
‘Tigger’, 2 (F2 Savannah); ‘Bruce’, 6 (second hand cat); ‘Oscar’ 1.5, (rescue dog, Wheaty Poo).
Something you do before every race:
I always clean and prepare my own helmets.
Most interesting fact about your career:
I had never wanted a career in motorsport until after I had won the World Karting Championship in 2003, I raced for the spirit of competition.
AmbitionQuality you value most in others:
Your first job:
Worked at a kart shop in Auckland, NZ
What you'd be if you weren't a race driver:
Something in the construction industry.
How you got started in racing:
My dad's business was on the same street as the local kart track. It was inevitable.
How you relax at the race track:
I like to spend time with my friends and talk about anything other than racing
How you spend your spare time:
training, traveling, dining with friends, caring for a household of needy pets.
That I won't achieve enough in life.
Most proud accomplishment:
Becoming a World Champion.
Greatest influence on/in your life:
Most thrilling experience in a race car:
The strategy I used in the 2009 Freedom 100 to set up JR Hildebrand
Most thrilling experience outside of a racecar:
Toughest part of your job:
The part where I am not racing full time.
Your highest goal in racing:
Winning at Indianapolis (for real)
What would a successful life look like to you?
Being able to move on in life after a successful career in racing without any regrets