Timmy Hill, NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year winner, has a bright future and big dreams. Timmy is here to tell us how he propelled himself to such success.
The Global Townhall is proud to welcome Timmy Hill.
Gabrielle Reilly: When did you know you wanted to be a race car driver?
Timmy Hill: I knew I wanted to be a race car driver at a very young age. At age 12 I finally got my start in racing in 2005 driving go karts at our local track King George Speedway in VA. From that point on I was hooked! I for sure had racing in my blood and that was all I ever wanted to do ever since!
Gabrielle Reilly: What attributes are most important to be the fastest driver possible?
Timmy Hill: There are many attributes that are important to becoming the fastest driver. Some just off the top of my head are focused, driven, aggressive (at the correct times) and many others! The thing I find to be most important is keeping a level head. At high speed racing, a lot can happen in a short amount of time. You need to be able to not get distracted at any points and be aware of your situation at all times. Keeping a level head and staying calm is what keeps a lot of drivers out of wrecks to keep them around at the finish to contend for the wins!
Gabrielle Reilly: What does your fitness regime look like?
Timmy Hill: My fitness regime is nothing too fancy. My goal is to normally work out once a day every day of the week. I do a lot of cardio workouts which have always helped me perform better for longer races. An hour on the elliptical is normal for me along with pretty much every piece of machine and weights that are in the gym.
Gabrielle Reilly: What does your diet look like?
Timmy Hill: As far as a diet, I need to work on a little bit more. The food has been my biggest thing to change but I know it is for the better. Before each race, and through the season, I hydrate very well with water and cellulite.
Gabrielle Reilly: How many hours sleep do you get?
Timmy Hill: The amount of sleep I get varies every week. That is only because of the schedule changing every week. However, having the schedule the way I would like then I normally don't stay up past 11:45 and I normally get myself up no later than 7:30-8.
Gabrielle Reilly: How hard have you worked to get where you are?
Timmy Hill: I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am at today. The years that I have peaked into the sport have been the harder years for Rookies like myself. I have been blessed and fortunate enough to have success in the top series with the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie Of The Year title along with other great runs.
Gabrielle Reilly: What do you love to do with your time away from the track?
Timmy Hill: With my time away from the track I have a few hobbies. My hobbies however still include driving. I have recently started flying and working towards getting my pilots license. Flying has been a blast and I'm always wanting to get back in the air! I also have a hobby of using the online racing simulators like iracing. To keep my skills up during the week, I race online against other competitors and believe it or not, it's a big help!
Gabrielle Reilly: I usually get to this question with my guests since it took me a few years to understand this process myself. How do you handle the good, the bad and the ugly of being in the public spotlight?
Timmy Hill: Well with being in the spotlight no matter who you are, you will have the good, the bad, and the ugly. You have to know, that you will have people that love you and have people that hate you. For me, I love all the good and encouragement that people give me and I pay no attention to the bad & ugly and just move on. I just don't associate myself with negativity especially from people that don't know me.
Gabrielle Reilly: Can you give our readers some words of wisdom to help improve their life that you have learnt along the way?
Timmy Hill: So words of wisdom from me would be to never let your dreams go and always strive to be the best you can be. I never stop trying and I'm still not where I want to be at right now. I will not stop trying till I'm a Sprint Cup Champion and you shouldn't stop trying either!