Meeting Antron Brown is like finding a friend. He's personable, congenial, keen, and confident. He's also lean. The leanness helps him be the racer he is, the other attributes put him on the edge of his sport.
Antron invited us to chat on his golf cart (A comfortable cart with a high-priced paint job. The trailers, bikes and equipment of Team 23, Stealth Racing, have a professional touch undoubtedly influenced by the NFL background of owner Troy Vincent.) Sitting next to Antron, one has to notice that he has healthy cord-like veins, like those of a stalker lion, prime of the pride even, strong veins to pump vitality into cat-like reflexes. His reflex time (.421) was best overall last year at the tree. That's a supreme mix of fast brain and fast muscles. That's also racing blood. I asked the following questions of this new friend.
Who are your heroes?
"Ricky Gadsden, Terry Vance, Troy Vincent, Bob Carpenter, John Meyers, Dave Schultz."
How did you get into Motorcycle drag racing?
"At age five my Grandma bought me a Z50 Honda, 3 speed. I took to it. I went from a training bike to a motorcycle."
What are your scariest moments?
"In Houston my engine blew at 185 mph. That blew me a foot off the bike and broke the frame."
(Antron's hold wasn't broken and he drove to safety...to ride like a hurricane wind again)
Do you work out?
"Yes, sir. Between races I jog and have a hard light weight fitness program."
Do you have a special diet?
"Yes, sir. Low fat and low carbohydrate diet. I eat four meals a day and snack too."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"Starts when I'm on the bike in the staging lanes. I concentrate on consistent, smooth shifting. I think about the light. A 'yellow go' Clutch out. Go on yellow."
What's your hobby?
"Staying thin...Jet skies. Dirt bikes. Radio controlled gas motors. The motors help me with carburetor settings, with tuning here at the track too."
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel. What do you do to unwind?
"After a run I go up front in the truck. I like to lay back, take deep breaths. Drink something cold like lemonade, and relax, digest the run."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want your fans to admire most?
"I'm a people person. Have no fear of me. The track is my family. I'm racing for them."
What's most important?
1. Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4. Winning
Thrill/fun. "I wouldn't do this, if I wasn't having fun."
Are you happy?
What could make you happier?
"Racing is 75% mental 25% physical. You need to have a proper mind-set, focus right, react consistently, and be in shape. Fitness is important, but its second to winning a race."
Many facets of Antron Brown are desirable racing assets. We sense that he is well-directed, perhaps coached by Troy Vincent, who has much experience at the University of Wisconsin and NFL levels. Our one word description of this brave racer is:
We include words painted on the trailer of Team 23. No doubt, their credo:
"One team, One mind, One purpose."
"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."