DOB: 1/17/78 Birthtown: Stoneville, N.C Hometown: Stoneville, NC
When I first saw Shawn Gann sitting on his bike in the staging lanes with his girlfriend Angie, I thought show time. All the yellow, the presence of their racing uniforms, and their attraction of the cameras add up to a team destined to showcase as well as show up. Shawn Gann races well also, but he and Angie, an attractive youthful pair, stand out even when they are sitting still. Watch for a while though, and you will soon see Shawn launch his drag bike, and all that color will blur into speed.
SHAWN GANN CHATS WITH DWIGHT:
Do you have a nickname?
Who are your heroes?
What are (or have been) your scariest moments?
"I've run an outlaw pro street bike with no wheelie bar. One time past the eighth mile at 160 mph it stood straight up. I've run a 7.61 at 190 with no wheelie bar."
Do you work out?
Do you have a special diet?
When asleep do you ever dream you're riding a motorcycle?
"Yeah. Fast, never slow."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"I don't know. I just have a long game face. I put my shield down, and have quiet time."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"Yeah. I do a lot of shopping. I'm big into fashion."
When not wearing racing gear, what clothes do you wear?
"Abercombrie and Fitch. There is no other clothing. (Angie, Shawn's girlfriend nodded with this statement)."
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
"I go to the movies so I can sleep. Angie watches the movies for me."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want to be admired most for?
Angie answered for Shawn when he shrugged his shoulders.
"Commitment to racing."
What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning 5. Other
"The Thrill. The others aren't even close."
Are you happy?
What could make you happier?
"A sponsor. A 7.40 Outlaw pro street pass. I built the outlaw street bike, and I'm the fastest."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"I don't know."
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
1. Yes. 2. No. 3. Sometimes
"No. Never. It should be my discretion. I don't want to be trapped."
Where do you find the most peace in your life?
"Going down the track."
Other than racing do you have a full-time occupation?
You're a skilled racer…What skills separate you from the fast traffic on public highways?
Interviewing this colorful racer is refreshing, because I couldn't predict answers to my questions as I sometimes can. Shawn Gann isn't in a league all his own, but he does stand out as a character all his own. After this interview, we encountered Sean again at an NHRA race. This time his blond hair had succumbed to a razor and he sported fashionable new sun-glasses, shades on the cutting edge. I searched for a final word for this talented racer, and many words jumped to the page. I kept looking however, and settled on one final word. Gary Larsen agreed. Shawn Gann is…