TJ Hartman Racing News May 3, 2009



TJ Hartman Racing News May 3rd, 2009
May 3rd, 2009
Author: Ted Hartman


Photo courtesy of Coast2Coast(Debi Supan) - Elma 2006

TJ Hartman Racing - UPDATE - Rain and a firm handshake.

Puyallup, WA - May 2, 2009...

Rain washed out week two of the 2009 season for TJ and his team. The weather forecast for the weekend had been poor all week, and getting the call that the race had been canceled Saturday was not unexpected. The Puyallup, WA teenager had several days to prepare for the disappointments life can bring, and having a race canceled was low on the list of concerns.

Late Saturday evening, TJ's Grandfather(Jack Olsen) passed away. An avid history enthusiast with a passion for golf, and a great example of someone who can overcome adversity, TJ's 77 year old Grandpa Jack was able to show the youngster how to persevere. For all of TJ's 17 years, his Grandfather had lived with M.S.(Multiple Sclerosis), and among other things, he taught TJ that obstacles are meant to be overcome.

TJ talks about his Grandpa: "I wouldn't say Grandpa was a huge racing fan, but he was always asking me questions about the cars, and how they worked. I remember when I was about 6 or 7 years old he would let me drive his golf cart for him while he golfed. He never got to see me race a lot because it was difficult for him to get around, but he was there when I won the quarter midget national championships at home(Grays Harbor Mini Raceway in Elma), and he got to see me race the sprint car at Elma. He was pretty amazed at what I could do in the race car, and it felt good to have him there when I won."

The heartbreaking news that his Grandfather was ill was not unexpected, and fortunately for TJ, he was able to see his Grandfather and share in the comfort of each others presence during the week before he passed away Saturday evening. TJ shares his thoughts: "It's hard, but I'm glad we got to see him first. I know there is nothing we could do, and this is just part of it. I'll just take the memories, and everything he taught me. Probably the biggest thing that sticks out is he always said have a firm handshake TJ. So that's what I always do when I meet someone."

TJ(Tyler), Nicki(Nicole) and their Grandpa Jack at the 2006 QMA Dirt Grands in Elma, WA

Note from this author - TJ and his team will prepare for competition next week, and would like to leave each of you with a short note on this somber weekend.........In this life we often have to deal with obstacles. Too often, these obstacles come from things beyond our control. Most of the time, we can simply choose to go around the obstacle, ignore it, or throw it away, and look for an easier path. That's the easy way to do it. But when life deals you an obstacle you cannot simply throw away, such as Multiple Sclerosis or other health ailments, it is up to you to make the most of the hand you are dealt. If living a positive life in the face of constant adversity was simple, anyone could do it.

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