"When in doubt, go flat out."
- William Macrae
William Myers always loved watching karting races on television, never imagining that one day he would be a national karting champion. When he was just ten years old, his father granted him permission to begin karting as a hobby, but just one year later, William found himself competing in races. His skill and fearlessness overcame many disappointments, and William excelled so much that soon he began competing internationally.
The balance between travel, practice, and schoolwork is sometimes not an easy one, but William has learned to organize his time and to find a formula that satisfies both his academic and karting obligations. This year, he has focused mostly on local races so he feels it has been a little easier to balance schoolwork with practice time and competitions. During competition times, William begins practice from months before, and then closer to race he may have to practice every Friday before race days.
To overcome any feelings of nervousness before a competition, William says that the key is to not dwell on negative thoughts of what could go wrong in the race, but to remain positive and upbeat. Sometimes he feels it is even good not to think of the race too much before, but to just keep his mind clear and relaxed. His family's support also plays a big role in keeping him focused and successful.
With his role models being Formula 1 race-car drivers like Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, William has directed his goals on winning many more competitions. Just last year he achieved one of his biggest goals by taking home the championship title in the Shifter Class in the Fall Championship in Homestead.