Regina man pursues passion for race cars
Since 2011, Regina's Maxx Ebenal has been in China pursing his passion to be a race car driver.
He's known since he was young that was what he wanted to do.
"I think it's more, I love being able to control the car to the point of being out of control," he says about being behind the wheel of a car that goes about 240 km/h.
Breaking into a professional circuit, however, has not been easy.
In his teens Ebenal had tumours removed from his brain and in 2007, while he was at race school in Toronto, he had a seizure. The event took him out of the driver's seat for a while and he had to shift his focus to race car mechanics.
After working in the oil field and selling everything he owned he moved to China. There — in addition to working on the cars — Ebenal has been managing a race team and driving when he can afford it.
According to Ebenal professional racing is the most expensive sport in the world, so the other work he does with the team is what makes it possible for him to race. That's because instead of money, the team owners pay him with time in the car.
He's made the most of the opportunity by winning first place in three of his last seven races and making the podium on the other four.
Back home in Regina, Marty Ebenal, is very proud of what his son has accomplished.
"It would be like a walk-on to play for the Riders maybe, and never playing high school ball never playing college ball and just walking on the Riders and making the cut," Marty Ebenal said. "That's kind of what he did."
Maxx Ebenal has another seven races to go in this year's circuit in China.
He is hoping to get a shot at Indy Car racing, in North America.