It's always nice to sometimes go beyond the top level of whatever sport it is you follow and look out for those up and coming people and who is up to what. That's exactly what happened in the basis for my latest driver interview, which is with Mianna Wick. Mianna is a racing driver from America I got to know and meet through following her on Instagram and in this amazing interview she speaks about the car she drives, her tough battles and comebacks both off and on the track and her hopes and plans for the future as she targets a dream of competing in the IndyCar series.
1. How did you get into Motor Racing?
My dad used to race motocross so he knew about the whole racing scene. When I was about 10 my dad actually built us a ‘family go-kart’. We drove it around in the dirt for a little while then ended up deciding to get asphalt go-karts. We paved a quarter mile track in our backyard and drove out there. That’s when I really fell in love with the sport. I can remember spending forever out there on the track day after day.
2. You're racing in an 1996 IndyCar, can you tell us any more about the car?
It was dynoed at a little over 800hp. It can put down about 5,000lbs of downforce. I mean these cars are so powerful that if you’d turn them upside down they would fly. I have personally always been a fan of open-wheel cars (which is what the IndyCar is). I just like how they handle. The car is also a 6-speed sequential. That’s part of its age showing. haha! The newer cars are all electronic so you have nifty buttons on your steering wheel to shift. It is a small chevy block. Lots of thought and love went into the design of these cars. It’s truly an honor to get to drive one.
Mianna has experienced some challenges both on and off track.
3. What's the best track you’ve raced on so far?
That’s a tough one. I think most people would suspect COTA (Circuit of the Americas) simply because that’s where F1 gets to race and it is a pretty fast track with lots of elevation change. However, I’d have to say my favorite track is High Plains Raceway. It’s tucked away out in the county of the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. It is a track I commonly train at so I don’t know if that's why I like it, or if it's just the sequence of the corners and flow of it all. Either way, it is sure a blast to drive!
4. You spoke on Instagram about your Heart Surgery. How did it go for you?
About two years ago I was diagnosed with a heart condition called Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia. The doctors are no longer a 100% that’s what I had/have, but I caused me a lot of pain and took all my energy away. I went to the ER several times while trying to figure out what was wrong because the symptoms I described sounded just like a heart-attack. Thankfully it was not that. It really took me down for the count though. I mean at the point I’m going to the ER you know its bad! haha Back when I had mechanical failure and crashed my car I ended up breaking my collar bone, severing nerves in my neck, and tearing my rotator cuff and I didn’t even go see a doctor for that until a couple days later. lol! Anyways, it was hard because I didn’t feel like driving let alone take care of any business that needed to get done.
We (my doctors and my family and I) finally decided in September, 2018 to get a heart ablation. That’s where they go in through arteries in your leg and for lack of a better word “kill the part of your heart that is malfunctioning”. It was HUGELY successful! It was truly a Godsend because no one knew if the surgery would work or not. Today I am as healthy as can be and just have to watch out for if it comes back.
Eyes on the Prize: Mianna is working hard to hopefully get a drive with an IndyLights team in the near future.
5. What’s your hopes or ambitions in terms of racing for the future?
I hope to very soon be racing for an IndyLights team. I am not sure how soon that’ll be, but I hope very soon. After that I hope to drive for a Verizon IndyCar team (this is also my long-term goal). After that, my goals will be to just get better and better as a Verizon IndyCar driver.
I would like to thank Mianna for the amazing interview and answers she passed on to me, as well as the help giving me pictures to use. I would like to wish her the very best for the future and hope to see her in an IndyLights team very soon.