With a good head on his shoul­ders and a heart that is open to life lessons, this in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed race car driver is a win­ner on and off the track.

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mar­lon stockinger gets our mo­tor run­ning.

“Rac­ing is def­i­nitely a good school for life.”

What are you like on the track?

I’m quite fired up. To psych my­self up, I do warm-ups and lis­ten to hip-hop, rock, or what­ever mu­sic I’m in the mood to lis­ten to. It’s one way to lit­er­ally drown out the noise, and it helps you fo­cus and lock in for the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion. A lot of rac­ing drivers look cool, calm, and col­lected, but un­der that hel­met, there are a lot of emo­tions at play. There’s a lot of con­trolled ag­gres­sion that goes into it.

What’s a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion about rac­ing that you’d like to set straight?

With all the glam­our and hype around race week­end, es­pe­cially For­mula One, peo­ple think that drivers just ar­rive in fancy he­li­copters, boats, or jets to the track. But be­hind the scenes, there’s a lot of hard work. You spend all your time build­ing up to those two days that you’re go­ing to go flat out. You’re work­ing with a whole team—just start­ing up a rac­ing car takes more than five peo­ple. You need a team to put the tires on, start the en­gine, warm it up, check the sys­tems, and so on. So while peo­ple typ­i­cally only see drivers take home the tro­phies, mo­tor­sport is very much a team sport.

What have you learned from all your years of rac­ing?

I’ve been rac­ing since I was nine years old, and the sport is def­i­nitely a good school for life. There are thou­sands of com­po­nents in a rac­ing car, and you’re just one piece of flesh amidst all that metal. You learn that some things can go wrong, that some things are out of your hands. In that as­pect, you learn to not blame your­self for ev­ery­thing. You take the good with the bad and try to per­se­vere.

You once ded­i­cated a win to your mom, right?

Yeah, I was so happy when I got my first podium in one of the big­ger se­ries, and I ded­i­cated that race to my mom. Aside from that, I think the best thing I’ve done for her is tak­ing her out on a date for Valen­tine’s Day.

You also have a close re­la­tion­ship with your sis­ter...

Au­drey is only a cou­ple of years younger than me, and we re­ally get along. I mean, we tend to butt heads, but she’s re­ally ma­ture for her age. I can’t re­call a lot of days fight­ing with her com­pared to get­ting along and talk­ing through things.

How pro­tec­tive are you when it comes to her and guys?

I think it’s more of her try­ing to pro­tect me! She’s re­ally head­strong, and I trust her to make her own de­ci­sions. She left home when she was young, picked her univer­sity, and did all the steps the way she wanted. In the end, of course I’ll al­ways be a big brother and step in if nec­es­sary and let her know if some­thing’s right or not.

Mov­ing on to other mem­bers of your fam­ily: tell us about your golden re­triev­ers.

My sis­ter and I have two dogs named Sum­mer and Naya, who are three years old. I’ve al­ways been a dog per­son—i think cats are cool, but I’m al­ler­gic to some types of cat fur. The best thing about hav­ing a pet is the un­con­di­tional love. Whether you’re hav­ing a good day or a bad day, whether you’re happy with them or mad at them for mis­be­hav­ing, they’ll al­ways love you.

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