Meanwhile, some race car driver is in a studio pursuing a rap career. Oh, the humanity. Miami Herald:
Jim Jonsin is no stranger to the fast track. But the hip-hop South Florida-based music producer, whose recordings — by stars such as Usher, Beyonce and Lil Wayne — have sold millions of downloads, is taking a different track. Jonsin has added a racing team, Rebel Rock Racing, to his Rebel Rock empire. That’s right; the Grammy Award-winning music mastermind is now taking the wheel.
Jonsin and his team are ranked in the Top 20 in GRAND-AM, the Continental Sports Car Challenge GS class.
“I’ve always loved racing,” said Jonsin, who started his team in 2010. “I basically grew up in a body shop with my dad. I wanted to go further with this hobby and I’ve made sure to connect music with it too, especially the young artists I’m working with on my label. Racing is more of a hobby that I’m turning into a job. Music is my bread and butter.”
The producer took the track earlier this month for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Test, in preparation for the Brickyard Grand Prix on July 27 in Indianapolis. Veteran NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace joined Jonsin for the test, who said it “went very well.”
“All in all we feel like we are dialed in for the race weekend,” Jonsin said.