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Sean Allen Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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As most of you know I took this past season off due to financial reasons and to focus on school. Well, with the financial situation continuing and no racing in the near future I have decided to peruse another dream of mine, a dream that will undoubtedly help me in my quest to find a good career in life, the Military and Medicine. I have enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 68W Health Care Specialist ("Combat Medic") for 4 years. I leave for basic in May to Fort Jackson, SC and then on to Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam, Texas. The center of Military medicine.

I wanted to thank everyone in the Spec Miata community for making me feel welcome when I first joined a few ago, and for not being to hard on me when I made some rookie mistakes [Razz] . The SM crowd is truly like a family. Thank you.

I'll be around from time to time, and will attempt to make a few of next seasons races as a spectator. Maybe even get one last drive myself in..

Racing isn't over in my mind, just put on hold. Hopefully one day I will be able to keep on hitting those apex's!

- Sean Allen


P.S. I suppose I should sell my Spec Miata now... expect that in the classifieds at some point.

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God Speed.

Alberto M Goncalves
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Good luck to you.

Mike Colangelo Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Good luck and thanks for serving!

tony senese Verified Driver
Phew, that was close!

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Be well Sean and take care of yourself!

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DionJ Verified Driver
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Good luck Sean.

Gatoratty Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Good luck.

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Dusty Bottoms Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
99 all the way!

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Good luck Sean and if you're ever stuck in Ft. Sam with no place to go during a holiday, hit us Austin people up.

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If ya feel the need to hang around some cars or peeps during basic, we're right over by the Columbia airport, feel free to stop by!

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David Dewhurst
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Sean, great decision by a fine young man. [thumbsup]

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Have Fun [Wink]

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Sean Allen Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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quote:
Originally posted by Dusty Bottoms:
Good luck Sean and if you're ever stuck in Ft. Sam with no place to go during a holiday, hit us Austin people up.

What kind of racing is in and around the Houston area? I will be there starting July 27th for 4 months and will have weekends off.

Blake Clements Verified Driver Series Champ
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quote:
Originally posted by Sean Allen:
quote:
Originally posted by Dusty Bottoms:
Good luck Sean and if you're ever stuck in Ft. Sam with no place to go during a holiday, hit us Austin people up.

What kind of racing is in and around the Houston area? I will be there starting July 27th for 4 months and will have weekends off.
MSRHouston (Angleton) and TWS (College Station) have events all year.

If I am back stateside by then, you are welcome to take some laps in one of my cars. Thanks for serving our country.

Blake

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B(Kuch) Kucera 45 Verified Driver
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Good Luck and Thanks for serving for our freedom! [thumbsup]

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Bob
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Blake Thompson Verified Driver
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Year : 1991
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quote:
Originally posted by Sean Allen:
I have enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 68W Health Care Specialist ("Combat Medic") for 4 years. I leave for basic in May to Fort Jackson, SC and then on to Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam, Texas. The center of Military medicine.

Thank You. We'll look forward to you coming back and joining the racing again [Smile]

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Juan Pineda Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Hey Sean, Good luck in your travels! -Juan

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Ron Alan Made Donation to Website
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I'm reaching through the computer patting you on the back right now...incredible decesion [thumbsup] Peace be with you on your journey!

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-RA


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Danny Steyn Verified Driver
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Good luck Sean and stay safe

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Glenn Verified Driver
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Best of luck, it is a descision that will change your life forever!

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Glenn
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George Munson Verified Driver
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Good Luck and Thanks for sharing on this site. When its all said and done this might be a brief bump in your racing career.

Steve Holifield Verified Driver
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I wish you all the best, Sean.

Qik Nip Verified Driver Made Donation to Website Series Champ
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Sean:
You won't be sorry. This experience will be will be life altering and uplifting. You will never be the same and you will be a better citizen for the effort. Thanks for your service.
Rick
P.S. Hands down the toughest person I ever knew was an Army medic. It takes a special talent and inner strength.

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taake1201 Verified Driver
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What Qik Nip said...and I'll add that you'll be racing again before you know it. Thank you for your service. I've had a pretty good life for a 38 year old but I wish I could have spent some time in one of the branches like my dad did.

I acutally went to Ft. Sam Houston several times with the Boy Scouts when I was a kid. We hiked the San Antonio Mission trail and the Army was gracious enough to let us stay in the barracks each time. Not sure if that's allowable post 9/11 but it was a great time.

Good luck and have fun learning and growing!

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Tvance13
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Sean - Best of luck to you. I know it is difficult to walk away from racing, but you have the right attitude and have made a great decision that will benefit you for years to come. Hope to see you before you ship out. Have a great holiday!

Tom and Tyler

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Sean Allen Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Thanks everyone.

Shop Teacher
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Good luck Sean, hope you find what you are looking for.
A

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Tom Sager Made Donation to Website
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All the best to you. It's a noble undertaking and opportunity you're pursuing.

I expect you'll be back down the road as racing is an incurable disease.

Dr.Dan Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
V8, nice! And good for you too!

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Good luck Sean. Thanks

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Sean Yepez Verified Driver
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Take care, Sean! I hope to see you before you go! [Smile]

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Kim Ouye Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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Save journey Sean!

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Kim

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"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'Holy sh*t...what a ride!'" - Unknown

TillerTech
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Sean,

Thank you for taking this time in your life to serve a Great Nation.

As a coincidence, my son Sean is at Lackland AFB right now going through BMT.

Be well, be safe and racing will be here when you are ready again.

John

PS, store your helmet and Hans, the helmet will expire as well the tethers but the yoke should last forever. Besides, the helmet will look good sitting on a book shelf someday.

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Ft Jackson is where I did basic, weather is rather changeable that time of the year. You'll get to Sam Houston in the middle of HOT season. Don't assume you'll have weekends off, if they still have DI's and you are stuck with buddy frackers in your class they may have other things for ya. [Big Grin]

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All this has happened before, and will happen again

dp35 Verified Driver
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Congrats on being mature enough to put racing aside for now in favor of establishing your life.

Once bitten by the racing bug you can't really quit, only take time off. You've got plenty of time for racing in the future. You'll be back.

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charliehayes
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quote:
Originally posted by dp35:
Congrats on being mature enough to put racing aside for now in favor of establishing your life.

Once bitten by the racing bug you can't really quit, only take time off. You've got plenty of time for racing in the future. You'll be back.

+1

Im sure we can get the SM or PTE car ready for at least one more race before you leave? [scratchchin] [Big Grin]

David Kirsch Verified Driver
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Sean, I'm not sure we've ever met, but since you're driving #54 you must be associated with my good buddy, the Evil Genius. John and I raced together a good many years.
Anyway, I hung up my SM helmet a few years ago (did 2 years at what is now the "former" Russell Championship) and then picked up a camera, so all I'm shooting now is Canon. But once an SM'er, always an SM'er.
I join all our SM community in wishing you the aboloute best in your endeavor. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

David

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Viet-Tam Luu
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Heh, well you were already too old to get into Formula One, I'm afraid. [Razz]

But I didn't start doing this until I was almost 30 with a secure enough financial footing to fund this expensive hobby.

You've got a ton of talent and I've no doubt we'll see you hoist another victory flag before too long.

Until then I wish you the greatest success with whatever other ventures you choose to embark upon. [thumbsup]

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Viet-Tam Luu (a.k.a. "Tam")
SFR-SCCA #14 ITS
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