Bruce Jenner warms up for Lamborghini race at Kansas Speedway
08/15/2013 5:47 PM
08/16/2013 10:10 AM
Bruce Jenner has come out of retirement, but the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medalist isn’t thinking about challenging Ashton Eaton to reclaim the title of World’s Greatest Athlete.
Instead, Jenner and his son Burt will drive in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Races on Friday and Saturday at Kansas Speedway, which is hosting the Grand-Am Road Racing series for the inaugural running on its new infield road course.
“My last race was in 1991, but the reason I’m back (is Burt),” said Bruce, who is probably best known these days as the father from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Bruce has some bona fide racing credentials, even though he didn’t grow up a gearhead.
In fact, Bruce’s first car was a 1954 Cadillac hearse he bought as a sophomore at Newtown (Conn.) High School.
“A guy had it in the backyard,” Bruce explained. “I’m 16 years old and he said, ‘You give me $150 and get it out of here, it’s yours.’ Well, I didn’t have a car, so I said fine, asked the old man for $150 and took the car. It ran. My world record in high school was 27 people in the back — all alive.”
Later, Bruce caught the speed bug while training in San Jose, Calif., for the Montreal Olympics when he was invited by a friend to races at Laguna Seca Raceway.
After rocketing to international stardom by shattering the decathlon world record en route to Olympic gold, Bruce got into go-kart racing and ran the 24 Hours at Daytona for the first time in 1980.
Eventually, he joined the International Motor Sports Association circuit, racing professionally from 1983-88. That included a two-year stint when he teamed up with Scott Pruett, an 11-time champion on various sports car circuits, and helped win the 1986 IMSA GTO championship.
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