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9 Questions with Jamaican Race Car Driver Victor Haye

Victor Haye Jamaican Race Car Driver for Massive Crew
Written by Xavier Murphy
Victor Haye Jamaican Race Car Driver for Massive Crew

Victor Haye – Jamaican Race Car Driver for Massive Crew

Victor Haye is a successful design architect and one of the most versatile racing drivers of his day.
He is recognized as a first-class racer in the sports car club, road racing industry, having won the 2008 Porsche BMW Owners Club Racing Cup Championship (Class R5) and he positions himself as a proven front-runner in the Sports Car Series category, no matter what car he was driving.  Most recently Victor won his class in the 2016 FARA Race of Champions with the new Mercedes Benz C250S AMG Sport, Race Car debut.   His extensive passion for cars ranges between open-wheel cars, sport racer prototypes, GT sedans, and drag racing, which makes him one of the most diverse and accomplished local drivers. He is also a certified instructor and is considered a favorite amongst his students. Here is our conversation with Victor.

Q: Where in Jamaica are you from?
I am from Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland,..

Jamaican Race Car Driver for Massive Crew

Massive Crew

Q: How did you become interested in Sports Car Club Racing?
My interested started when I was very young.  I have memories of being on my brother’s shoulders while they watch BMC race through the streets of Jamaica.

Q: How are you funding this effort?
Primary funding now comes from my friends and family, other funding comes from some suppliers and race industry companies. Our intent is to get the entire team funded by a main sponsor for the full season.

Jamaican Race Car Driver Victor Haye being interviewed before a race

Jamaican Race Car Driver Victor Haye being interviewed before a race

Q: What are some of your achievements in Sports Car Club Racing?
We have quite a few achievements. Here are some Racing Career Highlights from the past 3 years.

2016:
HOMESTEAD SPEEDWAY MP-3A Class: #22, Mercedes Benz C250S AMG Sport.

Debut the Mercedes Benz AMG C Class Race Car, ST Class, MP-3A Class, TCA. First Place in Class, 3 Hour Enduro (single driver) in FARA Race of Champions, Homestead.

PBIR R5 class: #101, BMW Mini Cooper S.

Events: R5 class, MP-3B Class, ST Class: #101, BMW Mini Cooper S. On Driver Roster for 38 Hours Race PBIR. We put the Mini Cooper on second to pole in each event entered.

2014-2015:
Raced – R5 class, MP-3B Class, ST Class: #101, BMW Mini Cooper S. On Driver Roster for 38 Hours Race PBIR. We put the Mini Cooper on second to pole in each event entered.

2013-2014:
Registered for the IMSA Continental Tire Championship in ST Class, due to technical issues the Homologation of the Race Car the team spent the next year preparing the car for the next season, while we ran semi-regularly with other racing formats in Class: #101, BMW Mini Cooper S. Competed in 6-hour race.

Q: What is your goal now?
Get support/sponsorship for our new efforts to race on the national stage, carrying the Jamaican flag. Going places no one thought we could.

Victor Haye Jamaican Race Car Driver for Massive Crew

Massive Crew Car

Q: You wear a mixture of the Jamaican flag and “reggae” colors proudly on your cars. What is the typical reaction by people seeing your car and the colors on the track? 
First Response is big smiles, then the “Yea Mon”, then never ending love. They follow us and just wish us well and good success. Everybody wants a picture with the car and team.

Q: Tell us about your company Massive Motorsport?
“Massive”, is from the colloquial word (people) Jamaicans’ used for a while to mean “people”. Our goal was to get the people access to everything. Out of Many, One People.

Jamaican Race Car Driver for Massive Crew

Massive Crew Car on Display

Q: Growing up your hero was…
My Father, he was a very humble man, knew a lot, about everything, but a painter by trade. He was always focused on his responsibilities, education and his family. Always emphasized never envy another, you may not like what you find in his shoes.

Q: Any final words?
We as Jamaicans are citizens of the world we can go anywhere assimilate and contribute, and almost always leave a good memory.

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Xavier Murphy