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Regional motorcycle road racing champion manages time as Lynn student
Published Oct. 02, 2009
Daniel Guevara, a resident of Weston, Fla., is a second semester freshman at Lynn University, studying sports management in Lynn’s College of Hospitality and Management. In addition to being a full-time student, Guevara currently holds the regional motorcycle road racing champion title with 24 first-place trophies and 10 podium awards out of the 39 races he has competed in this season. From Friday, Oct. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Daytona International Speedway, Guevara will suit up for the National Race of Champions XXVI and have the opportunity to bring home six national titles.
Twenty-year-old Guevara typically begins his day at 5:45 a.m. with a 50-mile bike ride in the morning, then attends class from 8 a.m. – noon, and either runs eight miles or swims with a masters team in the evening (in addition to motorcycle road racing, he’s training for his first Ironman). The rest of the time, he races, though he only took up the sport two years ago when he turned 18.
“I always wanted to race,” said Guevara, “but I never had the resources.”
Guevara’s professors speak very highly him – on and off the racetrack. “He is a good student and a serious competitor,” said Chad Barr, assistant professor of sports management. “Last year, even before Daniel was in my class, we worked for hours on creating a sponsorship packet for his racing team. We met throughout the semester. He created his own Web site [www.DanGuevara.com] and secured sponsors to help support his team.” And Guevara offers similar reviews about professor Barr, “he motivates me and shows me that nothing is impossible,” said Guevara. “He taught me how to market myself.”
Although Guevara aspires to be a professional racer, “I want to be an example for society,” said Guevara, “not just a motorcycle racer, but a well-rounded individual with a great education. There are too many racers that quit school because they think they are set for life.”