Q&A with USAC/CRA Rookie Josh
Josh, what's happening!
Josh: Aside from being really excited I'm really not too sure
Give us some background on yourself......
Josh: Well, my family has always been involved in racing. I
believe it began with my Grandpa Jack & his brother Bobby
(Rip's dad) racing midgets & micros together. Then my Dad had
me around the CRA/Ascot scene as a young kid. I myself raced BMX
when I was younger. I spent the last 4 years racing the California
Lightning Sprints South West Tour with my Step-Dad, Herb Caples
who doubles as my crew chief. My brother Joel also drives in the
CLS and my Dad Joel Sr. and uncle Jon have all been a great help.
Who has been the most influential person in your racing career
Josh: I would have to say my buddy Keith Janca. While Keith
and his Dad Otto were always a top 5 car with the Lightning
Sprints, they rarely put the fastest car on the track. They worked
extremely hard at making sure the car was bullet-proof all week
long, night after night and it earned themselves a Championship
among drivers & teams that had really no spending limits.
You mentioned that you raced in the tough California
Lightning Sprint Series.....
Josh: Yes. It really is a great group of folks. A little on
the wild side you might say, but definitely a lot of fun. The
camaraderie among the guys is something I will really miss. The
Lightning Sprints have produced a lot of really good drivers and I
hope to add my name to that list.
How did the deal with the Sprint car come about?
Josh: I am not team mates with Rip nor am I driving for
Jack Jory. I figure it's the first thing that folks would think of
as being the case (I wish it were). Rip, his team and Jack have
sort of taken me under their wing to show me the ropes so to
speak. I am running one of their older cars and have been spending
time in their Yorba Linda shop as we've been building it. I think
I'll get kicked out of the nest here pretty soon though. They've
been extremely helpful to Herb & I, and have been great about
taking the time to explain why we want to do certain things, etc.
I feel very fortunate we are able to learn from one of the top
teams in the Country.
That's a pretty big jump from The CLS, to a 410.......
Josh: I'll let you know just how big a jump in about a week
or so! It really is. I know I could have maybe put a midget or 360
deal together and spent a hell of a lot less money but Rip doesn't
run 360s or midgets. He's agreed to help and the value of that is
much more than what I would have saved in any other series. Since
getting to know his team I realize that it confirms I've made the
What do you think you will have to adjust to most, besides the
huge horsepower increase?
Josh: The extra 600 pounds I think is going to be more
difficult to get used to than even the horsepower. The car is
going to skate a lot farther up the track in the corners than what
I'm used to, so I'll have to learn how to drive all over again in
Do you plan on running the full schedule?
Josh: No, with 23 races at Perris just 30 minutes away
there is plenty of racing to do without having the expense of
travel. I plan to get to some of the other tracks (finances
permitting) but we'll see.
Being a first year driver, what are some of the things that
Josh: I really don't have any concerns about being a first
year driver. I have a pretty realistic view of just how far above
my head I'm getting myself into this. I'll figure it out. I'm most
concerned about the expense of breaking the motor!
What advice has Rip given to you, regarding your rookie season?
Josh: Just listen!
With your last name being Williams, do you feel you have some
Josh: Maybe sub-consciously it does. I try not to think
about it much. Being a Williams hasn't made steering the car any
What goals have you set for yourself this year?
Josh: I have two goals for the first year. I first hope to
get through my first several races without getting into trouble or
pissing anyone off. My second goal will kick in at about the 5th
race or so and that is to make the feature every night.
The competition in the USAC/CRA Series is very stout.....
Josh: One of the National Sprint Car Polls (I think it may
have been the wingless driver of the year or something) had 7 of
the top 10 drivers in the Country from right here in CA. It's
another level above stout I believe.
Any butterflies knowing you're going to have to be really up on
the wheel against those guys?
Josh: Not yet. Ask me again when I tag the back of the heat
race next to Gardner because he earned quick time again. I may
have a different reply. Then again I may not.
How do you mentally prepare yourself, knowing you will be
waging war with "The Demon", "The Kruser",
"The Ripper", Mike Kirby, and the rest of the hot shoes
in the USAC/CRA series?
Josh: Mentally prepare? I'm an adrenaline addict. Since
Mike Tyson wont fight me and I'll never get a shot at 8 seconds
with Bodacious these guys are going to have to do.
Where do you hope to go with your racing career?
Josh: I don't have any aspirations for making the Indy 500
lineup or Nascar. I just want to race sprint cars before my kids
kick me out of the driving seat altogether. I have young boys that
have driven some Mini-dwarf cars and quarter midgets. So I want to
learn as much as I can. The more I learn now the better I will be
able to help them later.
What's your biggest racing accomplishment to date?
Josh: That's a tough one because there have been so many!
Well not really. I think it would be a toss up between earning the
Most Improved Drivers trophy in 2002 and the Hard Luck trophy of
Is their anything that you would like to say to the fans?
Josh: I know everyone is excited about the upcoming season
just as I am. I hope to be able to add just a little bit to their
excitement and enjoyment of the toughest sprint car show in the
Country. I would like to say thank you in advance to the fans,
because it couldn't be said enough. If it weren't for the fans
there would be no place for me to fulfill my dream of playing race
cars with my cousin.
I thank you for letting us fans get to know you better. It has
been an honor. Good luck this year, and get after 'em!
Josh: The honor has been mine! Thank you. I'll give it my
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