Rod's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Technicians

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Las Vegas, NV

ROD FULLER

Vice President of Operations
Exotics Racing

“The biggest thing is ambition—it’s more important than skillset. If you’re ambitious and hungry, you can learn anything.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Education Hobbies & Pastimes Values Pride Talent Desire Fulfillment Determination Opportunity Confidence Transitions Regrets Self-Reflection Goals Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

accomplishments, ambition, automotive industry, car, college, driving, education, experience, graduation, gratification, help, helping others, learning, lucky, mechanics, mentor, racing, technicians, travel, work

BIOGRAPHY:

  • His father was a race car driver, so he spent most of his childhood working on cars with him.
  • While he was in college, everything he did was focused around his racing career; he didn’t even attend his graduation because he had a race that day.
  • From an early age, he was mentored by the founder of Walmart, Sam Walton.
  • At one point, Sam questioned him about why he wanted to be a race car driver and what would separate him from all the others—this motivated him to go back to school.
  • He later went on to become one of the first race car drivers to receive a Master’s degree.
  • Was also the first in his family to go to college, and because of this, he counts his education as his greatest accomplishment.
  • Says that winning races is an amazing feeling, but it doesn’t compare to what he is doing now helping others mold their careers—”That’s something that’s going to last for forever”.
  • Believes that “the world would stop without mechanics”; encourages young people to gain technical skills and learn how to work on things because that field is always going to be there.

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