Q and A with Geoff Bodine
By Dominic Aragon
July 29, 2014
Retired NASCAR veteran Geoff Bodine hung up the helmet in 2011, but the former driver is keeping busy.
Q: So since the last time we talked, what’s been keeping you busy?
Geoff Bodine in 2011. Bodine recently caught up with The Racing Experts.
Geoff Bodine: “Even though it’s summer time, we’re still bobsledding; making plans for the next season with the World Cup Bobsleds and plus our new company.
“We have Bo-DynBobsled.com plus we have the Geoff Bodine Bobsled Company, which that company, we design and build a bobsled that will be used in the Paralympics when that comes out. It accommodates any athlete’s needs.
“Plus, it’s a training sled for young people… It’s a great training aid that can be used by one person, the driver, and you don’t need a brake person in it. The driver can learn how to drive and crash all they want.
“Of course, I have Geoff Bodine Honda of Melbourne [Florida], Honda motorcycle and power sports store. We spend a lot of time there talking to customers, potential customers, have a good time. Race fans come in and we have a great time. Along with that, ride some motorcycles, and charity events.”
So bike rallies and things of that nature?
“Yeah, all that stuff. My wife and I rode from Carlsbad, California to Daytona Beach a few months ago with the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. That was on a three-wheeler, a trike, which we build right here at our stores.
“And then I got on a two-wheeler, a Honda F six-speed, and rode from Nashville to Washington D.C. on the Rolling Thunder ride.”
Q: How many NASCAR races have you attended this year?
Geoff Bodine (left) poses with brothers Todd (center) and Brett (right)
GB: “Believe it or not, zero. We were out of town, I think I was doing bobsled stuff for the [Daytona] 500 and then for the [Coke Zero] 400, I took [my wife] Lori’s dad and uncle and a friend up to Daytona. Of course, it rained Saturday.
“I got them a ride in the Richard Petty ride-a-long, and then my brother got them a ride in the pace car.
“I’ll be at Charlotte coming up.”
Q: Have you done any local racing this year?
GB: “No, no. I’m 65, and I’ve got so much going on, I really don’t have time for that.
“I’m helping a friend of mine here [in Melbourne], George Alexander. He owns an Ace Hardware store. He has a late model he’s going to run at Buffalo and New Smyrna.
“I go up there and help him get ready. That keeps my hand into it a little bit and dirty. And of course when we go there, he wants me to drive it and shake it down.
“Other than that, that’s about all. There’s a lot of great things to do in life, and racing has allowed me to do those things, but I think that part of my life is behind me now.”
Geoff Bodine at Daytona in July 2011. Bodine ran four Sprint Cup races in 2011.
Q: How much do you miss being a part of the traveling circus that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup tour?
GB: “I miss the people. We all do. We miss traveling, that was fun. I miss the competition and challenge of going fast and figuring out the car.
There’s a lot of other great things to do in life… Everything’s okay. I like to watch. I like to see what my friends are doing.”
Q: Since your last race in 2011, has any team or sponsor approached you about getting back in a NASCAR touring race?
GB: “No. It’s behind me. All the young drivers are talented. The teams are helping them develop them throughout the years.
No one’s approached me at all.”
Q: And because it was a hot topic issue recently, what are your thoughts on the Morgan Shepherd-Joey Logano tangle a few Sundays ago?
GB: “It wasn’t really bad, but it looked bad for Morgan. I feel bad for him, because he doesn’t have a top car he’s driving. They do a great job with that team, but we all know it isn’t a highly funded team.
“So, until I find out or until it gets out what was going on, you know, I just feel bad for Morgan because he’s getting a lot of criticism for being out there.
“I respect him. I raced with him back in the late model days and the up through the Winston Cup days.”
Q: I recall in the past you saying you don’t really like to make any predictions, but what has surprised you the most about this NASCAR season?
GB: “How competitive it is, and how the teams have adjusted to this new qualifying [format]. It’s very exciting, it’s great.
“It’s interesting to watch to qualifying now, when before, it was like watching paint dry. That’s been an enjoyable positive this season.”
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with us?
GB: “NASCAR’s doing a great job. They’re trying to make it better for all the fans, drivers, teams.”