Earchphoto - Derek De Boer at PIR for the Rose Cup Races featuring Pirelli World Challenge.

Derek De Boer at PIR for the Rose Cup Races featuring Pirelli World Challenge.

Life in the Fast Lane

As you watch the group walking through the paddocks towards the garage building, it’s clear that they all know the drill, they’ve done this before… a lot. The whole family walks together to the lineup of trailers, and then the group stops; it’s time for one big group hug before the family takes on their assigned roles. The kids will walk back to the team trailer to pick up the grandparents, and from there, they will hop in a golf cart that will carry them off to one of the racetrack turns where they can watch Dad race, sharing their seating area with the other team guests and sponsors. Mom and Dad will walk to pit lane as Dad (Derek) gets ready for the race and Mom (Brooke) prepares to follow the race from the pit tent with the team.

 

Earchphoto - The De Boer family walking in the paddocks at COTA.
The De Boer family walking in the paddocks at COTA.

 

Earchphoto - The De Boer family in the paddocks.
The De Boer family in the paddocks.

 

Earchphoto - The De Boer family in the paddocks.
The De Boer family in the paddocks.

 

It’s a ritual this family has done many times, everyone has a job to do, being right where they need to be and making sure that Derek has everything he needs to win. Welcome to Race Day routine for the De Boer family.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke and Derek De Boer walk towards the pits before a race.
Brooke and Derek De Boer walk towards the pits before a race.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer of FastlifeTV in pit lane.
Brooke De Boer of FastlifeTV in pit lane.

 

Derek De Boer is a racecar driver for The Racers Group, TRG, a team out of Petaluma, Calilfornia, owned by Kevin Buckler. The team competes in the IMSA and PWC circuits with Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and Porsche. Derek’s wife Brooke is a filmmaker, writer, and producer of the show FastlifeTV, now in season 2 on Amazon Prime Video. The show is really a video diary of everything that goes on in the life of a racecar driver, on and off the racetrack.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer, flmmaker and producer of FastlifeTV, follows her husband Derek to the autograph session at PIR.
Brooke De Boer, filmmaker and producer of FastlifeTV, follows her husband Derek to the autograph session at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer filming with her husband Derek before a public speaking event.
Brooke De Boer filming with her husband Derek before a public speaking event.

 

The De Boer’s have made an important lifestyle (and educational) decision, which was to include the whole family in their professional activities, and document their life in racing through victories and struggles, whatever else happens. They take teaching moments from anything that comes along, good or bad, to help their children learn about racing, sports, and life in general.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer with the family in the paddocks.
Derek De Boer with the family in the paddocks.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer filmind Derek as he talks with a team member.
Brooke De Boer filming Derek as he talks with a team member.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer filmind Derek in pit lane.
Brooke De Boer filming Derek in pit lane.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer in pit lane.
Derek De Boer in pit lane.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer in pit lane prior to driver change.
Derek De Boer in pit lane prior to driver change.

 

In addition to racing (which you’d think would be already a full-time job), Derek has a ‘day job’ in the automotive industry with his Chevrolet dealership, and also spends a considerable amount of time participating in many community initiatives. If you looked closely at the livery of Derek’s cars over the years, you’d find logos from “Racing For Cancer”, “Pictures of Hope”, and many other causes he supports through racing. Despite the hectic schedule of a race weekend, you will often find Derek speaking in schools, at children’s athletic camps, and anywhere else he can inspire the new generation with his story.

 

Earchphoto -Derek De Boer speaking to young athletes.
Derek De Boer speaking to young athletes.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer speaking to young athletes.
Derek De Boer speaking to young athletes.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer during a sports camp autograph session.
Derek De Boer during a sports camp autograph session.

 

Team TRG was in the IMSA spotlight in 2014 with James Davison, and then in 2015 when Christina Nielsen and Kuno Wittmer were in contention for the GTD Championship for several weeks but they came up a few points short at the end of the season. With the new season, Nielsen moved on to Scuderia Corsa Ferrari and went on to win the IMSA GTD championship back-to-back with Alessandro Balzan, before moving on to Porsche.

 

Earchphoto - Christina Nielsen getting ready for a race with Team TRG.
Christina Nielsen getting ready for a race with Team TRG.

 

Earchphoto - The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Christina Nielsen on the track in 2015.
The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Christina Nielsen on the track in 2015.

 

When you visit the team tent in the paddocks, Team TRG gives you the feeling of an atmosphere of tightness, loyalty, and family, that doesn’t go unnoticed. With our company hashtag line at Earchphoto being #becauseitsallaboutloyalty – it was just a matter of time before we’d cross paths with Team TRG and the De Boer family. I was able to catch up with Derek and Brooke at two of this year’s races, Circuit of the Americas and Portland International Raceway, and absolutely enjoyed working with them and Team TRG on this feature story.

 

Earchphoto - Team TRG - The Racers Group - with families, race sponsors and guests.
Team TRG – The Racers Group – with families, race sponsors, and guests.

 

Earchphoto - TRG Team huddle before a race.
TRG Team huddle before a race.

 

In past seasons, TRG was mostly racing Aston Martin Vantage cars, and occasionally a Lamborghini or a Porsche. After several successful races with the Aston, including a few double podiums last season, the new PWC Racing season brought considerable change as Derek is now racing a Porsche Cayman GT4 for the 2018 season.

 

Earchphoto - The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons at COTA in 2017.
The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons at COTA in 2017.

 

Earchphoto - The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons at COTA in 2017.
The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons at COTA in 2017.

 

Earchphoto - The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons at COTA in 2017.
The TRG-AMR Aston Martin of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons at COTA in 2017.

 

Earchphoto - Derek and Sean after a successful qualifying session.
Derek and Sean after a successful qualifying session.

 

Earchphoto - Derek and Sean on the podium at COTA in 2017.
Derek and Sean on the podium at COTA in 2017.

 

Earchphoto - Derek and Sean on the podium at COTA in 2017.
Derek and Sean on the podium at COTA in 2017.

 

With a new car come a number of variables and unknowns – which means spending some of the races trying to dial in the car setup and adapting to the new conditions. For as much as change is a constant in life, those big changes in racing can be frustrating, after you and the team have put in so much work with one car and finally got it where you want it, changing setup completely makes you feel like you are pretty much starting over from scratch.

 

Earchphoto - The new TRG Porsche of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons.
The new TRG Porsche of Derek De Boer and Sean Gibbons.

 

Earchphoto - Derek and Sean practice driver changes in the garage.
Derek and Sean practice driver changes in the garage.

 

Earchphoto - Derek in the Porsche on pre-grid at COTA.
Derek in the Porsche on pre-grid at COTA.

 

Earchphoto - Derek assisting Sean on pre-grid at COTA.
Derek assisting Sean on pre-grid at COTA.

 

Earchphoto - Derek and Brooke in pit lane during a race.
Derek and Brooke in pit lane during a race.

 

Earchphoto - The TRG Porsche on the track at COTA.
The TRG Porsche on the track at COTA.

 

These difficult moments are one reason that the FastlifeTV show exists: to remind you to keep going. The show is an honest and open representation of what the life of a racecar driver is – from the glory of the win and it’s corresponding podium celebration, to the frustration of something not working and even the occasional aggravating DNF (Did Not Finish).

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer filming while she follows Derek and Sean to pre-grid.
Brooke De Boer filming while she follows Derek and Sean to pre-grid.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer getting ready for a race.
Derek De Boer getting ready for a race.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer getting ready for a race.
Derek De Boer getting ready for a race.

 

Earchphoto - Derek and Brooke De Boer on pre-grid at COTA.
Derek and Brooke De Boer on pre-grid at COTA.

 

Earchphoto - Derek and Brooke De Boer on pre-grid at COTA.
Derek and Brooke De Boer on pre-grid at COTA.

 

FastlifeTV is a reminder that when you are chasing your dream, you can find the faith and courage to keep going no matter what, even when that means facing adversity and frustration. Your determination to follow your dream and reach your goal will help you overcome the obstacles in your way. The purpose of the show, in one way, is to give people the courage to follow their own dreams, like the De Boers have.

 

Earchphoto - Derek with the Porsche at PIR.
Derek with the Porsche at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Derek De Boer with TRG Team owner Kevin at PIR.
Derek De Boer with TRG Team owner Kevin at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Derek in pit lane ready for driver change at PIR.
Derek in pit lane ready for driver change at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke filming driver change at PIR.
Brooke filming driver change at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Derek ready for his stint at PIR.
Derek ready for his stint at PIR.

 

In Season 1/Episode 9 of FastlifeTV, Brooke says something that many of us should try to remember if we aim to live a lifestyle of freedom, “Everybody wants to do what makes their heart sing.” which is another reminder that all of us that we are put on this earth for a purpose-driven life, which includes spending our days doing something we love.

Earchphoto - The No.66 on track during practice at PIR.
The No.66 on track during practice at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Focused. Derek De Boer on pre-grid at PIR.
Focused. Derek De Boer on pre-grid at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer filming in pit lane during qualifying.
Brooke De Boer filming in pit lane during qualifying.
Maybe you drive a racecar – or maybe your husband/wife, son/daughter, sibling, or a loved one does. Or maybe you don’t race, and you just picked up an automotive magazine by chance and started reading this article because something on these pages randomly spoke to you. Whatever it was, if you ever had a dream, if you ever believed or desired something in your heart – then FastlifeTV is for you. If you ever decided to find the courage to go all in for a goal of yours, against all odds, against advice, and against a crowd of naysayers who told you that you would not make it – FastlifeTV is for you.
Earchphoto - Derek in the car during a stop.
Derek in the car during a stop.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke filming in pit lane, capturing the emotions as the team members follow the race.
Brooke filming in pit lane, capturing the emotions as the team members follow the race.

 

Earchphoto - The TRG Porsche No.66 during a race at PIR.
The TRG Porsche No.66 during a race at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Driver change at PIR.
Driver change at PIR.

 

Earchphoto - Brooke De Boer in pit lane during a race.
Brooke De Boer in pit lane during a race.
FastlifeTV is for believers and doers. For those who take action no matter what. For those who won’t stop just because someone (or many) told them “You can’t.”. It’s for those who hear the inner voices of doubt and fear but choose to go forward anyway.
FastlifeTV is for those who need a friend, an ally, someone in your corner who gives you courage and tells you to keep going, and if that’s you, whether you drive a racecar or not – you may want to check out the show on Amazon Prime or at www.fastlife.tv
Earchphoto - Season 2 of FastlifeTV is coming out soon.
Season 2 of FastlifeTV is coming out soon.

 

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