19-year-old turns passion for racing into business

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Life after high school goes by fast – especially for Evan Shotko.

Like most 19-year-olds, Evan doesn’t have his own place yet. But he does have his own business.

“I always knew that this is what I wanted to do, this is about all I’m good at,” he said.

He is the owner of Shotko Motorsports, which fine tunes customers’ cars for race day – including his own.

“I really started working on people’s cars to pay for racing, so I did that throughout school because racing is expensive. Now that I graduated, I was able to take it to the next level and do it for a living, ”said Shotko.

He only has one part time employee but gets plenty of help from drivers who taught him everything.

“My dad used to race; my grandpa used to race. Racing family. So, I’ve been able to learn a lot there, but both of my parents are also business owners, so I learn from them in both aspects.

Racing isn’t the only thing in Evan’s blood – his father, three-time track champion Billly Shotko, says entrepreneurship is too.

“He’s always been a bit of an entrepreneur, my wife and I both are, and he wanted to be on his own, his own boss. We’re proud of him. ”

With his family’s help, business is booming. But it’s going almost too well.

“From the moment I wake up to the moment that I go to bed it’s either on the phone, I’m here, ordering parts, doing something with racing, my own car or business. It’s racing sunup to sundown. ”

But he couldn’t have it any other way.

“There are plenty of days where I hate my job. But there are days where I can sit back and look and it’s pretty cool. It’s pretty much anybody’s dream to be doing what I’m doing. ”

There’s no finish line for Shotko Motorsports – Evan’s enjoying the ride.

“As long as my business grows and I can support my family and hopefully one day my kids can race their stuff, I can be happy.”

And that’s all his pit crew of loved ones want for him.

“I raced for a long time, 20 some years, and everybody asks me ‘do you miss it?’ I think I would miss it, but being with him and doing this stuff? I enjoy it as much, if not more. ”

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