Forward Thinking - Casey Putsch


Once a month, C Magazine interviews a prominent Columbus figure to discuss what makes them tick. This month, we caught up with Casey Putsch, owner of Putsch Racing. There is no doubt this local racer is going places, and fast. 
 
Who gave you your first break?
My grandfather. He gave me a small loan to buy the first interesting car I restored. I wouldn’t be where I am without that opportunity.
 
What was your first racecar?
A 1982 Volkswagon Scirocco.
 
What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?
Car and motorcycle racing, as well as horse polo, are a regular part of my life, but I once dated a red-headed girl.
 
The measure of a great driver is … ?
The ability to control one’s own emotions and full confidence in one’s ability to overcome adversity.
 
Define success.
Having driven yourself to become greater than you once dreamed.
 
Power is … ?
Inuence over people.
 
What is something few people know about you?
I actually like the accordion and bagpipes.
 
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made?
I have no real regrets. My life has made me who I am and I wouldn’t want to be someone else.
 
What is a memorable quote that had a real impact on you?
“Kites rise highest against the wind and not with it.” 
- Winston Churchill.
 
What is your daily ride of choice?
1997 Dodge Viper GTS.
 
Who is your hero?
I don’t have just one. There are many people that I am fortunate to have in my life that I look up to.
 
What is more important — vision, heart or talent?
I’ll take heart! It gives one the undying spirit to see things through and rise to any challenge.
 
Reect on your fondest memory growing up.
 I loved going fishing or riding in a vintage car to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with my dad.
 
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Jealousy.
 
What is your Death Row dinner?
Schmidt’s in German village with lots of friends, beer, and, of course, polka music!
 
Got a favorite movie?
Lawrence of Arabia. Unparalleled character development, quality and depth of reflection. Truly epic.
 
What makes you get out of bed?
The desire to create.
 
Happiness is … ?
Balance.