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Jim Casey grew up in the 50's in Washington DC, where his father was a plate printer at the Bureau of Engraving, churning out 3.5 million dollars in 5-dollar bills each 8 hour shift on a press that ran 24 hours a day.

As a child, he played baseball, football, and basketball, and was only mildly aware of motor racing, occasionally reading newspaper coverage of the Indy 500, which was known as much for tragedy as speed in those years.

Then came ABC's Wide World of Sports, showing events such as Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix, and other racing events. He was immediately hooked, and began to follow sports car racing and Formula One as much as was possible in the early 60's.

He became a passionate fan of Jim Hall's Chaparrals and listened to the entire 1965 12 Hours of Sebring on the radio, happily cheering home the unexpected Chaparral victory. Wide World of Sports covered the Ford invasion at Le Mans thoroughly through 1967, when Foyt and Gurney led a dominant Ford team to its second of 4 consecutive victories, and he watched all of the race coverage happily.

Shortly after getting his driver's license in late 1967, he attended his first race, an SCCA event at Marlboro Raceway in Maryland.

The turmoil of the times, 4 years in college, and getting started with jobs after college kept him away for a while, but in 1977 he attended his first Grand Prix, in Long Beach, California, where he got to see a dramatic win by one of his all-time heroes, Mario Andretti. Since then he has attended the Daytona 24 Hour race several times in the 80's, the Sebring 12 Hour in 1982, 2009, and 2011, Formula One at Watkins Glen in 1980, Montreal in 1981, and Detroit in 1983.

He follows Formula One, ALMS, and the Le Mans series passionately. He is also a serious baseball fan, having seen games in over 40 different stadia, and played in adult amateur baseball leagues for 17 years.

He is also proud of having seen Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, and Howlin' Wolf perform in person, and retains a great love of blues, jazz, and rock.

He currently teaches writing at Savannah State University, in Savannah GA.

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