A look inside the cockpit of one of the Oglethorpe Driving Club (ODC)'s classic race cars. Photographs by staff.

Meet a Catholic: 'Just a traveler at high speed'

Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

SAVANNAH--"Faith takes discipline,“ said Kevin Iocovozzi. "Just like driving, there is a lot of information coming at you and you have learn to settle in and pay attention to what is important."


A 1979 graduate of Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Iocovozzi began racing cars about 10 years ago. He says, “I think every young boy thinks about going fast. Out here we go fast and are safe.” Drivers must attend and pass racing school before they can get a license to race. 


"I used to race motorcycles. I had a little incident on one — I didn’t get hurt. My wife looked at me,” he said, "and she said, 'I understand wanting to go fast, but why do you have to do it wrapped around metal rather than being wrapped  in it.'" And so began his involvement in racing vintage cars. 


He swung his arm pointing to the vehicles under the Oglethorpe Driving Club awning and said, “These are the cars we all wanted to drive when we were young but couldn’t afford them — now we can."


The sounds of air wrenches and revving engines, some growling others whining, quickened the heart and lead to a sense of excitement under the tent as teams prepared the cars and drivers for the track. Iocovozzi was in the pit supporting his team as president of the club. Prior pending business kept him out of the driver’s seat for the October meet.


“Handling a car at 120 mph requires concentration. I didn’t want to risk thoughts about a deal distract me — it wouldn’t be safe,” Iocovozzi said.


A frequent traveler, he says he prays before every take off, landing and when he goes to bed at night. 


“I pray when I am on the grid before a race: I pray that everyone is kept safe, that we all have fun,” Iocovozzi, a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah, said. "I think of my wife and my family — it says 'Love Kim' on my gloves — I pray that God keeps me safe and mindful that there is more than just me in this car."


He continued, "I pray to Our Lady of Loretto, the patron saint of travelers — I am just a traveler at high speed."


The Savannah Speed Classic car race was held Oct. 25-28 at the Grand Prize of America race track on Hutchinson Island in Savannah. 


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