Arena racing is alluring for many reasons, it’s a great winter-time diversion, an opportunity for young drivers to hone their skills and place for some pretty big stars to have fun in little cars.
David Sensiba has been a name long associated with oval track racing. The 2010 arena racing series champion is best known for his successes in ARTGO and ASA, and even though those series’ no longer exist Sensiba is still finding his way into victory lane in various other forms.
The driver who now calls Lake Odessa, Michigan home got his start in the early 80’s at the asphalt tracks of Berlin and Kalamazoo speedways and rapidly proved himself a formidable opponent, winning both track championships in the 1985 season. By the mid-90’s Sensiba was a household name throughout the Midwest as David began competing with first ARTGO and then the American Speed Association (ASA).
For David, his years in ASA hold some of his fondest racing memories; “Running ASA and winning the Rookie of the Year with the series in 1994 was just so much fun for me. Even at Toledo in ’94 when we experienced such disappointment. That race was one that we should have won, but while leading got spun out on the last lap. As hard as that was to take it was still pretty exciting for us”
Nowadays for David, racing isn’t a way of life; it is an activity to enhance it. Working full-time as a welder at Wyser Innovative Products, LLC of Byron Center leaves David and his new fiancé Season little time to enjoy their first priority; their children, Taylor, Colton, Blaze, Brittanie, and Mitchell. With ages that vary the couple is always on the move enjoying various sporting events, or just finding fun ways to spend family-time including one of their favorite past-times, snowmobiling.
Looking into 2011 and beyond David is keeping his goals simple, “I just want to keep having fun until I can’t drive anymore. Now I get to race a little bit of everything. I have an offer to drive a mini-sprint here at the DeltaPlex in February, as well as a go-kart, and we will be racing a Super Late Model this year at some big shows at Berlin & Kalamazoo, and I’m trying to get my kids into arena racing. They did it last year and now I am just trying to piece together some sponsorship to get in a car and then I can help them progress in their racing career”.