OCEAN CITY, MD – story by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Marshall Gabell – CJ Faison Photo – Businessman and Real Eyewear promoter CJ Faison stepped away from his obligations during the historic truck and car show in Ocean City, Maryland to speak with Race Chaser Online about what he’s been doing the past few months and how he’s striving to get back on the track.
Marshall Gabell: CJ, talk about what you’re doing with Real Eyewear here in Ocean City.
CJ Faison: Well, we’ve got our booth setup. We have the whole Real Eyewear rig including the shopper and truck. Just out here selling some shades. We are an innovative company with a big opportunity in front of us to take ahold of the car market.
Just looking forward to coming into the tuner market, it’s a lot different then what I’m used to. But it will be a lot of fun, like I said; we are an affordable sunglass company.
MG: Now, I know on Facebook earlier this week you alluded to the fact that you could be getting back on the racetrack soon, can you talk about those details?
CJ: I’m going to be racing at the Georgetown Speedway this upcoming Friday. After that, we are hopefully going to announce some plans in NASCAR. We have a chance to go Nationwide Series racing at Dover, so, as long as sponsorship comes through then we will be there. We are going to be racing more dirt as well.
Now that I’ve established my companies, and got all that settled out, it’s easier to come back to racing now that I have everything established.
MG: Last season you had a great running at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, you just got beat out by Austin Hill towards the end, but can you discuss the emotions after that strong performance at your hometrack?
CJ: We led the entire race up until 12 laps to go and our right front tire blew. As soon as it blew I knew our afternoon was over. The emotion in it was far greater than anything I’ve ever felt in my life; it was very depressing. I mean, that’s your hometrack and you’ve led all those laps and next thing you know it gets shut down really quick.
But, we are going to come back. My only goal in life is to win a race at Dover; it doesn’t matter what series it’s in, but it’s going to happen.
MG: Now, how cool is it to race at Dover and then participate in festivities like the car and truck show, which were all things you did growing up around this area?
CJ: It’s cool. The Ocean City Car Show is something I’ve been coming to since I was about 15-years-old, so it’s been cool to come out now that I’m involved in the event. And it’s close to home so my family can come out and see what I’ve done with the company and see how much it’s grown.
MG: In a way, you’ve kind of fallen off the map this season, you were racing in the K&N and Truck Series but then just went silent, can you talk about what happened?
CJ: I’ve been focusing on the family business that I took over as well as Real Eyewear, which is taking a lot of my time. I wake up at 6:00 AM and go to bed at like 2:00 AM, so there isn’t a lot of time for me to get my racecars ready. But, you’ll see me out there on the track soon.
MG: Who makes racing happen for you?
CJ: Little Caesars, there a big part, Delaware Auto Exchange, we’ve got a lot of great sponsors. And then of course my company Real Eyewear helps a bunch.
But, we are ready to go racing. I’m entreating offers like racing Rally Cars and Stadium Trucks, anything I can get into and go racing. Just some different racing venues then just NASCAR events.
MG: How hard would the adjustment be over to that type of racing?
CJ: It’s going to be really big. But, honestly, if I’m not pushing myself everyday then there is really no need for me to wake up. So, I don’t want to go into a sport that I know will be easy. I want to have a challenge every day and have something to look forward to and learn.