Nobody can tell Mayor Lewis that there is nowhere to race legally. He has been there.
GRANADA HILLS, Calif. (PRWEB) December 25, 2020
MotorGospel Ministries is pleased to announce the Christmas Day release of “Driving Fast, Saving Lives”. The video continues a 15-year legacy of gritty filmmaking from 4-time champion race car driver Aaron Schwartzbart and award-winning cinematographer Neil Newman. In cooperation with the National Auto Sport Association, the LAPD and LA City Councilmember John Lee, the unlikely duo have produced over 20 video shorts that have reached millions of viewers worldwide with the anti-street-racing message. Ironically, Schwartzbart was a self-confessed homicidal maniac with a steering wheel prior to his conversion to Christianity in the early 90s.
Neil Newman’s cinematographic style has brought MotorGospel Ministries awards and the red carpet on multiple occasions. He intentionally gives more attention to the lives that are impacted by MotorGospel’s anti-street-racing campaign than he does to Schwartzbart himself. In “Driving Fast, Saving Lives”, Newman has set the bar higher than ever with an eclectic pairing of students in the spotlight debuting at Buttonwillow Raceway Park under Schwartzbart’s careful instruction.
On community service with MotorGospel Ministries due to a speed-related infraction, 17-year-old Hailey Nobles is featured along with special guest driver, John Lewis, Mayor of La Mirada. Neither Hailey nor the Mayor had any formal racing experience. Both are captured on film experiencing triple-digit speeds in bumper-to-bumper traffic for the first time. Both newcomers had their hands full. Both emerged from their cars and took their helmets off to reveal big smiles.
For Hailey, it was a bit of a coming-of-age experience. She didn’t end up in front of a judge in Georgia for a speed-related infraction due to deliberate malice. In fact, she had always wanted to race legitimately but lacked the specific guidance from motorsports professionals that she has found with MotorGospel Ministries. Her day at the track was affirming. She has expressed an interest in continuing in motorsports and has a promising future.
For the Mayor, his day of controlled automotive mayhem as a student in MotorGospel’s anti-street-racing program carries perhaps much more gravity. He has significant responsibility for the safety of his community. He is demonstrating with both words and actions that there is a time and a place for racing and that is not in the streets of La Mirada. Nobody can tell Mayor John Lewis that there is nowhere to race legally. He has been there.