Average speeds exceeding 80 mph - and top ends blowing past 100 - are nothing to sneeze at, especially through winding, twisty tracks like Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park. But when it comes to succeeding at this kind of professional road racing, it’s more about shifting, braking, and steering than how hard you can stomp on the gas pedal. That suits Harry Curtin, CEO and founder of BestIT, just fine. Whether he’s behind the wheel of the No. 29 BestIT Racing Chevrolet Camaro or helping a client of his Phoenix-based IT outsourcing company find just the right synergy between business and technology, smooth and balanced is his formula for success.
“Being fast as a race car driver is not about burnouts, jerking the steering wheel, and going sideways, it’s about driving very smooth,” Curtin says. “It’s counterintuitive, but the slower your movements are, the faster you go. That can be a hard thing for a Type A personality like me to learn.”
Curtin’s need for speed may have been ignited by a 150 mph motorcycle ride on his brother’s lap, and he’s always found the racetrack a great place to clear his head. “Your head just has to be totally into what you’re doing there; it can’t be anywhere else. It’s a crazy way to get rejuvenated,” he admits, “but there’s a brotherhood in racing that’s deeper than the relationship you might have with someone you’ve known for 20 years. It’s like war, but I don’t have to kill anybody.”
On- and off-road racing has been a passion for 35-year-old Curtin since his early 20s, but the professional team BestIT sponsors is a recent effort. Making it work requires a delicate sense of balance on and off the track. Conflicts “constantly” arise, not just between his roles as CEO and race car driver, but also as husband and father of two young kids.
“It is a tough balance, and there’s no magic solution,” he says. “I just take one motion at a time and try to feel my way.” Happily, Curtin doesn’t have to choose between his passions. “I love racing, but I love the challenge of my business, and I want to continue to elevate both,” he says. “I want to see BestIT become a well-known brand name, and I want to be a Roger Penske someday. The only question in my mind is how fast I can get there.”