Kimmy’s Garage would like to feature the heroes of our US Military, as Veteran’s Day is quickly approaching.
One of Aerospace Components’ employees, Gary Owens, is a veteran himself. He served in the Marine Corps from 1989-1993, with his first deployment being Desert Storm in 1990. He was a heavy equipment operator with the 2nd LSB and remembers many sleepless nights overseas. He was home only a short while until he was deployed to Somalia with the 24th MEU from 1992-1993.
Gary started out as an auto mechanic student in high school which contributed to his job in the Marines as a heavy equipment operator. After the Marines, his first job was at Aerospace Components which lead him into machining, engineering, and racing. “I told Al that if I can drive a bulldozer in the Marine Corps, I can definitely drive a race car!” states Gary as he remembers how he got into racing.
He began racing in 1998 at Sunshine Drag Strip and Bradenton Motorsports Park in the Super Comp style dragster bracket racing. He was also the 2002 Team Sunshine Division track championship team member!