PRINTERS' PASTIMES -- Outside the Lines
"I've wanted to race as long as I can remember," Khoury explains. "(But) growing up in Louisiana, there wasn't much access to motor sports—except the (Indianapolis) 500 on Memorial Day."
Tony Khoury (far left), president of Complete Printing & Graphics, was part of the pit crew for race car driver Davey Hamilton at the 2001 Indy 500.
Khoury, president of Complete Printing & Graphics in Addison, TX, started his business in 1992. In 1994, he enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School in Sebring, FL. That, he recalls, was his first visit to a track with real history.
"I would arrive each morning before anyone else and walk the track in the Florida fog, and think about all the great racers who competed on the patch of asphalt where I was standing," recounts Khoury. "During the school, I was much faster than any of the other students and quickly gained the attention of the instructors—good and bad."
By 1997 he had saved enough for his first car—a Spec Racer Ford. He used it to race in the Sports Car Club of America club series. His first season he finished ninth in points out of 29 drivers in the Southwest division, with two third places and a pole.
"The next year I moved to Formula Mazda and was fourth in points and the highest rated rookie until funds started running low," Khoury reveals. "Some of the people that I met through my short time as a driver were trying to get an Indy deal going and needed some help. After all of the driver shuffling, I ended up as a tire changer in 2000 for Davey Hamilton for the whole racing season."
Although Khoury decided to put his total focus back on Complete Printing for 2001, he was talked in to doing the Indy 500 and the first Texas race with Jaques Lazier.