In Memory Of James Shown

It’s racing time again and our team, Under Pressure Motorsport will be travelling to Bowling Green, KY to the NHRA Jegs Super Quick Series Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Beech Bend Raceway Park for a full weekend of motorsport at its finest.

Greg Gaskin will be performing under pressure this weekend along with Bob Sargent and Mike Bagley. This will be the first time we will have our entire team racing together in the same race.

Best of luck to our guys.

Memorial Day is a beautiful day where we all get together to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military, and this weekend will be extra memorable for the family of dragster racers because one of their very own was lost December 5th, 2020 due to Covid-19 complications.

Straight from Oakley Motorsports website they said,

“With major support from Oakley Engine Performance we will be honoring and celebrating the life of James Shown at this very special Memorial Race.”

James Shown, from Niagara, KY, was not only an NHRA member, a Jegs Super Quick Champion and an OSCA member and Series Champion, he was a family man who was married to the love of his life, Debra Shown for 38 years and we here at eSVYN had the pleasure to speak with her about her loving husband and this upcoming race weekend.

She told us that it’s been a daily struggle and how much she misses him. He was her husband and her best friend. He had a passion for racing and he was such an awesome person. Debra said,

“It breaks my heart that he passed away not knowing the impact he had on people.”

He had a heart of gold and what helps her to go on is that she knows in her heart how much he loved her and that he would never want her to suffer. She is building a house and will build a memory wall to display all of his accomplishments and his Wallys (trophies) in memory of him.

James and Debra, who’s 38th anniversary was only a few days ago, May 20th, also worked together for 19 years, therefore the hardest part of her day is when she’s driving to and from work without him, but she is looking forward to this race weekend and the ceremony that will be in his honor.

She believes that this race, that is sponsored by Phillip Oakley, their life-long friend and who has been her rock since the passing of her husband,

“Will be therapy for me and my family.”

James is also survived by his only child, Shana Miller, who shared very powerful words on her Facebook page,

“Sometimes, the person you need to talk to most, is in heaven.”

Shana also shared a beautiful story on her page that touched us and was such a strong message of strength and perseverance we felt we had to share it. She said,

“As mom and I were sitting at Oakley’s trailer about to leave. A butterfly landed on moms back. When it flew off it landed on my arm. I made the comment “maybe it’s dad”. It then moved to my hand and stayed there for a while. At that moment I knew. Daddy is proud, and that’s all I’m trying to do. Is make him proud.”

Shana is a dragster racer competing this weekend. She will also be doing a burnout stage and making the first pass in her dad’s dragster car before the National Anthem in his memory. All the drivers will also be dedicating this race weekend to her dad, Debra’s husband, James Shown.

We here at eSVYN, Terry Lyles and Under Pressure Motorsport give our condolences to Debra and her family and a prayer to all the drivers who will be performing under pressure this weekend.

If you would like to watch the beautiful ceremony live honoring James Shown, Oakley Performance will be sponsoring the LIVE FEED for the event produced by Warren Evans and dragracer.tv.

Who Is This Girl Boss?

Christi Lynn Gaskin

Beyoncé said it before and we’ll say it again. Who runs the world? Girls!

Meet Christi Lynn Gaskin, the Under Pressure Motorsport Media Marketing Director and Team Manager to the 3 man drag racing team, Greg Gaskin, Bob Sargent and Mike Bagley. She is also the Crew Chief to Greg Gaskin’s race car. Now I know you’re probably wondering what does a crew chief do on a dragster car? Christi is the car engineer with her dad, Greg and her mom, Lisa. She mathematically calculates the air fuel mixtures combined with ambient and track temperature and then calculates the formula to be loaded into the car to make the car go fast. Whew!!

But Christi’s story doesn’t just stop there! She is a single mother to Alexia Belcher, 6 and Dayne Belcher 11, she’s a preschool teacher as well as a tanning consultant. And for the past 10 years and still going strong she sells Scentsy, a beautiful online website that sells all things that smell yummy.

Christi wears many hats but what she loves the most, besides her family of course, is racing. Like her dad racing is in her blood too. Born and raised on the south side of Indianapolis she grew up going to the track every weekend since the first month she was born. While she enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball she forwent softball because the season was at the same time as race season.

Her parents noticing her love for racing they never pressured her into it; as a matter of fact, probably to deter her from that racing itch she had they told her she had to maintain an A, B school average if she ever dreamt of having a racing career. So what did Christi do? She aced school, gracing the honor roll.

This extremely double jointed, adrenaline junkie, former Hooter’s girl, Christi Lynn Gaskin, was a Jr. dragster star, championing it a few times in a row. Yes! She showed up with the boys and showed out!!!

Christi Gaskin as a junior racer
In the car is a little Christi Gaskin with her dad, Greg Gaskin getting licensed for her first time
Little Christi Gaskin with dad, Greg Gaskin and a crew person

So what’s next for Christi who’s only 30?

She hopes to see herself taking over the family business in the driver’s seat but she’s not in a hurry. She loves working next to Mom, with Dad in the driver’s seat and she deems it an honor to take over once Dad officially retires.

Christi says,

“He has set the bar high with the Gaskin name that’s for sure. Big shoes to fill!”

Christi has sat on every side of the track, from the spectator to the racer to the crew chief. She credits everything she knows to her parents and acknowledges that women in drag racing couldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Shirley Muldowney.

Christi says,

“Without this lady, (Shirley Muldowney) drag racing would have never been a thing. We owe it all to her.”

As for her little 6 year old daughter, Alexia?

“It would be the next big thing! I’d love to teach her everything I know and her be the driver I know she can be. She has the itch also!”

Well there you have it. We’ll be keeping our eye on Christi Gaskin and little baby girl Alexia, America’s future Shirley Muldowney.

Watch out boys.

Over 60 Yrs Old and Still Winning!!

Christi Gaskin, Greg Gaskin, Christi’s daughter, Lisa Gaskin

And the winner is… Greg Gaskin by a fraction of a second. Yes! The Under Pressure Motorsport Team went to Muncie Indiana, just north of Indianapolis to race. While the team was there only Greg Gaskin out of the 3 man team raced his car to the finish line as the victor. We’re so proud of Greg and all eyes are on you for the biggest race out of the entire season that’s coming up next.

This is a two-day race where you qualify and race both days. We will have 2 cars competing May 15th and 16th so it will be double the pleasure and we’re still waiting to see which of our drivers, Bob Sarget or Mike Bagley will grace the second car. You see Bob underwent major heart surgery several weeks ago and after an excruciating recovery Bob, this over 60 year old stud, is itching to get back in that beast.

Mike’s car is still in the shop primping and prepping and getting into tip top shape so it’s not yet available for this big race day.

Will Mike drive Bob’s car so Bob can have a few more weeks of recovery or will Bob jump in that bad boy and burn some rubber to champion this race?

We will definitely keep you updated on how everything pans out.

If you want to help these guys too we have t-shirts and hats for sale here and here or you can meet them at the race when they’re in your town and purchase there. Just look for the below poster and you’ll be able to purchase and meet the drivers in person. They would love to meet you.

Over 60 Yrs Old Driving 150 mph

It’s a new race season and eSVYN is once again on the track. We’ve geared up to sponsor Gaskin Racing with its new name Under Pressure Motorsport (UPM). And our family here knows a thing or two about Performing Under Pressure since we have the fabulous and very talented PhD Terry Lyles, (my husband) who is also a sponsor, terrylyles.com.

Can you imagine driving over 150 mph in only an 8th of a mile stretch of road from a dead stop in only 4.5 seconds? And you better be able to stop that 16 foot long beast too because after you cross the finish line you only have another 8th of a mile before you hit the sand pits. That might not sound so bad but many cars have hit those pits and actually flipped. Yikes! Now imagine doing all of that and being over 60 years old!!!

But to the Under Pressure Motorsport (UPM) team who are all over 60 years of age, it’s in their blood – since childhood. And we here at eSVYN love all athletes so there was no question that we weren’t going to jump on board with these really cool guys!!

Let’s meet the 3 UPM driving dare devils to see what makes them tick.

We’ll start with the patriarch of the Gaskin family, Greg Gaskin.

Greg Gaskin – UPM driver from Indianapolis, Indiana

Greg Gaskin is born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He’s been racing cars since birth and he loves it as long as he doesn’t have to turn right or left. That’s why he’s an expert drag racer. No turn signals here. He loves working on his racecar daily but when he’s not going super fast he loves spending time with his grandchildren, his grand-dogs, he loves being an awesome husband to his beautiful wife Lisa and also taking plenty of naps.

He’s a huge jokester, a movie buff and loves to vacation in Florida.

One time he had a friend who was getting married in Tennessee so he drove his Corvette down for the wedding. Of course he gets pulled over by the police where he not only got a ticket but he also lost his license. Let’s guess why? You’d be correct. Too fast baby!!

But talk about a horseshoe and a prayer, the father of the bride down there in the Volunteer State was the county sheriff to which by the end of the night he had a ripped up ticket and a fully re-instated license. Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit. Now that’s what we call divine intervention.

We’re going to ride this wave with Greg as he gears up for the great Indy race at the Lucas Oil Raceway. Best of luck Greg!

Let’s meet our next UPM driver, Mike.

Mike Bagley – UPM driver from Southern Connecticut

Mike Bagley hails from Southern Connecticut but now resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He too loves working on his racecar, upkeeping his house and he works part time. He also loves bowling, he’s an usher at church and he would love to meet Shirley Muldowney before he or she gets too old. And when he’s not showing off his racecar he loves to show dogs. Interesting. We’ll have to explore that one in another WordPress.

One thing he always says is that he’s the perfect size to drive a racecar. Well we are ready and willing to take the ride with our pint-sized, powerhouse driver named Mike. Go Mikey go!! Let’s win, win, win!!

Our third fabulous driver is Bob Sargent.

Bob Sargent – UPM driver from Indianapolis, Indiana

Bob Sargent is also born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where he sells real estate. Bob stays busy. When he’s not working and perfecting his racecar he runs bingo at the Moose, he loves to entertain his 7 grandchildren, his 5 great grandchildren and still finds plenty of time and adores playing backgammon with his 87 year old father on a weekly basis.

When he was 18 he worked at McDonalds. One time at the end of one of his shifts he and his buddies drank beer and stacked all the cans up in a pyramid and left it for the openers. Hahaha!! Well it turned out the police were called and it was a big deal and with another horseshoe and a prayer they never figured out who did it.

Well in Bob’s real estate profession he can make anything happen!! And we’re going to make it happen on this journey with Bob and his racing career.

These guys are awesome, family loving, law abiding cool dudes. And we are so proud and excited to be following their racing career. And eSVYN will keep you updated and informed about how these fabulous drivers are doing.

If you want to help these guys too we have t-shirts and hats for sale here and here or you can meet them at the race when they’re in your town and purchase there. Just look for the below poster and you’ll be able to purchase and meet the drivers in person. They would love to meet you.

Tees and Hats available on site at each race to help the Under Pressure Motorsport Team

eSVYN Fashion Show

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eSVYN went yachting and had a great time filming a fashion show.

From left to right, Shannon, Marsha and Jane

The beauty about esvyn clothing is that it has moisture wicking properties keeping you cool and more dry during a workout or just daily sweating. And what’s even better is that our clothes go from day to night so you can workout in your clothes in the day and then go out later in the same clothes if need be; and with moisture wicking properties it also has anti-microbial properties which means you are less likely to smell.

Marsha Pitt Lyles, CEO and Creator of eSVYN

Check out our fashion show above and visit us at esvyn.com, try us out and let us know what you think.

So go ahead! Get that workout in and then go run those errands!

eSVYN’s got you covered.

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Who Runs the World? Girls!

eSVYN does athleisure wear with attitude but what does “athleisure wear” really mean? Well let’s break it down. We all know what an athlete is; “A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of exercise.” Leisure means “Free time for enjoyment.” Therefore athleisure wear means “Casual, comfortable clothing designed to be suitable both for exercise and everyday wear.”

But we at eSVYN never rely on the dictionary for a meaning. We always have our own meaning.

Athleisure wear to us means “Athletes at Leisure” – When we think of an athlete who is the 1st person to come to mind? Tom Brady? Lebron James?

Well guess what Mom’s!! It takes a damn lot to juggle our kids, husband, work… We are the CEO’s of the home and our businesses. We take care of our home, our kids, our husbands, our employees and we always look damn fierce doing it all.

And yes, when we were younger we were athletes, be it dancers, gymnasts, baton twirlers, cheerleaders, soccer players, basket, volley-ball and track and field stars, fitness models, we were athletes and now we are CEO’s an we run s#it. We are athletes who are now “at leisure” and we wear athleisure wear. We look good and we are loving it.

eSVYN’s 1st Fashion Show

As I sit here waiting for the chicken to cook my mind is racing about all of the things that I still need to do for my virtual fashion show. The Amazon truck along with USPS, FedX and UPS has been visiting my house almost everyday for the past 2 weeks and I’m still waiting on other various items to be delivered.

How could I have ordered so much and yet I still can’t get things done?

The virtual fashion show is in 5 days and I’m still waiting on some of my clothes to be delivered. My office looks like a mad house, fussing back and forth with the back end of my website, slicing hang tags, weeding vinyl, printers going off, boxes everywhere, heat press burning up my office, scissors… Where are my scissors?

Yesterday, my husband took our son to the bus stop came home and whisked me off to the Hilton. It was very relaxing hanging by the pool, no phone no shop talk. Beautiful idea Bae.

But today the clock’s ticking for eSVYN. My husband and I sometimes join our work together. He has his seminar coming up based on his book called Performance Under Pressure and eSVYN is his title sponsor which means I provide all of his t-shirts. He talks about stress and recovery and then I’ll give a fashion show and then we have a virtual cocktail party where everyone can network. His event is live in 2 weeks but my fashion show is being videoed in 5 days on our friends yacht. It will be cut together put in a can and then shown as a video package at his live event before the cocktail party.

I’m presenting 9 looks and right now I only have 1 look completed, 3 looks half completed and the rest of the looks are in space somewhere. Ugh!! My chicken!!!

It’s a little brown but it’ll still eat.