I had my interview at American Honda this morning. I left Monterey Park around 8:11 AM PDT and took the 60 West to the 710 South to the 91 West to the 110 South and exited at the Torrance Blvd. exit. Traffic was extremely light so I’m guessing a lot of people are on vacation. I think the interview went well and they said they’ll definitely get back to me before I’m scheduled to start my other job at Sierra Acura. Nothing says it better than, “Praise the Lord!”
My interview was scheduled for 9:30 AM and I got to the American Honda campus (to say it’s nice would be an understatement) around 8:45 to 8:50 AM. I spent a little time in “The Good Book” (God’s Word, the Holy Bible for some of you who aren’t as familiar with Christianese) and prayer. Have you ever wrestled with praying for something you really wanted yet at the same time are ultimately praying for God’s will to be done? Sometimes it seems like they can’t co-exist with one another. Other times, it seems like there isn’t anything wrong with that. Perhaps this is what you could call an antinomy (Dictionary.com – antinomy, my Class of 2005 church seniors should be able to remember me mentioning this word when I tried to teach on Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (J.I. Packer))?
Psalm 37:4 (ESV) says:
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
So that’s where I stand right now. I totally recognize that God is in control and I want His perfect will to be done. After all, I interviewed for a similar position at Nissan North America in August 2004 that I thought I would be a good fit for and didn’t get after I went two rounds deep. Lo and behold, it was announced a few months ago that Nissan North America is moving to Tennessee this summer! On a side note, praise God that Jaclyn’s (Xanga: jac929lyn) dad, Uncle Daniel (one of the many men I look up to at our church…I don’t mind the fact that he and Auntie Michelle are UCLA alumni…I don’t mind too much that is! j/k), who is an employee of Nissan North America secured a job that will start after their family vacation in August!
My highlight of the my interview adventure was walking into the building at 9:14 AM and signing in at the receptionist’s desk. My contact who arranged the interview for me there met me there before the receptionist even paged her. That wasn’t really the highlight though. The highlight was what was next to the receptionist’s desk. Seated on a stand to my right, I noticed a Honda Indy V8 engine.
The 1996 iteration of this engine in Jimmy Vasser’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard/Honda on Firestone tires
Big deal you say? It’s a BIG deal! That 2.65 liter turbocharged V8 powered Jimmy Vasser (1996), Alex Zanardi (1997-1998), Juan Pablo Montoya (1999), and Gil de Ferran (2000-2001) to six straight CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) driver’s championships and the CART manufacturer’s championship in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2001. In its heyday, this engine made about 900 hp at 17,000+ RPM using 40 inches Hg of boost from a Garrett turbocharger.
After the 2002 CART season, Honda Performance Development (HPD) pulled out of CART for the Indy Racing League (Indy Racing League). In 2004, Honda won the Indy 500 (Buddy Rice), the driver’s championship (Tony Kanaan), and the manufacturer’s championship. In addition, they also powered the 2004 Rookie of the Year, Kosuke Matsuura. In 2005, they won the Indy 500 and driver’s championship (Dan Wheldon), manufacturer’s championship, and again powered the Rookie of the Year (Danica Patrick). I took a few photos of it with my camera phone, but I don’t think I have the ability to e-mail them to myself through the plan my family has with T-mobile.
Gil de Ferran on the streets of Surfer’s Paradise in Queensland, Australia in 2000 (No, I do not endorse smoking in any way!)