"One weekend my wife and daughter will be somewhere fairly local and doing barrel racing with their rig, and me and Tyler will probably be in the plane chasing our rig down somewhere in America, mostly in Atlanta and North Carolina," Clem says.
After Clem does his radio show on Friday at 2 p.m., he says he is "spent" because the day starts at 6 a.m. But he goes to pick up Tyler at school for a weekend of racing.
"I get to Tyler's school by 2:30, pick him up, go to the airport, land by 3:30, drive to the track, track opens at 4, hot laps, racing starts at 7, race until about midnight," he says in a hurried manner, describing a typical weekend. "Get a hotel room in New Smyrna, get up at 7 or 8 and then a two-and-a-half-hour flight to Atlanta and then practice and hot laps starts at 10 a.m. in Atlanta on Saturday."
After hearing the exhausting schedule and suggesting Clem be careful out there, he replies with a chuckle, "Well, if I die, I'll die with a smile on my face."
As a kid growing up in Indiana and going to the Indy 500, Clem got his deep love of cars and racing from his dad,.
"We went to the 500, God, as early as I can remember and we always went to Carburetion Day," Clem says. "We didn't make it to the race a lot because those tickets were so highly coveted. But we always made it to time trials and Carburetion Day and practice, usually a couple times each May."
Car he learned to drive in
Growing up in Warsaw, Indiana, Clem learned to drive on his dad's 1972 Chevy van pretty easily. While the van had an automatic trans, Clem points out he learned how to drive a manual one at his job. "I'd worked for Warsaw Parks Department and mowed and ran tractors all up until then, so I knew how to drive a stick shift well before I got my license," he says.
Clem grew up around cars. "My dad restored antique cars. He had a 1932 Ford. I also grew up driving some of those things as well and they don't have synchronized transmissions, so they're really, really touchy to drive. I grew up driving a lot of cool stuff," Clem says.
But his dad's love of cars affected his parents' marriage. "My mom and dad divorced because of the love of cars," he says. "My dad was so far into his car collection and things like that, that my dad's car collection took precedent over the family."
Clem's first car, which was given to him "by default," was his mom's 1977 Mercury station wagon. "It was the City of Warsaw's fire chief's hand-me-down car. My dad bought it from the auction. So it had these big spotlights on the side of it and they had to tear the decals off so the doors were all discolored. That was my first car."