Meet the three generations of Shaffer Racing

Meet the three generations of Shaffer Racing »Play Video
Families who race together, stay together. Boise's own Shaffer family boasts three generations of drivers. They were all at Firebird Raceway Thursdays morning preparing for the 42nd Annual Nightfire Nationals.
ADA COUNTY, Idaho (KBOI) - Like father, like son ... and daughter, too.
John Shaffer used to street race, when that became too risky, he headed for Firebird. Then, along came son Sean and daughter Camille.

"It was something that I wanted to get them into, to keep them out of trouble and that kind of thing. So, it's just been a lot of fun," said mother Tami Shaffer.

Not only did they stay out of trouble, the kids were hooked on racing.

"My dad really didn't want us to race, and then overtime he just kind of accepted it. And now, to this day, he like 'that's probably the best thing that's ever happened,'" said Camille Shaffer.

"It's kind of hard to explain it, I guess it's just in my blood," added Sean Shaffer.

John reached the peak of amateur racing in 2001 with a trip to Pomona. Both Sean and Camille had successful runs on the junior circuit before aging into adult competition.

"My brother and I, man, we've got 15, 20 races against each other. He's got more of the wins, but I'm starting to catch up," said Camille.

"there is a little bit of bragging rights there, especially when you beat dad who's been a division champion," added Sean.

Mom races, too. But on most weekends, Tami Shaffer is the ringleader.

"I think it brings you all together, and gives you a common ground that you can all hang out and fun. And you're doing the same things, and the kid have learned a lot from their dad," said Tami.

That lineage extends three generations, now. Sean's son is already racing juniors, and he's likely not the last of the racing Shaffers.

"It's a blast, and I can't wait to see who else in our family follows in the footsteps," said Camille.

"It's crazy now, I think it's going to be crazier later, but it's going to be a lot of fun, so we'll enjoy it," added Tami.