CORONA, CA (February 13, 2019) - Despite getting a relatively late start to her racing career; not starting until the age of 29, Corry Weller has driven most every kind of Off Road vehicle during her 18-year career in the sport.
New adventures appeal to the Arizona native, which is why Weller was eager to dive into the new Turbo UTV class last season on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
"I like to explore new adventures," Weller said. "I like to be one of the first in a new class, especially across the UTV platform. I feel like we can getup to speed really quickly. I like to see who comes out and races and I like racing against new competition."
She proved a quick study, winning six times and capturing the championship by a 30 point margin over runner-up Paul O'Brien. Now, she's gearing up to defend her title, planning to follow the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series National Schedule again in 2019.
She's considered one of the more popular drivers in off road, for her talent and an engaging personality. Weller said, the class is appealing because of the manufacturer involvement and the affordability it offers.
"I made the switch in manufacturer, going to Can-Am, so that was pretty cool, too," Weller said. "As long as the rule book is kept pretty strict and it's not turned into a horsepower and money class, I think it's attractive to a lot of people. If it's kept to a spec class and more of a drivers' class, anybody from a variety of incomes and working backgrounds can get in and be competitive."
Weller's racing career hasn't followed the typical path of so many who begin in the sport young and come from a racing family. She really had no dream of racing, until she was 29.
"I kind of got into motocross on a whim," Weller said. "I watched a lot of super cross. When I was 29, I decided that it looked fun and I wanted to get into it. So I started racing motocross on a quad (4-wheeler) and loved it."
"The short-course stuff has been appealing because it's like motocross racing, but you're in a vehicle on a bigger track. All the things that appealed to me in that kind of racing appealed to me in short-course, plus it's a much safer version."
Racing also brought her and husband Jason together. Jason finished fifth in the Production 1000 UTV class last season.
"We met at my second race ever and his second race ever," Corry Weller said. "We were both completely out of our element with no idea what we were doing. We wound up competing against each other racing quads. The quad group is pretty tight and we all kind of hung out together, even though we race against each other."
"Jason and I have been racing with or against each other ever since."
Among Corry Weller's career highlights is a three-year stint in the Pro 4 class, which is one of the spotlight divisions in Off Road. She was seventh in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 points in 2012, eighth in 2013 and 10th in 2014.
"That was pretty much a dream come true," Weller said of racing the Pro 4 truck. "When that opportunity came, I certainly was not gonna say no. It was amazing. Talk about an adrenaline rush. That class is chaos and horsepower. It was a lot of fun."
"We built our own trucks and motors and everything. After three years and all the hours of work, that kind of wore us out. When the UTV classes came in, we were like, 'this is our business and our forte. Let's go do what we do best.' It's been good for our business. The Pro 4 was great, it's just a tremendous amount of work."
Corry and Jason own and operate Weller Racing, which specializes in building and repairing UTV motors and working on quads, motorcycles and just about anything that requires a motor to go fast.
There's no sign of slowing down for Corry entering the 2019 season as she seeks a repeat championship. That would be another jewel on the resume for one of the trailblazers for women in the sport of Off Road racing.
"When I got into it, I didn't really think about it," Weller said of being a woman in a predominantly male sport. "I was just focused on racing and trying to win races and do what we do.
"In hindsight, it's really cool. I'm not going to get to do this forever. It's neat to think that maybe I had a little bit of a hand in seeing all the girls come in, and all women who are in the sport now coming up through the ranks. I love it. If I have a small part in that, it makes me super proud and humbled."
tory by Lyndal Scranton
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Turbo UTV division:
The Production Turbo UTV two-seat class is for Stock 1000 cc motors with 130-160 horsepower. Minimum overall width of the vehicle is 74.5 inches. Minimum weight is 1,750 pounds (including driver). Turbo UTV car numbers are 700-799.
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:
Before the advent of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, there was already a rich and deep history surrounding the sport of short course off-road racing. From the early days at Crandon International Raceway back in Wisconsin, whose events began in 1969, SCORE International-sanctioned races at Riverside Raceway back in the 70s and 80s, the incredible action of the MTEG stadium series, and even the Flannery family-led SODA series of the 90s, short course continued to evolve across the decades. SODA then became Championship Off Road Racing (CORR), with Marty Reid at the helm, in 1997, and continued as such until 2005, when Reid sold the series to Jim Baldwin. By 2008, two large race series existed in the world of short course off-road: CORR, whose events were by then largely based along the west coast, and the World Series of Off Road Racing (WSORR), whose events encompassed the traditional midwestern home of the sport. Both series were struggling, and as both CORR and WSORR went away, The Off Road Championship (TORC) emerged to take its place; while out west, former CORR staff members Tony and Sherry Vanillo began a new racing series. With backing from long-time short course supporter Forrest Lucas, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series was born in early 2009. Both new series enjoyed great initial success, but as the divide between the two hubs of the sport continued, the sport as a whole suffered somewhat. As the TORC series fell away, Lucas Oil stepped in to absorb the series, creating the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League. In addition to keeping the traditional availability of racing closer to home, wherever home might be, for drivers across the sport, this new progression also brought about a new possibility, one that fans and drivers alike have been awaiting for far too long: the possibility of dual series events. Our events can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network, MAVTV and LucasOilRacing.TV.
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