When it comes to UTVs in the world of short course off road, it’s easy to shine the spotlight on Corry Weller and all that she’s done for the fastest growing divisions in the sport. The Chandler, Arizona, native has been a part of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series since its inception.
To this day, Weller is the only woman to ever finish on a Pro 4 podium, and for the past two years she’s set the standard for the Turbo UTV class, one of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ newest divisions. In two seasons of Turbo UTV competition, Weller has served as its only champion, wrapping up back-to-back titles this past October at her home track of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Correy continues to build a legacy that will see her go down as one of the greatest drivers in the history of short course off road. She and her husband, Jason Weller, will continue to lead the charge at Weller Racing, in pursuit of a third straight Turbo UTV crown next season.
There’s some stiff competition that you’re up against in this class. What would you say is the biggest key to all the success you’ve achieved against such a talented group of drivers?
Consistency is really important. In the middle of racing, when you have to make these decisions of whether to push it or not push it, trying to keep a cool head in times where we tend not to is really important. I know luck plays [into it] a lot. I know that when I have had [bad] things happen luck has been on my side, in that I didn’t lose too many points, so luck does play a big part in it. Our race prep is [also] extremely thorough, having the right spares [and] having all the right equipment when you need it is really, really important. So, I just think a combination of all of that has helped.
Are you at all surprised by the amount of success you’ve had in Turbo UTV in these first two years?
I sort of did expect it, but maybe not for what you would think. Because we [my team] have so much experience in UTVs, because Jason [Weller] is very good at setting up a vehicle, [and] because we have worked together for so long that we know how to communicate - I know how to give him information which he translates into setup in my car - newer classes and getting into something that no one has tried, or going to a track that nobody’s raced on, we tend to do really well in those situations because we shorten that learning curve a lot. It’s just a testament to all the experience we have together, because of how well Jason is at setting stuff up. And if he’s not, we learn together the hard way and figure it out pretty quick. I would say in that aspect [the success] didn’t surprise me, because I expected us to be able to do that, but in the other aspect of just me on my own, yeah I am [surprised]. I’m pleasantly surprised. I wanted that for myself, but what you want and what you get aren’t always the same thing.
As you mentioned, everything about Weller Racing is centered around you and Jason, who is also an experienced racer. How has your partnership and all of that experience fostered such a formidable racing effort, allowing you to be the standard bearer for UTV racing?
It’s been a process. It’s been painful at times, for sure. (laughs) Sometimes I wasn’t sure if we were going to get through it! But, ultimately, it has developed us into a really cohesive working team, and we take that to the track, and we have that with our business. Him being a racer has been huge. Over the years he’s learned to trust me as well, with my input. Six years ago we were not the team we are today. Six years ago we were still trying to figure it all out, so every year that goes by we get better and better at it. It’s good being a team on the track [and] it’s good being a team here [at home]. Everywhere we go we do everything together, so it’s just kind of natural.
Given how diverse the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is, we’re privileged to see a lot of talented females in virtually every class, from RZR 170 all the way up to the truck divisions. Do you feel like you’re in a position to be a role model to these other racers, and do you embrace being someone that they can all look up to, showing them that success is there for the taking?
I do, and I have even more over the years. As people have mentioned it to me, or brought their daughters to meet me, and now to see that their daughters are racing. I love to see it. Like I said with everything else, I go to a race, I race, and that’s what I want to do. Then I go home and we do it again. That’s sort of how I’m focused all the time, so any of this extra peripheral stuff is really cool and surprising a lot of times. That was one of the things as it got mentioned to me more and more over the years, that this is very, very cool. I would see the girls and I would talk to them, and they would want to get into racing. Then three years later they’re killing it out there and they’re on the podium all the time. I love that. It’s neat to think that maybe our conversation had something to do with that, or they just realized that there’s other girls out there that are doing it, and there’s no reason they can’t do it. If I have a small part of that, it again goes with the whole thing, that’s a great little part of your legacy that you get to leave at the end of your career.
As a native of Chandler, you have the fortune of racing in front of the hometown crowd twice a year. What’s it like to race in front of family, friends and fans of yours, and how has it felt to win these two championships right in front of the hometown crowd?
That is the icing on the cake. That makes it so special. Getting a championship anywhere is great, but getting to do with your friends [and] with your family, all of that support where you know that they’re watching you when you’re not in town, to have them there and to see their faces when you’re on the podium, high fiving you as you come down the podium lane, that’s everything. I don’t know that you could get much better than that feeling with what we do.
What are your goals and plans heading into the 2020 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season?
I will be defending my championship again in the Turbo UTV class. I’ll have a new 2020 car, and it’s just one foot forward, one day at a time, one race at a time. We’re just going to try to tackle this season the way we tackled the last two seasons and see if we can try to put it all together and do it again.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank and bring some attention to?
For sure my husband, Jason Weller, and everybody here at the shop, because they give me the tools to do what we do. Lucas Oil has been on board with us since the beginning, and they’re a huge part of, number one, making it possible for all of us to race [in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series], and then, number two, they’re a huge supporter of our program and all we’re doing here. I have to give a huge thanks to DragonFire Racing. They’ve been a huge part of my program as a title sponsor for years. They’re right down the street and we actually get to work a lot together in the industry. Full Throttle Batteries came on board a couple years ago and they’re a huge part of our program. They make it possible to do everything that we do, along with DragonFire. [Also] Can-Am/BRP has put a lot of faith in our program. We were new to them two years ago and they just continued to step up and have become an even bigger supporter for us. Sparco has been on board with me pretty much since day one, so shout out to them. There’s too many! I just really want to thank all the major ones for everything they do.
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