-Tell us about your racing background and how you ended up at the Lucas Oil Regional Series:
My name is Mason Prater, I am 14 years old and live in Chandler, Arizona. I drive the Mod Kart #505. I started racing when I was 5 years old. We got into racing from our neighbors Scotty and Parker Steele. We went to several of their races to watch and help with the Karts. But I was hooked, I knew that one day I wanted to also race. When Parker moved to a bigger Kart class we bought his old Kart. Nine years, 4 different Kart classes later I still have the passion to race off road.
-Family seems to play a big role on most regional teams and we see your family at the track with you at every round. How important is your family to your success and what roles do each of them play on race weekends?
My family is crucial to my success. Not only for getting me on the track but they are my number 1 fans. My mom has never missed a race and my sister has missed only one race. She was so upset about missing it that she vowed to never miss another one. Luckily everyone in my family loves coming to the track so it definitely makes it easier on all of us because nobody ever wants to miss a race.
-What is your advice to someone looking to start out in short course off road racing?
This sport is not like any other sport, it is an extremely unique. It’s a mixture of mental, physical and psychological factors all while going 70 miles per hour. You have to have passion for this, it’s a lot of work often in extreme conditions.
-What is your favorite track and why?
My favorite track is Crandon because it is the fastest track but I also enjoy Lucas Oil Speedway in Missouri. It is by far the most technical track we race on. I enjoy the bigger tracks with more speed the most.
-When you're not at the track, what can we find you doing?
When I am not at the track I enjoy go karting, playing racing games on my pc and xbox with my racing friends and fighting with my sister.
-How much time/work goes into preparing for each race weekend?
There is a ton of preparation before each race. The kart is no longer in our shop but in Tyler’s and he goes through the kart meticulously after every race. He spends countless hours on my kart making sure that it runs the best that it can.
-What/who is your biggest challenge on the track?
My biggest challenges on the track are the Chiaramontes, Egglestons and John Holtger. We all continue to run pretty close together. I love it when it is a National race and we are all battling. It makes it a very exciting race.
-Any goals for the next few years or beyond?
My goal for the next few years is to hopefully move up to a bigger /faster class. Not only to continue to become a better driver, but in hopes of getting more sponsors. A Pro Lite would be awesome.
-We know it takes a lot of support to race and you seem to be backed by some great companies. Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support?
I would like to thank Tyler Vrba most of all. He has been the best crew chief ever. I love the commitment that he has put into our team. Tyler really pushes me to be the best that I can. I also would like to thank FK Rod Ends, Cactus Asphalt, Twisted Development, Humblecock Clothing, Rugged Radios, AIM, OMF, Rokblokz, Grizzly Coolers, Action Sports Canopies, Mod Kids USA, Kicker, MTRV8, PRP Seats and especially my dad for working so hard so that I can live out my dreams of racing.