-Tell us about your racing background and how you ended up at the Lucas Oil Regional Series:
My name is Hugo Reyes III, I am 22 years old and I am the driver of the #92 Pro Lite in the So Cal Lucas Oil Regional Series. Reyes Racing has been a family thing since my grandpa used to race back in the 70’s/80’s. Ever since birth, I have been around race cars. Growing up I followed the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and other sportsman series that my family would participate in. My father was the first one to step foot into off road racing sometime in the early 2000's. My father was a part of a very small series that would meet up in Redlands, California, where he had the chance to race his Ford Ranger. Being a part of and exposed to such an amazing sport at such a young age is what sparked me and made me want to take action into my own hands. Growing up I knew that off road racing is where I wanted to go. After attending my first Off Road Expo in Pomona Ca at just 12 years old, Pro Lite was the class that I wanted to strive for and be a part of. At 16 years old, I was introduced to Papas & Beer owner Rodrigo Ampudia Sr who played a very important role in my racing career. Mr. Ampudia introduced me into the Regional Series which as many of us know is a cheap affordable series to race in. After looking into the sport, I noticed a class called the "Mickey Thompson Mini Stock" class that I would easily be able to enter. With that being said, that is exactly what we did. We made our debut at the final race of the season in 2014 in a bright yellow Ford Ranger Mini Stock. After years of racing in that class, I knew that this would be a great stepping stone in my racing career and my chance at getting behind the wheel of a Pro Lite someday. In 2018 I was approached by Mr. Amupida and was given the blessing of a lifetime. I was able to purchase my first V8 Pro Lite from the Ampudias and would be able to get behind the wheel of a Pro Lite in the 2019 season. As of today, Reyes Racing still continues to grow within the drag racing world, but is now expanding our name within the off road community. As the 2019 season comes to an end, we are currently sitting 1st in the So Cal Lucas Oil Regional Pro Lite points standing by 22 points our rookie season. We have had many highs and many lows this season, but none of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the Lord, my amazing family and all of our sponsors/supporters!
-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?
If it wasn’t for my family, I would not be able to do any of this. We are all very busy in life, some of my family members can’t make every race, but one thing for sure is that my family always finds a way to keep this program going. I can’t explain how much help I get from my family at the track and or at the shop. Some races I might have my whole family out there with me, and some races I might have 5 family members with me. One thing for sure is that we always find a way. My family contributes so much time every race weekend. Nobody has a set role, all of us just make things happen. One might go from working on the truck to plating up the food, and one might go from being there for support to being underneath the truck giving me a hand. We are a TEAM.
-What is your advice to someone looking to start out in short course off road racing?
My advice would be to start off in the Regional Series. It’s a great cheap affordable series to be a part of. In addition, my advice to someone would be that no matter how tough some moments may get, never give up and always keep your head high. If there is anyone out there that needs help and or advice, my DMs are always wide open.
-What is your favorite track and why?
My favorite track is Victorville, California. I love how wide that track is and I love how much speed we can get from hitting that back corner after turn 2!
-When you're not at the track, what can we find you doing?
You can find me working my full time job, at school or at the shop working on the truck!
-How much time/work goes into preparing for each race weekend?
Lots and lots of time goes into getting a Pro Lite ready for a race weekend. Washing, tearing down, and assembling a Pro Lite is a mission. There are many times where I spend all day or stay up all night, getting things done on the truck.
-What/who is your biggest challenge on the track?
My biggest challenge on the track is finishing the race. The track changes every single lap and
the ruts out there can be your worst enemy as they can easily break and yet alone end your day
-Any goals for the next few years or beyond?
My goal within the next few years is to jump from the Regional Series to the National Series. I
want to make this my career and will do whatever it takes to get there.
-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?
There is a list of people I would love to thank! Starting from:
@bajajunkies @dcshockservices @djcustomcommunications @djsafety @fkrodends
@lucasoilproducts @nogrady_racing_engines @papasandbeer @ranchoperformancetransaxles