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Hot Laps: Jimmy Weitzel III

Tell us about your racing background and what brought you to the Lucas Oil Regional Series: It all started when I was two years old doing donuts on my 50cc Quad.  I was so small I couldn’t even touch the floor guards. When I was five I got my first trophy kart and raced the Podium Series out at Lake Elsinore before they even had the main track they have today. I remember being the youngest driver and taking home first place for the championship. The season was over and I began racing motocross until my tenth birthday when my dad brought home my first ever Mod Kart. I raced Mods for 4 years and then had the opportunity to step into a Pro Lite for the first time this year.

When you’re not at the track, what can we find you doing? When I’m not on the track I’m either going to my dad’s shop working on the Pro Lite or having fun with family and friends at the river, desert, or beach

Family and friends play a big role on most regional teams. How important is your family & friends to your success and what roles do each of them play on race weekends? My family, friends, and sponsors are my biggest supporters and couldn’t do any of this without them. My team consists of my dad, mom, sister, and family friend Skip. The strong bond we all have is the most important element to my racing, and we always give it 100% at every race.

Who is a driver that you look up to/admire and why? I look up to so many drivers and have got to know them on a personal level; they each add something different to the sport. I was able to hang out with Sheldon Creed when my dad worked on his team and saw firsthand his natural talent and crazy fast speed in anything he did. Brock Heger was another driver who I traveled with to races, and saw how dedicated he and the family are to this sport. Jerett Brooks has always showed professionalism and smooth driving. Brandon Arthur has a great attitude and is always willing to give me pointers.

What/who is your biggest challenge on the track? There is a lot of competition out there for this year’s Regional series, but I think my biggest competition would be Brad DeBerti because he races the National Series as well. DeBerti starts in the back of the pack at the Regionals and still makes it up to podium position.

Take us through a typical race weekend with your team. How does it work? A typical race weekend for us is ditching school on a Thursday or Friday to get in line for the gates to open on Friday morning. We unload the truck and set up our pit so we are dialed in for the weekend ahead. I am fortunate enough to have a dad that does this for a living so I always feel confident when we head to tech knowing my truck is good to go. I always look forward to practice time and try to squeeze in the last practice of the day to allow more seat time because this is my first season racing a Pro Lite

Any goals for the next few years and beyond? My goal for this year is to win a championship in Pro Lite for my first rookie season – currently sitting third in the points with 3 rounds left to go. Hopefully we can make some of the local National races next season as well, and go for another championship in the Regionals for next year

We know it takes a lot of support to race and you seem to backed by some great companies. Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support? Without Mark Malott I wouldn’t be racing the Regional series; he has given me the opportunity to race the Pro Lite Kaniti Tires giving us 100% support for the whole season to put on our Ultra Wheels. Dynamic Motorsports is giving us great converters. Howe Performance hooks us up with steering. Fiberwerx hooks us up with some nice ford raptor bodies. Fox Shox is always supporting me in all my racing. Fortin Racing is taking care of our gears. Bruce NoGrady does our engine building, and TBD Graphics supplies all my stickers and wraps.

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