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Hot Laps: Nathan Barry

Tell us about your racing background and what brought you to the Lucas Oil Regional Series:  I grew up going to desert races to watch my Dad and Karl Scanlan race.  I would beg my Dad to let me race but at age 7, I was too little. So he surprised me with a J1 kart.  Karl made me a track on his property to practice.  When I was 8, I did my 1st race in the J1 kart in the desert.  For a couple years, I played around in the desert with the kart.  When I was 11, I did my 1st race in the Lucas Oil Regional.

When you’re not at the track, what can we find you doing? I spend a lot of time at the river riding  jet skis with friends or in the desert riding my motorcycle.  I’m always working on my Mod kart and helping  my Dad with prepping my brother’s kart.

Family and friends play a big role on most regional teams.  How important are your family/friends to your success and what role do each of them play on race weekends?  Without my family, I would not be able to race.  They are my team.  My Dad and I do all the work on my kart on and off the track.  Many nights we are in the garage till midnight working.  At the track,  we work together as a family.  My Dad spots for me sometimes but we don’t always agree on things, so Bradley Morris helps me out and spots.

What is your advice to someone looking to start out in short course off road racing?  Start as young as possible.  I made the mistake and waited till I was age 11 before coming to short course.  I started in the J1 and within 8 months I moved to a J2 because I was weighing down the kart.  I didn’t last long in the J2 and went to the Mod Kart class.  I never got the full  race experience of the J1 or J2.  When I went to the Mod I struggled my first year.

Who is a driver you look up to and why? There are so many talented drivers in short course but the driver I look up to most is Rob MacCachren because he’s just fast.  He’s a smart racer that has patience and waits for the right moment to strike.

What/who is your biggest challenge on the track? My biggest challenge on the track is me.  I put a lot of pressure on myself to be faster and smoother.

Take us through a typical weekend at the track with your team.  How does it work for you?  We get to skip school on Fridays and head to the track.  My Mom brings us because my Dad is still working.  We set up our pits and get ready for race day.

Any goals for the next few years and beyond?  This is my last year in the Mod Kart class and I’m hoping to finish in the top 3 for Regional and top 5 in National.  For 2017, I’m going to race a RZR 1000 in the Regional series, and some WORCS and Best in the Desert for more experience.

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?  I would like to Thank CBR Performance Products,  King Shocks,  Dasa, Mod Kids USA, Rugged Radio, Driven Steering, RokBlokz, Kicker, Karl Scanlan, Bazzaz Performance, Spal, MK Motorsports and my Mom & Dad for all their support in the 2016 season.

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