Menifee, CA (March 29, 2019) - As an eighth-grade student, most teenagers are into way more things than playing in the dirt, but for 13-year-old Connor Barry, his version of playing in the dirt involves racing around in it, driving and racing an off-road vehicle.
Connor started racing when he was 7 years old in the Lucas Oil Off Road Regional CA short course series. He started in the Jr1 Trophy kart class, which is one of the introductory divisions of the sport for ages 8-15. From there he moved into the Jr2 Trophy Kart class and is now racing in the Modified Trophy Kart class, which is more advanced, for ages 10-15, and utilizes motorcycle engines with 55 horsepower.
In 2018, Connor from Hans Christensen Middle School won seven events on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, capturing the JR 2 Kart division series, in the K&N Filters/CBS Performance Kart during the season. He now has his sights on the Modified Kart division championship in 2019.
"As a family, we have always been around racing. When Connor was born, we spent a lot of time in the desert playing and racing. He started at an early age being put into desert vehicles, motorcycles and ATVs. As a young kid, he used to watch his father and good friend Karl Scanlon race in the desert for SCORE and BITD. He decided, that's what he wanted to do," his mom Georgeanna Barry said.
Off-road racing has been a family sport for many years for the Barrys, who own and operate CBR Performance in Lake Elsinore, which manufactures radiators and oil coolers for off-road racing vehicles. The family has lived in the area since 2001, but Connor's dad, Clint, is originally from Australia and moved to the United States in 1995 for Supercross racing.
"We attend vendor shows and races for racer support and this is also how my kids got involved in the racing. Our older son Nathan races in the same series in the Production 1000 UTV class in a Yamaha," his mom said.
The next level of racing for Connor will begin once he ages out of the Modified Trophy Kart at 16 years old. From there Connor can move into the UTV class or bigger and more powerful trucks like Pro Lite, Pro 2 or Pro 4. Connor said he knows that winning will become more difficult as he gets older and already has a game plan for the full season ahead in Modified Karts.
"It's all about being a smart and patient driver and doing the right stuff," he said.
Connor maintains a 4.0 GPA and will start high school at Paloma Valley High School in August as a freshman. His ultimate goal is to go to Nascar one day, he said, but he will keep up with his studies and attend college as he pushes himself to that level. He also said he would like to be an orthodontist.
The 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series started earlier this month with the SoCal Shootout at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. This event is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a west coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four-wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks.
"Come out to a Lucas Oil Regional race and see what it's all about. This series is family oriented, and there are beginner racers from all ages. Don't be afraid to follow your dreams of racing," Connor said.
Events can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network and MAVTV.
Original source: By JP Raineri, Valley News, Menifee eighth-grade student sets sights on becoming top Off-Road racer.