Skip to main content
Series News

Hot Lap With RZR 570 #11 Ethan Groom

Sunday, September 15, 2019

-Tell us about your racing background and how you ended up at the Lucas Oil Regional Series:

I began racing at the 2016 UTV World Championships and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. We hopped around from series to series that year trying to figure out what we wanted to do. The next year, we ended up committing to the Dirt Series in the 170 stock novice and open 200 classes. I was able to take home the championships for both classes that year. The next year, we stuck with WORCS where I raced in the 250 production class and I ended up learning a lot and we had a good year. This year, I am now racing in the Lucas Oil Regional Series.

-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 contributes so much to my racing. My dad acts as the main mechanic, he takes the equipment, he sometimes spots for me, and he helps me prepare the car. My mom is the best pit mom anyone could ask for. She cleans, she cooks, makes sure I’m mentally prepared, and she makes sure I’m not nervous. And finally, my brother gives the best pep talks and keeps me happy.

-What is your advice to someone looking to start out in short course off road racing?

My advice to someone starting out in short course racing would be to stay patient. Success doesn’t come in one day, so take some time to gain some experience and to better your driving and all the learning and preparing will show in the results.

-What is your favorite track and why?

My favorite track it probably Victorville. I love the big sweeping berm and all the corners.

-When you're not at the track, what can we find you doing?

You could find me reading a book, playing soccer with my brother, down at the shop working on the car, or with my friends.

-How much time/work goes into preparing for each race weekend?

There is a lot of time and effort that goes into each race. I have to be mentally and physically ready and the car has to get prepped, washed, loaded up, and driven to the race.

-What/who is your biggest challenge on the track?

My biggest challenge this year is most likely my competition. The racers in the 570 class are all great drivers with great talent and I love all the battles I have with all of them.

-Any goals for the next few years or beyond?

I want to race in the Lucas Oil National Series, go to college, be top of my high school class, and be a successful person in life.

-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 my mom, my dad, and my brother. I would also like to thank Mike Emerson for all his help on driving and spotting, Dave Tounget for building me a great car as well as helping us at the track, and David Cowan and James Lightner for all their help with getting and giving us parts. Those parts had saved me and kept me on the track more the once. I would also like to thank Method Race Wheels, Tensor Tires, GMZ, Polaris RZR, Axis Metals, Terra Dynamics, GSP, JVRP, VP Racing Fuels, Maxima, Temecula Motorsports, PRP, Proline Wraps, and Sparco. Without all of their combined help, I wouldn’t be out there racing.