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  • Trophy Wife: Corry Weller Ain’t Your Average Suburban Mom

Trophy Wife: Corry Weller Ain’t Your Average Suburban Mom

We Interview One of Arizona’s Most Popular Off-Road Racers

Dec 2, 2015
Her long blonde hair and confident, outgoing personality might peg Corry Weller as just another attractive Arizona trophy wife. But trust us: Get to know her and you’ll soon realize that bake sales and crossover SUVs don’t even come close to describing Corry, who is fast becoming one of the most popular off-road racers in her field.
Based out of Chandler, Arizona, Corry got her start racing quad motocross in 2001, shortly after buying her first four-wheeler. Since then, her passion for racing has grown and expanded across several different off-road disciplines and brought her fantastic success, including multiple championships and awards recognizing her prowess on the dirt.
We were lucky enough to chat with Corry for a while and get to know what makes her one of the coolest trophy wives around. Read on…
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Truck Trend Network: Tell us about yourself.
Corry Weller: I live in Chandler, Arizona, I’m married, I have two kids, two dogs and a cat. My husband and I own Weller Racing, and I am a professional racer as well. In any spare time I get, I’m also a contributing editor/test rider for various media outlets, and I’m the only UTV/ATV expert on the website About.com. When it’s not race season, you will find our family at various industry events around the country or at Imperial Sand Dunes in Glamis, California, hanging out and riding with our race buddies.
TTN: Is it true you got your competition start in motocross in 2001? Did you go pro with MX?
CW: Yes, I started racing in 2001, when I bought my first quad. I raced quad MX, so I have always been on four wheels, but we raced the same tracks as the bikes, with all of the same jumps, obstacles, and corners. We just did it on four wheels instead of two. I didn’t go pro, but by the time I switched to short-course and UTVs, I was racing Men’s Intermediate and Women’s A. I was one of the fastest female quad racers on the West Coast when I made the switch.
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TTN: When you transitioned away from motocross, how did you move into off-road racing?
CW: I saw my first short-course race in 2007, and I was blown away by the fact that there was that type of racing. It was basically trucks racing motocross! Since that series had a UTV class, my husband and I figured it was a great way to get started in the series, and since our business was building UTV and ATV motors (we started Weller Racing in 2006), it was also a great way to get our name out there in front of people and get noticed.
TTN: How long did you stay with each different racing class? How many racing classes in total have you raced with?
CW: I started out in the Super Stock UTV class, racing a totally stock Yamaha Rhino with a little bit of clutch work. I raced the remainder of the first season in that class, and then we tore that Rhino down to the frame and modified it for the Pro UTV class. In the Pro UTV class you could do motor mods, lower and widen the chassis, and really make it look badass.
I raced Pro UTV in 2008 and 2009, and then switched to the SR1 Class in 2010, which is a class I still really enjoy racing in. It’s a UTV class on steroids, UTVs that are powered by 1000cc streetbike engines—two-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmissions, and 180 hp at the crank and way too much horsepower for their weight!
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In 2012, I also began racing in the highly competitive Pro 4 truck class and got quite a few podiums and won Rookie of the Year in 2012. And if you count racing the Optima Batteries ChampTruck race last month, that’s another class. Racing semi trucks is a kick in the pants!
TTN: Where and what are you currently racing?
CW: This year, I am racing in the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series Southern California, the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series Arizona, and the SR1 Championship Series, in the SR1 class. I have won four championships in the SR1 class and am working on a couple more this year.
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TTN: What are some of your hobbies besides racing?
CW: That’s always a tough question because my whole life is racing, basically. But I do enjoy CrossFit as a way to stay in shape for racing. I also really enjoy going to the dunes in the off-season and ripping around in whatever race vehicle I can drag out there for the weekend! The dunes are where you will usually find a bunch of off-road racers blowing off some steam before the new race season starts.
TTN: Are you a car/truck fanatic outside dirt sports?
CW: Yes! I grew up helping my dad in the garage. He’s a car nut, and he passed a lot of his love for cars down to me. I took every auto mechanics and auto body class I could in high school and in college, and I have a very hands-on role in my racing program as well. I like to be able to work on my own race vehicles as much as possible because I’m kind of a control freak, but I also really think it’s important to know exactly what you are driving. I like muscle cars, trucks, and supercars.
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TTN: Did you race or play with motorsports as a kid?
CW: No. Actually, I never raced anything until I started motocross. My dad taught me how to drive a boat when I was about five years old, and we would go four-wheeling in our Blazer a lot when I was little, so he’d have me steer and taught me how to drive on the dirt roads behind our house because I was too young to drive on the street. So, I have always had a steering wheel in my hand, it seems. And when I was old enough to finally have a license, I wound up getting pulled over a lot for speeding. In retrospect, I guess it’s not surprising that I wound up being a professional racer at some point. My parents like to joke that I got switched at birth for someone else’s kid, though, because they have never raced a day in their lives.
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TTN: Is it difficult being a woman racer? Do the guys respect you?
CW: No, it’s not difficult at all. I have always enjoyed being immersed in male-dominated sports and environments. Growing up, I preferred hanging out with the boys because they always had the “cool toys” and had the most fun, and I don’t think that has changed much.
When I started racing MX, I wound up coming to the track alone and did everything myself, and when I raced, I did my best to respect everyone I raced with, and if I won (or didn’t), I always tried to congratulate the guys I would compete against, etc.I think I earned respect because of those things and because I just genuinely enjoyed being with everyone.
I’ve had people who don’t know what I do be really surprised when they find out that I race off-road, and they’re even more surprised that I do well in such a rough and crazy sport, but that’s where it stops. I have never raced somewhere I felt I didn’t belong or I felt I was being treated poorly, whether it was motocross, short-course, desert racing, or even semi-truck racing. I’ve only had the most positive experiences over the years.
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TTN: Do you have kids? What’s your ideal legacy that you want to leave behind, both in terms of racing and in terms of general life advice?
CW: I have two kids. I have a daughter and a son who are in their late teens, and they have grown up with a mom who is definitely not stereotypical! I always wanted them to grow up to be open minded, to be proud of who they are, and not put any limitations on themselves or let anyone else do it for them. I want them to understand that life is too short to be unhappy, and there is so much out there to experience! To not be afraid to take some risks and, most of all, to enjoy the ride!
Source: Corry Weller
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