I started racing dirt bikes a long time ago. I’d ride with my dad. And that’s how my career basically started – with the local, regional Utah races. And from there, we went to national races, and then we went to pro. I did the dirt bike thing for about 14 years, and then I started racing cars on asphalt for about six or seven years, and then I went back to the dirt in trophy trucks and the short course racing. That’s kind of my racing history in a nutshell.
I formed my racing team, Race Pro Technologies, about five years ago. We have about twenty employees, and they’re the ones that work on the truck for me – fuelers, tire changers, mechanics, welders – a whole team. We race worldwide. In 2019, I’ve got three races in Australia, one in China, one in Finland, I’ve got a couple in Mexico, and New York and Wisconsin. So it’s worldwide. I’m the driver, along with my 13-year-old son, Dylan, who drives as well.
I don’t know if it’s a “funny mistake,” but I’ve had my share of crashes when I’m racing. Somehow, I’ve been able to survive without suffering too much physical damage. But I’ve learned a lot about how to stay out of dangerous situations when I’m racing, and I try to share what I’ve learned with my son, Dylan, who races cars on my team.
I have bipolar disorder, and I’ve struggled with mental health issues for most of my life. When I was at a low point, I drove to the top of a mountain, grabbed my gun, put it to my head and pulled the trigger. Thankfully, the bullet didn’t fire, so I was given a second chance.
Since then, I’ve been doing mental health advocacy work so that I can help others who have mental health issues. I wrote a book about my life, my bipolar disorder and suicide attempt called “Bulletproof,” and I’m also an ambassador for Mental Health America. Raising awareness about mental health issues, and helping others get help for their issues, is truly my purpose.
Here’s what I believe: When you think you have a limit, or someone sets the limit for you, and you exceed it, then the next time you do that specific task, you can go further than you expected. I know because I’ve pushed my body hard enough to where I’ve reached the ultimate limit and couldn’t go any further. Most people don’t push themselves hard enough or far enough. They’re held back by fear. But you’ve got to push through that fear to achieve your goals and live life to the fullest.
You’re quite the fashion plate for a guy who likes to get down and dirty on the track. Who are your favorite designers?