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Spotlight on Casey Currie

As an off-road racing enthusiasts I have been very fortunate to be in a position to write this spotlight series of articles from personal experience with each of the drivers, but possibly none of these drivers has been passed over by the King of the Hammers loyalists as one of the potential winners as often as Casey Currie. The Currie brand has been an integral part of our sport from the early days, and the Currie name a part of motorsports long before that. A third generation motor head, Casey walked onto the KOH scene, and has been a consistent force to be reckoned with. Think you can keep up with Casey? His schedule is 100% on the gas every day, across a multitude of Off-Road motorsports, and he does not just hold his own, he runs at the top of the game.

The 2010 Prolite Champion is right at home in almost any terrain and with nearly any method of travel. Its not unlikely for Casey to be motorcycle riding in Baja, drive all night to Moab for a SXS rally, run some of the toughest trails in Moab including Upper Heldarado in a UTV, drive all night to the river, and than go practice for a short course race in the matter of a couple days. Currie represents a drive to succeed in everything he does, and can be a heck of a lot of fun to run a trail with when he is not 100% focused on winning. With a new car this year for KOH, the family support, and backing of some really solid sponsors, you can’t count out the guy who races one rock event a year, and somehow finds himself at the lead of the pack. We have included a collection of video’s that represent just how busy Casey is, and if you end up on a trail ride with him, make sure you ask about the M.I.N.E. Game, it can be pretty fun.

 

How long have you been competing in Ultra 4 Racing?

I have raced KOH 4 Times

How long have you been racing?

5 years

Tell us about your past experiences in the King of the Hammers and where you have finished?

I have finished 2nd 2 times. And when I didn’t finished 2nd I went out with a Bang!!

What’s the attraction to racing of King of the Hammers for you?

That I can show up without competing in rock racing all year and be competitive. My parents company Currie Enterprises and Campbell Ent build the most competitive components for KOH. I love going fast and I love rock crawling.

 

 

 What’s your favorite part of the King of the Hammers?

The amount of people that come watch! I also love technical climbing.

How do you physically and mentally prepare for this type of racing?

I love riding bicycles and driving my Kawasaki Teryx for practice.

 Teamwork is a big part of KOH, Tell us about your team for the King of the Hammers?

I have a great family who supports my race efforts and brings a lot of knowledge to the table. I also have a team of guys who work for me that prep and manage everything so I can drive the vehicle to the max. Then we have the Campbell crew who also help and support me anytime on the trail.

 How much does strategy play a part in KOH?

What strategy? Drive fast take chances.

What will it take to win the King of the Hammers in 2012?

Luck, and good starting position.

 How much does a car vs. a drivers ability play into winning the King of the Hammers?

A lot.  You have to know when to drive fast and when to drive slow. You need to know where you can make up ground and when to take it easy.

If you had the opportunity to participate in any race in the world, what would it be and why?

Dakar, It’s the only big off road race I haven’t competed in or finished on the podium.

Who is your racing idol and why?

Robby Gordon. He makes it happen, He drives his own vehicles and he runs his own program.

 

 

 

 

If you had an unlimited budget what would you build to compete in the King of the Hammers?

The car that we will be competing in 2013.. None yo Business!!!

Do you have any advise to give someone who is aspiring to race the King of the Hammers?

Always buy good equipment, never give up and practice makes perfect.

Can you tell us about the sponsors and people that have made it possible for you to do this?

Monster Energy is the Energy behind my program!! General tires put the rubber to the ground . NISSAN, Currie Enterprises, Motive Gear, Magnaflow Exhaust, Torco oil, Savvy OffRoad, Team Associated, GoPro, GoodRidge, kandN, Kawasaki, King Shocks, Mastercraft, Oakley, Simple Green, ARP bolts, CBR Radiators, HJC Helmets, Rockwell watches.

 

 The Facts Casey Currie #2

Co-Driver Name: John Currie

Team Name  Casey Currie Motorsports

Age: 27                                                     Hometown: Anaheim Hills, CA

Chassis Builder: Shannon Campbell                                  Engine: NISSAN

Transmission:                                                     T-case: Atlas

Axles F/R:   Currie 9 inch                                             Lockers F/R: ARB

Seats:  Mastercraft                                                             Shocks: King Shocks

Tires: General tires                                                      Wheels: Method Wheels

 

About the Author

Jeff Knoll is the former Event Director for the King of the Hammers event. He has raced various classes in SCORE, BITD, MORE, and MDR. Following the California 200, Knoll travelled to Washington, DC to meet with BLM officials regarding the Special Recreation Permit policies of the BLM. Knoll serves on the BLM’s Desert Advisory Sub-Committee regarding Special Recreation Permits. Knoll also drafted language for Nevada’s Senate Bill 156 in 2011 regarding action sports safety.

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