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It's Time to Get Dirty!

Blasting Off-Road with Sara Price

 

By Adam Riley

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Photo Source: Sara Price

 

High octane.  Off-road trucks.  Extreme heat.  And a lot of throttle.  It’s time to slide off the pavement, splash a little dirt in your face and blast across the desert grain with our latest SpeedGirls feature, Sara Price.

 

There’s no secret that racing is in this girl’s blood. So far she’s won hundred’s of races and probably a few more by the time you read this. From racing everything from motorcross, to side-by-sides, trophy trucks and even stadium super trucks.  Last we caught up with her, she had just won the all-female “Hoonigans Wanted” challenge.

 

Which in this case, the Hoonigans invited motorsport-experienced woman to submit and be one of six finalist that competed in a series of racing events; including creeper cart racing, a bi-state race, and other Hoonigan-like spectacles.

 

After three days of eliminations and taking the overall win, Sara was rewarded with an opportunity to race a fully-prepped rally version of a Fiat Arbarth “124” up the Mt. Washington Mountain Auto Road in New Hampshire.  Where she competed in the oldest American hill climb that’s been taking place since1904.

 

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Photo Source:  Hoonigan


"It was insane.” She says.  “I had never raced in such a severe circumstance."

 

Challenged against a time clock, racing up a 7.5 mile road and over 4,500 feet in elevation not only is the event extremely dangerous, but on that day she was against the odds of massive wind gusts and low visibility weather.  “It was insane.” She says.  “I had never raced in such a severe circumstance.   It’s like a narrow two lane road, with barley any shoulder and at the bottom there are boulders and trees . . . it’s pretty gnarly and I now know why they call it -- The Climb to the Clouds.”

 

Though recently having opportunities to race on pavement, it’s not truly what her career is based around.  In fact, her personal life and professional career take place in the dirt and began during her youth by motocross racing a Honda XR50 at the age of eight.  Moving along, she won the Loretta Lynn motocross event in 2006 and at the age of sixteen turned pro, competing in the AMA motocross series on a Kawasaki KX250F.

 

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Photo Credit:  Troy T.

 

In 2009, she went on test her dirtbike skills by competing in the XGames..  She says, “It was so awesome being a part of XGames . . . Being the first female supported by factory Kawasaki there was a lot of pressure to perform and under it all we came put medaling, which I was very proud of.”

 

By 2014, the off-road UTV side-by-side racing had become a new craze, so in Sara jumped behind the wheel of a Polaris RZR and a factory sponsored Kawasaki Teryx UTV’s.  She says, she participated in nearly every series I could, including everything from rock crawling, to short course racing . . . and in 2015, she won the Pro Women’s Terra-Cross Championship, and ended up taking 2nd place in the Lucas Oil Regional Series Championship.

 

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Photo Source: Sara Price

 

During that time, she even dipped her feet in the international scene by competing in the all-female, Rally Aicha Des Gazelles with co-driver Erica Sacks.  For nine days, they blazed across the Moroccan desert, behind the wheel of a Kawasaki Teryx. “It was pretty amazing!”  She says.  “We went along with nine other American teams but we were the first American side x side team to ever compete in the event."

 

Though racing UTV’s are extremely fun and powerful, she’s has been stepping up her game by competing in Trophy Truck racing with the “RPM Offroad” sponsored truck.  But as she well knows, things can get hairy while out in the middle of nowhere. During one situation, she recalls, “ . . . We were running through a dusty canyon with no communication to our team and hit a rock, and messed up the right front side pretty bad. In those situations you have to do your best to work through it and try to make it to the next stop.”

 

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Photo by Troy T.   
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Being stranded out in the middle of nowhere is quite a contrast to where she ended up next,  because in 2015, she was given an opportunity to compete in front of thousands of spectators during the Stadium Supertruck Series, where she co-piloted several sponsored trucks over dirt, asphalt and up through the air by blasting over the massive hills and on-pavement ramps.

 

With such a high-energy career under her belt, Sara has plenty of room to grow; and though she’s working on several upcoming projects she says her focus is mainly on racing trophy trucks and UTV racing, with continuing in auto racing and hopes to do some rally in the future  “Overall, I’m just very grateful for everything that has happened and feel that it’s very important to give back when ever possible.”

 

 

 

Photo credits/source: 1. Sara Price  2. Larry Chen. 3. Shelby Mahon  4. Sara Price  5. Sara Price

6. Sara Price.  7. Troy T.   8. Troy T.   9. Sara Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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