By Aaron Bonk – Images courtesy of Corry Weller
Corry Weller didn’t grow up racing, she wasn’t born into a family of motorsports, and her dad wasn’t any sort of seasoned race car driver. And it doesn’t matter. As it turns out, despite her being one of the most winningest UTV-class short-course racers around, it wasn’t until 2001 that she’d engage in any sort of motorsports at all.
“I saw a quad, thought it was kind of different, and so I went out and bought one,” she says about the sort of unsuspecting way that it all started. But it wasn’t kismet at first for her and the ATV. Riding by herself wasn’t all that appealing to her, and it wasn’t until she began engaging a nearby motocross track that the passion would really begin to grow: “I absolutely fell in love with it at that point.”
Weller didn’t grow up racing, but she’s long been comfortable working on her own machines, which she credits her dad for. “Dad was always in the garage,” she says, which explains her ability to find her way around things like short-blocks, differentials, and clutch discs. “I’ve always liked working on my own stuff, and when I’m at the track, that’s a necessity.”
Weller and her husband, Jason—a former factory Porsche technician—combined their automotive acumen to create Weller Racing, which today specializes in supplying racing wares and engine rebuilding services to the UTV community.
“There was a customer who had a Rhino that he raced,” Weller remembers. “After seeing that, I was just floored by short-course racing.” All of which led to her building and racing her own UTV in 2008—a CORR Pro/Mod Rhino—and, ultimately, winning Lucas Oil’s Regional Off Road Series SR1 championship in 2011. Today, Weller Racing’s Rhino is powered by Yamaha’s R1 street bike engine and competes in the SR1 class that she and her husband formed back in 2008. “We thought it would just be a filler class,” she admits, “but it grew so fast, and today there are almost 25 cars in the field.”
Weller says the class appeals mostly to those who have an affinity for high-revving bike engines, like those from Yamaha’s R1 or Honda’s CBR1000, for example. The swapped engines present the sort of challenges you might not expect, though, like figuring out where to route the exhaust system. That’s where longtime partner Magnaflow stepped in, developing a custom header and exhaust that deviated from the conventional over-and-back pathway that can lead to a slightly elevated center of gravity. “We had to have some sort of an exhaust for this class,” Weller says, “and Magnaflow had the means to provide us with what we needed and what would work.”
“I don’t even know what I did before I started racing,” says Weller, who, among other things, is a mother of two and also pilots a Pro 4 Unlimited truck in the Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series. Today, she’s also one of the fastest female racers on the West Coast, proving that a racing background isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for success.