Corona, CA (December 10, 2018) – It's common for 11-year-olds to participate in elite-level travel sports such as baseball or soccer to hone their skills while pursuing their passion. Jake Bollman is no different. He's just doing it at an accelerated speed, behind the wheel of a racing vehicle.
Or several vehicles, to be exact.
A few weeks after clinching both Rookie of the Years honors and the Junior 1 Kart championship on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO, Bollman took a break from testing a Legend car on the pavement to talk about his love of motorsports.
"It was a fun season. It was long season," Bollman said. "I lost a few, but almost all of (the races) I was on the podium. It was a good season."
The sixth-grader from Huntington Beach, California has a bright future in the sport. Phil Bollman, his dad and himself a former Buggy and Pro 2 off-road racer, said Jake competes in approximately 72 events in 2018. The schedule could be even busier in 2019.
Young Bollman is planning to move up to the Modified Kart division on the Lucas Oil Off Road Series and run the entire schedule, minus one event. That's because his pavement schedule in a Legend and Junior Late Model will pose a conflict.
Along with his LOORRS championship, Bollman also captured a Bandolero-car track championship this past season at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California. He also contended for pavement wins at the Las Vegas Bullring and Irwindale Speedway.
If it sounds similar to the diverse background that many of the sport's new stars grew up racing, such as Kyle Larson or Christopher Bell, that's because it is. Jake said his racing hero is Las Vegas native Kyle Busch because "he drives hard and is not afraid of anything."
"We're progressing and that's what matters for him," Phil Bollman said. "Since Jake was little, he's always wanted to race. We're gonna see what happens.
"Jerry Whelcher, a long-time Pro-2 racer, he's come on board and has helped us out. He is super excited about Jake. We haven't asked anybody for anything, sponsor-wise. We know that Jake has to prove himself. Good things come into play when you do."
Jake won four of the nine LOORRS JR 1 Kart events last season and nailed down the championship in style by leading flag-to-flag in the season-ending race at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. He finished 18 points in front of runner-up Ayden Ford and, doing occasional double duty, was sixth this season in JR 2 Kart points.
"The JR 1 does not slide through the corner and the JR 2 you can slide through the corner," Jake said of the difference between the two. He said his dad has been helpful in helping with technique on the balance of braking and hitting the throttle in the turns.
"You hit your brakes and then get back on it, fast," Jake Bollman said. "It's fun."
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series opener is set for March 16 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.
By Lyndal Scranton
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series JR 1 Kart division:
One of the introductory divisions of the sport are for ages 8-15. These custom, single-seat mini race trucks featureSubaru EX27 266 cc 4-stroke air-cooled engines that must be sealed by Fleming Motorsports. The engines are 9 horsepower at 4,000 rpm. Maximum width is 56.75 inches, maximum wheel base is 71 inches and minimum weight is 585 pounds. JR 1 Kart numbers are 200-299.
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four-wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks. Our events can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network, MAVTV, and Live all season long on LucasOilRacing.TV. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course! For more information, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com and be sure to sign up for our newsletter in our Newsletter Signup section of the home page.