Meet the Drivers: Zach Whitebread
In just under two years of competing in the Rally America National Championship, Mount Carroll, Illinois native Zach Whitebread has become an impressive up-and-comer in the Super Production class. He’s been off to a great start so far in the 2018 season, taking second place in class at both Sno*Drift and the Southern Ohio Forest Rally, and placing an impressive seventh overall in the latter.
Whitebread and new co-driver Cameron Carr plan on running Rally Colorado next month, where they’ll remain in the SP championship hunt alongside experienced drivers like Tim Rooney and Mark Williams. Until then, get to know Whitebread with our driver profile:
What made you want to start rallying?
I was sitting in a college class watching racing videos on YouTube and I stumbled upon Launch Control. I had always liked racing, but when I saw rally I knew that it was what I wanted to do.
When was your first event and how did you do?
The first event I ever competed in was Lake Superior Performance Rally in 2016. The first day I had a minor off and broke a control arm, but I continued on (not knowing the control arm was completely broken) and limped my way through the last three stages. Overall in the regional that day I was in second to last place. The second day went a lot better and I ended up sixth overall in the regional.
When was your first really memorable result—win or podium—and how did you get there?
My first memorable result was probably 2017 Sno*Drift. It was mine and my co-driver’s second race ever and we ended up sixth overall for national, but the most surprising part was when Steve Gingras came up to us and told us that we had podiumed for Super Production nationally. It might have only been third place, but it was exciting to us because it was only our second race and we were running an Open Light car in the Super Production class. We also ended up in first place overall for the second day regional.
Who is your usual co-driver, and when did you two start rallying together?
My most recent usual co-driver would be Cameron Carr. We started rallying together at the 2018 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. We also competed in the 2018 Southern Ohio Forest Rally together and plan on going to Rally Colorado together as long as he can get off of work.
What’s your favorite event on the Rally America schedule?
My favorite event would definitely be Sno*Drift. It’s not a fast race, but i love the challenge of sliding all over while racing. Not having studded tires makes it fun. I wish there was another winter event to be able to compete in.
Do you have any pre-event routines?
My pre-event routine would be working on the car and making sure everything is ready for the race.
Which other drivers in your class do you respect the most?
The driver that I respect the most isn’t actually in my class. I probably respect Michael Hooper the most. He races a self-built rear-wheel drive car and hauls ass while doing it. He goes out and beats a lot of AWD cars (including me sometimes) which is impressive because he is doing it with 2WD.