by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Rob Benowitz (1); Matt Joseph (2)

Stage rally is, without a doubt, art in motion, as the world’s bravest racers take on all forms of challenges from varying road surfaces to extreme weather. That alone makes the Lake Mills, Wisconsin-based Art in Motion Rally Team one of the most aptly named outfits in the Rally America National Championship, as the up-and-coming squad begins to make a name for itself in the Open Light class.

After taking his first regional podium last season, driver Geoff Weide aims to continue his progression and take the next step forward in his career in 2018. Get to know him a little bit better with today’s interview:

What made you want to start rallying?

I’ve always been a fan of motorsports and rally is the most extreme version of racing. Once I found out it could be done on a budget, it was game on.

When was your first event and how did you do?

Ojibwe Forest Rally 2016 when it was still Rally America. We weren’t worried about placing, just finishing, up until day two when we had critical engine failure and had to withdraw. Considering we were literally working on the car as we loaded the trailer, I was happy with the outcome.

When was your first really memorable result—win or podium—and how did you get there?

Lake Superior Performance Rally 2017. We placed third in class regionally on day two of the race. Our goal for the rally was to just drive clean and finish both days so we weren’t even paying attention to times. I remember sitting at our cabin getting ready to go out and just on a whim checked times. There it was: third place. I had to refresh it a few times and ask others to make sure I was reading it right.  Needless to say, we had a fantastic night out after that.

Who is your usual co-driver, and when did you two start rallying together?

Derric Throne. We’ve been rallying together since the day the build on the car began in August 2015.

What’s your favorite event on the Rally America schedule?

Lake Superior Performance Rally, without a doubt. It fits my driving style very well. That being said, we did Southern Ohio Forest Rally this year and that rally was quite Intense.

Do you have any pre-event routines?

Wait until the last minute before working/prepping on the car to add to the stress levels, haha! I’ll watch some of the YouTube (FY Racing, Launch Control, our own videos) videos from that event to re-familiarize myself with the roads.

Which other drivers in your class do you respect the most?

Open Light has a lot of competent drivers and co-drivers. It’s hard to pick any ones in specific, In my opinion they all have my respect based on different things they do, whether it’s helping other teams, driving fast, or just being genuine people.