by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Art in Motion Rally Team (1); Jason Swoboda (2)

One of the most exciting aspects of stage rally is just how approachable the sport is. It takes a lot of hard work and plenty of effort to actually put a car together, but it doesn’t matter what you’re driving—with the proper commitment, just about any car can be turned into an effective rally machine. That means that plenty of new competitors can come into the sport at just about any time, and every year the Rally America National Championship sees a number of first-time racers.

The Art in Motion Rally Team was one of those stories a few years ago, and the pairing of driver Geoff Weide and co-driver Derric Throne have spent the past couple of years sticking with the sport and aiming to progress up the ranks. Geoff answered our questions yesterday; today, it’s Derric’s turn:

What made you want to start rallying?

When I was younger my dad and I would watch Speed TV all the time. Rally was always my favorite. 

When was your first event and how did you do?

Ojibwe Forest Rally 2016, the last year it was a Rally America event. We got lost a few times during recce. The race went well until about halfway through the second day when we suffered engine failure. All in all it was a great first event. We met a lot of nice people and learned a ton about rally.

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

LSPR 2017. It was our first entire event finish and we ended up placing third regionally on day two which made the entire weekend even sweeter. We partied hard that night! 

Do you prefer to work with a single driver or multiple drivers?

As I’ve only co-driven for one driver, Geoff Weide, I’ll go with I prefer to work with a single driver. However I’ll be co-driving for one of our crew guys, Dusty, this coming winter at Sno*Drift. He’s currently building a 2.5RS that should be completed before winter. 

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

LSPR is my favorite, with SOFR being a very close second. 

Do you have any pre-event routines?

Working on the car to get it ready. Usually last minute as per tradition. Clean out and reorganize my co-drivers bag. Read all the information set to us by the organizers. Look back at previous route books and notes if available. 

Which other co-drivers in the sport do you respect the most?

Alessandro and Rhianon Gelsomino, they do so much for the sport of rally. I hope to train with them someday in the future at OZ Rally Pro.