“We bought a race shop and semis and it just took off,” Menzies said. “But it was all a learning curve. We knew nothing about it, so we just took it one step at a time, from learning at the smallest level — the smallest class — and working our way up through the ranks.”
Menzies advanced through the ranks more quickly than he lets on. His career thus far includes several championships across SCORE International, the TORC Series and the Championship Off-Road Racing series. Now an avid competitor in both the Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series — along with multiple other series — Menzies gave up the title chase in both classes just past halfway through the season in order to have surgery on a cracked kneecap.
But the championships were never Menzies’ goal. When he first started, off-road raicing was all about the fun and family time.
“At the beginning, when it was just a truck and a trailer and we didn’t really know what we were doing, it was really a family sport,” Menzies said. “We were just doing it for fun and there was no pressure. There were no sponsors. There was no obligation. Now, it’s a full race team where we have partners that make this successful and a lot more pressure these days.”
Menzies says it wasn’t intimidating for he and his family to show up with virtually no knowledge of the sport. They didn’t feel like the newbies and the “huge learning curve” wasn’t a deal breaker.
Instead, it was a chance for Menzies’ family to show just how much they supported him. While Menzies’ parents and siblings helped out in the pits, his dad, Steve Menzies, was the one who taught him the business side of things.
“He’s been there since day one,” Menzies said. “He really helped get the business going and he was the guy who backed me and funded it for the first couple of years until we could find some sponsors.
“He really helped out for a while and now he’s taken a step back and actually lets me run the business. But since the beginning, he’s showed me the ropes and how to make everything successful. So, you know, a lot of this is because of him.”