In the end, the arrangement is about family.
“Sean drives our car like he owns it and uses his God given ability, talent and skill to be a top contender at every track,” Cindi Menne added. “Our entire family has come to know and love Sean as a driver, but even more so as a member of our family and we believe the feeling is completely mutual. We consider ourselves blessed to have Sean and his family as an extension of our own.”
Becker has similar feelings for the Mennes.
“I don’t know what the proper word to use is, either I’m blessed, spoiled or just plain lucky, anyway you want to put it, I’m extremely grateful to be allowed to race their car,” Becker said. “Our regular track we compete at is nearly 190 miles from their ranch. They are some of the most dedicated people I know to be willing to work as hard as they do, to then go travel as far as they have to, just to go race with me. I will never be able to fully express how much I appreciate everything they’ve ever done for me.”
Becker has a varied open-wheel racing background.
“The first time I ever ran without a wing was in 2008 in a spec sprint,” he said. “I’ve also raced in just over half a dozen midget shows and was lucky enough to get a BCRA (Bay Cities Racing Ass’n) win once. I truly enjoyed all the challenges both winged and non-winged racing presents. It definitely takes a different style to attack both divisions. I enjoy both but definitely prefer the wing.”
Becker has raced all over the West Coast with trips to tracks in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, and he has reached a memorable milestone.
“Last year, I was lucky enough to win my 100th career winged sprint car feature,” Becker said. “My wife, Lisa, and Kevin Sharrah Designs were able to put together a T-shirt with all 11 cars that I won a race with. I’m very lucky to have been able to race for a lot of great people. It was a great idea to put them all together to celebrate our accomplishments.”
Becker followed the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and finished second in the standings in 2018.
He believes he knows his place on the California racing scene.
“I guess my hope is the other drivers have accepted me as their peer,” Becker said. “I’ve been racing for such a long time now, there are many drivers I consider great friends but none that I necessarily favor more than others. I’ve always felt like you need to have some hate built up with someone to consider them a rival.
“I have a hard time hating anybody. No driver in particular, whoever is lined up across from me I guess. My family became good friends with Paul McMahan. At the time, Brent Kaeding was so dominant in California, you would immediately fall into the superstar category (in my eyes) if you were able to beat him. It always blew my mind that the guy who’d play football with my brother and me in our front yard could go out and beat Brent Kaeding. I’ve always enjoyed rooting for Paul McMahan.”
Becker is pretty much a normal husband and dad. He enjoys taking family trips, playing golf and basketball, and going to the movies.
Looking far down the road Becker foresees being a part of the sport.
“In 10 years I’ll be 47,” Becker said. “My daughter, Alison, will be 20 and my son, Travis, will be 13. Alison tried racing for a while but it stopped being fun for her. If Travis wants to, he’ll probably be racing outlaw karts with the rest of my family. Hopefully, I’m still competitive enough to want to still be racing then as well.”
Becker says if he ever retires he still plans on “watching racing.”
In the meantime, he said, “I’ll be happy racing sprint cars and outlaw karts for as long as they’ll have me.”