For some time now, we’ve been keeping an eye on what Casey Sims and the Sims Racing team has been doing on and off the race track. It’s no secret there is something special in this young man and his family. At 16 years old Sims has racked up quite the resume of podium and championship finishes. He grew up in the desert so to speak, riding in his parent’s Baja Bug and Pre-Runner truck at a very young age. At the staggering age of 2, yes 2, he began riding a 4 Wheel quad. From that point on riding in the desert was the only thing he wanted to do. You might ask how did the racing career begin? Well, the quad riding went on for several years until he attended a race at 10 years old. The race consisted of Polaris RZR 170’s. It was at that point Sims was bitten by the race bug without ever even racing. Like many parents, Sims’ parents wanted to feed their child’s passion, and soon after a car was purchased and they began to build to battle! Soon after Sims set out to prove a point, and since then he’s proven what a talented driver he is.
It’s been exciting to continue watching him dominate the competition, but many are unaware of the level of giving back to the veteran community that he and his family possess.
Several years ago Sims and family began what has proven to be a great relationship with Warfighter Made, a local non-profit organization based out of Temecula, CA – whose mission is to serve those who have served our nation. Their mission statement includes “Providing recreational therapy to ill, injured, and combat wounded service members and veterans.” The Sims family instantly saw what many do, as a truly inspirational organization, and wanted to give back. We asked Sims why he decided to work with Warfighter Made? “We heard about Warfighter Made through the racing industry at the first UTV World Championship race.” Sims explained. He went on to describe his initial introduction to Warfighter Made. “Joey D (Founder of UTV Underground) introduced us to Rob (Rob Blanton, Founder of Warfighter Made). After that, we learned more about Warfighter Made and what they did for veterans and active duty service men and women. We felt like it was the perfect fit and an organization we wanted to be involved in.”
2018 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award during the UTV World Championship
“The Warfighter Made Perseverance Award” Embodies all that is awesome about pushing forward and standing out among others. In 2018 during the UTV World Championship event in Laughlin, NV, the entire Sims family was awarded the title. Warfighter Made said it best in a 2018 publication: “Casey Sims started off by getting on the podium at the inaugural UTV World Championship in the youth 170 class all the way back in 2015 and he’s been on the box every year since! But this wasn’t just an individual effort, his mom and dad have been sacrificing as a privateer team since the beginning. With all his championships in multiple organizations, not to mention his outstanding school academics and citizenship awards, this SCREAMS Perseverance, and we’re honored to recognize them as a team!
Warfighter Made’s Adrenaline Therapy Collaboration
Recently we met up with Sims and his family at one of the amazing events put on by Warfighter Made. Warfighter Made periodically puts on events they call “Adrenaline Therapy”. Events that are open to ALL veterans and active duty service members to take part in off-road and recreational activities. Aside from what many would assume to be the obvious, we asked Sims what helped him decide to work with Warfighter Made in giving back to the veteran community. During these events Sims offers the passenger seat to veterans, their children, and anyone else who would like to go for a ride with a racing champion. “Giving back is important to me, I love the United States, and I love off-road, and that is exactly what Warfighter Made ecompesses.” Sims stated. He went on to proudly express, “I am so grateful to the men and women who fight for our freedom, and this is one small way I can say thank you to them and their families for the sacrifices they have made for us.”
Some of the Best Memories Have been Made At Adrenaline Therapy
It’s no doubt that incredible memories are made during these events, which we can vouch for that all day long. We asked Sims what some of his favorite memories have been through his years of support for these veteran based events. “I love seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces when they get out of the car. “A few years ago, one little boy (son of a combat veteran) jumped out of the UTV and immediately ran to hug me after giving him a ride. He was so excited he almost knocked me over, that was pretty awesome!” Sims proudly exclaimed. During one of the most recent events Sims spoke highly of the impact it had on him. CPL. James Moreno, USMC Ret. attended an event for the first time with his young 3 year old daughter. “James was riding with me and was yelling “faster, faster, faster” every lap.” Keep in mind, James is a veteran who had seen combat in Afghanistan which lead to the loss of his left leg after stepping on an IED. James is no stranger to a rush of adrenaline, so the thrill he felt riding with Sims says alot about these adrenaline therapy events. “I had a great time riding and hanging out with him. I also got to give his 3 year old daughter her first ride ever in an off-road vehicle. She loved it and wanted to go again and again.” Sims proudly explained with a huge smile. This…..this is exactly what Warfighter Made Adrenaline therapy events are about. Sims also explained his respect towards our veteran community stems from his bloodline. His grandfather served during the Vietnam War, while 3 of his grandparents also served in separate branches as well.
Casey Sims has built quite the racing resume, all while continuing to complete his school work. The silent heroes in the program are his parents: Jason and Carla Sims. Too often the parents of young racers don’t get the recognition they deserve, but getting to know them the past few months, we assure you this family is the real deal. Filled with nothing but love, support, ethics, and hard work. They are doing it right. We are excited to see what the Sims family has in store in future events, including the 2021 race season.
Below is a list of Casey Sims’ career to date stats:
- 148 Races
- 126 Podium Finishes
- 80 Wins
- 16 Championship Titles
- 2020 WORCS Series, 2nd Overall, SXS 1000 Stock Class
- 2020 WORCS Series, 2nd Overall, SXS 1000 Production Class
- 2019 WORCS Series, 2nd Overall, SXS 1000 Stock Class
- 2019 DIRT Series Champion, UTV Open 1000 Class
- 2019 UTV West Coast Champion, UTV Open 1000 Class
- 2018 WORCS Series Champion, SXS Youth 800 Production Class
- 2018 UTV West Coast Champion, UTV Production 1000 Class
- 2018 DIRT Series Champion, UTV Production 1000 Class
- 2018 Side X Side Regionals Champion, UTV Production 1000 Class
- 2018 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award Recipient, UTV World Championship
- 2017 WORCS Series Champion, SXS Youth 800 Production Class
- 2017 ATV/UTV West Coast Motocross Champion, UTV Open 800 Class
- 2017 DIRT Series Champion, UTV Open 800 Class
- 2017 Quad X & UTV Racing Series Champion, UTV Open 800 Class
- 2016 UTV World Champion, Youth 250 Unlimited Class
- 2016 ATV/UTV West Coast Motocross Champion, UTV RZR 170 Open Class
- 2016 WORCS Series Champion, SXS Youth 250 Production Class
- 2016 DIRT Series Champion, UTV RZR 170 Open Class
- 2016 Quad X & UTV Racing Series Champion, UTV RZR 170 Open Class
- 2015 DIRT Series Champion, UTV RZR 170 Class