TED HUNNICUT: FROM TWO WHEELS TO FOUR

TED HUNNICUT: FROM TWO WHEELS TO FOUR


Although he now chooses four wheels over two, Ted Hunnicutt is still going fast. Winning his first race thirty years ago on a mini trail-60 at Valley Circle Park, Ted now races trucks and recently won the Unlimited Mini Truck class at the Nevada 2000. DIRT BIKE caught up with Ted at Toyota Racing Development in Orange County, CA to find out a little about his racing past.

“The best memory I have of racing motorcycles was all the great people I got to meet. That, and surviving.” Ted?s first big win came at Red Mountain, where he beat Malcolm Smith. He went on to win six Baja 1000?s and seven Baja 500?s with teammate Larry Roessler. All too often, his accomplishments are overshadowed by the aforementioned LR, a man who Ted says he learned a lot from. He also credits much of his success to switching from a 500 to a 250 in 1988. “For a long time I wasn?t finishing races, but after the change my results really improved.”

For Ted, the transition to trucks from two wheels came rather easily. “The mechanical background is helpful, but more than that is the desire to win, to shoot for a realistic goal, and then go for it.”

Hunnicutt?s most memorable win came with teammates Danny LaPorte and Larry Roessler for Team Kawasaki in the 1989 Baja 500. It was his first big SCORE win, and he went on to win five more 500?s in a row. “I can?t say enough about Team Kawasaki and their dedication to winning. Everyone who rode a Kawasaki and even those who didn?t would get help when they needed it,” says Ted. “Guys like Mark Johnson (Team Manager), and Dave Pile, who was our mechanic, did a lot of work behind the scenes. In all of our Baja races we only had one failure, and that motor wasn?t even built by Dave.”

As for now Ted stays busy at Toyota Racing Development working on R & D, and continues to race competitively for McPhearson Chevrolet.


 

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