Third cousin to legendary NASCAR owner Richard Childress, Mike Childress has made quite a name for himself in the world of off-road racing. Originally from Wrightwood, California, Childress grew up skiing and snowboarding before climbing atop a motorcycle to ride in the mountains. His enthusiasm for motorcycles eventually led him to the desert where he began competing, even winning the coveted Mint 400 in 2006 in the motorcycle division. Childress eventually made the move to trucks where his accomplishments include the title of Pikes Peak World Record Holder in ProTruck (2005); Baja 1000 win in 2005; 2006 BITD champion in the Open Pro division; and a return to the SNORE Mint 400 podium with a win in Class 1 in 2011.
DRIVER Q & A
Top 3 People to follow on social media?
Dave Bilzerian, Race Desert and General Tire.
2013 Toyota Tacoma on 35” General Red Letter’s
Favorite Race and why?
Mint 400 because I won it once.
Do you have a pre-race routine you go through before heading out into the dessert?
I usually wake up and eat a peanut butter and honey sandwich, get rid of all my bodily fluids and hop in the race car.
What other adventurous activites to you participate in?
Mountain bike, snowboard, shoot guns, and that’s about it.
Best place to go off-roading for a weekend?
Anywhere thrilling and dangerous.
If you were going to do a weekend off-road trip, what five essential things would you bring with you?
General Tires, King Shocks, My Make-up artist, My Wife and My Visa Card.
If you could go to dinner with five other people (dead or alive), who would you pick and why?
My Wife, My Son, Hugh Hefner - younger version, Elton John and Larry The Cable Guy.
Top three road trip songs in your opinion?
“Great Balls of Fire” – Jerry Lee Lewis, “On The Road Again” – Willie Nelson, and “Sail” - Awolnation
Best road trip you have ever taken?
The Baja 1000 coming home from La Paz and my wife and I wanted to see how fast we could make it home. We made it all the way back from La Paz to Sand Diego in 12 hours. The normal drive time is like 18 hours.
Bonus question: If you could go anywhere on your Grabbers, where would you go?
I would do a month marathon and do all the big races. Dakar, Baja 1000, Mint 400, Vegas to Reno, all the toughest off-road races back-to-back without a flat.