Racer turned race director
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
❏ If you live and race in the Western
U.S., the top ATV series is the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS).
The series has been going strong for
over a decade and features weekends
full of competitive quad, UTV and
dirt bike racing. For 2014, former pro
quad racer Tim Shelman took over
the reins of the series and became the
new director of operations. Tim is a
very approachable guy with a great
history with the series. We like him
because he’s a quad guy, and it’s rare
to see a race director with such a dedication and four-wheel background as
Shelman. We look forward to what he
and the WORCS races have to offer in
the near future. We recently sat down
with Tim and asked him about himself
and where WORCS is headed.
Dirt Wheels: First, tell us a little about
the personal side of Tim Shelman.
Tim Shelman: I have been married
for 24 years to Maria and have an
18-year-old daughter, Allie. I have
owned and operated a general contracting company for 20 years that
specializes in residential remodeling
in the Seattle, Washington, area.
DW: How long did you race
TS: My first race was in 2003 in Utah
in the 30+ class. I rode the Pro class
every year after until I retired in 2012
at the age of 42.
DW: Tell us about some highlights.
TS: My best finish was second just
behind Josh Frederick in an Arizona
monsoon at Speedworld in 2008. In
2007 I earned the #8 plate for the season. Also, having my signed jersey
auctioned off at the year-end banquet
for $650 with proceeds going to charity.
DW: How did your role as racer
transform into this new position?
TS: It starts with my wife back in
2006 in Payette, Idaho, when she had
her first official work day with WORCS
Racing. She worked to offset our racing and traveling costs while I was
racing the Pro class and Allie was
in the 90 class. During our years of
racing, Maria climbed the ladder to
eventually become Sean Reddish’s
(the owner) right hand.
Years later, I had a moment of clarity and thought that I was the oldest
pro on the gate, with a daughter running Pro-Am in the main event along
with me, and I didn’t want to be the
“pro in the way,” so I called it quits
and went into full-time announcing for
the series. Spending time with Maria
while she traveled was more important than ever to keep our marriage
strong. It doesn’t matter what we do,
we are an unstoppable team.
DW: What changes will we see in
the series right away?
TS: We added a new venue in
Ridgecrest, California, and will be
returning to Washington this season.
I think all of the WORCS locations,
tracks and customer service will con-
tinue to be second to none.
DW: What is WORCS doing to
attract new racers?
TS: WORCS is offering a half-price
entry plan for all new racers this season. Just mention you are new and
all entry fees are cut in half. WORCS
regulars can also get half off for bringing a new racer to any event. We are
building racer-friendly fun with different tracks that have elements found
in no other series. Where else can
you see a 65cc KTM or a 90cc Apex
ride over a set of cars in front of 1000
spectators? Or, how about a 50-foot
water jump open to all classes with a
chicken-line option around?
DW: Where do you see the series in
the next five years?
TS: We plan on heading east and
expanding on a rider base that is
extremely diverse. We already have
members that have done such events
as Ersberg and EnduroCross, to
wounded military veterans and guys
like Ryan Piplic who set a world-re-cord distance jump in a UTV. We
would love to be a big part of people’s
lives that want more than what ordinary life has to offer. We want them to
live WORCS. ❏
Tim Shelman is a
pro ATV racer turned
announcer turned race
director. He knows
every part of the sport,
which makes him a
good leader. He’s one
of very few promoters
we know that has a
love for ATVs as much
as the racers do.
You can thank Tim
Shelman for the unique
track layouts found at
every round. He spends
days before the events
putting together pieces
of his twisted imagination from the starting
gate to the finish line.