ATV Racer

Drive All Terrain Vehicles in competitive races.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $106,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do ATV Racers do?

The sound of a roaring engine, a mouthful of dust, the horsepower lifting you off your seat. If that sounds like a good time, you might be crazy enough to be an ATV Racer. All terrain vehicles (ATVs) are also called quads, four-wheelers, or three-wheelers.

ATV Racers are like motocross drivers, only with four wheels instead of two, a lot more weight, and a wider suspension system. If you’re an ATV Racer, you compete on tracks made of dirt, sand, or mud. Depending on how many participants there are, you run in a series of races, or heats. You might also run on a circuit, traveling from city to city to compete in a series of races. If you perform well, you progress through the heats, and take the platform at the end of the day. And if you have the right connections or win enough races, you can have sponsors (usually businesses) to pay your way.

Throughout the season, you can expect broken parts, crashes, and engine malfunctions. You keep spare parts with you, and know the ins and outs of your machine. But, you’re not alone. You have a crew, often consisting of family and friends who act as Mechanics, Administrators, and Cheerleaders.

This is a dangerous sport, so you also take special care to wear every piece of safety gear available. When you’re not racing, you practice the runs. You master handling, cornering, jumping, and all the tricks so that you are comfortable during the race. This all takes a great deal of physical endurance, strength, balance, and agility. But nobody can deny that it’s an extremely exciting career to get into.


Should I be an ATV Racer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Barrel Racer, Car Racer, Drag Car Racer, Harness Racer, Horse Racer

    How to become an ATV Racer

    Most ATV Racers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2899%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,99,99
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