The privateer life is not easy. It takes a dedicated individual who is surrounded by supportive people. Most privateers pit out of a panel van or a box truck and have to rely on just the support of their family and friends to make it through a season.
However, Wonder Warthog Racing has given privateers the opportunity to pit out of a semi and have their equipment hauled for them while allowing riders to run their own program and setup. We are sure you’ve seen the WWR rig at the races; they have become presence in the pits. We wanted to know more about WRR and the racers that are supported, so we caught up with WWR’s Daniel Blair, who has made some main events already this season and is sure to continue his rise…
Tell us about the Wonder Warthog Racing program.
Its really cool, actually. They allow us to run our own program, but through them. We aren’t forced to run certain kinds of bikes or certain aftermarket parts. We can do run what we want, but at the same time they help us get to the races each week. They had a try-out a couple of months before the Supercross season started and a bunch of guys showed up. I was lucky enough to have a good day and make it into the program.
How does your personal program work?
My mechanic, my wife, my close friend, and I travel to every round and its sort of like our own little team. So far, everything this year has gone smoothly. I am not exactly where I want to be yet, but each week I am progressing and getting closer.
At A2 you finished fourth in your heat race, and actually ran a large portion of the race in the second position. Where does that sit in your expectations for this season?
I feel like I can continue to do better. To be honest, I still don’t feel I have ridden that well. I have some good results in a few motos, but I would say they were largely due to good starts. I still don’t feel I’m riding at 100% of my potential. I am happy, but I am not yet satisfied. I know where I need to be to get to that next level of support, and I know I can get there. I know its coming, I just have to keep at it each week. I need to continue focusing on getting good starts and improve the riding each week.
This season has already seen some track variety: two mud races, a throwback track, and a more contemporary track at Phoenix. What has been your favorite thus far?
Probably the A2 track so far. I really like tracks that are technical. I don’t really like tracks that are just fast with little variety. I liked A2 because it was challenging and it made me think a little more. I have seen track maps for the rest of the season and they do look relatively technical so I am excited.
Where are based right now?
I am in Modesto, California. That is where I have been the majority of the off-season. It’s nice and I like being home, but at the same time I haven’t had much riding time during the week because we’ve had such bad weather.
Tell us a little about your racing background.
I’ve raced since I was a little kid. I’ve won three amateur championships and I won World Minis in Las Vegas when I was fifteen. I turned pro after that and have been battling the privateer life since. It’s been a good ride and I have accomplished a lot of things, but I still haven’t had that chance on a factory team. I want to get to that next level. I know that if given the opportunity, I can be a contender. I don’t feel like I have tapped into all my potential. I haven’t had my break yet, but I know it’s coming.
How much does being under the Wonder Warthog tent help your privateer career?
It helps a lot with the organization. Each week my bike is here; they bring it. I don’t have to devote so much energy to making sure I have everything in the box truck. It takes the headache out of traveling. Also, being around all of these people is great. They are really supportive and they have our back. It a comfortable vibe and it is much beetter than being out on your own.