N°383 Lightweight vehicle RED BULL OFF-ROAD TEAM USA

SETH QUINTERO

(usa)

Sponsors

Red Bull, KMC, BF Goodrich

2021: first appearance

2019: Best in the Desert series championship; MINT 400, Vegas-to-Reno, UTV World Championship, Parker 250 and the Silver State 300.
2018: MINT 400 (2nd), Vegas to Reno (2nd Utv)
2015: UTV World Champion and the WORCS champion in youth class
2014: UTV World Championship in youth class

Interview

“I still like to be a kid!”

A year ago, he would be roaming around the Saudi bivouacs, frustrated not to be behind the wheel of his OT3 battling it out in the desert. His time has finally come. At 18 years and four months, Seth Quintero will finally be competing in the world’s toughest rally-raid. The young Californian is a bit of a wonder kid. His passion for the desert started through trips in the desert with his family. It began on dirt bikes and continued in UTVs. Quintero is a competitor and talented in everything discipline he touches. A fine football player (soccer) he had to make a choice between the field and the racing. Racing it would be, just as long as he did well in school. But Seth didn’t wait to graduate to impress in the deserts of USA clinching youth and pro titles in the UTV World Championships, WORCS series or races like the MINT 400 or Vegas to Reno. That naturally set him up to join the Red Bull Off-road Junior team alongside the likes of Mitch Guthrie. For his first Dakar, Quintero will be alongside eWRC co-driver Dennis Zenz, also a rookie on the rally. The official goal is to learn and finish but Seth is a winner and it’ll be hard to “back down the pace”.

S.Q.: “I’ve been racing almost my whole life. It’s kind of in the blood just from going in the desert with all my family and driving. It escalated from there and I started racing. But it’s just me in the family. I have a sister and brother but they’re not into it. My uncle used to work in the side-by-side industry and that’s how I got into it. He built me a race car. It went from there. I’ve been in the team for over a year and a half but unfortunately I couldn’t race Dakar last year because I was only 17. My team ended up going and did really well. That was super cool and we got to learn a lot. It worked in my favour because I was able to do more testing and figure out how it works. Now I’m ready to race. Andalucia being the only rally before the Dakar it’s been stressful. We’ve spent time getting mentally and physically prepared. I think I’m a little bit different from everybody here racing. I’m definitely younger than most people. I’m more the wild child. I’m a clean-cut kid but I like to ride dirt bikes, spear fish, hunt or whatever. I like to be a kid still. Racing the Dakar is a dream for sure. I want to be the youngest American to ever win it. That’s a big goal but being 18 years old and having the program behind me, I think we have the tools to do it. For Dakar the plan is really to finish every stage. I haven’t been able to do a lot of testing in the dunes unfortunately. So yes, stay in the Top 5 and be consistent. I’m a guy who likes to finish first all the time so it’s going to be a challenge to back down the pace and stay consistent and smooth. I’m 18 and ready to go fast and go as hard as I can, but for rally you’ve got to back it down a little bit. I try to keep the spirits up and make sure everyone is having a good time. If I could describe myself in one word I think it would just be goofy. Obviously I like to stay professional when it comes down to it but when it’s time to have fun with my friends, I like to mess around with people and play some jokes. I think I’m the goofiest person that there is.”

Vehicle

RED BULL OFF-ROAD TEAM USA

  • Mark : OT3
  • Model : OT3 - 02
  • Performance tuner : Overdrive Racing
  • Assistance : Red Bull Off-road team USA
  • Class : Light prototypes

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 2 2 2
1 10 10 10
2 10 10 10
3 4 4 7
4 7 7 5
5 3 3 4
6 1 1 3
7 7 7 3
8 6 6 2
9 51 51 24
10 18 18 24
11 1 1 19
12 5 5 18

All news of S. Quintero

Reactions - 14/01 18:55 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Seth Quintero: "I really couldn’t have asked for a better day"

The young 18-year old Californian continues to impress and today picked up his second stage success in the lightweight vehicle category.

“Today went absolutely amazingly. I’m not too sure where we started, but we were really just trying to pick cars off all day and run smooth and that’s exactly what we did. We ended up somehow the first physical LTV and...

Newsflashes - 14/01 17:48 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Quintero wins for the second time!

Seth Quintero is without any doubt the revelation in this category this year. After becoming the youngest ever stage winner on the Dakar, the American has grabbed his second success on completion of the day’s special. This victory comes slightly too late for Quintero, who was still in second place in the general standings at the end of stage eight before encountering...

Newsflashes - 14/01 16:42 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Quintero steals a march with López in containment mode

After 362 km, Seth Quintero remains in the lead but has increased his advantage to more than eight minutes over Chaleco López, who has climbed into second position. Austin Jones trails Quintero by approximately 15 minutes and for the moment has conceded almost six minutes to López!

Newsflashes - 12/01 12:20 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Quintero leads

Seth Quintero, the sixth driver to start, has taken the lead on the special after 63 km in the lightweight vehicle category. The American, the youngest stage winner ever on the Dakar, is 20’’ ahead of Aron Domżała and 44’’ in front of current general standings leader Austin Jones. Chaleco López, who opened the stage, occupies fourth place,...

Reactions - 10/01 18:55 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Seth Quintero: "We just went out there with a smooth pace"

Seth Quintero finished stage 7 in seventh place, but it was good enough to catapult him to second place in the general standings, where he still trails Aron Domżała by eight minutes.

"Today's stage was super long. We just went out there with a smooth pace knowing it's the marathon stage. We ended up getting passed by a couple of cars behind us pretty early and then, after...

Reactions - 08/01 19:00 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

Seth Quintero: “I couldn’t ask for a better day”

Seth Quintero won his first ever stage in front of Al-Attiyah and Farrés Guell, completing the first half of the rally in third place. The American is only eight minutes behind general standings leader Aron Domżała.

“Today went really well. We started off really strong. I ended up catching the leaders before the fuel stop, and then unfortunately I noticed...

Newsflashes - 08/01 17:25 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

A historic victory for Quintero!

At the tender age of just 18 years old, Seth Quintero has held off Khalifa Al-Attiyah to win his very first special stage victory. This is a historic success for the American, who has become the youngest competitor on the Dakar to achieve such a feat!

Newsflashes - 08/01 16:21 [GMT +3] - Véhicule Léger

The gap closes between Quintero and Al-Attiyah!

Although Seth Quintero managed to open up a gap of more than two minutes over Khalifa Al-Attiyah after 202 km, it has been reduced to 24’’ at the following time check point. The young American does not yet have the win in the bag and is going to have to battle it out with Nasser Al-Attiyah’s brother!

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