Blood Lines in Off Road
Motorsports competition is not just a passion for Darren Hardesty Jr., it’s a family tradition. The Hardesty name is legendary in offroad racing. Darren’s grandfather Earl established the legacy by earning victories in the premier SCORE International desert racing series from 1979-84. His impressive record includes multiple victories in the legendary Baja 1000, 3 class championships and an overall points championship in 1980. All while competing against the all-time icons of the sport including Ivan Stewart, Malcolm Smith, Rod Hall and Walker Evans.
When the torch was passed, Darren’s father, Darren Hardesty Sr. continued to uphold the family name with Class 10 wins in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Darren Sr. clinched his own Championship winning the season long points chase in the highly competitive SCORE Class 10. His accomplishments on and off the track did not go unnoticed. He finished second to multi-time shortcourse champion Carl Renezeder for DirtSports Magazine driver of the year in 2006. Other nominees for the honor included CORR Pro 4 Champion Johnny Greaves, UROC Super Modified Champion and Supercrawl V Champion Tracy Jordan and SCORE Trophy Truck Champion BJ. Baldwin.
Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr. is a third generation racer who is making his own mark in racing. Working his way up the ladder from Dwarf cars and JR1 Kart, where he was named “Rookie of the Year,” he graduated to JR2 and then the fastest kart class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Modified Kart. In 2015, HotSauce earned the Rookie of the Year title and the points championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Regional Series. He gave the pro level series a try and did extremely well; so well that he also ran the Pro series for the rest of the season. He became the youngest driver to win a race in the Pro series and went on the take the Rookie of the Year title; earning his second Rookie of the Year title during the same season. In 2016, he has continued to accrue wins and podiums at the professional level. During his trip to the World Championships at the Big House in Crandon, Wisconsin, he earned a victory and second place podium finish racing against the Crandon regulars. At only 16 years of age, Darren Jr. became the youngest driver to win a pro series championship when he dominated the final race of the series. He vaulted from third place in the standings to a tie for first. Having more wins than his top competitor broke the tie, earning HotSauce the title. Darren’s strong performance in 2016 attracted a huge fan following and a rising star nomination from the Off Road Motorsports Hall Of Fame. Anytime he is in the driver’s seat, it’s guaranteed he will spice things up as his nickname “Hot Sauce” suggests.
All Time Family Achievements
- 2016 LOORRS PRO BUGGY CHAMPION - DARREN HARDESTY JR.
- 2015 LOORRS & LORORS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - DARREN HARDESTY JR.
- 2006 SCORE CLASS 10 CHAMPION - DARREN HARDESTY
- 2006 SCORE CLASS 10 BAJA 1000 & BAJA 500 WINS - DARREN HARDESTY
- 1980 SCORE OVERALL POINTS CHAMPION - EARL HARDESTY
- 1979-1984 3-TIME SCORE CLASS CHAMPION - EARL HARDESTY