BORN 04.10.1970 HOMETOWN Gilbert, AZ YEARS RACING
DISCIPLINES Rockcrawling, Rockracing, Circle track, Short course, Desert
HONORS Rockcrawling Championships, Rockracing Championships, "King" of the Hammers, 2005 Dirtsports Driver of the Year
FOX Racing Shox Driver, Shannon Campbell, Wins 2011 King of the Hammers
Shannon Campbell becomes the only driver in KOH history to take the champion title more than once—he earned his first title in 2008.
FOX Racing Shox sponsored rock racer, Shannon Campbell, wins his second King of the Hammers, becoming the only driver to win the race more than once since its inception four years ago. Campbell charged through the treacherous Mojave Desert, overcoming obstacles that stopped other drivers dead in their tracks, to take the crown with an impressive 31-minute lead over the rest of the pack.
Shannon Campbell shook his head in disbelief, smiling and said, "It's good to be The King once again. You really cannot believe the beating these shocks take during a race. I could not have done it without FOX Racing Shox's superior suspension technology and factory race support."
King of the Hammers is a newly formed rock racing event that combines two demanding and distinctly unique offroad disciplines, rock crawling and open desert racing. Suspension setup, as always, is the key to podium success especially when combining two disciplines that span the gamut of the speed spectrum—rock crawling where the pace is slow and methodical to the break-neck speeds reached in open desert racing. The 120-mile course features some of the most inhospitable terrain in one of the world's toughest deserts, the Mojave, where racers face off against each other through seemingly impassible rock gardens that were formed during the ice age, and then speed across rough stretches of desert hitting speeds of 140 miles per hour.
Along with Shannon Campbell's victory, FOX Racing Shox sponsored driver, Jason Scherer, took an impressive third place in the event.
"Racing against such a formidable force like Shannon is exactly what we strive for. We wanted to go head-to-head with the best and that's what we got. We couldn't do it without the race expertise of the engineers and factory support team from FOX Racing Shox. We'll be back faster, stronger, and better than ever before," Scherer went on to say.
"The King of the Hammers is one brutal test of both the driver and machine and with Shannon's second win, FOX Racing Shox has won it three out of the four years it's been in existence," said John Marking, VP of Offroad at FOX Racing Shox. "We'll be working hard with our drivers to continue to own this event."
Tell us about your setup.
I have several different cars/buggies that I use. Rockcrawler-2.0 prototype air shocks, Rockracer-2.5 triple bypass airshocks w/resevoir, KOH IFS-2.5 triple bypass w/2.0 coil overs, 4wd Class 1-3" bypass w/2.5 coil overs.
What else is in your garage?
Everything else! Rhino, dirt modified and still adding to the fleet.
What's your training regimen?
I don't have much time to train. Racing almost every weekend and trying out different things. Everyday is a training/learning experience.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
Never any while racing, but several when I was young and dumb.
What's your typical pre-race meal? Guilty pleasure?
I try to find a good home cooked meal.
What is your pre-race OCD behavior?
Pre-race is pretty much a blur. I just try to be very focused.
How do you determine which races to enter each year?
Some races I'm contracted to race and the others are just challenges. I like to do things people say can't be done and I don't like to cherry pick.
What are some of your best memories?
Of course my big wins-but the most memorable are the ones when your the underdog-starting last and finishing first. Take them as they come. "love to be the underdog!"
What motivated you to get started racing?
My dad raced when I was a kid and that's all I ever wanted to do.
How does FOX Racing Shox contribute to your success?
By being innovative and supportive on the highest level. Trying things the rest would never think of.
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
Trying to be one.
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
I get to do the things I dream of.
What other sports are you interested in?
Anything with wheels and speed.
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Never give up and have an open mind. Respect everybody. There's always going to be someone better than you because of money, equipment and skill-thats your goal. My dad taught me to make chicken salad out of chicken shit.
How many hours a week are you on Facebook?
My wife is constantly updating our facebook page Campbell Racing
Are you a gamer? What are your favorite games?
Quarters and spin the bottle are my favorite. Haven't had time to play lately.
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Dirtsports, Petersen's, JP, 4wheeler, Crawl, Hot Rod - just about anything automotive. Pirate4x4.com, Race-dezert.com
Favorite movie quote?
"If you ain't first your last"
Who is your hero?
Never had any heros. I just wanted to be one. I always tell kids you don't want to be me you want to be better than me.
I love Family
I want Everything
I believe in None of what you hear and half of what you see.
Beach or mountains? Both
Greatest strength Friends and family
Most frustrating challenge Finding time and money to do everything I dream of.
My website www.campbellent.com
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