Driver Profile - CODY DARRAH

Cody in 410 competition
Name: Cody Darrah
August 21, 1989
Hometown: Red Lion, Pa
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Junior in High school and Full time Racer
How did you choose your car number? It was the year I was born
Chassis: Eagle Chassis
Engine Builder: Don Ott Racing Engines
Crew chief: Nathan Hauck
Crew: "Farmer", Bill Simco, Joe
Sponsors: J&K Salvage, H&L Trailer Sales, Eichelberger's U Pull It, Eckert Trucking
Favorite Track: Williams Grove Speedway
Divisions competed in: 410 winged sprint cars, 360 winged sprint cars, 600 and 270 micros
Years Racing: 7 years
Wins: 11
Championships: none
Regular Tracks/Series: Central Pa Sprint Series
Hobbies: Anything that has a throttle
Favorite TV show: American Choppers
Favorite Music: Rock
Favorite Band: Buckcherrry
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Beverage: Red Bull
Favorite Restaurant: Red Lobster
Favorite Driver: Tony Stewart

When and how did you get started in racing?

I've been racing even before I was born. Racing is a family tradition in our family. If you were to go my Grandparents house you'll find a pictures of all my aunts, and uncles, grandparents, even my great grandparents with checkered flags in there hands.

Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?

My Uncle Rick Eckert I probably the my biggest influence in racing. He is always there to help me, and he does it from such a professional stand point.

What would you be doing if you weren't racing?

If I wasn't driving, I would still be in the pits wrenching on someone's car. If there was no racing altogether I really wouldn't, have anything nothing to do.

What is your favorite aspect of racing?

The flat out ride of a sprint car is the best aspect I found. The adrenalin rush you get when lining up before a feature and the lights go out when the flagger gives the one up signal is incomparable to anything I have ever experienced.

What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?

One of my best memories was a paliminary night feature win in Atlantic City. It was high profile race with a lot of press but what made it great was my whole family was there to see it.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?

I try not look at a bad night or weekend as something that was worthless. As I'm walking away from a crash or riding home in the rig early because of a blown engine I'm doing it trying to learn from the things that went wrong that night.

In your own words, describe your 2006 season:

As the 2006 season was my first year running a 410 sprinter, the season was a true learning experience. Several times this season I found that the learning curve I took for these cars was a hard one that occasionally hurt. But the overall thrill of learning and racing with some of the best drivers in the country this season out weighed any crash.

What are your plans for the 2007 season?

For the 2007 season our teams plans start out in Atlantic City NJ. racing 600 cc micros against TQ midgets. Then we will head down to Florida and race East Bay Raceway in the 360 and 410 divisions. We are going to finish out Florida at Voluisia County Speedway. After Florida is over we head back and start racing in central PA. Were planing on running Williams Grove and Lincoln every week in the 410's. We also plan to run all of the ASCS 360 sprint races at Susquehanna Speedway in 2007.

Where do you see Sprint Car racing five years from now?

Being sort of new to this sport its hard for me to predict the future of the racing. After this season it really showed me that when it comes down to it, its a business and the racing will always be very competitive.

What is your ultimate goal?

My goals are to win.

Anything else you would like to add?

I would like to take the time to thank my father Joe Darrah for providing me with the opportunities of a lifetime and the whole Darrah Motorsports team for their constant hard work and dedication.

Cody during ASCS 360 sprint action