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Racer Profiles: Jeff Harmonson’s Journey into the Desert…Started in the Forest

Jeff Harmonson’s journey into the world of racing is a testament to the transformative power of passion and the unwavering support of a tenacious crew. Unlike many who start their dirt expeditions in their youth, Jeff’s story began in high school, where he and his buddies would venture into the mountains, exploring the trails. From those early days of hiking around the forest to riding dirt bikes and side-by-sides, his experience evolved over the years, gradually immersing him deeper into the vibrant off-road community.

In 2020, after lending a hand to a trophy truck team at the BITD Parker 425, Jeff finally felt the irresistible pull to compete himself. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of his racing career, prompting him to acquire a Class 7 truck as well as a Can-Am X3, setting the stage for his foray into the desert.

Throughout his journey, Jeff found inspiration in the professionalism of big names like Concrete Motorsports, whose commitment to excellence served as a guiding light for him. But it was within his own squad, Twisted Monkey Racing, where Jeff discovered the true meaning of camaraderie and collaboration.

Led by his mentor in life, Jim Richards, the cadre embodied the spirit of perseverance and determination, traits that would prove invaluable both on and off the track.

Jeff’s pre-race rituals are a reflection of his focused mindset and the solidarity within his troupe. From enjoying a snack of salami and cheese for quick fuel to cranking up AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” to get into the zone, Jeff’s protocols serve as tools to prepare him for the long, rough road ahead.

And while his training regimen might involve “less beer, more cardio,” his dedication to his craft is unwavering, driven by a desire to succeed and a determination to push his limits.

Supported by this close-knit team, comprising friends and family, Jeff’s sights are set on becoming the class champion in the Unlimited Off-Road Racing Series. Looking ahead, he plans to transition to the Twisted Monkey Unlimited 2-Wheel Drive Trophy Truck, aiming for competitiveness and consistency in future races.

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Despite the challenges he’s faced along the way, from grueling races to the inevitable setbacks, Jeff’s love for off-road racing remains as strong as ever. Lining up at the start of the Mint 400 filled Jeff with excitement and anticipation, a feeling he relishes with each race. As he prepares to tackle his next endeavor, the California 300 in Barstow, Jeff remains focused on his ultimate goal: to chase victory in the desert and cement his legacy as a champion. With numerous podium finishes and titles to his name, the accolades speak volumes about his skill, resolve, and hardworking crew.

Reflecting on his journey, Jeff’s advice to his younger self echoes a sentiment of perseverance and passion: “Start racing young because racing is the best feeling in the world.” It’s a monument to the enduring appeal of off-road racing and the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to chase their dreams, no matter their age.

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Want to follow along Jeff’s race efforts? Check him out on Instagram @HarmonsonRacing.