“Mason and I are very
thankful for the awesome
competitors and their families we
met through the Junior Driver
Program,” Conner says. “We can’t
mention all of them; so, we’ll just
say that you know who you are,
and we have been honored to
As for the 2020 Solo National
Championships, they will again, as
in past years, balance work and
school while competing for top
honors, the brothers say. (Conner
is a high school senior this year
while Mason is a sophomore).
“I’d like to get top half in
the class, but as long as I’m not
last, I’ll be happy,” Conner says
about his SSC goals in Lincoln. As
for Mason: “If I’m being honest
with myself, I would like to get a
trophy. That’s probably my goal.”
Not only are Conner and Mason
promising young drivers, observes
Rocky Entriken, Midwest Division
points-keeper and longtime editor
of SportsCar’s Solo Nationals
report, “they also are often the
ones with chalk in hand, marking
the course on event mornings.
They are both excellent examples
MOVING ON UP
(OPPOSI TE) Brothers Conner andMason Herrick recently switched fromkarts to cars, picking SSC as their classof choice. (RIGHT) Mason makes hisautocross run with his mom Sarah in thepassenger seat since, at the age of 15, hehas yet to earn his full driver’s license.
they began to compete inkarts. Basically, Conner says,for both of them, “We’vebeen going to SCCA eventsmy whole life.” Dad (Mike)and Grandpa (Don Herrick)autocross also, adds Mason,and Solo is simply somethingthey’ve grown up with.
Mom (Sarah) does not compete,Mason notes, but because hedoes not yet have his full driver’slicense, she is his frequentride-along partner duringautocross runs in the Scion.
“We thought SSC wouldbe the easiest way to get intoa car, because there’s notmuch you can change, and notmuch to go wrong,” Masonexplains. Still, he adds, thetransition from karts to cars hasrequired some adjustments.
“It’s very big,” he says
about the car, “and I hit a lot
of cones on the right side.”
Conner agrees, “It’s the
same for me, except I had the
advantage of slowly working
my way into it, since I had my
permit while I was still in karts.
But, switching to a car is – it’s
just bigger; it’s hard to get
Yet, at Salina Region’s first
2020 autocross event on May
9, Mason was fifth in the PAXstandings and Conner 10th outof a field of 53. At the MidwestDivision Solo event in Salinaon June 6-7, Mason claimedthird in PAX and Conner 30thin a field of 98 drivers, with
83 having recorded times.
The car and the SSC class
offer a lot of opportunities, the
brothers say, and sharing the car
offers advantages, too. “For setup
stuff, like tire pressures, we can
ask each other how the car felt
and get ideas on what we could
do to make it better,” Mason
says. “The interval between
our runs is pretty short; so, we
work together to make sure the
car is ready for both of us.”
As for the car itself, it’s
simply a lot of fun, Mason adds,
and a new set of spec tires
has made it even more fun.
“The new tires are really
good,” Conner explains of the
latest Falken tire. “The car was
fun before, but these tires just
do everything better. I got lots of
seat time in Lincoln [a Nebraska
Region test and tune on June 13],
and I’m trying to push the car
aggressive in tighter elements.
It’s nice having a co-driver so we
can bounce ideas off each other.”
Mason concurs, adding,
“Since I’m pretty new to the
car, I’m still learning what the
limits are. At one point, the car
just felt odd; so, we looked and
found a disconnected swaybar
mount. My dad and I fixed it, and
then the car was good again.
“The car is really fun, and
I can’t wait until next season,
when I’m old enough to not
Aside from autocross, the
brothers also are interested in
RallyCross, which they have
participated in as time allows. For
them, it’s less intense than Solo
competition. “The grip is a lot
less,” says Mason. “You have to
focus more on getting the car set
up before a corner. The event itself
is more relaxed than autocross.
So, it’s kind of nice to have a
There are a lot of people to
whom they owe a debt of thanks,
the brothers say, not only to their
mom and dad, but also to a host
of others who have helped and
encouraged them over the years.
“The interval between ourruns is pretty short; so wework together to makesure the car is ready”