Brook Lynn Deman Finds Comfort In Lessons Learned
Story By: UTV Sports Magazine
Photos Provided By: Brook Lynn Deman
As we grow older, our capabilities or our knowledge of our capabilities become more refined. By the time we’re adults, we’ve developed an understanding of our skills, and many of us air on the side of caution toward things we’re not accustomed to. In lamens, we’re less likely to try new things as it puts us out of our comfort zone. We are more inclined to attempt things that our skillsets complement. However, in adolescence, we’ve still yet to ascertain what those skillsets are. When thinking of youthfulness, it often goes hand-in-hand with boldness and fearlessness, as we’re learning or defining ourselves. This month we have the pleasure of introducing a young girl who only recently has begun her off-road racing journey and it is through her dauntless bravery that her story begins.
Brook Lynn: “My name is Brook Lynn Deman. I am seventeen and from Las Vegas, NV. My passion for racing came about in 2018. My family and I were attending a WORCS race at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. While I was walking around with my Dad, I noticed there were a lot of female racers. I turned to my Dad and asked, ‘Dad, can I race?’ I was so excited when he came back with ‘Sweetheart, you can do anything you put your mind to.’”
“That is where it started for me. As a family race team, we won the WORCS 900 Production Class Championship in 2019. In that same year, we took my Can-Am Maverick X3 900 H.O. to the DP4Racing Series. Starting from dead last, I finished 6th overall and first in class. I now had a new addiction to open desert racing! We built my car ‘Phoenix,’ which is a Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo for my desert racing season of 2020. There is a lot of hard work that goes into racing and could not be possible without our race family. The pure rush of sitting behind the wheel and watching the green flag drop makes all the effort worth it!“
One of my big racing inspirations is my Dad. He used to race Best In The Desert and is a 2002 BITD Champion on a bike. I have grown up with his stories of racing and when we moved back to Vegas from living in Missouri for ten years, I got to meet more people from his racing days, and it made me more curious about this whole off-road racing thing! I asked if I could get on a bike but that was NOT going to happen. My parents love the idea of a roll cage.
Racing has led me to get to know some amazing people and other amazing drivers! The race environment is like no other. If I have a part you need, then you can have it because I would rather beat you on the track, not in the pits. I think that is what is so cool about racing cars or trucks. Everyone is willing to help. I think that is one of the reasons why I love racing so much because it’s a family sport. I love that my whole family has a love for this sport as much as I do, they support me at all times, even during the race in my ear on the radio.
My family and I have a special ritual we do before I launch off that line, and it started back when I had my very ever first race at Glen Helen Raceway. As I am sitting in the car about ten minutes from launch, my Dad said he loves me and gave his goodbyes. While he was walking away, both my brothers got on the radio and started to sing Sponge Bob Square Pants so I would get my mind off of being so nervous. It worked! Now we all sing it every time I roll up to that line.
When I am not at the race track or in the shop, my other passion is for horses. Before racing UTVs, I actually used to barrel race and train horses. That was a blast! Currently, I still have my barrel horse “Dunny,” and go up and ride as much as I can. It’s a nice escape from the shop for a little bit.
I have had pretty crazy life experiences in both UTVs and horses. Like getting bucked off by a horse and thrown into a thorn bush or having a huge roll over in my race car and flipping ten times in the air. I don’t know which one hurt worse, but they were great lessons learned, and definitely going to avoid that thorn bush next time!! Coming back from a race car crash is not easy, but I lived, and I learned, and now I know how to improve and not make the same mistakes twice.
Follow @brook_lynn_deman to check out the next adventure! Will it be UTV or a horse?