Through diversity and love, a Southern California family finds success, community and acceptance in the motorsport world of side-by-side racing.
Sometimes life’s unexpected events form a foundation of duress that one can then build upon. For the Quintero’s, this was a full-throttle bomb run in a California desert race that led to the collapse of one racing career and a brand new start for another.
“Quintero Racing is definitely one of the most diverse teams in the sport,” says Seth, the 18-year-old namesake driver and champion driver. “There’s my Hispanic dad [Aaron] and my white mom [Amy], my best friend Ryley [McMorris] who is Black, and my brother-in-law who is Native American.” We like to bring in whoever can to help us out on the team. We don’t look at anybody any differently than we look at our friends. If you’re respectful and you’re a cool guy or girl, you’re more than welcome to be on the team.”
Riding dirt bikes since he was six years old, it didn’t take long for McMorris to adapt and apply his skillsets to off-road racing with Quintero Racing. “Amy is like a second mom to me,” says McMorris. “Aaron and Seth…they’re just great people. You feel like part of the team from day one. It’s always a good time and we’re always making memories.”