Rip and Becky Williams from Orange, California have three sons, Cody 21, Austin 20 and Logan 15 Growing up the boys spent a good deal of time working on their dad's cars at the shop and in the pits. There dad, Rip Williams, is a Hall of Fame Sprint Car racer inducted just last year.
(Left to Right) The Williams racing family Cody, Rip and Austin (not pictured is Logan).
The Williams family and the John Jory Motorsports family have now been working partners for twelve years.
When Rip suffered a broken foot in a 2008 season opening crash, John Jory Motorsports team owner Jack Jory said, "Let's put Cody in the car." When Rip was healed and ready to return mid-season, Jory said, "We'll run two cars."
Cody went on to be named Sprint Car Hall of Fame Co-Rookie of the Year. Rip jokes that Cody made the H.O.F. in his first year and it took the Ripper thirty-one years. This year, Austin joined the Jory team in a third car.
The John Jory Motorsports team has been together for 16 years. Rip has won over 60 main events for John Jory. This would include CRA, SCRA and USAC/CRA. The Williams family and the Jory family have now been working partners for twelve years
Austin has been racing USAC/CRA for two years. Just like Cody and now Logan, he started racing Ford Focus with Hall of Famer Wally Pankratz. Austin was named Rookie of the Year from Victorville Raceway and also received USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year honors in 2009. On July 24, 2010, Austin won his first main event ever at Victorville. He said it felt really good to get his first win. Cody and Austin now only need 103 more wins in order to catch their dad.
This is Cody's third year of racing with USAC/CRA. Cody won his first main event last November at Victorville's Turkey Night. In 2008 he was the North American Rookie of the year. Cody's best finish this year until recently was with USAC/CRA at Petaluma, coming home in second place. That is until last Saturday, which is when Cody notched his second ever main event victory, once again in Victorville Raceway in Victorville, California. For the time being Logan, the youngest hot-gun Williams racer, will remain under the tutelage of Wally Pankratz.
"Our K&N filters have been the best," remarked Becky. "When the engine builder breaks the engines down, there is no dirt in there, and they are easy to take care of."
Rip says he feels good that his sons have been there with him, learning and working to prepare the racecars. That time in the shop together is an opportunity for father and sons to bond, and allows dad to give one-on-one time with each, passing on the knowledge he gained through hard knocks, and also gleaned from some of the masters of the sport. Cody is now learning to fabricate Midgets at the Edmunds facility.
The Williams' plan for the future is to keep racing with John Jory Motorsports. "Hopefully the economy will get better and there will be more cars on the track," say Becky. "We all plan to go as far as our talent will take us."
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