When James Jarmillo started racing motorcycles at age 12 he discovered what has become a life-long love of off-road motorsports. Tragically, he broke his neck in a crash during practice at his local motocross track when he was 17 and was left a quadriplegic. But his accident didn’t change his love for the sport. James knew there had to be a way he could feel the passion and adrenaline he once felt on a bike and was determined to find a way to get back into racing.
When the sport UTV scene exploded with the introduction of the Polaris RZR 800S in 2009, James went to work. With the help of Jonny Garcia, Ralph Chadwick, and Dean Kuhn, James designed a unique hand control system he could use despite having the use of only a couple of muscle strands in his shoulders and triceps and no use of his fingers. Through a lot of trial and error, James eventually developed enough control of his RZR to enter his first SXS race in 2012. Dean Bulloch convinced James to move from the RZR 800 to a Wildcat 1000 and helped make more modifications and improvements that allowed James to participate consistently in the WORCS series.
After a few of years of racing where it was a significant accomplishment to just finish a race, James began to set his sights higher and stepped up to a Holz Racing RZR 1000 for 2017. With the first of its kind steer-by-wire electronic controls built and designed by Jonny Garcia and driving coaching from Shelby Anderson Racing Academy, being competitive was finally in the cards. After nearly a decade of progression, James regained that indescribable feeling of not only riding, but racing competitively racing again. James currently races the WORCS series and recently joined the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series.
Coming into 2018, James has built two purpose-built Holz Racing RZR 1000’s. He will be primarily focusing his racing efforts in the UTV Pro 1000 class with the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and Lucas Oil Regional Series. When his racing schedule allows, he will continue to compete in the majority of the WORCS series in the Production 1000 Stock class.