By Aaron Waldron
Just one year after finishing on the podium at the IFMAR World Championships in Italy, Carson Wernimont has announced his retirement from 1/8-scale off-road racing.
The decision comes after a tumultuous twelve months since the career-defining performance. Wernimont departed from Mugen Seiki Racing following the Worlds and signed with Team Associated in January, only for both parties to mutually part ways in July. The Californian - who turned 19 years old last week - signed with Team Yokomo in September after racing the Japanese brand's 2WD and 4WD buggies at the ROAR Nationals. Wernimont finished in both B-Mains at the Electric Off-Road Worlds in Japan last month with his new team.
Carson Wernimont joined the Tim Smith Racing Speed Shop podcast to explain more about his choice:
UPDATE: 4:10 PM CT
About an hour ago, Wernimont posted the following statement to his Facebook page:
"It was a tough decision for me to make but as of today, I am officially done racing 1/8th scale. I've come to a Y in the the road of life and have huge opportunities, many involving full size racing and I have decided to take that path as I'm sure many would do the same. This will give me the extra time I need to be able to pursue my dreams as my goals in life have now changed. It's awesome to look back over that past few years and come from a kid playing around at the local track, to standing on the podium at the World Championships. I can't thank my Dad enough for the amount of time and money sacrificed to get me where I am today, and all my amazing sponsors for always having my back! Thank you everyone for the great memories, time to start a new chapter!"