For the next 20 days, we’ll take a look at 20 drivers who we expect to break out in the 2020 racing season. Check out all of our 20 in ’20 posts right here!
WHO: Best in the Desert UTV Production driver #1937
2019 RESULTS: 3rd, Lucas Oil Regional (So Cal) P1000 UTV, 248 points; 5 starts, 1 win, 4 podiums
4th, Lucas Oil Regional (Arizona) P1000 UTV, 167 points; 5 starts, 1 podium
11th, LOORRS P1000 UTV, 178 points; 7 starts, best finish 7th
16th, Crandon Off-Road Pro Stock SXS World Championship
WHY SHE’S ON THE LIST: It was a busy 2019 for Chapman in the world of short course, as the first female Red Bull athlete on four wheels in the United States made 18 starts across both national and regional levels at the Production UTV level. Not only did she score her first career victory in Southern California regional action, she also scored top-five finishes in points in both regional series, and showed plenty of pace on the national level, including an appearance in the stacked 50th anniversary weekend at Crandon.
For 2020, though, Chapman will take on a new challenge, as she shifts her primary efforts to desert racing. She’ll again be behind the wheel of a production-level UTV, and will hit many of the sport’s biggest events as she takes the next step in her career. It’s a level that Red Bull athletes have seen plenty of recent success at, as Seth Quintero dominated the class in 2019, and Chapman will hope to slot into the same place in the standings. The good news: with a number of championships already under her belt before her teenage years, she knows how to win—so the question isn’t so much if she’ll do that in the desert as much as it is when.