PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cooper Anderson is not like most 16-year-olds behind the wheel. He is flying down gravel roads and racing through backroads. The Newberg sophomore has a knack for extreme sports and Cooper is rally car racer.
Cooper first discovered his love for rally racing at the Portland Auto Show when his dad took him when he was 12.
“We went over and we saw this, it looked like a fast car and me being my 12-year-old self I was like, ‘Oh wow,” said Cooper. “It was a race car and they’re like, you know, ‘You want to sit in it?’”
Rally racing is not as easy as some would think either. It requires notes to tell him when the next jump or hairpin turn is.
“We drive the stages first and that’s how we get the pace notes,” said Cooper, “It is really complicated to stay on point.”
While rally racing is not a sport for the faint of heart, Cooper finds plenty of enjoyment doing it.
“Going really fast, there’s just something about it. Going fast and hitting a jump it just hits you. You’re flying through the air. You feel like Ricky Bobby.”