ROCKSTAR Energy Drink’s Rob MacCachren put on a driving clinic during the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) first stop at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona earlier this year. Since that time, the reigning Pro2 Unlimited champion has experienced his share of ups and downs, and was looking to regain the dominance he is famous for with the return to Surprise last weekend. The ROCKSTAR Energy Drink was flowing as thirsty fans overcame the triple digit heat at Speedworld to watch MacCachren qualify third last Friday, which put him on the first row for Saturday’s main event.
When the green flag dropped for Saturday’s main event, MacCachren lost a drag race to Brian Deegan and slipped into the second place position. The No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck maintained that position for the entire race, fending off multiple pass attempts by Rodrigo Ampudia and Jeremy McGrath in the process. Rob Mac was able to close the gap on fellow ROCKSTAR athlete Deegan in the turns, but a power steering issue kept MacCachren from ever being able to take the lead. Most racers would be satisfied with a second place podium finish, but MacCachren’s team has been fine tuning in order to get back to the front of the pack.
Sunday MacCachren started on the second row in a battle that proved to be even more exciting than Saturday’s Pro2 Unlimited race. Trucks were bumper to bumper through the first several laps, with MacCachren in third place behind Greg Adler and Rodrigo Ampudia. After a remarkable crash involving multiple trucks brought out the red flag, Adler pulled into the hot pits and Rob Mac moved up to second place. There was still a lot of racing left though and Ampudia opened up a sizeable lead while MacCachren fended off Robert Naughton on the slippery, wet track. Rob’s BFGoodrich tires held his lines perfectly though and stayed out of the ruts that caused other drivers to bicycle through the turns and lose track position. When Ampudia faltered late in the race, the patient MacCachren pushed the No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tir es / MasterCraft Safety truck past him in Turn 2 and never looked back, winning his fourth race of the season.
By once again dominating the competition at Speedworld, MacCachren has moved into second place in season points with three races remaining. A rare break in his schedule takes MacCachren to Pomona on October 7th, where he is being inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame prior to the Off Road Expo. Then on the weekend of October 8-9, Rob’s No. 20 Jimco SCORE Trophy Truck will be on display in the BFGoodrich booth at the Off Road Expo, and Rob will also be leading half hour technical seminars on both days at 11 AM and 2 PM in the BFG booth, with autograph signings for half an hour after each seminar. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of off-road racing’s all time best, and one that you absolutely will not want to miss. From there Rob continues to battle for season points in LOORRS, TORC, and SCORE with the end of the s eason rapidly approaching. For the latest Rob MacCachren updates follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac.
Photography by Jason Zindroski