San Diego, CA – Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted Rounds 3 & 4 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series under a warm April Sun. The ProLite division was once again stacked with 26 competitors. Noah Fouch came out blazing hot and burned through the field to provide great racing action.
Noah Fouch Racing came into the weekend feeling very positive about their chances to do well. The team is on point and the gear is dialed with some of the very best equipment in the ProLite class. “After coming so close to the podium in the opening rounds at Firebird, I know I that have what it takes to get on the box,” stated Noah early on before Friday’s practice. “Our goal is to stay consistent, not make mistakes and finish in the top 5 while working our way up to the podium. If we do that every race, we will be in contention for a championship.”
Fouch would start out quick for the practice sessions and typically ran amongst the top 5 fastest. During his second opportunity in Practice 2, Group 1, young Noah turned it up on his opening lap at 54.893. His speed and quick laps were just the performance Fouch Racing was hoping for.
The Fouch Racing #52 ProLite was wearing a new livery for this race weekend. Sporting the stylish logo of Surface Sun Systems, an action sport inspired line of designer sun-care products, Noah and his team was looking good and also well protected from the intense Las Vegas Desert Sun. Surface Sun Systems was also activating on site with a vendor booth and providing the racing fans samples of Sun Screen, Lip Balm, and Lotions.
Saturday began early with qualifying which went well for Fouch but there was some heating issues to overcome after an oil cooler began leaking. Fortunately the #52 ProLite runs all high performance Royal Purple Synthetic Lubricants, so his equipment was still running at peak performance and Noah pretty much stayed on the pace from practice which was good enough to earn a Round 3 starting position up front on the grid.
“My BFGoodrich Mud Terrain Tires hooked up the traction and I had a great start. I was quick to make some passes early on,” Fouch recalled. “I worked my way to the front, but after the second lap I lost my brakes entirely. I had to learn how to rotate the truck w/o the left pedal. That took some time and I lost a few positions dropping way back into 12th.”
A Yellow flag eventually came out and the Surface Sun Systems #52 ProLite got a great start putting Noah back up in a battle with the lead group. “I kept my sights on the leaders and did everything I could to reel them in. Another flag came out which meant that there was going to be a green-white-checkers. This was a huge opportunity which I used to my advantage. I was able to pass up into the top five which is where we needed to be for good points. There was an incident on the final turn of the last lap and I moved around a two more trucks and crossed the finish line in 3rd place.”
Round 3 was one of the most action packed events of the weekend! Non stop door-to-door racing and lots of passing and banging that sent the fans wild. On the podium, Noah Fouch was quick to thanks his sponsors and pay respect to the other competitors. Because of his humble spirit, Noah is quickly becoming a ProLite favorite amongst the spectators, but the other racers recognize that he is a fierce racer with a growing aptitude of talent. “That race taught me a lot about persistence as well as overcoming unexpected challenges. I’m glad to get my first podium of the season and I’m looking forward to the coming rounds.”
Fouch Racing will not be taking any breaks as Round 5 & 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series are right around the corner in the heart of Southern California. Lake Elsinore Motorsport Park will host the next event at their fabulous stadium style short course facility on May 18-19th. You do not want to miss out, so check out www.LucasOilOffRoad.com for more information.
Photo By David Colley