Greg-Adler-Motorsports-4-Wheel-Parts-6-24-15Compton, California –  What began as a promising weekend on the track for Greg Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts ended in the disappointing postponement of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series National event July 18-19 at Southern California’s Legendary Glen Helen Raceway. As the prospects of the leading edge of Tropical Depression Delores making its way north increased, the team prepared for Rounds 9&10 with a successful practice session on Friday afternoon.

“We went out and ran some great laps and the truck felt strong,” said Adler, who was the second fastest truck in the marquee Pro4 division. “Glen Helen is a tight track and there aren’t a lot of opportunities to pass, so with the package we had in practice, we went home ready to come back in the morning and throw down a great qualifying time that would give us a solid shot at the podium for Saturday night’s race.”

Unfortunately, just as predicted, the area took a direct hit from the storm, soaking the track and forcing series officials to cancel the day’s qualifying session with the hopes that the storm would subside, preserving the event’s 7:30 p.m. start time.

Later in the afternoon, with the rain refusing to wane, it was determined that the evening’s races were to be postponed, setting up a unique, same-day doubleheader featuring racing on Sunday morning to complement the planned evening session under the lights.

With the field set based on season points standings, Adler started the first Pro4 race of the day on the third row. The drop of the Green flag saw the tight group of Pro4 trucks barreling into the first turn as they tore through the track. As the entire field jockeyed for early position, Adler maintained his place in the top 5. Just a few laps into the race, the #38 truck made an aggressive move into the inside of turn 3 and spun himself right in front of Adler causing him to collide with the #38 and then being immediately hit from behind by the #11. Recovering quickly from the pileup, Adler came charging back until just a few short laps later, his engine gave way, retiring the #10 Pro4 from the race.

Once back to the pit, Team 4 Wheel Parts, led by Crew Chief, Mike Seat, immediately went into action, racing against the clock to replace the motor as both the night’s 7:30 start time for Round 10 and returning storm clouds loomed heavy in the close distance. With the crew working to prepare the truck for the race, the sky opened up and brought a torrential downpour and despite the uncertainty of the timetable, they were determined to have Adler ready to take the green flag should the race proceed as scheduled.

Facing a storm that triggered flash floods, power outages, choking traffic and rendering transportation in the area perilous to the point of even washing away a section of Interstate 10, in the interest of the safety of spectators and participants alike, series officials were forced to postpone the round for an as of yet undetermined date and location.

Although the storm supplied the drought stricken region with valuable rainfall, the team was disappointed to be denied the opportunity to witness the results of their efforts. “We needed the rain, but we’d have preferred for it to happen once the racing was done,” said Adler. “These guys worked their tails off and were ready to fire up the motor right about the time we got word officials were calling the race for the night. It was pouring outside our canopy and they never slowed down. We knew we were ready to go no matter what the series decided. I couldn’t be more proud to have Mike and this team on our side.”

Next up for Team 4 Wheel Parts is the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ first ever visit to the purpose built track at the Estero Beach Hotel Resort in Ensenada, Mexico. The Series also has stops in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada before returning to Southern California for the season ending Challenge Cup. Follow Greg Adler Motorsports on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Team4WheelParts.com. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing is broadcast all season long on CBS, the CBS Sports Network and MAVTV.

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About 4 Wheel Parts:
4 Wheel Parts is the global leader in off-road truck, Jeep and aftermarket performance products. With 70 locations across the U.S. and Canada and growing, 4 Wheel Parts Service Centers install all the products they sell. Maintaining the nation’s largest inventory of off-road tires, wheels, lift kits, and accessories, 4 Wheel Parts serves customers across the country and around the globe. Life is Better Off-Road™. Visit them at 4wheelparts.com or call toll-free 877-474-4821

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Georgia Injury Centers July 22nd, 2015 at 11:20 am

It’s too bad you didn’t get to go out there and get your race on…but glad you are safe! That would have been crazy had you been in the race and the storms would have been that harsh. Good luck on the next one!!

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