Although the championship had already been decided for the La Paz Racing team for the third consecutive year, they made it a personal goal to go out and leave it all on the racecourse and leave no rock unturned. They didn’t just want to win the championship; they wanted to win every race possible. After three years and thirteen wins, they were looking to add number fourteen to the list at the BITD Transwest Ford Henderson 250.
“The reliability of RCV CV axles for the Ford TTB allows us to take wins, and finish on the podium more consistently than ever before” states 2012 Traxxas Torc Series Formula 4×4 Champion Brad LaMarche. “We were facing a problem breaking the u-joints and axle shafts on our Ford Twin Traction Beam axle, which resulted in DNF’s. Since we began using RCV’s Ultimate CV Axles we have not had a single problem with breakage”.
In 2012 RCV Performance Products began offering their Ultimate Ford TTB CV Axle Set for Bronco, F150, and F250 as a solution to racers and off road enthusiasts experiencing breakage problems with their Ford Twin Traction Beam axle shafts. “RCV CV axle shafts were designed to easily replace the u-joint axle shafts of the Ford Twin Traction Beam axle” states Sean Carlini, Director of RCV Product Development. “Our Ultimate CV Axles have been tested to be twice as strong as original equipment shafts, whether at straight or highly articulated angles”.
Designed to complement trucks styled with black fender flares, running boards and other trim options, the Overland is a cab-high fiberglass truck cap that delivers a rugged look and increased durability.
The Overland features the addition of a flat black protective coating along the front and bottom of each side of the cap for increased strength in high-stress areas. This high-quality spray-on material, manufactured by Bullet Liner(r), is rust, fade and impact resistant. The fine texture application of the material enhances the truck cap’s look, giving it an OE-quality appearance.
FULLERTON, CA. – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored Cameron and Heidi Steele – the husband and wife team known as “off-road racing’s power couple” – will be back in action at the Best in the Desert’s 534-mile “Vegas to Reno” race, August 16-18. Cameron and Heidi will tackle “the longest off-road race in the U.S.” on Geolandar® tires.
Heidi, whose five off-road season championships include a 2008 Best in the Desert title, will be competing in her second race this year after becoming a mother in March. She placed second in June’s Baja 500 in a Ford Ranger equipped with off-the-shelf Geolandar M/T+® tires. She’ll be competing on the same tires in the 7200 Class at the Vegas to Reno contest.
Cameron, a Trophy Truck veteran and two-time SCORE Person of the Year, will be in an 800-horsepower Geiser Brothers truck fitted with newly-developed 40-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® R tires in the Trick Truck Class at the Nevada race.
“The long, demanding Vegas to Reno race will be a good test for Cameron and Heidi,” said Duane Sampson, Yokohama motorsports manager. “Their Geolandar tires were made to handle tough terrain like this.”
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the all-new AVID Ascend® – the first mass-market tire using Yokohama’s breakthrough orange oil technology – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
MaxTrac Suspension has a new lowering kit that drops F-150s three inches in the front and five inches in the rear. The system is designed for easy installation — no C-notch or gas-tank removal required. Up front, shorter MaxTrac coils replace the stock springs. The rear uses a flip kit and new shackles with the stock leafsprings. Replacement rear gas-charged twin-tube shocks are included, as are U-bolts and all necessary hardware. No cutting or welding is required. MaxTrac also offers other lowering kits and components to drop F-150s anywhere from one inch to six inches. All MaxTrac products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Two-time season point champion BJ Baldwin earned the pole position for the start of the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nevada. He drove his #97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado to a fast lap of 6 minutes, 23.99 seconds during qualifying, averaging 58.59 mph on the 6.25-mile race loop.
“We improved our lap time by nearly nine seconds over last year, so we are very stoked,” said Baldwin, who won this race in both 2006 and 2007 and was second in qualifying last year in Laughlin. “This was our first time running with Toyo Tires and they were hooked up just perfect on this rugged little race course. Our Chevy Silverado is ready to roar on the river and I have to be calm enough to keep from pushing it over the edge.”
Qualifying second was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren (above), who ran a qualifying lap of 6:33.00 at an average of 57.25 mph in the #20 MasterCraft Racing Ford F-150. SCORE notes the four trucks that elected not to qualify on Friday will start Saturday’s race behind the other 20 Trophy Trucks.
This year, SCORE changed the format for the Laughlin Desert Challenge. Instead of having two days of racing and combining the results from both days, each day of racing will be a separate race. Baldwin will lead the 24-truck field in the Trophy Truck class for Saturday’s race, with SCORE noting there are 100 official entries for this weekend’s racing. The start/finish line area and main pits are located at the Laughlin Events Park just off of Casino Drive in Laughlin. Races begin each day at 7 a.m.
General admission tickets are available at the event, with three spectator areas at the start/finish line area at the Laughlin Events Park, the SCORE Hill overlooking the infield area of the start/finish line area, and the ‘Cougar Corral’ located adjacent to the west end of the course by Laughlin High School. General admission, per person, per day, is $10 for the start/finish and infield area, $5 for the SCORE Hill and $5 for the ‘Cougar Corral.’
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The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season came to a close last weekend at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. The grandstands were packed as fans watched Kyle LeDuc dominate the Pro4 Unlimited field in his No. 99 Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools F-150. Kyle had qualified first and ran away from the competition early and never looked back, setting the fast lap in the process. Meanwhile, Kyle’s brother Todd was battling with rally driver Liam Doran for fourth place for much of the race, with both trucks shedding their body panels in the process. Todd won the battle with Doran and finished just off the podium. Todd finished third in season points in the No. 4 Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools Ford and took home Rookie of the Year honors for the class in the pr ocess. Kyle LeDuc finished just in front of his brother for second place this season, while his six Pro4 Unlimited victories were more than any other driver in 2011. Father Curt LeDuc battled the flu in addition to his competitors, finishing seventh on Saturday in his No. 43 Makita Tools / TRUXXX Lift and Level Ford and eighth for the season out of 18 drivers in Pro4 Unlimited.
Last year Kyle LeDuc cleaned up at the end of the 2010 LOORRS season, winning both the Super Lite and Pro2 Unlimited versus Pro4 Unlimited cup races to take home over $40,000. This year Kyle was hoping to take home the $15,000 prize in the Pro Lite Unlimited versus Pro Buggy cup race. Kyle qualified second in Pro Lite Unlimited on Friday and set the fast lap on Saturday on his way to a second place finish for the final round of regular season racing, so it was clear that he had the speed necessary to win to the cup. Kyle passed all of the competition in his No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Toyo Tires Pro Lite and had gapped the field by the mandatory caution, but after 28 vehicles were bunched up, hard contact from behind damaged Kyle’s suspension, causing him to roll on Lap 18 and ending his day in Pro Lite Unlimited.
In the Pro2 Unlimited versus Pro4 Unlimited main event, Kyle was once again to repeat his win from last year and bring home another $30,000, but 24 other racers had plans of their own- including Kyle’s own brother and father. Curt LeDuc started on the first row of the Pro4 Unlimited class, but the entire Pro4 field still had to make up half a lap on the Pro2 competitors in front of them. Kyle LeDuc started all the way at the back but was passing competitors at will, seemingly picking off another truck as he accelerated out of each corner. By Lap 8 Kyle had passed all of the competition and was on his way to yet another victory, but fate had other plans and the right rear tire came flying off of Kyle’s truck, taking his chances for victory with it. Meanwhile Todd LeDuc worked his way up to second place and dove under Robby Woods in Turn 3, but when Woods rolled Todd received a black flag penalty and was forced to move to the back of the pack. In an effort to make up ground with time running out, Todd rolled in Turn 4, putting him on the infield as a spectator next to his brother. Curt LeDuc stayed out of the carnage and managed to finish the race in eighth place overall and second amongst the Pro4 Unlimiteds.
Check your check your local listings for insane LOORRS and Lucas Oil Challenge Cup action on CBS, the Speed Channel , Versus, and MavTV. Next season brings changes for the LeDuc clan, but regardless of what happens in the off season all three ‘Duc boys will be back on the track for more LOORRS racing in 2012. You can get the latest information on Team LeDuc on their Facebook page at:
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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Brian Deegan claimed two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championships driving his Ford F-150 SVT Raptor to the Pro 2 Unlimited Championship and his Ford Ranger to the Pro Lite Unlimited title. Deegan won a combined 12 races en route to the championships and tallied 21 podiums.
“It has been a really good season,” said Deegan. “I am so blessed when I just think about the position I am in life. What a year. I don’t know if I will ever be able to top it as far as sports. Ford backed me the whole way and I had to produce. I had to show Ford I could win, and we did. X games and two championships here in Lucas Oil including Pro 2 in my rookie year as well as a lot of records set. It was a tough race, this last one, but this is about a whole season and I am just pumped. It has been a great year.”
“Ford has an long and storied history in off road truck racing from the deserts of Dakar to the brutality of Baja and from the Rough Riders to the recent success of The General, Brian Deegan,” said Jamie Allison, Director Ford Racing. “Together, Brian and Ford have had a phenomenal season in 2011 winning gold at X Games and dominating his Lucas Oil Off-Road programs. We are proud to be able to call him a Ford champion.”
Deegan reclaims the Pro Lite Unlimited title that he won in 2009 and lost by 13 points in 2010. He also claims the highly competitive Pro 2 Unlimited championship in his rookie season of Pro 2 Unlimited.
A legend in freestyle motocross, Brian Deegan took a risky step as an action sport athlete three years ago embracing four wheels as he launched a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series program and started his rallycross career. Deegan’s quest has resulted in a banner year in 2011 with a pair of LOORRS titles in to go with the X Games 17 RallyCross gold he won in July. Deegan also received an invitation to the Race of Champions in Germany where he competed with racing champions like Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
“I feel like the true test of an athlete in this day and age is someone who can be a champion in multiple disciplines,” said Deegan. “I have been fortunate in my career with great partners like Rockstar and Ford who have given me opportunities to expand my career into other disciplines.”
For Ford Racing’s action motorsports program Deegan’s latest championships wrap up a successful 2011 season which the program accounted for seven championships.
* Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCross Super Rally Championship
* Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCross RallyCross Championship
* Tanner Foust, Ford Fiesta – Global RallyCross Championship Overall Champion
* Brian Deegan, Ford Fiesta – X Games RallyCross Champion
* Ford Motor Company – Global RallyCross Championship Manufacturers Champion
* Brian Deegan, Ford F-150 Raptor – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 Unlimited Champion
* Brian Deegan, Ford Ranger – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite Unlimited
The 2011 SEMA Show always provides appeal to automotive enthusiasts. Unless you’re in the automotive industry, you’re not getting into the show, which is a shame because there are some of the most amazing – and sometimes ridiculous – project vehicles you’ll ever see.
In the off-road realm, there’s no denying the popularity of the JK Jeep Wrangler that could be found all over the show. But not to be outdone, a great number of trucks were featured as well, and in a wide variety of different applications. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Toyota and Nissan were all there. Here’s a look at some of truck we caught on camera.
For more on the 2011 SEMA Show, check out this story.
LAS VEGAS – The vehicles have been tallied and the exhibitors have spoken. The second annual SEMA Award was presented to the Chevrolet Camaro for the Hottest Car, the Fiat 500 for the Hottest Sport Compact Car, the Ford F-Series for the Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler for the Hottest 4×4-SUV. The winners were announced yesterday morning at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
“As the visionaries and innovators of the industry, our SEMA Show exhibitors determine the winners of the SEMA Award based on the vehicles they showcase in their booths,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO. “With each booth vehicle representing one vote, the most prominent models in each category are the winners. The SEMA Award celebrates these outstanding vehicles that emerge each year at the show.”
The SEMA Award honors those vehicles that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase this year’s coolest products. The award recognizes four outstanding vehicle models in four categories – “Hottest Car,” “Hottest Sport Compact Car,” “Hottest Truck,” and “Hottest 4×4-SUV.” It also underscores the cooperative relationship between the automakers and SEMA-member companies.
“There is no shortage of options for new car and truck buyers. The ability to accessorize a vehicle often impacts the decision on which vehicle to purchase. The SEMA Award helps guide consumers to the most accessory friendly vehicles on the market by demonstrating the unlimited potential for customization,” added Kersting.
The 2011 SEMA Show features more than 2,000 exhibiting companies. SEMA Show exhibitors manufacture thousands of products that improve performance, safety and convenience, as well as those that enhance appearance and comfort. While products are available for every make and model vehicle, exhibitors are investing more into the Chevrolet Camaro, the Fiat 500, Ford F-Series, and Jeep Wrangler than any other vehicle. Consumers, therefore, can expect to find more options for accessorizing these vehicles.
To learn more about the SEMA Award winners and the products that are available for them, visit www.sema.org/semaaward.
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