STOW, OH – Mickey Thompson’s innovative new light truck tire, the Deegan 38, is scheduled for availability in April. Developed with five-time Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) champion and 16-time X Games medalist Brian Deegan, the Deegan 38 is the ultimate mud-terrain tire delivering aggressive performance, respectable street manners and impressive style.
POMONA, Calif. — The 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire is arguably the biggest show of the year for the off-road industry, and now a very exclusive group of attendees will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind VIP experience. Family Events, in partnership with the Off Road Business Association (ORBA), will offer a limited number of VIP Experience Packages to be sold to enthusiasts who want to enjoy special privileges including a “Lunch with the Legends”, VIP parking and more.
“Our goal was to create a fundraising campaign a little different than the normal ‘please donate’ routine,” said ORBA Public Relations Director Jeff Knoll. “The board came up with a great idea, the VIP Experience Package that will include a private lunch with some of the biggest names in the sport including Brian Deegan, Casey Currie, Ivan Stewart, Shannon Campbell, Johnny Greaves, and more.
Charlotte, N.C. – Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen took home the inaugural SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe Cup, which came with a $20,000 prize, at Sunday’s SYLVANIA-sponsored Global Rallycross (GRC) competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting provided extra incentive for drivers competing in domestic GRC events in 2013 with the inception of the $20,000 battle for the SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe Cup. New to the GRC series in 2013, the SYLVANIA zXe Cup was awarded to Heikkinen since he was the driver that earned the most championship points in four of the series’ U.S.-based events this season. The fight for the SYLVANIA zXe Cup commenced with the July 11 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, included races in Bristol and Atlanta, and wrapped up yesterday at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s famous dirt track.
The Off Road Expo is arguably the biggest show of the year for the Off Road Industry, and now a very exclusive group of attendees will be able to enjoy a VIP experience, Family Events in partnership with the Off Road Business Association (ORBA) will offer an limited number of VIP Packages to be sold to enthusiasts who want to enjoy special privileges. “Our goal was to create a fundraising campaign a little different than the normal “please donate” routine,” said Jeff Knoll Public Relations Director of ORBA. “I think our board came up with a great idea.”
Sheldon Creed and the OCCR crew headed North to Reno, Nevada for what is without a doubt one of the most extreme tracks that short course off-road racing has ever seen. The Wild West Motorsports Park hosted Rounds 11&12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and pushed “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed to his limits in the quest for a 2013 Pro Lite Championship.
Heading into Rounds 11&12, Sheldon Creed sat in the third place position for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championship points battle directly behind the 2012 Pro Lite Champion RJ Anderson and 2011 Points Champion Brian Deegan. Creed looked to leave his mark in Reno after a not so favorable Round 10 at Glen Helen Motorsports Park just one round ago.
After qualifying first in his group for Round 11, Creed started on the second row behind Pro Lite powerhouses Brian Deegan and Casey Currie. Shortly after the green flag dropped, Creed got tangled up with a few other trucks and was immediately set back multiple positions. Brushing off this minor setback, Sheldon regrouped and began his charge back up to the front of the pack.
Rigid Industries makes the toughest lighting products on the planet. During rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, their torture team short course racers dominated on one of the toughest courses; Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada. The Wild West course climbs high into the surrounding hills only to plummet back down into the valley below. Racers drop perilously down steep faces before launching full speed off huge table-top jumps. The course rewards those who go wide open.
The “General” Brian Deegan and Casey Currie, both Prolite champions, kicked it off for the Rigid Industries Torture Team with solid results in the V8 powered Prolite trucks. Casey finished eighth in round 11 and bettered his place in round 12 taking the seventh spot.
Brian Deegan barely missed the win getting the second spot on the podium. He backed that up with another second place in round 12.
We’re two-thirds of the way through the season, and in the sports like baseball and football and basketball that’s when everyone starts figuring out what so-and-so has to do to win the rushing title or what has to happen for Team A to take the championship away from Team B.
There’s no reason it shouldn’t be the same in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO. We have star drivers and championship teams and just like their counterparts in the stick-and-ball sports they watch the standings and wonder if they have enough time to put together a late-season rally.
The fans want to know, too. So, as a public service, here’s a look at the standings in each class and some historical perspective on the tasks facing those trying to catch the leaders as everyone prepares for the next two rounds of racing (Rounds 11 and 12 of 15) at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, August 23-25.
ATLANTA, GA. –Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen may hold the lead in the chase for the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Global Rallycross Cup challenge after winning the first two races, but it will undoubtedly be a tight competition as some of today’s best rallycross drivers attempt to knock Topi out of the No. 1 spot in Atlanta. Drivers like Ken Block, Brian Deegan and Patrik Sandell are hot on Heikkinen’s tail in point standings and anything goes as drivers prep for the third of four races for the SYLVANIA zXe Cup series.
New to GRC in 2013, the SYLVANIA zXe Cup and its $20,000 prize will go to the driver that earns the most championship points in four of the series’ U.S.-based events this season. The first of the final two races for a shot at the SYLVANIA zXe Cup kicks off this Saturday, August 10, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN 2. The last race in SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting’s four-race chase takes place in Charlotte on September 22.
CORONA, Calif. – Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team were at the top of their game this past weekend in San Bernardino, Calif., as Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) were raced under the lights at Glen Helen Raceway. Currie’s Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK was a force to be reckoned with during both nights of Pro Lite action and ended the weekend with one of his best outings of the season, highlighted by a runner-up effort on Sunday. The performance vaulted Currie back into the Pro Lite title hunt with five rounds of racing remaining.
Due to the special nature of the first of two weekends of night racing this season the format for track time was altered, resulting in a loaded day of action on Friday. Currie began the weekend with practice on Friday morning and set up his truck for the pair of qualifying sessions scheduled for later that afternoon. Friday’s first qualifying session set the grid for Round 9 on Saturday evening and Currie got the weekend off to a strong start by qualifying fourth. Just a few hours later, Currie returned to the track to earn his starting spot for Round 10 on Sunday night, getting even more out of the Jeep JK to post the third-fastest time.
CORONA, California – There’s a rumor going around that when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO opens the second half of its season July 26-28 with night racing at Glen Helen Raceway Park the trophies for the Pro Lite race winners will be shaped like brooms.
That’s because clean sweeps have been the rule for that class during the series previous visits to the multi-purpose motor sports facility in Devore, California, a few miles north of San Bernardino.
The world’s best short course off road drivers have raced on the 0.8-mile, 5-turn course at Glen Helen four times since 2010 and on three occasions there has been just one winner in the Pro Lite class.