Stronghold-McGrath-6-19-13Los Angeles, CA – Professional off road truck racer and seven-time AMA Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath announced today that effective immediately,  he is parting ways with the Stronghold Motorsports off road truck racing team.  McGrath had been a member of the pro team, running a Pro-2, since 2011.  Although McGrath will not race the remainder of the stops on the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, he will be working to put together his own race program as a team owner and driver for the 2014 season.  He looks forward to being back on the track in 2014 helming his own race effort.

McGrath had this to say about his departure, “First and foremost, I would like to thank all of the Stronghold team sponsors for the opportunity.  I would also like to thank my sponsors, who continue to support me through all of my race endeavors.  Special thanks to everyone involved in making the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series possible and to all of the incredible off road racing fans that come out month after month, season after season!”
McGrath added, “My focus has always been success on the track and being part of a program where racing and performance are the main objectives.  That particular mission was not paramount at Stronghold Motorsports these past two years therefore, the reason for my current departure.  I am now taking personal control of my racing future and looking forward to putting together a winning team for the 2014 season.  I love the sport of off road truck racing and am very excited for this next chapter of my racing career.”

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA – All seven 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross events, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil will have full one hour shows on MAVTV for 2013. The first of those shows will air this Thursday, June 20th at 9:00 PM EST. The shows will again be produced by the Lucas Oil Production team with Cameron Steel and Jeremy McGrath providing expert insight in the booth. Terry Boyd will be on the floor for interviews and Erin Bates will fill in for any events that he can’t attend.

MAVTV, America’s fastest-growing independent cable network, recently announced that DIRECTTV added the network to their lineup. This increased the overall universe for MAVTV to more than 26 million American households. With the transition of SPEEDTV to Fox Sports 1, MAVTV is filling the gap in Motorsports coverage.

Spy-Del-Moto-Derby-6-14-13CARLSBAD, Calif. — The second annual SPY Del Moto Derby Invitational—the only motocross event in San Diego County Fair history—saw Kyle Partridge take the holeshot and hold the lead from start to finish to claim the SPY Del Moto Derby crown, and the $2,500 prize in the highly contested Pro/Am Division.

“We’re so happy with the riders and fans that came out for this one-of-a-kind event,” said Kyle Krause, SPY motocross team manager. “We had some incredible racing and it was awesome to see all the kids hanging with SPY team riders McGrath, K-DUB and Barcia. You can bet we’ll be bringing the thrill of motocross racing back to the coast again next year.”

The unique San Diego County Fair venue, which sees over 90,000 visitors per day, showcased amateur and professional arena-style motocross racing in 450cc and 250cc classes, as well as 65cc and 85cc for young riders. Fans were also treated to a track walk, mini-truck race, Best Whip competition, 2-Stroke Challenge race with Jeremy McGrath, and the opportunity to test the new SPY Happy Lens™ during an all-day Happy demo. Professional motocross racers Kevin Windham, Jeremy McGrath and Justin Barcia were also on hand to sign autographs during the SPY MX athlete autograph session and cheer on their fellow SPY team riders.

Honda-Team-Manager-Dan-Betley-5-15-13Torrance, CA: American Honda proudly announces Dan Betley as the new Honda Muscle Milk team manager beginning with the opening round of the 2013 Motocross season at the Hangtown Classic in Sacramento, CA. Betley successfully filled the role during the 2013 Supercross season as he led the team to two victories and six additional podiums.

Since he began his career with Honda in 1989, Betley has held multiple positions within the race team, including his most recent as Engine Development and R&D specialist. He has worked with many high profile motocross champions such as Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael, making him highly qualified for the role as team manager.

“Dan has been with Team Honda for many years and has played an important role in the team’s success,” explained Honda Race Team Director Ray Conway. “It seems natural for him to move up to Team Manager and he has done a great job filling in during the 2013 Supercross season.”

“I’m looking forward to transitioning into my new role,” explained Betley. “It’s a challenging job but I got a good feel for what it entails while filling in during the 2013 Supercross season and I’m grateful Honda chose me to continue as team manager. We have two extremely talented riders in Trey Canard and Justin Barcia and a great team behind them, so I am looking forward to a successful Motocross season.”

Monster-Energy-Villopoto-4-29-13Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto joins an elite group of riders after clinching his third-consecutive Monster Energy Supercross Championship, Saturday night. Villopoto secured the title  by earning his ninth win of the season at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. He joins supercross legends Bob Hannah, Jeremy McGrath, and Ricky Carmichael as the only riders to win three straight supercross championships. The Washington native overcame a points deficit as high as 27 points at the beginning of the season, but knocked off five straight wins to take over the points lead.

“This is an amazing feeling,” said Villopoto. “Every year I have a goal of winning a championship and we all worked hard to accomplish that goal. Everyone on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team worked hard in the off-season and during the week to make sure we could run the No. 1 plate again next year. Even though we will be celebrating tonight, the work has already started to earn the outdoor title as well. ”

With 33 supercross wins, Villopoto is the winningest rider on a KX in the 450SX class and currently sits fifth on the all-time SX win list.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11It was another hot one here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. After one trying day in the Nevada desert, the drivers and crews of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, were back for more punishment here in Round 4 of the 2013 campaign. Yesterday, the newly-revised track helped many of those who had found success in the opening weekend at Firebird to continue their good fortune. Today, however, several drivers who stumbled at some point this weekend came roaring back this afternoon, earning a measure of redemption after one bad circumstance or another. With temperatures climbing even higher than yesterday, nobody had it easy out here, and anyone who met with success truly earned it.

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The final race of the weekend was Pro 2 Unlimited, and once again, the drivers seemed to save the best for last. Brian Deegan had the early lead in his #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford, and while it is usually the case that once he’s out front, he’s almost impossible to beat, local driver Patrick Clark shot that theory full of holes.

January 14, 2013 – The Lucas Off-Road Racing Series – the pinnacle of off road short course racing is rapidly climbing up the leader board of televised motor sports and is now ranked second only to NASCAR in cumulative on-air hours. The 15 race series plus the season ending *”Challenge Cup” will air a total of 110 hours of original first run programming. These include 8 one hour shows on CBS; 32 one hour shows on CBS Sport Network, (64 hours with re-airs); 8 one hour shows on NBC Sports Network (16 hours with re-airs); 30 one hour shows on SPEED (60 hours with re-airs) and 32 one hour shows on MAVTV (64 hours with re-airs).

According to Joyce Julius and Associates – the independent sports and special event evaluator of corporate sponsorships, the 2012 Lucas Off Road Racing Series – generated over $65 million in value for series sponsors with an additional $48.4 million in value for team sponsors.Live race attendance was also up a substantial 13% in 2012..

CARLSBAD, Calif.—San Diego-based eyewear brand SPY has partnered with seven-time AMA Champion and SPY founding team rider Jeremy McGrath and Be The Match—a non-profit organization dedicated to providing bone marrow transplants to patients in need—to launch its online fundraising platform, SPY.Flipgive.com.

“Many know of my family’s recent struggles with leukemia and our work with Be The Match,” says Jeremy McGrath. “The outpouring of support has been humbling as thousands of new bone marrow donors have been registered. What Be The Match really needs now is financial support as it costs $100 to analyze each swab and add someone to the registry.”

Today, October 29, through Veteran’s Day, November 12, SPY will donate $20 for every $40 online gift certificate purchased with the goal of raising $10,000 for Be The Match.

Corona, CA – CBS Sports Spectacular and CBS Sports Network will air marathon coverage of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series this weekend on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16.

Starting with CBS Sports Spectacular on Saturday at 1:30 PM (EST) the action kicks off with Round 10 of Lucas Oil Pro 4 Unlimited and Pro 2 Unlimited truck racing from Glen Helen in San Bernardino, CA.

You won’t want to miss the exciting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat off excitement that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series consistently delivers. The Glen Helen Rounds were held under the lights and all the drivers put on a great show with spectacular racing and even more spectacular carnage.

Corona, CA - Off-Road Racing goes “Primetime” August 4th and 5th, for Rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, under the lights at the 4 Wheel Parts Off Road Nationals presented by Canidae All Natural Pet Foods at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.

Bring the whole family out to enjoy the challenging and fan-friendly Glen Helen track and experience all of the high-flying, 850+ horsepower, full-contact competition in the first nighttime race of the season. Series superstars: Brian Deegan, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, Jeremy McGrath, Kyle LeDuc, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Rodrigo Ampudia and Carey Hart are among the top drivers that will be going all-out in their quest for victory.

Known for its intimidating natural terrain, the illuminated Glen Helen Raceway is tight and fast, requiring the drivers to be aggressive yet precise. Huge jumps and highly technical obstacles will not be the only tests they will face. Adding to the pressure is the extremely tight points battle raging between the competitors in all classes. Each driver is gunning for critical championship points every time the green flag drops, intensifying the door-to-door battles on the short course track.

Kids 5 and under are free with a paid adult general admission ticket. The venue also features an exciting Midway Area, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and check out the fun-filled vendor’s displays.

The entire season of the Pro Lite and Pro 2 classes of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will also be broadcast every Sunday in 2012 on the CBS Sports Network at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.

Please find the event outline available for download here:

http://lucasoiloffroadracing.com/lucaspdf/eventguide.pdf