The first race weekend at this terrific new facility is now in the books, and more improvements being planned for the future of Wild West Motorsports Park, this is sure to be a track that will host big things in the world of short course off-road for years to come. Right now, though, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series drivers are coming down to crunch time in the 2012 championship, and with just three regular season rounds left to run, everyone will be looking for every last valuable point as the season winds rapidly down. In just four weeks’ time, the battle will be on once again, as we return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 13 and 14, September 21 and 22. Tickets are on sale now, so get online and get yours today, because you won’t want to miss a minute!
Fort Mill, SC – General Tire’s Justin Davis is a busy man this year. With a full off-road schedule, Davis has also opted to race in the 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) under the Green Army Motorsports umbrella. Last month at Firebird International Raceway, Davis had a rough go of it fighting handling issues most of the weekend. However, the team has worked hard over the last few weeks and the 18-year-old is ready to tackle rounds three and four at the challenging .9-mile dirt short course.
This weekend marks the return of LOORRS racing to the all new Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. The newly designed track is demanding and is sure to highlight a driver’s ability to control their vehicle. From low-speed hairpin turns to the back-straight where speeds will approach 100 mph, Davis is sure to put his General Grabbers to good use as he looks to stand atop the podium when he attacks the track in his No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Pro-2 truck. We sat down with Davis to find out how he’s prepared for the race and what fans can expect this weekend. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: In rounds one and two you referenced “gremlins” that led to a pretty disappointing weekend. How do you overcome these and what changes have you made heading into rounds three and four at Lake Elsinore?
A: Lots and lots of testing will be done before the race. We learned from rounds one and two and will definitely improve heading into Lake Elsinore.
CHANDLER, ARIZONA –Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires swept the Pro 4 Unlimited class this weekend during the Lucas Oil® Off Road Racing Series 2012 season-opener at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. Driving his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150, LeDuc’s domination began when he was the fastest qualifier on Friday. He then won both Saturday and Sunday’s big races in a field of 12 competitors. His 900+ horsepower truck relied on Toyo Open Country M/T®-R tires to help deliver the early season wins.
“Toyos don’t just win races, they eliminate any competitor,” said LeDuc. “Team Monster Energy Drink Toyo Tires is in a league of our own and will continue to deliver more than ever expected.”
Scoring a win in the Pro Lite Unlimited class during Saturday’s Round 1 was Austin Kimbrell, driving his #88 Toyo Tires / Kimbrell Electric Ford Ranger. Kimbrell, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, fought his way to the front of the huge 26-truck field while riding on street legal Open Country M/T tires. During Sunday’s Round 2, Kimbrell led the field until being spun out by another competitor. He fought his way back into a solid fourth place finish for a great start to the season.
FULLERTON, CA. – (Dec.12, 2011) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-road racer Chad George wrapped up a stellar season by clinching the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Super Lite title at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona on December 10.
George piloted the Funco Motorsports #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama Super Lite – outfitted with off-the-shelf Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S+® tires – to a fourth place finish at Firebird to win the 2011 season championship. During the season, he won five races and reached the podium nine out of 15 times.
“It takes three ingredients to win a championship,” George said after Saturday’s race, “performance, reliability and teamwork. That’s what I had with Yokohama and the Funco team. My Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S tires hooked up no matter what the track conditions were, and we didn’t have one flat tire all year. The teamwork between my Funco team and Yokohama’s tire technicians really paid off all year.”
“Chad proved his mettle in a tough Super Lite class this season. He consistently ran in the front of the pack and had too much for the rest of the field,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama’s senior manager of motorsports. “He and the Funco team did a fantastic job and the Geolandar A/T-S tires never let him down. It was a total team effort and Yokohama is proud to part of the team.”
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 dB Super E-spec™ – the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – 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.
In 2010, Chad was poised to win the SuperLite Championship, but a single race knocked him into runner-up position. This
year, with the same fierce competition beating at his door, Chad has a burning desire to complete the mission. Chad commented, “We’ve be SO competitive in the Kawasaki/Yokohama/Lazer Star Superlite this year, everything has fallen into place, and there’s nothing more that I want than to bring this championship to my sponsors and hard working Funco team.”
With a championship driving performance in his very first weekend of ProLite Unlimited, Chad displayed stellar results at Round 14 in Las Vegas, just missing the podium on Sunday’s race with a 5th place finish. Yep, Chad George is out to prove that the ProLite class is where he plans to stay, and has already made a BIG statement. After a few tweaks and tunes, Saturday’s final Round 15 at Firebird Raceway race should prove to provide some spectacular racing as Chad will seek his very first win before the stomping crowds in the #42 Abu Dhabi Unlimited/Bull BBQ/Traxxas V-8 powered machine.
Shifting gears into his #1 Monster Energy Kawasaki UTV, the reigning champ will need to pedal-down the C&G powered V-twin at a chance for another win, and most of all his 5TH CONSECUTIVE UTV CHAMPIONSHIP. With only a narrow gap between the top three points runners, Chad will need to bring his A+ driving, and have some good luck on his side. “Chad commented, “It would be a miracle if the current points leader didn’t start the race, it would give us our last chance at our 5th title, but all we can do is worry about winning, and let luck do the rest.”
In addition to Chad’s powerhouse weekend, the Funco stable will launch Chad’s cousin, 21 year old Garrett George, onto the Pro Buggy scene. Having multiple finishes and success in the Pro Buggy during the Lucas Oil Regional series, the team decided that now is the time to rub wheels in the “big time.” It’s no doubt that Garrett’s blood line has checkered flags flowing through it, as the son of a multi-time short course champion, Greg George, Garrett has the heritage, the talent and machinery to win; watch him fly high in the Funco Pro Buggy throughout 2012.
With the final round of the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series – Southern California presented by Daystar happening on Saturday October 1st at Glen Helen Raceway, preparations are in full swing for an exciting day of competition and grassroots family fun. “We are so pleased with the great season we have had and look forward to finishing it off with some great action this weekend, ” said series director Lee Perfect. “There are a lot of drivers, fans and sponsors expected to be there and the happy hour, awards and live music will be a perfect way to finish out an intense day of racing as drivers battle it out for those final points. ”
In addition to the buggy, kart, utv and truck classes, the popular Beehive 1450 Classic will be returning to Glen Helen, in which over 30 drivers are expected to join in the fight for the top podium spots, cash and prizes. The day will be concluding with a happy hour featuring reduced drink prices brought to you by Pit Stop BBQ, a championship awards ceremony and live music from Paxton, Davis & Ballew.
For a complete schedule and more information on the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series, please see www.lucasoilregional.com
ROCKSTAR Energy Drink’s Rob MacCachren put on a driving clinic during the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) first stop at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona earlier this year. Since that time, the reigning Pro2 Unlimited champion has experienced his share of ups and downs, and was looking to regain the dominance he is famous for with the return to Surprise last weekend. The ROCKSTAR Energy Drink was flowing as thirsty fans overcame the triple digit heat at Speedworld to watch MacCachren qualify third last Friday, which put him on the first row for Saturday’s main event.
When the green flag dropped for Saturday’s main event, MacCachren lost a drag race to Brian Deegan and slipped into the second place position. The No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck maintained that position for the entire race, fending off multiple pass attempts by Rodrigo Ampudia and Jeremy McGrath in the process. Rob Mac was able to close the gap on fellow ROCKSTAR athlete Deegan in the turns, but a power steering issue kept MacCachren from ever being able to take the lead. Most racers would be satisfied with a second place podium finish, but MacCachren’s team has been fine tuning in order to get back to the front of the pack.
Sunday MacCachren started on the second row in a battle that proved to be even more exciting than Saturday’s Pro2 Unlimited race. Trucks were bumper to bumper through the first several laps, with MacCachren in third place behind Greg Adler and Rodrigo Ampudia. After a remarkable crash involving multiple trucks brought out the red flag, Adler pulled into the hot pits and Rob Mac moved up to second place. There was still a lot of racing left though and Ampudia opened up a sizeable lead while MacCachren fended off Robert Naughton on the slippery, wet track. Rob’s BFGoodrich tires held his lines perfectly though and stayed out of the ruts that caused other drivers to bicycle through the turns and lose track position. When Ampudia faltered late in the race, the patient MacCachren pushed the No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tir es / MasterCraft Safety truck past him in Turn 2 and never looked back, winning his fourth race of the season.
By once again dominating the competition at Speedworld, MacCachren has moved into second place in season points with three races remaining. A rare break in his schedule takes MacCachren to Pomona on October 7th, where he is being inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame prior to the Off Road Expo. Then on the weekend of October 8-9, Rob’s No. 20 Jimco SCORE Trophy Truck will be on display in the BFGoodrich booth at the Off Road Expo, and Rob will also be leading half hour technical seminars on both days at 11 AM and 2 PM in the BFG booth, with autograph signings for half an hour after each seminar. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of off-road racing’s all time best, and one that you absolutely will not want to miss. From there Rob continues to battle for season points in LOORRS, TORC, and SCORE with the end of the s eason rapidly approaching. For the latest Rob MacCachren updates follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac.
Photography by Jason Zindroski
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, have revealed the recipient of a brand new Honda CRF150R in association with the demographic survey from Turnkey Sports & Entertainment. While the newly-crowned champions of American Motocross celebrated their respective titles at Pala Raceway, Ohio National Guard Technician Chris Johnson, was also rejoicing, after being informed one of the best selling models from Honda would soon be arriving on his doorstep.
Beginning in June, the administrative partners of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship introduced a demographic survey, hosted by Turnkey, through the respective Facebook pages of American Motocross and Alli Sports, in addition to the official series website at AlliSports.com. Hundreds of fans throughout the country participated, and by doing so, were entered into a drawing to receive the new 2012 Honda CRF150R. Just before the festivities at the season-ending Traxxas Pala National, a winner was selected at random.
“American Honda is happy to have had the opportunity to team up with MX Sports Pro Racing, and the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, for this giveaway,” said American Honda Public Relations Manager Bill Savino. “Mr. Johnson will be riding a new 2012 CRF150R, the best-selling youth bike in its class.”
Johnson, an avid racer in his own right, was notified while competing at the Aces Appalachian Championship Enduro Series. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive one of the finest motorcycles in the industry at no cost is something he will never forget, as it will allow him to continue to share his passion with his son.
“I am so excited,” exclaimed Johnson. “My son and I race dirt bikes together, so this new Honda will be a great addition to our collection, and the amount of time we spend together.”
MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports would like to thank all the participants in the Turnkey survey. The true commitment of American Motocross fans to the most prestigious dirt-bike racing series on the planet is unmatched, and the motocross community’s involvement is integral in assisting with the continued growth of the sport.
For more information on the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.
LAKE FOREST, CA – The calendar marks the first day of autumn this week, but off-road race fans can extend their summer by heading out to Speedworld Motorsports Complex in Surprise, Arizona this weekend for rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, where warm temps and hot racing action are on the playbill. Seven-time national champ, Carl Renezeder, goes into the weekend leading the Pro-4 points, and second in the Pro-2 battle.
“It’s been nearly seven weeks since our last race weekend, and the guys have been working non-stop on these trucks,” explained Renezeder. “We are constantly working on improving them, and it seems to be paying off. We’ve had some bad luck moments this year that have kept us off the podium a bit more than we’d like, but we’re in the hunt and that’s what matters.”
Two thirds of the race season is complete in the 15-round championship, so this weekend is their version of the start of the playoffs. The points remain the same, but the opportunity to earn more is quickly dwindling. Tension will definitely be higher as you walk around the pits this weekend, and game faces will be on. Championship caliber trucks loaded? Check. Championship winning driver ready? Check. Best crew in the business ready? Check. Blood pressure medicine and Tums loaded? Double check. Time to go racing.
The teams will practice and qualify on Friday, September 23rd starting at 11:00 a.m., then it’s nothing but racing Saturday and Sunday. Opening ceremonies are at 12:00 p.m. both days with Pro racing to follow in the afternoon. For a more detailed schedule, visit the series website at www.lucasoiloffroad.com.
At the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season opener at Firebird International Raceway last month, ROCKSTAR Energy Drink driver Rob MacCachren was mired in controversy. Despite his reputation as a squeaky-clean racer, MacCachren was stripped of his third place finish after contact with Brian Deegan during the first round of LOORS racing. “I don’t agree with the decision that was made,” MacCachren explained, “but I am not going to dwell on it. I’d rather focus on driving than controversy.” To that end, MacCachren qualified first in the premier Pro 2 Unlimited class for both Saturday and Sunday’s rounds of racing at Firebird in his ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck. Mechanical failure early in Sunday’s second round of racing required MacCachren to serve his revenge cold. MacCachren will settle for nothing less than the top of the podium at this weekend’s rounds three and four of LOORRS racing at Speedworld Off Road Park.
While he is ranked at 15th in series points after the first weekend of racing, Rob MacCachren has a reputation for coming from behind to victory. Last season MacCachren was victorious in an astounding nine of the fifteen rounds of racing in his ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck, earning his third Pro2 championship in as many years. MacCachren’s has no intention of resting on his laurels, and already has his sights set on a fourth championship this season. His short course career accomplishments include winning three consecutive Borg-Warner Championships and three Governor’s Cup Championships at the legendary Crandon International Raceway, all accomplished on BFGoodrich tires.
If you are in the Phoenix metropolitan area this weekend, you won’t want to miss the action-packed racing at Speedworld Off Road Park. While there is no substitute for feeling the rumble of 800 horsepower trucks flying through the air, MacCachren fans throughout the globe can follow Rob MacCachren’s No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck and all of the non-stop action on CBS, the Speed Channel, Versus, MavTV, and Totally Off Road Radio.