CORONA, California (December 5, 2013) – Ritchie Lewis compares officiating an auto race to calling balls and strikes in a baseball game, and when he looks back on his first season as director of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO he believes he and his crew of umpires did a job worthy of a pennant-winning team.
Lewis was named series director a year ago, during a period of uncertainty. Now, with his management system established and long-term television contracts in place, he can stand on a solid foundation and plan for the future of the world’s best short course off road racing series.
“I think it’s come a long way,” said Lewis, a self-described “country bumpkin” from Waycross, Georgia, who also is director of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “We got a lot of wins this year and we were able to make a lot of improvements.
“This time last year it was a little unsettled about what we were going to be able to do. (Now) We don’t have to change everything at once. We can slowly and methodically do the things that we know will help this form of racing so much more than it’s ever been able to be helped in the past.