Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11CORONA, 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.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11CORONA, California – A return to the traditional grass-roots concept of Friday and Saturday night racing and a second event at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, highlight the 2014 schedule of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO.

Six of the eight events on the schedule will use the Friday-Saturday format and all will feature the world’s best short course off road drivers in action under the lights. Both events in the Reno suburb of Sparks, single weekends at Las Vegas and Devore, California, and the season finale at Lake Elsinore, California, will be on Friday and Saturday nights, a scheduling change that should further stimulate fan interest on the heels of an 18 percent gain in attendance in 2013.

Carl-Renezeder-General-Tire-Lucas-Oil-10-31-13Fort Mill, SC – October 31, 2013.  The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) came to a close at Lake Elsinore last weekend but not before fans were treated to some of the best racing of the season, and Team GT was right in the middle of it.  Capping off the weekend, Team GT veteran, Carl Renezeder, claimed his ninth short course championship winning the Pro-4 class championship handily.

“Congratulations to Carl and everyone on his team,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.  “Carl is the epitome of a champion and we couldn’t be more proud to have him representing the General Tire brand in LOORRS.  To win a ninth career championship is quite an accomplishment and a testament to the hard work and dedication that Carl and every member of his team put in to their racing.”

Gavin-Harlien-Lucas-oil-10-25-13Harlien Racing and Gavin Harlien have supported the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) with 3 back-to-back-back seasons of dedicated racing for a championship. Starting in the highly competitive division of modified Trophy Karts and is currently 5th in points, Gavin is one of the athletes who has risen from the cream of crop and consistently dominated the class.

With that performance in mind, Lucas Oil Products, the parent company and motorsports mastermind behind the nationally expanding sport of short course racing, has signed on to support Gavin during the 2014 season on his quest to become the next prominent rising star.

Loanmart-Lucas-Oil-Finale-10-24-13Lake Elsinore, CA – The LoanMart Racing Team has battled intensely all season long in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. They have celebrated their successes and taken their lumps but never backed down from the challenge. Now they have one last race at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park to add points to their tally. They will be looking to strike on the track and also on the lanes when LoanMart Racing hosts the Bowl for Cash bowling tournament for LOORRS competitors on Friday October 25th from 8-11 pm. $1500 dollars in cash and prizes will be up for grabs but all must pre-register to attend. Email events@loanmart.com to enter and let them know if you are in the industry, a pro, kid’s competitor or in the pit crew category.

On the track, Austin Kimbrell will be fighting for position while recognizing those who are battling breast cancer. His #88 Pro-2 truck will have a special pink and black paint job and graphics to highlight breast cancer awareness month. LoanMart and Kimbrell Racing hopes to raise awareness of the disease, urge people to contribute to the cancer charity of their choice and supports those who are affected by the disease.

Radar-Tire-Lucas-Oil-10-24-13Radar Tires racers Doug Mittag and Jerett Brooks head into this weekend’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season finale rounds with the goal of earning the tire manufacturer’s first short course, off-road racing win.

Both Mittag and Brooks are slated to compete in the ProLite class for LOORRS rounds 15 and 16 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Mittag, 19, has been subbing for the recovering Mike Johnson and will drive the No. 81 Bronson Motorsports Toyota Tacoma sponsored by Radar Tires. Mittag has been working with Bronson since the September Las Vegas LOORRS race. Both Mittag and Bronson Motorsports expect a solid weekend in the No. 81 truck as both the driver and team are based just south of the track –   Mittag in Temecula and Bronson in Mureitta.

MavTV-logo-10-24-13CORONA, California – The final day of the season for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO will be the most significant day in the brief history of the MAVTV television network.

That’s when the network will follow through on an idea that was born earlier this year and televise the always exciting Lucas Oil Challenge Cup races live from Lake Elsinore (California) Motorsports Park on Sunday, October 27.

It will be the first live telecast of a motorsports event on MAVTV since Lucas Oil purchased the network in 2011. It’s also a benchmark for the future of the network.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11CORONA, California – Ryan Beat didn’t set out to become off road racing’s version of a football triple-threat, it just happened that way.

Beat’s plan was to spend this season racing his Pro Lite truck and competing for a class championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO after finishing second in 2012. He said that didn’t work out, however, because “we had some bad luck with parts failures and got a couple of black flags at the beginning of the season that really ruined the season for us,” and he is 16th in the standings with one round of points racing left.

The 26-year-old former Supercross racer from Menifee, California, also is 14th in Pro 2 and 10th in Pro 4 as he prepares for the final weekend October 25-27 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, and that’s the part of his season that wasn’t planned.

LeDuc-Lucas-Oil-10-1-13The 2013 season is quickly coming to an end and the final night race of the summer took place under the lights of Las Vegas. Team JCRI and Kyle LeDuc arrived in Vegas to set up and it wasn’t long before the #98 Monster Energy/JCRI Pro2 was out on the course and getting some seat time. This is the second time this season that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has come to the track at the Las Vegas Motor speedway. LeDuc had great results his first time on this track in the JCRI built Pro2, with a 5th place finish. However rounds 13 & 14 wouldn’t see the same outcome for the team.

Thursdays practice would put LeDuc in the middle of the pack and qualifying didn’t go as planned when LeDuc pulled off the course on the first lap with issues plaguing the truck. The team would not be able to get the truck up and running in time for the two back to back qualifying session’s and LeDuc would have to start the races in the back. The disappointed team did not let this hinder their drive to get onto the podium and come race time as the light of the sun faded behind the mountains and the track lights brightened up the course, LeDuc staged for Friday nights race.

The green flag was let loose and the 17 Pro2 trucks were set free and off into turn one. As the #70 of Menzies would spin out and numerous trucks piled up, LeDuc avoided the chaos and went on the outside of turn one and made up valuable positions. LeDuc was now on the rear bumper of Beat and attempted to pass just when a flat tire cursed the driver and he had to pull into the hot pit. LeDuc came out of the pit a lap down but still continued to put the pressure on those in front of him. Despite being a lap down, LeDuc finished round 13 in seventh place.

Lucas-Oil-Regional-Off-Road-Arizona-3-19-13This Saturday, September 28th, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Series-AZ will once again invade the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.  Bring your chairs and shade, or opt to tailgate while watching some of the most intense, dirt slinging, high flying, 4 wheel door to door action on dirt.

The feature of the entertainment will be your best local off-road racers competing to finish strong in the first race of the fall season. There is a full day of races composed of 14 different classes that drivers compete in at the ASCC Lucas Oil Regional Series: 1. Open V8 Truck  2. Ultra 4×4.  3. BigO Tires Unlimited UTV  4. Stock RZR UTV   5. McMullen Fabrication and Transaxel Jr2 Karts  6. Jr1 Karts  7. Arizona Luxury Lawns & Greens Modified Karts  8.  Open Pro  9. Weller Racing SR1 UTV  10. Hellion Mini Stock Trucks  11. Mini Mod Trucks  12. Foddrill Limited Buggy  13. Foddrill’s 1600 Desert Limited Class – There is an additional $500 purse on this class for the opening round compliments of Foddrill Motorsports.  14.  Select Glass Full Stock Trucks.