Corona, California – As the 2016 Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series presented by Kartek prepares to get the season underway, several of the off road industry’s biggest supporters have been hard at work creating an awesome contingency package for the rapidly growing Pro Lite class. The Fabtech Pro Lite Challenge will offer over $40,000 in cash and prizes to qualified Pro Lite drivers throughout the 2016 season.
Corona, California (June 19, 2013) – Lucas Oil Products, Inc. and Lucas Oil Production Studios are pleased to announce they have reached a new 3-year agreement with CBS Broadcasting. This 3-year contract renewal will provide exciting television coverage through the 2016 race season. As part of the CBS Sports Spectacular package, viewers will receive 12 hours of original Lucas Oil Motorsports programming annually, including the always intense Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
“We are excited to be extending the relationship with CBS, which will provide continued high profile coverage of various Lucas Oil Racing properties,” said Bob Patison, Executive Vice-President of Lucas Oil Products Inc. “Fans and sponsors will be able to follow the racing action from the beginning of the season to the final championship points races. CBS will air the Lucas Oil race action during prime weekend time slots, giving our teams and sponsors prominent exposure before a national audience.”
CBS is available nationwide to 115 million homes through broadcast, cable, and satellite transmissions. For more information go to www.lucasoil.com or www.lucasoiloffroad.com.
Corona, CA – September 12, 2012: Lucas Oil Racing announced today that Competition Director Tony Vanillo has decided to resign his position effective immediately. Vanillo has served in that role since the series was created by Lucas Oil and Forrest Lucas in 2009.
The series also announced that Administrative Director Sherry Vanillo also has resigned effective immediately.
“Tony Vanillo’s contribution to our series and the sport of short-course off-road racing have been both impactful and long lasting,” said Lucas Oil Executive Vice-President Bob Patison. “Certainly the same can be said for Tony’s wife Sherry as well. On behalf of our racers, sponsors and fans, we wish them well in their future business endeavors and thank them for helping make our short-course series the growing form of motorsports it is today.”
Lucas Oil’s executive management will explore a full range of options as it considers the Vanillo’s successors. The series has two more race weekends left on its 2012 racing season, including the LoanMart “Fight Under the Lights” presented by Las Vegas Events on Sept. 21-22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“The staff at Lucas Oil is looking forward to executing next weekend’s big Las Vegas weekend with all the professionalism and experience that comes from putting on more than 300 races a year around the country,” added Patison. “While today’s news comes as a disappointment, the Lucas shows will always go on.”
In only his second season racing in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) highly contested Pro Lite Unlimited class, No. 19 Corey Sisler has quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. Already earning five (that’s right, FIVE) podium finishes this season, fans aren’t the only ones taking note of Sisler’s skills on the track. Corey recently landed a deal with AEM, manufacturers of high quality air intake systems and innovative vehicle electronics. “Corey is exactly what the future of off-road racing is all about. He is young, talented, and dynamic driver,” explained Kirk Miller, AEM’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “The fans love to watch him race and we are extremely happy to have him as a part of the AEM family of professional racers. We have supported a lot of racers and help ed them launch their careers; Corey clearly has a bright future in short course off-road.”
Hailing from Temecula, CA, Corey started off racing in the ultra-competitive world of shifter carts and racked up lots of local wins. He quickly moved to asphalt oval racing, then dirt oval racing, to motocross, and now short course racing. The 23 year old is currently seventh in season points, sitting between Casey Currie and Kyle LeDuc; impressive in only his second season of racing.
Riverside, CA – RJ Anderson and Walker Evans Racing continue in their quest for multiple championships at the TORC and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’. First up was the TORC Series Rounds 3 &4 held in the famous Crandon Off Road Facility in Crandon, WI. Saturday’s Round 3 proved to be a challenge for RJ and team. Despite a very strong V8 RAM engine tuned by Kevin Kroyer, a solid drive-train by Gear Works, and well tuned Walker Evans Racing Shocks RJ was unable to get the Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries / South Point Hotel V8 Pro-Lite on the box. RJ never having run the Crandon course before came out swinging, qualifying 5th in position and at one point doing well over 90mph in his Pro-Lite, something he had never done before leading up to this race. Unfortunately come race time the #37 would arrive to the gate late forcing TORC officials to put the #37 on the last row. Despite the back row start RJ was already into 6th position by the first corner. It was there, the first corner of the first lap that the second place truck would lose control taking four trucks with him, RJ being one of them causing for a broken front coil carrier shock. RJ would limp his way around the track for a 12th place finish. Sunday would not allow for redemption as track conditions worsened with the weather causing TORC officials to call the round. Redemption would have to wait until the team arrived in Utah for rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).
Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT played host to LOORRS for rounds 7 & 8 and despite its inviting, spacious, and very well maintained outside appearance the track inside proved to be a brutal battlefield for competitors of all classes. The clay based track began to harden unlike any other LOORRS track competitors have raced on causing for carnage in the field and long days & nights for crews in the pits. While other teams were taking their beatings RJ Anderson and his Unlimited UTV were taking checkered flags and forwardly solidifying his points lead in the class. With a big win in Saturdays Round 7 and a solid 3rd place finish on Sunday (Round 8) “Mr. Consistency” as he is known throughout the pits continued his championship quest battling back from an early season wreck that would have put most teams out of contention all together. Now RJ and his Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries RZR XP900 is clicking and have found their groove. Now equipped with a new Polaris power plant built by Kroyer Race Engines RJ and his Unlimited UTV look to be the favorite of many to win the championship in a sea of Kawasaki’s. When asked of his new found power and developing comfort with his 2011 Polaris RZR XP900 UTV RJ Anderson had this to say:
“….it took me a little longer than expected to get to a point where I felt I could not only just compete but actually win again in UTV and the early season wreck at Firebird only set us back further. Last season we were down on power against the V-Twin’s we were running against but this year we have a little something for them to go along with some of the best suspension in the class. My Holz Racing Chassis, Walker Evans Wheels & Shocks, and our new Kroyer power plant has really made this Polaris RZR XP900 a ton of fun to race. I look forward to more win’s this year hopefully culminating in an Unlimited UTV Championship.”
While the story would end right there for most RJ still had another 2 classes he was competing in. Despite unforeseen mechanical and racing related challenges in his new V8 Pro-Lite he continued his consistent performance in the fan favorite Super-Lite Championship class. RJ Anderson without a doubt is a favorite to win a championship in his first full season competing in the Super-Lite class. RJ, the Walker Evans Racing team and Speed Technologies who host the series have worked really hard to put a solid truck under RJ each and every round leaving RJ to focus on what he does best, RACE! Saturday RJ was competing for the win but got caught in a battle for 2nd with a couple of competitors. RJ would hold strong and take the podium in 2nd place. Sunday would be more of the same except RJ would be racing in a back up truck that he had previously never driven or had prepped by his team. Despite the adversity RJ once again was able to put the #37 Walker Evans Racing / So Cal Super Trucks / Polaris Industries Super-Lite on the podium in 2nd place further solidifying his lead in the Super-Lite Class.
Next up for Walker Evans Racing will be a long haul to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on July 22nd-23rd for Rounds 5 & 6 of the TORC Racing Series. From there the team will travel back to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA for Rounds 9 & 10 on August 6th-7th for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series where RJ Anderson will continue his quest for championships in multiple classes.
MT. MORRIS, PA – Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki used the power of its Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450s to tackle challenging conditions at the Rockstar Energy High Point National in Mt. Morris, PA on Saturday. The weather was fine for the first moto at the notoriously fast High Point track; however, a quick downpour hit just before the start of moto two, leaving the track extremely muddy and slippery. Ryan Dungey rode strong, grabbing a convincing second in the first moto, battling the tough conditions for a third in moto two, and ending the day with a second overall. Teammate Brett Metcalfe suffered a couple of bad starts but was able to fight his way to an eighth-place overall finish.
Dungey was strong all day, with solid morning practices and great starts in both motos. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider pulled the holeshot in moto one, but a little bobble put him back to second. Dungey proceeded to pilot his RM-Z flawlessly for the next 16 laps and cross the line for a convincing second-place finish. In moto two, Dungey powered his Suzuki out of the gate again in second; however, a couple of miscues in the slick conditions put him on the ground and he fell back to sixth. Dungey pushed his RM-Z450 hard for the remaining 12 laps and was able to come away with a third-place moto finish and second overall for the day. Dungey has moved into third place in the championship points race.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 26, 2011) – The Rockstar Energy Freestone National, Round 2 of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, will commence this Saturday, May 28, from Wortham, Texas. Broadcast coverage of the event will kick off at 2 p.m. EST with live first motos of the 450 and 250 classes on FUEL TV.
Coverage will continue domestically on Saturday night, with back-to-back final moto broadcasts of both classes on SPEED. The 450 Class begins at 10 p.m. EST, with the 250 Class following at 11 p.m. EST. Live coverage of the second motos can be seen internationally in Europe, Australia and Brazil. The list below shows the times for Motors TV, SPEED Australia and ESPN Brazil.
Motors TV (Europe): 22:00
SPEED Australia: 7:00 on May 29
ESPN Brazil: 18:15
Prior to the Rockstar Energy Freestone National, FUEL TV will cap off an exciting opening round of American Motocross last weekend. The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Highlight Show from Hangtown will air tonight at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The one-hour highlight package will review the memorable Rockstar Energy Hangtown National, which was won by TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett.
For easier access, here are FUEL TV channels from some major television providers:
DIRECTV – Channel 618
DISH Network – Channel 156
Verizon FiOS – Channel 198
AT&T U-verse – Channel 536
*Check local listings for cable operators
Festivities for Saturday’s Rockstar Energy Freestone National begin at 9:30 a.m. EST with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Tickets for the upcoming Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship are on sale now at www.allisports.com. Special discounts and incentives are available for advance ticket purchasers.
As the sun beamed over the legendary Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., March 20, the crowd at Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series anxiously awaited the sure-to-be action-packed Superlite race. Ox, a freestyle MX rider and Baja MX racer and a relatively new driver to the off-road scene, was ready to take on the rigorous course.
Though the cards were stacked against him, racing alongside several Superlite veterans, Ox and his new Superlite truck fitted with General Tire Grabber street tires fought hard for the lead, muscling his way to the front and leaving the competition in the dust.
“This win is a huge career victory for me,” said Ox after taking the podium in Chandler. “I’ve fought hard for a win since I started racing in Superlite, and to place so early in the series is exactly what I was fighting for. I’m pumped for what’s to come next with Team GT and I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.”