Lucas Oil Off Road Racing returns to Firebird International Raceway just outside of Phoenix AZ. Racing enthusiast have identified the newest short course track as the fan favorite and the surrounding region is blazing with hype about the series starting and ending the 2011 season at Firebird’s very exciting and unique track. Round 1 is sure to set things off in a big way.

Race fans are encouraged to join in the festivities with the official pre race party going down Wednesday March 16th. Top racers of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will greet the fans at Majerles Sports Grill Chandler with vehicle displays, autograph signings and a live from the scene broadcast of the Lucas Oil Totally Off Road Radio Show. The fun happens at 6-8pm with delicious food and refreshing drink specials. Majerles Sports Grill is 7 miles from the race track and 12 minutes down the road to the Chandler Fashion Center.

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced today it has extended its sponsorship of popular short course off-road racer Kyle LeDuc for a sixth year.  LeDuc, a member of Team Toyo® since 2006, will compete in two race truck classes in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series (LOORS) with his familiar #99 — Pro 4 Unlimited on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires and Pro Lite Unlimited on off-the-shelf Toyo Open Country M/T rubber.  This marks LeDuc’s return to the highly competitive Pro Lite class.

Kyle LeDuc finished second overall in the 2010 Pro 4 Unlimited class championship in LOORS, winning the biggest race at season-end, the 2010 Rockstar Energy Challenge Cup — the Pro 2 Versus Pro 4 Cup Race.  He has won countless races in Pro 4 with his 800+ horsepower Rockstar/Makita/Toyo Tires Ford F-150, including the 2009 Borg Warner Cup in the TORC series.

“I can count on my Toyo tires to perform on the track and help me win races,” said Kyle LeDuc.  “This year is the year for double championships with Toyo Tires and Kyle LeDuc in Pro 4 and Pro Lite.”

“We are excited to have Kyle LeDuc competing on Open Country tires in both the Pro Lite Unlimited and Pro 4 Unlimited classes in 2011,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “Kyle is an intense competitor and is a great representative of the Toyo Tires brand in short course off-road competition.”

To learn more about Kyle LeDuc and the complete line of tires from Toyo Tires®, log on to toyotires.com.