Corona, CA – Racers, teams and fans have been busy in the brief off season prepping for what is sure to be another outstanding year of grassroots racing as the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series kicks off later this month with events in two states. The Arizona series will get the 2016 regional season started in Chandler with two rounds of racing on February 13-14th, while the California series will get started later in the month at the world famous Glen Helen Raceway with Round 1 on February 27th. The always popular Utah regional series will join in on the action later in the year, starting their season on May 14th at the newly renamed Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele.
Hot off of two consecutive strong race weekends in Reno and Las Vegas, Doug Fortin will bring his #96 Fortin Racing, Inc./General Tire/Toyota of Escondido Action Sports/Fox Racing Shox/Maxima Racing Oils Toyota back to Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park with a huge head of steam behind him. The Silver State seemed to have been something of a turning point for Fortin, as a season’s worth of diligence and hard work by he and his “Dream Team” paid big dividends, and with four straight races in the thick of the fray, Fortin is unquestionably a favorite heading into the 2015 season finale of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
CORONA, 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.
Harlien 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.
Lake 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 email@example.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.
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.
POMONA, Calif. — The 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire is arguably the biggest show of the year for the off-road industry, and now a very exclusive group of attendees will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind VIP experience. Family Events, in partnership with the Off Road Business Association (ORBA), will offer a limited number of VIP Experience Packages to be sold to enthusiasts who want to enjoy special privileges including a “Lunch with the Legends”, VIP parking and more.
“Our goal was to create a fundraising campaign a little different than the normal ‘please donate’ routine,” said ORBA Public Relations Director Jeff Knoll. “The board came up with a great idea, the VIP Experience Package that will include a private lunch with some of the biggest names in the sport including Brian Deegan, Casey Currie, Ivan Stewart, Shannon Campbell, Johnny Greaves, and more.
LAKE FOREST, CA (September 26, 2013) – Nine championships. Nine. That’s an impressive number, even more so when you consider they were earned in just 15 seasons of racing. Carl Renezeder won just one race in his first season of short-course competition in 1999 and has since built a record book that’s truly legendary. His 114 career short-course wins have garnered nine national championship titles, the latest of which was secured this past Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in round 14 of the 15-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season. He’s one of the most prolific drivers this sport has ever seen, and he’s still at the top of his game.
“This Championship is the best one because it’s the last one, but it won’t be as great as the next on, ” joked Renezeder in victory lane when asked how this title ranked. Then on a more serious note, he went on to describe what an honor it was to be standing there accepting the trophy amongst his family, his sponsors, his team and all the fans. It was a perfect way to wrap up a weekend of two wins, a second and a third. But the weekend didn’t pass by without is’ fair share of struggles.
Ontario, CA – KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took an exciting win at round three of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil in Ontario, California. Mike Brown led for five laps and looked poised to take his third EnduroCross win in a row until a small mistake allowed Blazusiak to take the lead. Beta’s Cody Webb rode a steady race and kept the leaders in sight to take the final podium position.
Brown, JCR Honda’s Colton Haaker and Blazusiak were the three heat race winners but the new night time hot lap format decides the main event gate picks: Haaker set the fastest time over Webb, Blazusiak and Brown. Taylor Robert was the big loser as a crash relegated him to a second row starting position.
POMONA, Calif. – The 2013 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Annual Silent Auction is set to take place, once again, at the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire on Saturday, October 5, from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All funds raised benefit the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization committed to honoring those who have committed their lives to the off-road community.
Hot auction items up for bid include: a set of four General Tires; a Mastercraft safety helmet; 2014 Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno entry; A Day in the Desert with Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees; a 2014 King of the Hammers entry; and more. The auction will also offer a variety of off-road memorabilia including collector’s magazines, rare t-shirts, and autographed mementos. Big ticket items are also available for online bidding at www.32auctions.com.