Mittag, 19, is subbing for the recovering Mike Johnson. The Temecula, Calif., native has been racing for six years. So far this season, he has earned five podium finishes, including two wins in the Traxxas TORC Off Road Series. In 2012, in his LOOORS ProLite debut race at Firebird Raceway, he finished third. The young racer has also competed in the M4SX Series.
Several drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO may be saying the same thing on September 21, when two nights of racing are over and the dust has settled on the series’ second visit of the season to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, because a few of the class championships could have been decided.
There will be just one round of points racing and a maximum of 52 points available during the final event of the season, at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in southern California in late October. That means any driver who leaves Las Vegas with a 53-point lead in their class can start clearing space for a championship trophy.
After a long summer break, the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil will return to action on Saturday, September 21st inside the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The seven race 2013 championship still has five rounds remaining and KTM’s Mike Brown was on a tear before the summer break taking the wins in Las Vegas and Sacramento. He also took a win at the non AMA points paying X Games Enduro X event in Barcelona, Spain so it has been a good year so far for the likeable veteran from Tennessee. “The KTM 350 has been great for me this year and I am looking forward to competing for the championship” Brown said of his early season success.
Brown’s closest pursuer in the championship is Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak, the four time and defending EnduroCross champion that won the most recent X Games Enduro X event in Los Angeles. Blazusiak has not been nearly as dominant so far in 2013 and will be looking to reestablish his place at the top.
POMONA, Calif. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire will invade the Pomona Fairplex Saturday, October 5 through Sunday, October 6, with everything off-road including new vehicles, thousands of parts and accessories, Toyota off-road test drives, racing demos from the King of the Hammers and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and more. This year’s expo features more than 350 of the industry’s leading manufacturers, dealers and distributors, showcasing all the latest off-road toys, technologies, parts, gear and accessories.
Off-road manufacturer representatives will be on-site to demonstrate and educate attendees on all the latest vehicles and accessories. In addition to the line-up of trucks, Jeeps, UTVs, ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, sand rails, rock crawlers, parts and accessories on display, the expo will come to life with exciting features and entertainment including:
In a joint announcement from Las Vegas and El Cajon, CA, Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, and Brian Godfrey, FOX Marketing Manager, Off Road Division, announced FOX will become the presenting sponsor of one of Best In The Desert’s most revered off-road events in North America. This legendary race will now be named The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX.
“Casey and his dedicated team have been putting on the very best offroad races for years now. It makes only sense for us to align ourselves with them. The Vegas to Reno race is one of the few marquee events in off road desert racing. We are excited to see its popularity and attendance continue to grow with our support”, said Brian Godfrey, FOX Marketing Manager, Offroad Division.
For over three decades, FOX has been an industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products.
LAKE FOREST, CA – Carl Renezeder has been in this position before. In fact, as an eight-time champion with 112 career short-course wins, he’s seen and done just about all there is in the sport. That in no way means he’s become complacent. He wants championships nine and ten just as badly as he wanted the first one, and as the 2013 season winds down, he’s in a position to win them both. But there’s still a lot of work to do to accomplish that amazing feat.
“It’s hard to believe we only have three points races left this season,” reflected Renezeder at the end of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event at the Wild West Motorsports Park this past weekend near Reno, Nevada. “These Pro-4 and Pro-2 championships are both within reach, but it’s going to be a fight to the very end.”
Renezeder had another fantastic weekend in his Lucas Oil Pro-4, earning a pole and finishing second in both races. His Lucas Oil Pro-2 struggled to find the right combination to battle with the leaders (he finished 5th both days), but he felt they’re on the right track with their overall setup.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, concluded its 12-race series last Saturday in Lake Elsinore, Calif. with the second running of the Red Bull Lake Elsinore National. Despite his absence at the season finale, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart wrapped up the $25,000 Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot Championship, while the Toyota/JGR/Yamaha team stepped up to sweep both 450 Class holeshots at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
For the fourth consecutive round, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac laid down the fastest lap time of the 250 Class timed qualifying sessions with a time of 02:09.1, earning the final Oakley Bomb Award of the season. Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Josh Grant earned his second Oakley Bomb Award of the year with a fast lap of 02:09.6 in the 450 Class timed qualifying sessions.
Sheldon Creed and the OCCR crew headed North to Reno, Nevada for what is without a doubt one of the most extreme tracks that short course off-road racing has ever seen. The Wild West Motorsports Park hosted Rounds 11&12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and pushed “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed to his limits in the quest for a 2013 Pro Lite Championship.
Heading into Rounds 11&12, Sheldon Creed sat in the third place position for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championship points battle directly behind the 2012 Pro Lite Champion RJ Anderson and 2011 Points Champion Brian Deegan. Creed looked to leave his mark in Reno after a not so favorable Round 10 at Glen Helen Motorsports Park just one round ago.
After qualifying first in his group for Round 11, Creed started on the second row behind Pro Lite powerhouses Brian Deegan and Casey Currie. Shortly after the green flag dropped, Creed got tangled up with a few other trucks and was immediately set back multiple positions. Brushing off this minor setback, Sheldon regrouped and began his charge back up to the front of the pack.
Reno, NV – Despite many unknowns, the LoanMart racing team was eager to hit the track at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada for rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The Wild West track is unlike any other on the circuit. It takes track time and a good baseline set-up to be successful; Most of the team had neither.
New to their respective classes, Austin Kimbrell and Corry Weller are building their databases on track set-ups for their Pro-2 and Pro-4 trucks as they go this season. Since the Wild West track is so different, the data they have from other tracks is not very useful. “There is more to it than most people think,” says Austin, “We need to come up with the proper gearing, the right torque converter, the suspension settings, shock valving, tire pressures and grooving. Teams who have raced here before have a baseline they know works. They can do minor tweaks to get it dialed in. We had to roll the dice and honestly, we were chasing our tails a little.” Austin was consistently in the top ten with ninth place finishes in both rounds but anytime you can go to a new track and run solid both days without tearing up the truck; it’s a victory.
Rigid Industries makes the toughest lighting products on the planet. During rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, their torture team short course racers dominated on one of the toughest courses; Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada. The Wild West course climbs high into the surrounding hills only to plummet back down into the valley below. Racers drop perilously down steep faces before launching full speed off huge table-top jumps. The course rewards those who go wide open.
The “General” Brian Deegan and Casey Currie, both Prolite champions, kicked it off for the Rigid Industries Torture Team with solid results in the V8 powered Prolite trucks. Casey finished eighth in round 11 and bettered his place in round 12 taking the seventh spot.
Brian Deegan barely missed the win getting the second spot on the podium. He backed that up with another second place in round 12.