Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11LAKE ELSINORE, California – This weekend (May 17-19) the largest crowd in the history of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series presented by Geico is expected to pack Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park for the fifth and sixth rounds of this year’s 15-round series.

That doesn’t surprise the drivers at all.

“Elsinore is built on the concept of showing what a short-course race truck can really do,” reigning Pro 4 Unlimited class champion Kyle LeDuc said. “These trucks are made to fly, to do unbelievable things, and I think the Elsinore track really shows it.
“We’ll be 18 or 20 feet off the ground and in the air for 150 feet or so. Distance-wise, it depends on how much testosterone you’ve got. It’s up to the driver. And you’re doing it six inches from the guy next to you who’s doing the same thing.”

Crandon, Wis. — Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren picked up two more wins for Mopar® and Ram Truck on Sunday, June 17, with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series during the Brush Run races at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin. Caddell was victorious in PRO Light, while MacCachren won the 19th Annual Chairman’s Cup Challenge, a non-points special event that pitted PRO 2 drivers again PRO 4 drivers at the conclusion of the weekend.

“Congratulations to Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren for winning today at Crandon,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The beginning of the 2012 season has been another outstanding one for Mopar Ram Truck drivers. The power that the Mopar engines produce and the reliability of the Ram Truck is second to none. We look forward to returning to the track in a few weeks in Chicago to battle for more victories.”

Caddell, who lined up 10th on the grid in PRO Light in his Mopar Ram, used a strong launch on the famed “Land Rush” standing start, and was running fourth coming into the first turn on the opening lap. He charged to the outside of Keegan Kincaid to take the third spot before the first lap was completed. On the second circuit, Caddell was able to work his way past Randy Eller to move into the runner-up position. The native of Graham, Wash., inherited the lead during the mandatory competition caution on the fifth lap, after early race leader C.J. Greaves was penalized one position for jumping the initial start.

The latest rounds of racing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) 2011 short course series stormed into Utah last weekend.  Miller Motorsports Park’s created a brand new track, but it produced very familiar results during Friday’s qualifying.  Rob MacCachren qualified first in the marquee Pro2 Unlimited class in the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck.  Unfortunately, the engine caused Rob concern, so his exceptional crew changed it prior to Saturday’s racing action.

LOORRS rules state that any engine changes between qualifying and racing require the racer to move to the back of the field to prevent any unfair advantages.  This put Rob Mac at the back of Saturday’s race, despite qualifying first.  Rob worked the No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck up to mid-pack by the middle of the race, but contact with Greg Adler shortly before the competition yellow found himself at the back of the pack.   Without enough time to work his way up to the front of the thirteen truck field, MacCachren finished seventh.

On Sunday, MacCachren made his presence known early by once again qualifying first.  With the two-row inversion he started on the second row, but soon he was threatening for the lead.  A spectacular wreck brought the caution flag out, with Greg Adler in the lead and Rob right behind him.  The previous day’s contact was fresh in both of the drivers’ minds.  Rob put the pressure on and Adler was the first to crack, catching a rut and bicycling his truck in turn one, allowing the No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck to take the lead.  Rob Mac maintained his leading position through the mandatory caution and looked poised for yet another victory, but his transmission could not match Rob’s hardened determination and let go before the checkers came out.  MacCachren finished ninth, despite setting the fastest la p time in the race.  “It was a frustrating weekend for us,” Rob confessed at the end of the weekend.  “We have the fastest combination in Pro2, but the results did not reflect that this weekend.”

ROCKSTAR Energy’s Rob MacCachren’s next stop takes him to Charlotte, North Carolina on July 22nd and 23rd to race his RAM truck in the TRAXXAS TORC short course series, where he currently leads the Pro 2WD division.  The next LOORRS race weekend takes place on August 6th and 7th at Glen Helen Raceway, where Rob Mac already earned two podium finishes in the marquee Pro2 Unlimited class earlier this season.  Coverage of last weekend’s LOORRS race at Miller Motorsports Park featuring MacCachren’s No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck will air on CBS, the Speed Channel, Versus, and MavTV, so be sure to check your local listings.  For the latest Rob Mac updates visit MacCachren Motorsports’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/maccachren21.

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH  – The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns to Miller Motorsports Park this weekend, June 25-26, and will have a brand-new, permanent track on which to compete.

Following last year’s very popular debut at Miller Motorsports Park, track officials decided to build a permanent, high-speed off-road facility to host the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and other off-road activities.

“We have developed a great relationship with Lucas Oil,” said John Larson, General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park, “and their race last year was so well received and generated such positive feedback that we decided to make the commitment to build them a permanent home at Miller Motorsports Park that can also be used for our other off-road events and activities.”

The track was designed and built in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and promises to provide fans with even more excitement and spectacular racing.


“Miller Motorsports Park is a first-class facility in every respect,” said Bob Patison, Executive Vice President of Lucas Oil Products, Inc. “It is racer- and fan-friendly, with amenities typically not found at most race venues. The Miller group has made a commitment to the sport of Short Course Off Road Racing, as evidenced by the new purpose-built track.  Our Series Director, Tony Vanillo, designed the track to challenge the racers and provide the fans with an up-close experience that will not soon be forgotten.”

“We can’t wait to see the Lucas Oil trucks and buggies on the track,” said Larson. “We think the fans in Utah are going to love this facility, and that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series could well be the fastest-growing event that we offer.

The track is just under a mile long, with large banked turns and the fastest straightaways of all the Lucas Oil Off Road tracks, plus a Mammoth Table Top and a six-pack rhythm section. Covered grandstands will provide guests with shade and a view of the entire course. VIP packages are also available.

As was the case last year, the action will be fast and furious, with high-flying vehicles going wheel to wheel and door to door, fighting for every inch of track space. The paddock will be open to spectators at no charge, and fans can chat with the teams and drivers while they prepare their vehicles. The series promotes a family-friendly atmosphere, and last year a number of lucky fans got to take home discarded pieces of bodywork autographed by the various drivers.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event gets underway on Saturday, with a full schedule of practice, qualifying and main-event races for all 11 classes on each day. The gates will open at 10 a.m. on both days, with main-event races starting at 12:30 p.m. and on-track action ending by 6 p.m.

Adult tickets for this event are priced at $30 per day or $50 for a two-day pass. Tickets for kids aged 12 and under are priced at $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Kids aged three and under will be admitted free of charge.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, visit their website at www.LucasOilOffRoad.com. For event tickets or information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com or call 435-277-8000.

MasterCraft Racing wasn’t necessarily stunned however they were disappointed by the recent announcement that Rob MacCachren’s second place finish at the 2011 SCORE Baja 500 was stripped by SCORE International over a week after the race was completed.  The No. 20 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / MasterCraft Safety Trophy Truck is accused of stopping along Highway 3 just west of the Villa Del Sol graded road to change a flat tire, however the circumstances are unfortunately not as black and white as the rulebook.  SCORE contends that the tire change is in violation of their rules, which states “Pitting is NOT permitted on any portion of the paved highway surface. The paved highways are considered a restricted area because use of the highways is subject to permission by the Mexican Federal Highway Police.”  SCORE International is required to strictly enforce the above rule in ord er to stay in compliance with their permits and race licenses from the government of Baja California.

“The decision to change the flat tire was an impromptu one made during the heat of battle.  It is a fast-paced section just before San Matias where the course runs opposite of highway traffic,” commented team owner, Robbie Pierce.  “This particular section of the race course is bordered by fenceline on one side and highway on the other.
Unfortunately, the location Rob felt was the safest option for his co-driver, himself, and other competitors didn’t exactly line up with SCORE’s outlined rules,” added Pierce.  The rugged 452-mile course started and ended in Ensenada and ran in a clockwise direction, winding east to Ojos Negros, down near San Felipe, back west to the Pacific Ocean below San Vicente, and back north east through Santo Tomas on the way back to Ojos Negros and then Ensenada.

The 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Series wrapped up last month, but race fans dying to get some action this weekend before football starts are in luck. The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, presented by Rockstar Energy, will air on CBS Sports Spectacular this Saturday, January 8th, at 1:00 p.m. EST. (10:00 a.m.PST). Be sure to check your local listing, as airtime may be subject to change.

The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup was covered on Off-Road.com back in December, but seeing the action on video is definitely must-see TV. This race occurred after the final round of the regular season as the finale showdown of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing for 2010.  Some of the major racers in the competition include Brian Deegan, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, Rick Huseman, Kyle LeDuc and more.