“Every mile of every race there are situations that can end your day,” Rob MacCachren reflects from La Paz.  “Crashes, fires, booby traps… Baja demonstrates this every year.”  With 1121 treacherous miles to cover in the 45th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 and three dozen Trophy Trucks fighting to etch their names into history, there is little margin for error.  Unfortunately for MacCachren and his teammates campaigning the No. 20 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck, luck was not on their side.

Despite weeks of preparation the team lost first gear and reverse in their transmission early in the race.  The transmission was swapped at Viscaino by the dedicated chase crew, but the setback would erase the fresh air MacCachren enjoyed by starting third off the line in Ensenada.  “This race encompasses so many elements: Man versus man, man versus nature, and in our case man versus machine.” Robbie Pierce reflected.  Pierce drove the middle leg of the race through the cold darkness of the desert night.  “That is the siren song of Baja though.  I am thoroughly exhausted right now; there is nothing left in the tank.  Overcoming all of those elements will call me back here though.”

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) heads to Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix this weekend for the final race of the season where the Pro2 Unlimited championship will be decided.  After Rob MacCachren suffered a disappointing weekend in Las Vegas, where he was absent from the podium for the first time of any LOORRS racing weekend this season, he has slipped to third in points behind rivals Brian Deegan and Marty Hart.  Never one to give up, MacCachren intends to put the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS team back on podium for the eighth time this season.  Following the final Round 15 of racing on Saturday, both the Pro2 and Pro4 trucks will take to the track for the $30,000 Lucas Oil Off Road Cup. MacCachren is famous for his performances in cup races, with three Governor’s Cups, three Borg-Warner Cups to his credit and a victory at the TORC Chairman’s Cup earlier this season.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) returns to Rob MacCachren’s hometown of Las Vegas this weekend for more door-to-door action.  Unlike past events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the races will be held on Friday and Saturday nights under the lights of the speedway.  With only three rounds of competition remaining, every point counts for MacCachren as he fights for the Pro2 Unlimited season championship.  MacCachren is currently tied for season points with fellow ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools driver Brian Deegan.  In addition to being his in home town, Las Vegas is also where MacCachren earned a first place and second place finish last season.

MacCachren suffered a devastating crash last month in Reno, but his crew drove all night from Hemet to get Rob Mac his old championship winning truck to compete on Sunday.    “How lucky am I,” MacCachren asked rhetorically, “to have my title sponsors be an energy drink and a power tool company when me and my team have to work all night long.  We literally could not have raced on Sunday without plenty of ROCKSTAR Energy Drink and the Makita Power Tools in our hands.” Jim Blackmore and Dave Farrugia are now working feverishly to get the damaged truck ready for this weekend’s race in Las Vegas.  Will they make it in time?  No one knows! The only way to find out is to come out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and see for yourself.

The first race with a new truck is never an easy task, even with the considerable talents of Rob MacCachren behind the wheel.  MacCachren has already racked up wins in the desert this season at Laughlin, San Felipe, and the Mint 400, but the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) short course season is just heating up.  Speaking of heat, it was an issue in qualifying where temperatures at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix were in the 90s, revealing a cooling issue with MacCachren’s brand new Pro2 Unlimited truck.  This limited Rob Mac’s practice time on the several high speed sections, spectacular jumps, and unique dual split line of Firebird’s track.

Fueled by ROCKSTAR Energy Drink and armed with a full complement of tools from Makita Power Tools, MacCachren’s talented crew resolved the cooling issue and performed some fine tuning of the suspension before Saturday’s opening round of LOORRS racing.  MacCachren strapped into his MasterCraft Safety 3G seat and started on the inside of the third row for Saturday’s race. The action started hot and heavy as soon as the green flag dropped and didn’t stop until the checkers came out.  After a generous dousing from the water truck prior to the race, other Pro2 Unlimiteds with lesser rubber weren’t able to match the traction of MacCachren’s BFGoodrich Tires and the field nearly piled up on the first lap.  By the middle of the race MacCachren had patiently worked his way up to third place and was battling for second with Robby Woods in some of the best action of the weekend.  With only two laps left to go MacCachren dove under Robby Woods at the hairpin at Turn 3 and never looked back.  While he ran out of time to reel in the leader, MacCachren put ROCKSTAR Energy Drink and new sponsor Makita Power Tools on the podium in his first race of the season.

On Sunday Rob set the fast time in qualifying, hitting speeds in excess of 90 mph on the tight track.  The inversion put the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires Pro2 Unlimited on the third row for Round 2 of racing, and during the first half of the race MacCachren made every effort to keep from getting tangled up with the 13 other trucks on the track.  LOORRS has instituted a new rule for the 2012 season where all competitors pull into the hot pits for two minutes at the midpoint of the race.  When this occurred on Sunday, the new car blues struck MacCachren’s team in the form of an electrical gremlin that severely limited power.

At this point a decision had to be made, and in an instant.  The ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires team decided to continue the race, albeit at a greatly reduced speed, in order to avoid a DNF and earn valuable season points.  Being a consummate professional Rob pulled to the side of the course to let the field pass him by.  What seemed like a cruel April Fool’s Day joke had snatched away Rob Mac’s chance of another podium finish, but the perennial champion was not deterred.  “Our qualifying time definitely raised some eyebrows and I think that we are just scratching the surface on the true potential of this truck that Dave Farruggia and Jim Blackmore have designed.”  The next LOORRS race for MacCachren will be at the all new track at Lake Elsinore in Southern California on April 21st and 22nd.  Meanwhlie Rob continues his quest for the SCORE International Trophy Truck championship when he gets behind the wheel of the No. 20 MasterCraft Racing Trophy Truck at the Baja 500 on June 1-3.  He will also compete in the TRAXXAS TORC Series and continue to share driving duties with Steve Sourapas in Best In The Desert.  Having trouble keeping up with Rob Mac’s busy schedule?  You are not alone.  For the latest updates follow Rob MacCachren on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac.

Photography by Jason Zindroski

The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge wrapped up its two-race event on Sunday. Instead of being a two-day event that combined both day’s results into one race, this year SCORE created two separate races each day, making the weekend important to the top classes in terms of the overall points championship.

BJ Baldwin led from wire to wire on Saturday in the Trophy Truck class after qualifying first, while Rob MacCachren recovered from a ninth-place finish on Saturday to finish first on Sunday. Juan Carlos Lopez took home two second-place finishes both days of racing.

In Class 1, Adam Pfankuch earned the win on Saturday while Cody Parkhouse followed up his second-place finish on Saturday with the win on Sunday.

Check out this highlight video of action from the weekend. Below are SCORE’s official results from Sunday’s race.

On Friday, October 7th, Rob MacCachren trades his driving suit for a business suit as he is inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) on Friday night.  This invitation-only event at the Sheraton Hotel in Pomona is intended to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations whose lifelong contributions to off-road motorsports have set a standard for others to follow. Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees are required to have at least 15 years of experience and involvement in off-road motorsports. The nominees must have built, designed, driven, maintained, owned, prepared, piloted, promoted, ridden or supported an off-road vehicle. They are characterized by their desire to win, the mastery of their field and their courage to innovate.  No racer of our generation epitomizes the above quite like Rob MacCachren.
Then on Saturday and Sunday (October 8th and 9th), Rob Mac moves next door to the Fairplex in Pomona for the Off Road Expo, where his No. 20 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / MasterCraft Safety Jimco SCORE Trophy Truck will be on display in the BFGoodrich booth.  The Off Road Expo showcases new vehicles, thousands of parts and accessories, freestyle motocross action, movie premieres, RC Racing and more. This year’s expo is bigger than ever with more exhibitors showcasing all the latest hardware from more than 350 of the industry’s leading manufacturers, dealers and distributors.  Rob MacCachren will be leading half hour technical seminars on both days at 11 AM and 2 PM in the BFG booth, with autograph signings for half an hour after each seminar.  This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of off-road racing’s all time best, and one tha t you absolutely will not want to miss.  From there Rob continues to battle for season champsionships in LOORRS, TORC, and SCORE with the end of the season rapidly approaching.  For the latest Rob MacCachren updates follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac.

This year has been a rollercoaster ride for ROCKSTAR Energy Drink’s Rob MacCachren.  Injuries, mechanical breakage, and penalties have conspired to thwart Rob Mac’s typical dominance in the desert and on short course tracks across the country.  During the last Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) event at Glen Helen Raceway a rare loss of control saw Rob’s No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck on its roof, resulting in a fractured clavicle that caused severe pain and limited use of his left arm.  Not good for a man who makes his living racing professionally nearly every weekend of the year in three different series.

Last week in Traxxas’ The Off Road Championship (TORC) MacCachren suffered a rollover in his RAM Pro 2WD truck on Wednesday and was taken out of race early on Thursday after qualifying first.  The poor results pushed MacCachren back to fourth in season points.  Most competitors would be thrilled to be fourth in points in TORC’s premier class, but MacCachren set the bar high by winning the first three races of the season in dominating fashion.

If you only remember one thing about Rob MacCachren, remember that he never, ever gives up.  Despite his injury MacCachren recently overalled the SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions, racing in oppressive heat across the most brutal terrain in Baja and beating the next closest competitor by an unbelievable nine minutes.  The Fox Racing Shocks on MacCachren’s No. 20 Jimco Trophy Truck made all the difference on the notorious whoops of Zoo Road, and they are just as important on his ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety short course truck running over the stutter bumps in Arizona.  Although MacCachren’s LOORRS season got off to a slow start during the first two rounds of racing, he came into Speedworld for Rounds 3 and 4 and absolutely dominated, setting not only fast times in qualifying but winning both rounds of racing.  Speedworld hosts LOORRS racing once again this weekend, and could quite possibly be the location where MacCachren hosts another driving clinic for the Pro2 Unlimited competition.  He currently sits in fourth place in season points with five races remaining.

If you are in the Phoenix metropolitan area you won’t want to miss the LOORRS racing action at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise this weekend, as Rob MacCachren attempts to win his fourth consecutive short course season championship.  Stop by MacCachren’s pits for autographs and photos and free samples of ROCKSTAR Energy Drink from the beautiful ROCKSTAR girls.  If you cannot make it to Speedworld, watch for update’s on MacCachren’s Facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac.

On Friday, October 7th MacCachren is being inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, prior to the Off Road Expo in Pomona.  Then on the weekend of October 8-9, Rob’s No. 20 Jimco SCORE Trophy Truck will be on display in the BFGoodrich booth at the Off Road Expo, and Rob will also be leading half hour technical seminars on both days at 11 AM and 2 PM in the BFG booth, with autograph signings for half an hour after each seminar.  This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of off-road racing’s all time best, and one that you absolutely will not want to miss.

Rob MacCachren is sponsored by:
ROCKSTAR Energy Drink • BFGoodrich Tires • MasterCraft Safety • TRAXXAS
Fox Racing Shox • KC HiLites • Motive Gear • ProAm Racing Products
Racin’ Dirty • K&N Filters • TCS Performance Products
Patton Racing Engines • Rancho Drivetrain Engineering

Photography by Jason Zindroski
High Rev Photography- www.highrevphoto.com

Short course off road racing has its roots in the Midwest, but for the first time ever this weekend a race was held in the South, and it was dominated by a native of the West Coast.  Charlotte Motor Speedway is in the heart of NASCAR country, where motorsports fans are accustomed to cars reaching speeds of 200 mph on pavement.  Last weekend though, all of the action was on “The Dirt Track” as TRAXXAS brought The Off-Road Championship (TORC) to North Carolina.  By the end of the weekend, Rob MacCachren and his RAM Pro 2WD truck had earned plenty of new fans in the South.

MacCachren qualified first for Friday’s race on the specially constructed and all-new track that featured several table top jumps, including one at the finish line.  With several tight and technical turns, MacCachren was able to unleash the mighty MOPAR engine in his RAM truck and hook up the BFGoodrich tires in the turns.  The Dirt Track at Charlotte is a world class facility that is better known and used for World of Outlaws Late Model and Sprint Car series racing and also Big-Block Modified competitions that are so popular in the region.  The Dirt Track is situated between the zMAX Drag Strip and the Super Speedway used for stock car racing.

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.

Most of the 17 professional off-road drivers in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) premier Pro2 Unlimited class are ecstatic if they ever manage to reach the podium.  ROCKSTAR Energy Drink’s Rob MacCachren holds himself to a higher standard though, constantly striving to be the best at whatever he does.  This iron will has allowed “Rockstar Rob” to earn three consecutive Pro2 Unlimited short course racing championships in as many years.  Coming into last weekend’s racing at historic Glen Helen Raceway, MacCachren was fifth in season points and looking to move forward in the rankings.

MacCachren qualified third for Saturday’s Round 5 race, the first time he has not been the pacesetter this year.  An inverted start found “Rob Mac” on the second row in his No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck when the green flag dropped.  MacCachren battled with Robby Woods for second place the first half of a race that was full of mechanical carnage for the competition, forcing many red flags.  Rockstar Rob had his sights set on the leader and was reeling him in when the hungry crowd behind him snuck by late in the race.  With only two laps remaining Rob Mac found himself in fourth place.  MacCachren’s years of experience shined through as he kept a cool head and regained position to finish Round 5 in second place, just five seconds behind the winner.