DETROIT, Mich. – E.J. Viso completed a weekend sweep of three Menards Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS races, taking Sunday’s race in front of a massive audience at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Viso’s Momo/Gridstar truck dominated a weekend of thrilling truck racing.
LAKE FOREST, CA – Round seven of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season played host to both a record-setting win for Carl Renezeder, as well as the end of his winning streak in the Pro-4 division. He now holds the record for nine wins in a row in his Pro-4, going back to round 15 of the 2012 season, the Challenge Cup race and the first seven races of 2013. Round eight was very close to extending that record, but he finished in 2nd Place
“It was my own fault – total driver error,” explained Renezeder after Sunday’s Pro-4 race. “Going into turn four, I went to set the truck and hit the wrong brake pedal – So frustrating!” Renezeder has always run a split pedal system in his trucks, allowing him to use all four brakes or front only. Sometimes you just make a mistake. For the rest of us mere mortals, it reminds us that he is, in fact, human.
CORONA, Calif. – Optima Batteries will return to Team Lucas in 2013 with a advertising/marketing and sponsorship program that will leave a deep imprint on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by Loan Mart and the Lucas Oil Off Road Southern California Regional Series presented by Kartek.
Optima Batteries will be a presenting sponsor for 13 television broadcasts, 11 in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, one in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and one in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. Optima Batteries will also utilize on-board cameras extensively in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by Loan Mart, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.
Charlotte, N.C. – Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD’s Stadium SUPER Trucks, which will begin its inaugural season of thrilling, stadium style off-road racing on April 6 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. announced this week that production of these one-of-a-kind race vehicles is ahead of schedule.
“We have been working long hours for months, and there will be 30 complete trucks ready to compete at Phoenix. The craftsmanship and build of the Stadium SUPER Truck is something we take enormous pride in at Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD,” said Shane Bourgeois, lead mechanic.
Bourgeois added that 22 chassis are through production at Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD’s state of the art, 100,000 square foot facility in Charlotte, NC. Each truck is being constructed to a design spec exclusive to Stadium SUPER Trucks.
CORONA, Calif. – Rockstar has been named the Official Energy Drink of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the 16-event 2013 season, which begins March 15-17 at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Ariz.
Rockstar, entering its fourth season as a major promotional partner with the growing series, will have a significant presence at every Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event, high visibility during television broadcasts on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, SPEED and MAVTV American Real and will have home page integration into www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.
With the 2012 International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) Show at the Indianapolis Convention Center as a backdrop, Lucas Oil made several major announcements regarding its cornerstone Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in front of 250 journalists and industry VIPS at a special “Lunch with Lucas.” The theme of the luncheon was Lucas’ wide-sweeping commitment to American motorsports, a concept bound by the all-encompassing “American Real” moniker.
After an event introduction by Lucas Oil Executive Vice President Bob Patison and a patriotic keynote speech by company founder Forrest Lucas, motorsports television personality Ken Stout announced that the growing series would be under the direction of racing veteran Ritchie Lewis, who will serve as series director effective immediately. Lewis is most notably recognized for his instrumental role as series director of the highly successful Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Corona, CA – September 12, 2012: Lucas Oil Racing announced today that Competition Director Tony Vanillo has decided to resign his position effective immediately. Vanillo has served in that role since the series was created by Lucas Oil and Forrest Lucas in 2009.
The series also announced that Administrative Director Sherry Vanillo also has resigned effective immediately.
“Tony Vanillo’s contribution to our series and the sport of short-course off-road racing have been both impactful and long lasting,” said Lucas Oil Executive Vice-President Bob Patison. “Certainly the same can be said for Tony’s wife Sherry as well. On behalf of our racers, sponsors and fans, we wish them well in their future business endeavors and thank them for helping make our short-course series the growing form of motorsports it is today.”
Lucas Oil’s executive management will explore a full range of options as it considers the Vanillo’s successors. The series has two more race weekends left on its 2012 racing season, including the LoanMart “Fight Under the Lights” presented by Las Vegas Events on Sept. 21-22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“The staff at Lucas Oil is looking forward to executing next weekend’s big Las Vegas weekend with all the professionalism and experience that comes from putting on more than 300 races a year around the country,” added Patison. “While today’s news comes as a disappointment, the Lucas shows will always go on.”
Under the sunshine of a brilliant northern Nevada afternoon, the drivers of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, took to the track for Round 11 of the 2012 championship. In this all-new venue, the Wild West Motorsports Park, some drivers have found success quite quickly, while others have been, shall we say, less fortunate.
The high speeds and large amounts of elevation change have been presenting a unique set of challenges for the drivers, but everyone has risen to the occasion to the best of their ability, and the local Reno-area fans, many of whom are seeing short course off-road racing for the first time, have been cheering loudly and smiling widely all afternoon long. To find out what went on here this afternoon, read on and see what all our new off-road fans will be talking about.
Corona, CA - Off-Road Racing goes “Primetime” August 4th and 5th, for Rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, under the lights at the 4 Wheel Parts Off Road Nationals presented by Canidae All Natural Pet Foods at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.
Bring the whole family out to enjoy the challenging and fan-friendly Glen Helen track and experience all of the high-flying, 850+ horsepower, full-contact competition in the first nighttime race of the season. Series superstars: Brian Deegan, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, Jeremy McGrath, Kyle LeDuc, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Rodrigo Ampudia and Carey Hart are among the top drivers that will be going all-out in their quest for victory.
Known for its intimidating natural terrain, the illuminated Glen Helen Raceway is tight and fast, requiring the drivers to be aggressive yet precise. Huge jumps and highly technical obstacles will not be the only tests they will face. Adding to the pressure is the extremely tight points battle raging between the competitors in all classes. Each driver is gunning for critical championship points every time the green flag drops, intensifying the door-to-door battles on the short course track.
Kids 5 and under are free with a paid adult general admission ticket. The venue also features an exciting Midway Area, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and check out the fun-filled vendor’s displays.
The entire season of the Pro Lite and Pro 2 classes of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will also be broadcast every Sunday in 2012 on the CBS Sports Network at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.
JOLIET, ILLINOIS — Following a decisive win in round six of Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL action at Crandon International Raceway, Scott Douglas won round seven on the short course circuit at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago. “Chicago and Crandon are two very different tracks,” stated Douglas. “Crandon is a high speed natural terrain course, while Chicago is a tight and technical circuit built on the oval and infield of the dirt track at Route 66 Raceway. Crew Chief Jason Schampers and the Douglas Motorsports crew have the AMSOIL, BFGoodrich, Borla F-150 so well sorted out that we were able to win on both styles of short course race tracks.”
The round seven win was a hard fought battle. Scott Douglas was running upfront when Johnny Greaves spun in the left-hander going into the infield and Scott had nowhere to go and found his truck nose-to-nose with Greave’s Toyota. The rest of the field piled into the back of Douglas’ truck before Scott was able to break free and retake the lead. The second half of the race turned into a dogfight between Scott Douglas and Adrian Cenni. To the delight of the huge Chicago crowd, Douglas and Cenni traded the lead several times on each lap. Then, with two laps to go, Scott was able to break free and put some distance on Cenni, holding the interval all the way to the checkered flag.