Editor’s Note: Below is a press release for BFGoodrich Tires regarding the opening round of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series this past weekend.
The 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing season got off to a fast start for racers on BFGoodrich Tires in Rounds 1 and 2 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. BFGoodrich Tires claimed six wins and 12 total podium finishes at the opening weekend which featured near record high temperatures and tough competition on the 1.1 mile circuit featuring 11 jumps over a mostly clay surface.
Highlighting the weekend was the outstanding efforts by Carl Renezeder who returned to running BFGoodrich Tires on his short course Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks this year. Renezeder dominated Round 2, claiming the Pro 4 and Pro 2 and added a second place finish in Pro 4 in Round 1.
BFGoodrich Performance Team members Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies each picked up a race win on the weekend for a strong start on the season. MacCachren finished on the podium in all four races he competed in.
After strong qualifying runs that had three BFGoodrich drivers starting in the top four spots in the opening Pro 2 race, one of the most competitive classes in this open tire competition got underway. Menzies, last year’s Pro 2 runner up took his new truck and BFGoodrich All-Terrain KR2 tires and outran MacCachren (last year’s Pro 2 champion) to claim the opening victory of the season.
In Pro 4, MacCachren came from fourth to first in the final two laps, making a last lap pass to get by Renezeder to take the opening round win.
In the second round, Menzies faced early mechanical trouble in the Pro 4 race and was out of contention while Renezeder held off MacCachren for his first season win and first on BFGoodrich Tires since returning to the brand for this season.
Likewise in the second Pro 2 race, Menzies hit a barrier and sustained damage, ending his day. After Brian Deegan lost handling near the end of the race, Renezeder was poised to take advantage and made the pass. MacCachren charged hard on the final lap but settled for second place.
Over the course of the event the BFGoodrich Tires support crew grooved 105 of the All-Teerain KR2 slicks to meet the demands of this challenging circuit and provide each driver with the specific tire they required to optimize performance of their trucks.
In the Pro Lite and Pro Buggy support races, which requires competitors to use DOT tires, BFGoodrich swept the Pro Buggy podium on Saturday and claimed a win and 3rd place on Sunday. The hard working BFG support crew grooved 80 tires for these competitors.