|Temecula, CA (March 2, 2010) – Mitchell DeJong is headed to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season opener of the Lucas Oil Off-Road series on March 6-7. The Temecula, California sixth grader will compete with his championship winning 450cc Yamaha powered Speed Technologies DeJong SuperKart in the competitive Modified Kart class.
The 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series will feature off-road stars of all ages, from all cities, racing 800 horsepower race trucks to smaller 450cc off-road karts. The Modified Kart class dubbed as the “future stars of racing,” is accustomed to having 24 or more youth racers banging door-to-door at 50 mph over jumps and drifting turns, bringing spectators to their feet. The crowds will pepper the grandstands and the television ratings will jump as the series is broadcast by 4 networks throughout 2010, including SPEED, CBS Sports, Versus, and MAV TV.
Mitchell will return to the track with an arsenal of trackside support including a Speed Technologies tractor trailer and mechanical team for a “no-compromise” 2010 effort. Mitchell commented, “I m really excited to be racing for Speed Technologies Team for a second year, I hope to bring home the Lucas Oil championship for them!”
After a stellar 2009 season, with 11 podium finishes, 8 pole positions, and 6 wins, Mitchell came home with a TORC series championship and 5th place in the Lucas Oil Off-road Racing Series.
Mitchell s final Lucas Oil race of 2009 ended with utter excitement as he drove his DeJong SuperKart to a win, but having to race with only 4th gear! Mitchell put his skills to work as he manipulated the clutch and accelerator to hang onto the lead, and proved that he can overcome adversity on the track.
Mitchell s off-season has been an extensive period of cross-training as he extended his race experience to Legends oval track racing with seasoned adults. Much to their surprise, Mitchell launched himself into the limelight by not only running with the “big dogs,” but putting pressure on the leaders! Mitchell commented on Legends, “Racing Legends is another step toward my goal of being a professional racer, it s very technical and fast, and it will really help my driving skills for the 2010 off-road season!”
As the final days tick toward the green flag, Mitchell and the Speed Technologies team make last minute preparations before the short trek to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Look for Mitchell DeJong at the track and in the news during the 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Season. Mitchell plans to take all of his supporters to the top!
2010 Mitchell DeJong support includes: Speed Technologies, DeJong Off-Road, Fox Racing Shox, Yamaha, DWT, Simpson Racing Products, Eliminator Motorsports, Amsoil, Streight Edje, Traxxas, T.E.C., Zip Tie Productions and PayDirt Media.
For more information, photos and videos, visitwww.mitchelldejong.com
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information please visitwww.lucasoiloffroad.com
About Speed Technologies:
Speed Technologies ignited onto the global arena as a professionally executed motorsports machine in 2006. In its brief yet highly storied history of accomplishments and associations, Speed Technologies has proclaimed its prowess with fledgling achievement in the world of motorsports and as a viable business initiative.
The man behind the vision is none other than John Harrah. Residing at the helm of a multitude of prominent enterprises, his name is most synonymous with the Harrah hotel and casino enterprise and is likewise headquartered in Reno, Nevada. For more information visit www.speed-technologies.com