Driver Brian Deegan (38) will be allowed to utilize a “Substitute Driver” and retain all points earned in the Pro 2 and Pro Lite classes of the May 2013 Lake Elsinore event, Rounds 5 and 6.
This is a one-time only variance to Rule 11.1 (5). The Lucas Oil Executive Management Committee granted this variance based upon the following facts and considerations:
- The 2012 Rule Book allowed “Driver Substitution” for a single event weekend, for a number of reasons, including racing related conflicts.
- The subject driver, Brian Deegan, along with his major sponsors, specifically Ford Motor Company and Rockstar Energy, committed significant time, effort and money developing sales, marketing, and sponsorship programs based upon Deegan competing for a championship in both the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the Global Rally Cross series in year 2013.
The subject programs were developed and resources were committed during the fourth
quarter of 2012 and throughout January and early February 2013. The 2012 Rule Book was applicable and in effect during this time period.
- Ford Motor Company made a major public announcement at a national tradeshow on February 7, 2013 that Deegan, as a Ford sponsored driver, would be competing for championships in both GRC and LOORRS in 2013.
- On February 15, 2013 the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series posted a revision to its Rule Book, which excluded race conflicts as a valid reason for use of the “Substitute Driver” rule (Rule 11.1 (5)).
- At no time prior to February 15, 2013 did LOORRS notify Deegan, his sponsors or representatives of a pending change to the “Substitute Driver” Rule (Rule 11.1 (5)). Although during the period in question, Q4 2012 to February 15, 2013, there were a number of discussions between LOORRS and Deegan’s representatives and sponsors. During which the plans for Deegan to compete for championships in GRC and LOORRS were discussed and, LOORRS was made aware of these facts.
Therefore, it is the decision of the Lucas Oil Off Road Executive Management Committee that Deegan and his sponsors proceeded with their plans and committed resources based upon a good faith belief that the wording of the 2012 Rule Book would be controlling. Given the circumstances, to not grant Deegan a one-time only variance to Rule 11.1 (5) would be unjust and result in a substantial waste of committed resources. The variance should have been granted at the time the new Rule Book was published on February 15, 2013.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Executive Management Committee realizes that those affected by this decision may hold differing opinions. Such opinions are understood and respected. However, this decision is effective immediately, final and non-appealable. Fortunately, there are 11 rounds of racing left in the 2013 season, with competition results still to be determined.
Going forward, the Rule Book as revised on February 15, 2013 is controlling for all matters relating to the 2013 Race Season. Ritchie Lewis, Series Director, will be charged with the responsibility of applying and enforcing all applicable rules and regulations from this point on.