Scottsdale, Arizona (June 22, 2015) – On a very hot weekend in Tooele, Utah, Eric Fitch brought a new level of competition to the Pro 2 class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Going door-to-door with past champions, the Pro 2 rookie showed the rest of the class that he not afraid, and has the talent and speed that they are going to be rivaling more and more.
Miller Motorsports Park is one of Eric favorite tracks as it was where he got his first Pro-series win in the Pro- Buggy class. Being familiar with this very technical track, Eric had his Pro 2 truck flying around the tight corners and narrow straightaways. The truck looked great into Saturday’s race until he broke in lap 8. That night Eric’s team was able to put the truck back together and had him ready to go for Sunday.
When asked about Saturday’s race, Eric replied, “Of course, it is disappointing to break mid-way through the race when I know I was running so well. But it happens, and we are doing all that we can to get ready for tomorrow. This is a very technical track, and I am confident that tomorrow I will be able to show just how competitive I am.”
Without fail, Eric brought his a-game in Sunday’s qualifying and ended up starting on the fourth row. At race time, Eric was ready to take on the Pro 2 class at the drop of the green flag. By lap four Eric was up to fifth place. He was running fast and on lap 12 was door-to-door with last year’s Pro 2 champion, Bryce Menzies. They got into each other and Eric ended up spinning putting him to the back of the pack. However, undaunted, Eric drove his way right back up and came across the line with a top 10 finish.
“Wow, I felt great out there. To have other teams telling me that their spotters are telling them to watch out for me coming through the ranks, that shows me that I am on the right track and making an impression. I am happy with the top 10 finish, but ready to break into the top five…and I know I am close!” said Eric about his Round 8 performance.
Now, it is back to Southern California where Eric will be racing at the historic Glen Helen track for rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Halfway through the season, Eric’s confidence is at an all-time high; and the highly competitive Pro 2 class has another driver hungry for the win.
Eric Fitch (20) transitioned from Motocross to Pro-Buggy racing three years ago as the youngest competitor in the Pro series for the 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing season. His practice, qualifying- and race-time have been among the fastest in the Pro-Buggy class, gaining the attention of competitors, officials, and sponsors.
In championship point standings, Fitch and team finished the 2014 season at 7th out of 25 competitors. During that season, over 50% of the races landed the team in the Top 5; of the six podiums, Fitch earned three 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finish, and two 3rd place finishes. One of those 3rd place finishes was in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup, the toughest race of the season, where Fitch fought his way through racing carnage to earn his place on the podium.
With Fitch’s growing confidence, maturity, and ease behind the wheel, he has decided to bring his skills to the even more competitive Pro 2 Unlimited class for the 2015 season.
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