Round 15 – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series December 10, 2011
Lucas Oil Challenge Cup – December 11, 2011
Firebird Raceway – Chandler, Arizona
Corona, California (December 5, 2011) – This weekend, December 10th& 11th, the superstars of short course off road racing will descend upon Firebird Raceway in Chandler Arizona to settle the season championship picture and battle for their share of the largest combined purse in short course off road racing; the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup. As the most prestigious event in the sport, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup combines classes, normally run separately throughout the season, racing head to head with over $100,000 on the line. But, before Sunday’s all out assault on Firebird Raceway’s purpose built, short course off road battleground, one crucial opportunity remains for teams to capture coveted season titles.
By the conclusion of Saturday’s Round 15, the series will have crowned their season champions. Carl Renezeder locked up the season title for 900 horsepowered Pro4 Unlimited trucks during the previous round at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but class runner up Kyle LeDuc, has escalated to the elite ranks of the class and both will be leaving it all on the track through the season finale.
Though the Pro4 championship has been mathematically sealed, supremacy in the two wheel drive 900 horse powered truck category has been whittled down to a two man contest between legendary off road champion, Rob MacCachren and MetalMulisha/XGames personality, Brian Deegan. Deegan has been impressive in this, his first season behind the wheel of the powerful Pro2 and currently holds the top spot. MacCachren has recovered from an uncharacteristically slow start,but with strong results through the season, he has inserted himself in to the title chase with the season coming down to the wire.
Deegan’s extraordinary year has also featured a season long rivalry with Chris Brandt for the 300 horse powered ProLite truck title.The two have been fixtures on the podium throughout the year as they have distanced themselves from the pack. Now, maintaining the slimmest of margins, Deegan must hold Brandt off in the final round if he is to succeed in capturing the first of his two possible 2011 championships.
Chad George leads the spec SuperLite truck class over Patrick Clark as RJ Anderson, in third, is also in the hunt as they enter Round 15. Other class titles up for grabs include ProBuggy with Mike Porter holding the advantage over Jerry Whelchel while Curt Greer leads Dave Mason in Limited Buggy.
When the dust settles from Saturday’s Round 15, Sunday’s season finale, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup will put the exclamation point on the 2011 short course off road racing season. The Pro2 class will line up against the Pro4 field in a 30 truck, 27,000 horse powered battle for Unlimited truck supremacy. As $30,000 will be presented to the overall winner, over $53,000 will be handed over to the top three podium finishers, while the top drivers name will be engraved on the perpetual Lucas Oil Challenge Cup trophy.
Headed into the off season, each competing class will have Sunday’s Challenge Cup as their last opportunity of the year to stake their claim on the checkered flag. This annual event will also feature the open wheel ProBuggys racing wheel to wheel against the aggressive ProLite trucks. Although different in weight, hosepower and appearance, theProBuggy and ProLite classes have traditionally had similar lap times at Firebird Raceway. The slightly quicker ProBuggy field willreceive a handicap on the track as they attempt to chase down the trucks for a total purse of $35,000.
Complete listing of
Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Races and Purses:
Pro 4 / Pro 2
1st – $30,000
2nd – $15,000
3rd – $7,500
Pro Lite / Pro Buggy
1st – $20,000
2nd – $10,000
3rd – $5,000
1st – $10,000
2nd – $6,000
3rd – $4,000
1st – $4,000
2nd – $2,000
3rd – $1,000
Many top professional drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series have benefited by the instruction they have received from Cory Kruseman’s Driving School in Ventura, California. This year, the school will provide valuable instruction to the top three finishers in the following classes:
SR1 UTV / Unlimited UTV Cup Race
Modified Kart Cup Race
Jr. 2 Kart Cup Race
Jr. 1 Kart Cup Race
Below you will find a downloadable event guide which shows you parking procedures, credentials being used and how to use them, track map, entry & exit points, media information, Race-day & Broadcast schedules, contact information and FanZone high lights. Please find the event outline available for download here: http://lucasoiloffroadracing.
Gates open to the public at 9:00 am.
See the website www.LucasOilOffRoad.com for ticket pricing and the full weekend schedule.
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 visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com