Corona, Ca. (April 30, 2009) – The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rolls into the Valley of the Sun as short course off road racing comes to Speedworld for rounds 3 and 4 in Surprise, Arizona on May 2nd and 3rd. Arizona will be
playing host to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the first time with the long awaited arrival of high impact, high energy short course off road racing. The popular off road racing series is sure to make an immediate impact with the raucous roar of 850HP Unlimited Trucks combined with the wail of Light Trucks and high strung buggies. The anticipated Speedworld event is sure to draw a significant crowd from an off road savvy fan base that has been clamoring for an area event since the emergence of short course off road racing in the West.
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing’s Tony Vanillo had his sights set on a Phoenix area race as the series was developing. “This is incredible to be bringing big time short course off road racing here to Surprise,” said Vanillo. “There are so many of our drivers, teams and fans that support the sport who are from this area. With the hard work of Speedworlds’ Dan Matthews, we have been able to put this event together and make it happen. This is going to be a first class event.”
Unlimited 4 (4wheel drive 850HP Truck) driver Jerry Daugherty, coming off a giant win in round 2 in Primm is now focused on backing up his performance with a strong showing. Alan Pflueger, with two rounds of U-4 competition under his belt is now expected to run with Daugherty and U-4 stars Carl Renezeder, Travis Coyne and Ken Brascho.
Currently, experience is prevailing in Unlimited 2 (2wheel drive 850HP) as Carl Renezeder is the class of the field while veteran Jerry Whelchel and Motocross Champion Jeff Ward sit in second and third. Challenging them will be the young guns of U-2, Bryce Menzies, Rodrigo Ampudia and series newcomer “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, who will be fighting for a podium spot in what is sure to be a good old fashioned Arizona shoot-out.
The Unlimited Lite (Light Truck 300HP) story of Primm was short course champion Rob Naughton. While not quite driving with one hand tied behind his back, Naughton came close while taking rounds 1 and 2 with a broken driving foot. Now the question remains if Brian Deegan, Chris Brandt and the rest of the U-Lite field are ready to challenge Naughton for the title. The Bully Dog SuperLite class will also be featured as the new spec truck class continues to build a quality field.
The full weekend of racing will include a significant Limited and Unlimited Buggy field featuring Unlimited buggy driver Chuck Cheek who swept rounds 1 and 2 in Primm. Surprise will also be the location for the return of UTVs to short course racing as the chase for the Dragonfire Racing World Cup begins while the always competitive Karts will continue to provide excitement.
Won’t be able to make it to Surprise this weekend? Be sure to watch all the excitement from rounds 1 and 2 in Primm, Nevada this Saturday as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series makes it’s televised debut on SPEED at 1 and 2 PM Eastern time/10 &11 Pacific.
If you’re in the Phoenix area, please be sure to join us at Buffalo Wild Wings in Surprise for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series fan appreciation party and meet and greet. 13882 W Bell Rd Surprise, AZ 85374 (corner of Litchfield Road) Friday May 01, 2009 7-10PM. Drivers will be signing autographs & spending time with race fans.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) is the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, LOORRS brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course.