Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Championship Series Finale Preview
Corona, November 23, 2010: After eight months and fourteen grueling short course off road races, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) - many of the world’s top off-road drivers will find themselves looking at a titanic brand new Arizona off-road course for the fifteenth and final race of the 2010 series.
Firebird International Raceway, located in Chandler, Arizona just outside of Phoenix, is the site, and Saturday, December 11 is the date.
The all-new course is described as one of the toughest ever. Just over 1 mile in length this track is a wicked combination of twists, turns, jumps, berms, and straightaways that include just about everything that a hundred miles through the open desert could throw at the racers. Only this is - every lap - lap after lap, and right in front of 10,000 close-in, close-up grandstand seats!
Of the nine LOORRS racing divisions that have run the fourteen races so far, six are still in play for championships including two of the top pro divisions: Pro Lite Unlimited and Pro Buggy Unlimited which both will have their 2010 series top slots determined at Firebird.
In Pro Lite Unlimited a couple of seasoned pros will duke it out at Firebird. Marty Hart, from Columbia, Louisiana (a fiery competitor best known for his extraordinary 3-wheel feats in the Baja 1000) has a paper-thin lead over Chris Brant of Council Bluffs, Iowa, 620 to 607 points. With 50 up for grabs for the win, both drivers will need to qualify well, race hard, and finish up VERY near the top on the score sheet. And watch out for Temecula, California’s Brian Deegan – the reigning 2009 Pro-Lite Champion and the former X-Games star who’s been on a tear recently and who, with 593 markers on deposit in the Bank of Lucas Off Road, cannot be counted out in this one.
The Pro Buggy Unlimited division is an even closer points chase with Las Vegas’ Larry Job leading by a scant nine points over Cameron Steele from San Clemente, California followed closely by Doug Fortin (Alpine, California) just twenty-two points away from the winner’s laurels.
As with any sort of racing, but especially in the rough and tumble world of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, anything can happen. Both Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes have a lot of bragging rights to settle. Crashes, engine fires and plain bad luck have robbed many a top star of victory. And … with names like Carl Renezender, Cary Hart, Jeff Ward, Rob MacCachren, Robby Woods, Jeremy McGrath, Rodrigo Ampudia, Rick Huseman, Adam Wik, Jerry Whelchel, and Curt LeDuc all in the mix, mixing it up on the kind of race course that Director of Competition Tony Vanillo and his intrepid band of course builders set up: Anything can and surely will happen at Firebird on December 11th!