Corona, CA (June 20, 2018) – A young driver who's shown tremendous potential right from his rookie season in the Pro ranks, Ramona, CA native Brandon Arthur has consistently been one of the most exciting young drivers to watch in recent years in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO. Arthur has made a name for himself in the Pro Lite division, but has also done extensive desert racing, and has even ventured up to Pro 2 this season, and today we sat down with the young hotshoe to pick his brain a bit about all things racing.
Q1: How did you get started in short course?
A1: I got started from the days when my dad was still racing UTVs a long time ago, probably 10 years at least. (note: Arthur's dad Todd was one of the original driving forces that helped bring UTVs onto short course race tracks, as both a driver and a builder).
Q2: When did you first move into the Pro ranks?
A2: I started in Pro Lite in 2014.
Q3: When was your first Pro win?
A3: Glen Helen in September of 2014.
Q4: What are some of your significant career achievements so far?
A4: Our two Challenge Cup wins, in 2015 and 2017.
Q5: How did last season go for you?
A5: Rough, not good. We had a rough start with a big wreck on day two of the first weekend, and we fought the truck all year; we never really made any headway.
Q6: What does your race schedule look like for 2018?
A6: Just short course as far as I know, in the Lucas series. We're also trying to do the fall Crandon race, and possibly the Baja 1000 again with Stronghold Motorsports.
Q7: What are your goals for 2018?
A7: I wanna try to keep on the podium as much as possible and go for the championship; to do that, you gotta take each race as it comes, and do the best we can in all of 'em.
Q8: What are your longer term goals for your career?
A8: I'm hoping to move into a Pro 2 and try to go for a championship, and also to go back desert racing and enjoy that. We already have a Pro 2 that we raced in Arizona, and we'd like to go up to Pro 2 next year, but sponsorship is the biggest thing for us.
Q9: Do you hope to turn racing into a career?
A9: Yeah, definitely. It would be nice to make it a career you can live off of, that would be the goal.
Q10: Who do you look up to in this sport?
A10: I don't know, Rob Mac if I had to pick- it's hard not to. He's humble, a great guy, and a damn good driver.
Q11: What have you sacrificed to get to where you are?
A11: I guess the experience of being a kid, the "no responsibilities" time. I started racing full-time in high school, so I guess the time kids usually spend with friends.
Q12: What's your favorite track?
A12: Probably Wheatland because it has a lot of diversity compared to the other tracks we race at.
Q13: What's your favorite memory from racing?
A13: Probably just all the time with family, and the people you get to meet doing it.
Q14: Who's your best friend in the sport?
A14: I don't hang out with many people who race; I would've said (Brad) DeBerti, but obviously moved onto other opportunities.
Q15: Why do you like short course?
A15: Just the excitement of door to door racing, and seeing all the fans that come out to watch us.
Q16: Why should fans root for you?
A16: I'm just a kid who works hard for what he's got. We don't really have the money to do this, so we get out what we put in.
Q17: What's your most embarrassing moment in racing?
A17: In my rookie year, I led all but the last two laps at Reno because we made a mistake and threw it away and then DNF'd.
Q18: If you could race anything else in the world of motorsports, what would it be?
A18: Probably I'd wanna race an F1 car, or at least driver one; the thrill of how fast they go and how hard they corner- it's just insane.
Q19: What do you do to prepare yourself for competition?
A19: I've been mountain biking recently, and also just working in the shop- that's a good workout.
Q20: Who would you say most helped shape you into the person you are today?
A20: My dad, definitely. Growing up with him, and seeing how he takes care of himself and works hard. Learning that if you put your head into something, it'll usually work out in your favor.
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. Our events can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network, MAVTV, and Live all season long on LucasOilRacing.TV. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course! For more information, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter in our Newsletter Signup section of the home page.
Written by Scott Neth for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series