Rookie Driver Geoffrey Cooley piloted his no.22 Alumi Craft / Competitive Metals Pro-Buggy to a 5th place finish in Round 1 and battled for the win placing 3rd in Sunday's Round 2 of the season opening Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Firebird International Raceway. Cooley qualified with the fastest time of 44.548. He was the only driver to crack the 44 second mark. The team entered the event with a goal of just finishing the race and possibly getting into the top ten. But Cooley had bigger expectations as he raced in the lead pack competing against and beating some of the series long time veterans.
During the mandatory caution lap of the Pro-4 race on Sunday, 8-time champion Carl Renezeder summarized the team's sentiment of the weekend perfectly when he keyed the mike on his radio and simply asked, "Can we just push the reset button on this weekend and start all over?" Unfortunately, the chain of events that led to that question wasn't even the culmination of misfortune of the weekend - they still had one more race that afternoon to add to the disappointing results.
After a terrific opening day of racing for the 2012 season of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, the drivers and teams were back to do it all again here in Round 2 at Firebird International Raceway in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, AZ. With no racing to worry about tomorrow, drivers were throwing caution to the wind, and were driving spectacularly all afternoon. Fans packed the stands to capacity once again, and were kept on their feet in unison throughout the day, as race after race of excitement, surprises, and emotion were laid down one after another. More than once, the crowd was heard cheering as one as a driver pulled off an unbelievable move, and this was an afternoon that many people will look back on as one of the best in recent series memory. Hopefully you didn't miss it, but in case you did, read up on what so many people are already talking about.
April 1st 2012 – Chandler, AZ
It has been said; “Success is preparation meeting opportunity.” That theory is well proven however it is subject to outside influence. In short course off road, it would be fairly accurate to say success is attributed with preparation, funding, and luck.
The 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road season opener has welcomed a large field of entries into the ranks of short course racing. Most are seasoned veterans with legitimate resumes. Many are accomplished racers and some have cut their teeth in the developing classes, and now there is a new generation rising through the ranks based on their merit and accomplishment. Not their pocket book. Everyone is attempting to carve out an edge.