The upper tier classes of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series provide arguably the most competitive landscape in all of short course off road. Both the Pro 4 and Pro 2 divisions are loaded with world class talent and some of the finest mechanical minds in the sport.
The Pro 4 division has been LeDuc’s playground since the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series held its inaugural season in 2009. Over that span, he’s captured an astounding six championships, with his most recent triumph coming this past season during another dominant campaign.
Every Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series driver’s path into and through short course off road is different, but perhaps none are quite as unique as 2019 Pro Lite Rookie-of-the-Year Trevor Leighton. A native of Star, Idaho. Leighton grew up in one of the country’s most expansive regions, where wide open spaces are abundant and wilderness calls.
Ryan Beat is a racer at heart. The former professional motocrosser knows first hand what kind of mental fortitude it takes to compete at the highest level of motorsports, so after a serious injury ended his two-wheeled career prematurely, Beat didn’t give up on his racing dreams and instead turned his focus to four wheels.
Like many young racers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, newly crowned Pro Buggy Rookie of the Year Zachary Drapkin began his journey in short course off road in the ultra competitive Mod Kart class. Soon enough, the Lake Forest, California, native made the transition into full size vehicles, electing to take the next step in his career by driving a Pro Buggy.
As a second generation racer, Eliott Watson has spent his life immersed in the world of off road racing. Given that his father was a multi-time champion in desert racing, Eliott appeared destined for success when he started his own career in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series about a decade ago.
As the popularity of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series continues to grow, the diverse skill set of the drivers joining one of the championship’s nine classes continues to expand. Much like newly crowned Production 1000 UTV Champion Robert Stout, the class’ newest Rookie of the Year also honed his talents on asphalt.
Robert Stout is no stranger to the world of off road, and in particular the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The son of legendary broadcast racing reporter and host, Ken Stout. This Brownsburg, Indiana, native has dedicated his career to motorsports, racing across an array of disciplines, from sprint cars to sports cars, and now off road vehicles.
Team: Tyler Pfeifer Racing
When it comes to UTVs in the world of short course off road, it’s easy to shine the spotlight on Corry Weller and all that she’s done for the fastest growing divisions in the sport. The Chandler, Arizona, native has been a part of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series since its inception.
Prior to the 2019 racing season, Tucson, Arizona’s Ethan Ebert learned the ropes of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series by being one of the top racers in JR 2 Kart. On the heels of a runner-up finish in that class in 2018, Ebert made the move up into the increasingly competitive Mod Kart class for 2019, where he was one of several rookies looking to make an impact.
Mod Kart has emerged as the proving ground for future stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. With the high performance capabilities of these small, nimble, and surprisingly powerful cars, the competition on the track is often exceptional.