CORONA, CA (March 7, 2019) – With an eye towards increased competition, as well as the future of the sport, it is with pride that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO, now welcomes the Pro 2 drivers of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, and specifically their 410 cubic inch V8 engines, into regular competition with the traditional engines found in the LOORRS Pro 2 class.
These engines have been exclusively used in the LOMSCL Pro 2 class for the last two years. Lucas Oil staff are excited by the prospect of making short course off road racing more sustainable and affordable via reduced engine costs and encouraged by the success that the Midwest has experienced on this model so far. Some drivers found that they were able to go two entire seasons without the need for a rebuild of their engine and one full season without a rebuilding the transmission, ring and pinion gear sets and other drive train parts; something that's essentially unheard of with the current power units that have traditionally been run in this class. While these new next generation engines do produce a little less power and RPM, the cost savings have been tremendous. This will allow more teams to compete in more events on the same budget and also allows other teams to compete for an entire season with a reduced budget; all of this helps to make a higher-cost class like Pro 2 more sustainable for the long haul.
Now Lucas Oil officials are expanding the realm of possibilities for drivers in both series. Anyone in Pro 2 may now compete with a Pro 2M engine in any race for either series. Although the traditional Pro 2 power units will still be perfectly legal in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, the disparity in performance between these two engine types will be handled via staggered starts, much like those seen in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Cup races. Before the start of each event, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series officials will determine an appropriate starting gap, in the form of time or distance, between the next generation Pro 2s and the slightly quicker, traditional Pro 2s. From there, similar rules to our Cup races will cover the gamut of possibilities regarding restarts. Qualifying may or may not combine both types of trucks during the actual qualifying session itself (depending on truck count), but the two groups will be scored and inverted separately to determine each driver's respective starting position within his or her own group.
All of this may sound a little daunting, but the reality is that this will allow drivers from the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, as well as anyone else choosing to run the Pro 2M engine in Pro 2, an additional seven weekends of racing to compete in, as they can now race in all the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events as well. In addition to giving drivers more opportunities to race, access to more prize money and another championship to compete for, it also creates the possibility for deeper, more competitive fields in every Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 event. Drivers will get to face more competition in healthier fields and fans will get to see more trucks on the track. Moreover, this will continue to increase the amount of research and development of the next generation engine package and create more overall knowledge about this power plant prior to its full and exclusive integration into the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 class in 2021, when the traditional engines will be entirely phased out of the Pro 2 class in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In the meantime, the mixing of these two engine options should make for some exciting racing out on our tracks, with the first race of the year coming up in less than two weeks out at Glen Helen Raceway, site of Round 1 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship.
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