Huseman off to a fast start
After Rounds 3 and 4 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Speedworld Offroad Park in Surprise, Ariz., Rick Huseman is four for four in Pro 4 this season, and shows no signs of slowing down.
"I am very excited – just beside myself about the four wins," said Huseman after Round 4. "It is a great team effort. It is amazing that we have been able to prevail at the end – that's really what it is about sometimes more than going fast. There were a lot of good trucks that went out of the race today. So, we are just lucky enough to be the one standing on the podium at the end."
Huseman doesn't exaggerate when he says a lot of good trucks went out in Sunday's race at Surprise. He and Carl Renezeder were the only trucks on the lead lap, and the final podium position – John Harrah – was determined by who was the last truck to stop running.
If Huseman is consistent about crediting any single part of his program for his team's success, it's consistency. Huseman stresses the importance of having a reliable truck, and it paid off for him in the last round.
V8s for Pro Lite Unlimited
Beginning with the May event at Glen Helen, V8 crate engines from GM, Ford and Chrysler (MOPAR) will be allowed in Pro Lite. The V8 has been touted by its proponents as a way to provide more cost-effective engines in the class, currently powered by high-strung, race-prepared, four-cylinder engines from the same manufacturer as the truck body.
The engines will only be available from Lucas- or factory-authorized agents and must have factory seals. V8-powered trucks must weigh a minimum of 3,200lbs. Trucks using four cylinders must weigh 2,800 or 2,875lbs., depending on intake.
The introduction of the V8 crate engines doesn't mean the four cylinders are going away. Rumors are swirling about a new Honda Ridgeline truck under construction….
Deegan joins Team Ford
Metal Mulisha General Brian Deegan once hauled himself and his dirt bike across the country in an old F-150, but he never had any idea how far that initial journey would carry him. Now he's built a freestyle motocross and extreme sports empire, has a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite title to his credit and is partnered with Ford Racing.
The deal means he'll be racing Fords in Lucas – no surprise – including the Raptor body in Pro 2. But he'll also race Fords in the Global RallyCross Championship and in the X Games.
“I'm a Ford guy – always have been – and I'm really excited about working together. In order to be successful as a racer I need to be with the best,” Deegan said. “When you think of racing, especially off-road truck, Ford has dominated, and there is nothing I'd rather be behind the wheel of.”
Deegan is currently second in points in both Pro 2 and Pro Lite.
Renezeder on Wind Tunnel
On Sunday, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 and Pro 2 driver – and 2009 double champion – Carl Renezeder will appear on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on SPEED.
“I'm really looking forward to meeting Dave Despain and talking about our sport to his broad audience,” says Renezeder. “He covers such a wide variety of racing on his show, and the call-in format from fans makes it unique and interesting. It's an honor to be invited to participate and promote our sport.
Renezeder's appearance comes as he leads the Pro 2 points and sits second in the Pro 4 points.
After Round 4 in Surprise, Ariz.
Rick Huseman 206
Carl Renezeder 186
Travis Coyne 158
Carl Renezeder 178
Brian Deegan 170
Greg Adler 166
Chris Brandt 199
Brian Deegan 183
Rodrigo Ampudia 174
Steven Greinke 186
Mike Porter 184
Doug Fortin 179
RJ Anderson 194
Chad George 179
Patrick Clark 169
Dave Mason 186
Quentin Tucker 186
Curt Geer 179
Corry Weller 194
Doug Mittag 188
John Dempsey 182
Chad George 194
RJ Anderson 190
Robert Vanbeekum 189