CORONA, Calif. – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO officials have announced an updated racing schedule for the upcoming season as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 virus.
The newly condensed schedule will consist of 10 rounds, running from late July to mid November, while the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup remains the closing event on the calendar.
“So far, we’ve found ourselves with a series of difficult decisions to make throughout the ongoing pandemic, but we’ve remained steadfast in our goal to host a successful 2020 season of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series,” said Ritchie Lewis, Director of Race Operations, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. “With so much uncertainty surrounding the reopening of the various states and municipalities in which our events are held, we’ve decided to move forward with a new plan for the season that will allot us additional time to work alongside local officials, in hopes that we’re able to host a large gathering of competitors and fans, alike, while also observing necessary protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone in attendance.”
Under the new schedule, the opening weekend of the season will take place from Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno-Sparks, Nev., with a high-octane doubleheader under the lights on July 24-25. A few weeks later, the series will make its return to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for a historic weekend that will consist of three days of racing on Aug. 21-23.
As the fall season approaches, the championship will make its first of two visits to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for back-to-back nighttime events on Sept. 18-19. A long overdue return to Southern California follows for the penultimate stop on the schedule, where San Bernardino’s Glen Helen Raceway will host a pair of afternoon showcases on Oct. 10-11. Finally, the season will come to a conclusion with a return to Wild Horse Pass for the 10th and final round on the afternoon of Nov. 14, followed by the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup that same evening.
“No matter how you look at it, the 2020 season is slated to be a historic one, and we’re bringing a renewed sense of hope that this updated schedule will provide us with the best possibility to bring the spectacular sport of short course off road to our fans,” Lewis said. “We know we have an exceptionally hungry collection of drivers that have been patiently waiting for their chance to return to the track, and in providing this new schedule it will allow us all to work towards the common goal of finally getting things underway at Wild West Motorsports Park in July.”