CORONA, Calif. – The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will not feature Pro 4 trucks this year after lower than anticipated entry numbers.
The announcement was made Friday in a statement posted to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series website.
“Although the excitement of starting the race season is building, and things are starting to get back to some normalcy, we have been faced with an extremely difficult decision that we want to make everyone aware of,” said Ritchie Lewis, Director of Race Operations Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. “Due to lower than anticipated entry numbers, sadly, we have had to make the heart-wrenching decision not to run the Pro 4 class at the National Series in 2020. We will truly miss our Pro 4 teams this year and wish them all the best at the Lucas Oil Regionals, or wherever their journeys may take them.”
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is scheduled to begin July 24-25 with a doubleheader at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno-Sparks, Nev.
Headlining the action at Wild West Motorsports Park, and all rounds of the season, are eight classes of competition, anchored by a trio of youth divisions in RZR 170, JR2 Kart, and Mod Kart as well as a trio of open wheel classes in Production 1000 UTV, Turbo UTV, and Pro Buggy. At the top of the heap are the showcase truck classes, where the up-and-comers of the sport in Pro Lite and the series’ biggest names in Pro 2.
“Given the extended layoff from the coronavirus pandemic, every single driver in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is chomping at the bit, waiting for their chance to once again zip up a fire suit, pull on a helmet, and buckle up behind the wheel. The amount of anticipation surrounding the start of the 2020 season is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before,” said Lewis. “That kind of excitement from our competitors means we are in store for a truly memorable season. Everyone is going to come into Wild West Motorsports Park knowing that they have an opportunity to win. It’s as clean a slate as we’ve ever seen since virtually everyone has been forced to sit idle for the past few months.
“While it has certainly been challenging for all of us to be away from the track, it’s going to ultimately work towards the benefit of the competition this season, as everyone is just grateful that racing is back.”