The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil. 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. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course.
There were two large sanctioning bodies in short course off-road racing for 2008: Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) and World Series of Off Road Racing (WSORR). CORR had been sanctioning events on the West Coast and WSORR had sanctioned Midwestern events. CORR closed before the end of the 2008 season and canceled its final two racing weekends. LOORRS took over the sanctioning of most of the West Coast events; and TORC, The Off Road Championship, took over most of the Midwestern events.
The LOORRS series was founded for the 2009 season by Forrest Lucas. Carl Renezeder made short course off-road racing history in 2009 when he won the Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 class to become the first driver to win seven national championships.
"Rome wasn't built in a day," the saying goes. So it goes also for a LOORRS race weekend. Dozens of staff members come together to make the race happen without a hitch, and that starts with the planning phase of the races.
"We plan ahead from the time we put the schedule together," said Series Director Ritchie Lewis. "There are many team meetings, both pre- and post-event. The first step is to pull all of the track's prior city and county permits."
After reviewing that everything is in order, the real work begins on the Monday leading up to the weekend. "The tasks take time to do and will take us all the way until just prior to the scheduled race event," Lewis said. "All of the rental items and equipment begin coming in over the prior weekend and on into the prior Monday of the event."
Event Management and Logistics Coordinator Tim Jones was able to elaborate on Lewis' answer. "When Monday rolls around, we're on site and having our equipment show up. The portable toilets are prepared by Wednesday, as are the pit sections. I usually have all of the extra fencing show up that day as well. That way, we can get our registration and ticket trailer placed and closed off. We get some of the traffic barriers placed, too."
"All of the tents for the VIPs start on Monday," continued Jones. "That's about a three-day job. The same goes for the Tech Inspection tent. Any old banners from a previous event, Lucas Oil or otherwise, are torn down, and new ones are shot into the concrete barriers with nails. That takes up the entire five days until race day. The arch for the start-finish gets put in on Monday."
Race day at a LOORRS event has a lot going on that few of the spectators take notice of. Not to mention, the recurring theme of night races can add more stress, since things are easier to miss. During Round 13 and 14 of the 2016 LOORRS event at Lake Elsinore, one could only imagine the kind of stress incurred by the night racing. As Lewis stated, "The night races have the tendency of being longer work days unless we strongly discipline our teams, our staff, and our work loads to reflect the same hours of administration as day races."
It's no wonder that the excitement felt at a LOORRS race is one that stays with people like spectators and racers, and keeps them coming back. For the staff, that same excitement is felt as well, along with a sense of duty and responsibility added to it.
"It is a big honor to be working in the sport that I've always wanted to be a part of," said Lewis. "I didn't really think I was going to be putting on the races, but the behind-the-scenes is something I've excelled at. It has been great to give the spectators and racers something to enjoy every year."