Trucks will fly this weekend when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
The Series, which culminates with a championship final later this year, marks the first off-road truck race at the new facility that opened in December.
To ready for the event, construction has finished on a dirt short course that will put an emphasis on the driver's vehicle control, according to a news release from Lucas Oil.
“With the pace varying from low-speed hairpins to the wide-open run down the back straight at speeds approaching 100 mph, this track has a collection of daring obstacles, including a signature 30-foot high tabletop step-up jump, the corkscrew-style decreasing elevation turn, and the big-air ski jump that launches the top trucks 20 feet up and 120 feet through the air. There is no rest for the drivers on this action-packed course,” the release stated.
"The new Lake Elsinore off-road track was a joint effort on design,” stated Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series director Tony Vanillo. “Special attention was placed on this track in the areas of visibility, speed, action, passing and plenty of big air!”
Vanillo also praised the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park operators.
“The accommodations at this track will be like no other. Working with the Nanci family -- who are the new owners of the new motocross park – (is) a delight …,” he said.
The Nanci’s have been promoting this weekend’s event on their Facebook page, but wanted to let people know their tracks will be open until the end of the day Friday even though Series racers will be competing in qualifying runs that begin at noon. All tracks, however, will be closed Saturday and Sunday during the actual Series.
The Lucas Oil name will return later this year when the after a two-year run in Pala. The Sept. 8 event marks the final-round championship in the internationally acclaimed 12-race series.
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