The Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing Series has been very successful with their efforts to unite the burgeoning short course off-road racing series throughout the country under one umbrella. The flagship series in the organization are the Arizona Short Course Championship based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Glen Helen Short Course Off Road Racing Series based in San Bernardino, California, and the traveling General Tire TROPHYLITE Series.
Pro-Buggy Racer John Holmes
Baja 1000 Champion John Holmes
John Holmes, the K&N sponsored Pro-Buggy racer and Baja 1000 champion is a huge fan of the Glen Helen Short Course venue, and with good reason, the Riverside, California racer is the reigning 2010 Glen Helen Pro-Buggy Class Champion.
"The win this season was a hard fight right up to the final race," said Holmes. "We had several great drivers competing this year, some of which came from the pro series, and battling with them was so much fun, not just for me, but for all the fans."
Reigning 2010 Glen Helen Pro-Buggy Class Champion John Holmes
The Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Series is a new and exciting form of off-road racing, designed purposely to be a family-friendly. And, round seven of the Glen Helen Short Course Off-Road Racing Series delivered, with a little something for every off-road racing enthusiast, with classes ranging from UTVs and two-wheel drive trucks to 1600cc and larger Baja Buggies to Trophy Trucks.
The regional contestants competed on the same short course that the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series raced on back in August.
"Yeah, they both run on the same track, and it is a great new track this year," adds Holmes.
Located in the pristine hills of Devore, just north of San Bernardino, California, Glen Helen Raceway Park is located in the Glen Helen Regional Parks and Recreation Area, only minutes from legendary Route 66.
In the Pro Buggy Unlimited Class, driving his number 915 buggy, Holmes faced some strong competition from Phil Bollman and Myan Spaccarelli, as well as the rest of the talented field, but at the checker it was Holmes that took the championship.
"The biggest contributor to our winning has to be these new shocks we put on the car - it just seems to drive like a whole different car," commented Holmes.
After winning round six on the same track Holmes said he was pleasantly surprised that simply bolting on some new front Fox Shocks could make such a significant improvement. "We knocked off almost a full second and a half from my original times," remarked Holmes after that race.
Holmes said that the entire team felt terrific about winning the championship and ending the season on a high note. "I had a terrible flip early in the season that luckily did no damage to the car. I had some healing to do though, but I'm fine now."
Holmes was chasing down first place in an early round event and made a move to pass, his right front wheel caught some soft dirt and it turned his car sideways right before he was about to hit a six-foot jump. The car did two complete flips and landed back on all four wheels, never touching the roll cage. "It knocked the wind out of me and I thought the car was damaged," said Holmes. Remarkably there wasn't a scratch on the car, the only damage was to Holmes.
Next season Holmes plans on running only in the Lucas Oil Off-Road races close to home, which definitely includes Glen Helen, and depending on race finances he may head out to the Las Vegas events as well. "Due to the expense we are unable to run the whole series at this time, but we do want to be set up and ready," said Holmes
"Thanks to everyone involved, we were able to put together a solid season. I especially like to thank my family and friends that came out to support our team. And of course thanks to K&N and all my other sponsors for all their support."
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