Ever Wonder What a Ride in a 500hp Pro Lite Truck Might Be Like?
I’ve been wondering myself, and I actually got the chance to find out during my recent visit to Salt Lake City, Utah! I was outside the city, checking out the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series “General Tire Utah Off-Road Nationals” was going down.
First off, these types of racing events are crazy fun and definitely worth a night out if you see one in your area! They’re family-friendly with plenty of stuff to keep everyone intrigued. With that said, keep in mind that there are quite a few different types, some more conducive to spectators than others.
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Trophy Trucks, Trick Trucks, Lite Trucks, Oh My!
So understanding the difference between different racing series specifics, it turns out, can be kind of tricky! I was at the Lucas Off-Road Series, where races are actually on a closed, “short course” that you can see from the grandstands. There are also desert races in the US and other countries that are similar animals, but respectively different.
Here’s the quick of it, so you can do more digging if you want to understand more about each type of off-road racing. Keep in mind that many drivers might drive some or all of these!
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Different Off-Road Racing Series Presenters
The “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.” (That’s from their website.) I rode in Christopher Polvoorde’s Pro Lite Truck in the video! Watching the races was a blast; crazy fast, noisy, lots of airtime, etc. And I saw multiple vehicle crashes and flips over the course of the weekend, and many of those vehicles flipped back over and finished the races!
I mentioned in the video that I also got to see the start/finish of the “Vegas to Reno 550” which is considered a “desert race.” The vehicles are similar but respectively different, and the course is literally through the desert and all of the peril it can bring. Think broken transmissions, axles, multiple blown tires, 10+pit stops, day and night driving, and up to 24-hour races! The BITD races are primarily in the western US.
Another desert race organizer, SCORE runs races primarily in Mexico. Regardless of whether you’re in the know on desert racing, you’ve probably heard of the Big Boy, the Baja 1000. The Baja 1000 is the iconic race through the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, over 24 hours. If you ever get a chance to catch some on TV in mid-November, DO IT! If not, “Dust to Glory” is well worth the watch.
Hope this way too short intro to off-road racing gives you something to check out in the future! I know there are many more dirt tracks out there and many more organized races and types, so check them out! These athletes and their hard-working teams would love you to check them out even more. Here’s Christopher Polvoorde’s site if you want to start there! Again, he is a really good dude, and killing it at as a pro driver at only 18 years old at the time of this writing!
While I was Visiting Utah and Salt Lake City…
My visit to Salt Lake City, Utah totally caught me off guard, so I had to go back and shoot some video of the Temple Square and surrounding downtown areas at dusk! Here’s the link to that video!
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