The Hart Attack Is Back - Team ReadyLIFT® Racing’s Marty Hart Dominates Round 1 With A First Place Finish in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Season Opener
Off road racing veteran Marty Hart and Team ReadyLIFT® Racing rolled into Firebird International Raceway for the season debut of the 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series with one thing in mind – to win! Only champions truly possess a winning attitude. Hart has been a champion in every type of off road racing he has competed in. Whether on three wheels or four, Hart is truly a champion and has the hardware to prove it! His most recent series championship win being in 2010 while piloting the ReadyLIFT-sponsored Pro Lite, his second championship in that highly competitive class.
After a season of getting used to the power and attitude of the formidable Unlimited Pro 2 race trucks in 2011, Hart was gritting his teeth to put the pieces together to make a serious run for another championship in 2012. The Team ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension/ Maxxis Tire/ GearUp2Go.com team was created in just a few months time. This truly is a team of quality relationships built over time. Crew Chief Brad Vitter calls the shots on Marty’s mean Pro 2 machine with veteran off road wrench Curtis Finn bringing a ton of set up experience and long time racing friend Loren Duncan making the calls on the spotter box. Together with Marty’s masterful ability behind the wheel there is no question this will be the team to beat in 2012!
Under the blazing hot Arizona skies the stage was set to achieve the ultimate goal in the first race of the year. A fast qualifying effort put Marty on the outside of the second row to start. Right out of the gate Hart wheeled his #15 ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension machine into what was to become a wild and exciting battle for the lead with Robby Woods. As the rest of the field were banging off one another in the rear view mirror, Hart wanted the lead and Woods wasn’t about to give it up. As the yellow flag was drawn to signal the half way point of the race and the mandatory pit stops, Hart made one last charge coming out of the final corner and blew past Woods to nab the lead at the line.
After the pit stops the field took to the track behind the ReadyLIFT-sponsored Toyota Tundra pace truck. Hart now out front followed by Woods, MacCachren, and Ampudia, each of which had shown to that point they had the muscle to make a run to take away the lead. With the drop of the green flag, a freshly watered track changed the game for many of the drivers with the exception of Hart whose Maxxis tires and perfect suspension set up allowed Marty to pick his lines with ease and pull away from the field. It was obvious that no one was going to catch Hart today. And no one did! Hart put on a clinic of how to race hard and calculate and how to win! The waving checkered flags in front of a sold out crowd was the canvas on which Marty Hart in his ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension/ Maxxis Tire/ GearUp2Go.com Unlimited Pro 2 Ford earned a dominating win in the toughest class in the sport.
Still reeling from the awesome performance on Saturday, Hart qualified his steed on the second row yet again for round 2 on Sunday. Right out of the box it looked like this was easily going to be a repeat of Saturday’s race. Within a lap Marty took the lead and checked out! Hart was driving like a man tactically possessed on domination. At the mid race caution Hart had the field in his rear view mirror and was poised to sweep the weekend with authority. Two laps into the restart as Hart had made a big gap on the field, the rear sway bar broke which drastically took the handling out of the truck. This unfortunate mechanical problem took away Marty’s chance to double up on the weekend wins. But a digging effort to keep pace earned Hart a 5th place finish which translates to Hart retaining the overall points lead leaving Firebird.
Your new points leader Marty Hart wasn’t the only one in the family to have a great weekend. Son Kyle Hart piloting his #523 ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension/ Duncan Racing/ Maxxis Tire Modified Kart put on a clinic that even the elder statesman of the sport were impressed by. Kyle battled with Mile Cheek from the get go with Kyle taking the lead and holding on until the final laps. Side by side racing door to door and throttles on the floor, Cheek squeaked by Kyle as the race wound to a close. While not the win the young Hart wanted, his 2nd place podium finish was well earned. We guarantee you that you will see Kyle on the podium throughout the season, just like his father!
No one could have written a script with an epic outcome that would turn out like what our team experienced. There is no question Marty Hart is one of the best and fastest drivers in this sport. He has proven it by winning championships in every class he has driven. The buzz around the pits was that Hart and his ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension/ Maxxis Tire/ GearUp2Go.com Pro 2 will be the team that everyone will have to beat this season.
The next Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series rounds will be at the brand new Lake Elsinore facility on April 21-22. Races will be broadcast on SPEED Channel, NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports and MavTV. For more information about the 2012 LOORRS season check out www.lucasoiloffroad.com.
Upcoming 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Schedule
Round Date Venue
3 April 21 Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA
4 April 22 Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA
5 May 19 Speedworld Off Road Park, Surprise, AZ
6 May 20 Speedworld Off Road Park, Surprise, AZ
7 June 23 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
8 June 24 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
9 August 4 Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, CA
10 August 5 Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, CA
11 September 1 Reno, NV
12 September 2 Reno, NV
13 September 22 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
14 September 23 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
15 October 27 Firebird Raceway, Chandler, AZ
THE 2012 LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD CHALLENGE CUP
October 28 Firebird Raceway, Chandler, AZ