From: ReadyLift® Suspension Inc., Costa Mesa, CA
Re: TEAM READYLIFT RACES TO THE FRONT IN POMONA
For Immediate Release:
It’s an exciting new year for ReadyLift Suspension Inc. and Rob Naughton Racing. The culmination of four months of preparation led Team ReadyLift® to the CORR Opener on April 26-27 held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California where 2007 CORR Pro Lite Champion Rob “Fig” Naughton would attempt to begin pursuit of yet another Championship Title. In Rob’s own words, “We came here ready to win!”.
Rob and his ReadyLift® Ford Pro Lite are always a threat to win, and that is exactly what Team ReadyLift® was prepared to deliver to the fans. A fresh motor, suspension, body and of course, a whole new look built around the ReadyLift Suspension red and black corporate colors were some of the components that make up the Team ReadyLift® attitude to bring the best game to the track and dominate.
Day one of CORR racing at the freshly built Pomona Fairplex race track was particularly exciting for a variety of reasons. The first race of the season always gets the adrenaline flowing, but knowing that the races will featured live on TV makes any racer bring his double-A game to the bull ring. Right off the truck Rob piloted his ReadyLift/Maxxis Tire Ford to the pole position by pacing a blistering lap time that would have easily qualified him and his Pro Lite pickup to the 3rd row of the Pro 2 line up! Who needs eight cylinders when you can go just as fast with four?
When the green flag dropped for race one on Saturday Naughton showed why he is the reigning Pro Lite Champion by obliterating most of the field for nearly the entire race. SPEED TV’s cameras were panned tightly on the ReadyLift Suspension Ford as series rival Rodrigo Ampudia tried every move he could think of to wrestle the lead from Naughton. Having led every lap it seemed like there was no way anyone was going to get a fender in front of Naughton’s Ford. Then destiny intervened and the display of dominance came to a shattering halt with only two laps to go. That shattering sound was the noise of Rob’s clutch coming apart, resulting in a frustrating 17th place finish.
“We rolled off the truck and set fast time, then led every lap until the clutch failure. I’m upset that we didn’t put the ReadyLift/Maxxis Tire Ford in Victory Lane, but we showed the fans and everyone watching on TV that the ReadyLift® #54 truck was the fastest truck out there”, says Naughton.
Naughton’s ReadyLift® Racing crew wasted no time getting the truck back into ready-to-race form for Sunday’s round two event. Rob’s morning qualifying effort put the black and red #54 Ford on the front row once again with a solid 2nd place qualifying position and set the stage for what was the best race of the weekend.
Polesitter Marty Hart and Rob Naughton duked it out on the opening lap with Marty taking the lead followed soon after by Chad Hord. This set up an exciting three truck battle that is still being talked about. Lap after lap, positions were swapped until Rob and the #54 ReadyLift® Ford had regained the lead. But his racing adversaries wouldn’t make keeping the lead easy. As the laps winded down and lap traffic came into play, fenders would buckle and racing lines muscled away. On the final lap fellow Pro Lite Champion Chad Hord got a fender on Rob to the checkered flag, winning by inches!
“The margin of victory was determined by a loose plug wire” says Naughton.
In the three-wide scuffle in the final laps between Marty Hart and a lapper, an impact to the right front in turn five knocked a plug wire off Naughton’s engine and killed any chance of overpowering Hord. But being a Champion means getting the most out of your equipment. Rob continued to pressure for the lead back, but running three cylinders against four just wasn’t enough muscle for the final wall-slapping drag race down the stretch with Hord towards the waving checkered flags. The result was a second place finish by inches and a return to the podium that Rob is so familiar with.
“Although a 17th(dnf) and a 2nd do not reflect what we are capable of, Team ReadyLift Racing showed up at Pomona ready to win. I am super pumped with our new team look, colors, truck graphics, and the professional attitude brought to the team this season from everyone at ReadyLift. The team worked incredibly hard preparing the #54 Pro Lite for the opening round of Championship Off Road Racing. We were the fastest truck all weekend and gave up two wins due to mechanical failure. Disappointed yes, discouraged no way. The team will be 100% ready for Round 3 & 4 in Primm, NV and as always we expect to win,” said Naughton.
Rob adds, “I could not ask for a better situation than to be partnered with ReadyLift suspension as we defend our 2007 Prolite Championship. I firmly believe that if you surround yourself with good people, good things happen. ReadyLift Racing and Rob Naughton are definitely the Team to beat in 2008.”
2008 CORR Schedule
April 26-27, Fairplex in Pomona May 17-18, Las Vegas Int’l Raceway
June 7-8, Fairplex in Pomona July 26-27, Chula Vista Int’l Raceway
August 16-17, Fairplex in Pomona Sept. 13-14, Chula Vista Int’l Raceway
October 25-26, Las Vegas Int’l Raceway Dec. 6-7, Chula Vista Int’l Raceway
For more information or photographs contact:
Media & Marketing Manager
ReadyLift Suspension Inc.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627