Corona, CA (February 7, 2018) – If you've been to a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event in the past, be prepared for an all-new look when you make your way through the pit area during your next race outing.
The staff here at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, is always looking at ways to improve all aspects of the series, and that includes the experience in the pits for both fans and teams alike. Towards that end, series officials have taken a hard look at the traditional layout of the pit area, and have moved to make changes that should bring more interaction between fans and the teams they love.
In previous years, the pit layout has been a series of rows, each of which typically had space for 20-22 teams along the most main thoroughfare between the entry gate and the track itself. Each team would be allotted roughly 90 feet of space, which was room enough for teams to park their tractor trailers fully lengthwise along either side of the row. In this configuration, most fans would only walk up and down that main drag, and would likely miss the multitude of other teams found along the adjoining aisles on either side of the main drag. Likewise, those teams not found on that most popular aisle would see less foot traffic, garnering less attention for their respective sponsors and general efforts.
This season, Lucas Oil Off Road looks to improve the pit layout by having the teams park on a diagonal along that main aisle, reducing each individual team's space to approximately 55 feet per team. This will require the teams to re-organize the space they will have that faces out to the main aisle, so as to make the most of their potential interaction with passing fans. The reduction in space allowed to each team will then in turn allow for many more teams to be able to set up camp along the main aisle, with the goal being that there will be space enough for all the teams in each of the Pro classes.
Further expansion of this "greater exposure" concept is entirely possible, including the idea of making a snaking, Z-shaped main aisle that allows for even more teams to be put front and center for the fans to see and interact with. Our first race of the season, at Glen Helen Raceway, will still feature our traditional pit layout, but the next rounds at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will see the first iteration of this new layout concept. Fans: get your favorite autograph t-shirt ready, because you're about to see a lot more of your drivers, who will all be ready to greet you at your next trip to the races.
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a West Coast influence, 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. For more information, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.
Written by Scott Neth for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series