$621,000 handed out to CORR Lucas Oil Series drivers at the 2004 Champions Banquet
Green Bay, WI (November 11, 2004)-The culmination of the 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Series took place last weekend as 77 of 80 drivers collected cash and prizes totaling over $621,000. Following a rugged 2004 campaign, 450 people attended the season ending banquet.
All eight division champions, Jason Baldwin (Pro-4), Scott Taylor (Pro-2), Kyle LeDuc (Pro-Lite), Dan Baudoux (Sportsman 2), Keith Steele (Stock), Steve Krieman (Super Buggy), Mark Steinhardt (Single Buggy), and Ben O'Connell (Light Buggy) were in attendance to collect their final payout, trophies, champion jackets, photos and commemorative ink pens.
With checks, trophies, and other prizes in hand, it was the future of Championship Off Road Racing and the CORR Lucas Oil Series that took center stage. Tom Fredrickson, Director of Motorsports with Lucas Oil, announced that Lucas Oil will continue as the Series Title Sponsor through 2007. Since getting involved with CORR, Lucas Oil's unyielding support included added contingency programs for both the Pro and Sportsman Series.
It was also announced that Championship Off Road Racing signed a new two year contract extension with Speed Channel, the television home of the CORR Lucas Oil Series. As it has been this year, each Pro and Sportsman Round will air three times, totaling 84 hours of coverage in 2005 and 2006.
Kumho Tire, which joined CORR in 2001 as an Associate Sponsor and Rookie of the Year sponsor, will become the Official Tire of the Series in 2005. In three years, Kumho now sponsors more than 15 teams in all eight CORR Lucas Oil Series divisions.
In the 2004 Manufacturer's Championship, it was Ford Trucks who took top honors in the Pro-4 and Pro-Lite divisions. For the fifth season in a row, Ford Trucks successfully defended the Pro-4 manufactures trophy, compiling 6 wins and 238 points, 23 points in front of Chevrolet. For the first time since 1998, Ford won the Pro-Lite Manufacturer's Championship, ending Toyota's reign over the last five seasons.
For the fourth year, Kumho Tires honored the Rookie of the Year in the Pro and Sportsman divisions. Kumho presented a $2,500 check to Brian Hinman (Pro-2). Hinman finished 8th in the 2004 Pro-2 standings with seven top- five finishes in 12 starts. His best finish of the season was 3rd place in Round 12 (Crandon).
Scott Beauchamp finished 5th in the Stock division during his first season with the CORR Lucas Oil Series. In 12 starts, Beauchamp had five top-four finishes, including a best of second-place in Round 2 (Antigo). Beauchamp collected a check for $500 from Kumho.
Guiding him to his first CORR Lucas Oil Series division title, Pro-4 champion Jason Baldwin's Crew Chief, Kevin Pence, won the 2004 Mechanic of the Year Award. Edging out his brother-in-law and defending Pro-4 champion Carl Renezeder, Baldwin had 4 wins and 13 top-four finishes in 14 starts. Pence received a check for $500.
Six time defending Pro-2 champion Scott Taylor won the Pro Precision Gear Driver of the Year Award for the fourth straight season. In 2004, Taylor had 4 wins and 12 top-five finishes in 14 starts. Taylor was awarded $7,500 along with a plaque honoring his historical season.
Dan Baudoux collected several additional year-end awards other than his Sportsman 2 championship trophy. Baudoux won $1,000 and a plaque from Precision Gear as the 2004 Sportsman Precision Gear Driver of the Year. Mastercraft Seats awarded Baudoux $500 as the Mastercraft Year-end Championship winner.
KC Hilites awarded $3,000 in checks to the top-three drivers in the 2004 KC Hilites Year-end Championship. Stock champion Keith Steele beat out Mark Steinhardt (Single Buggy) and Michael Seefeldt (Single Buggy). KC Hilites presented a $1,500 check to Steele. Steinhardt (2nd place) won $1,000, and Seefeldt (3rd) won $500.
With thoughts quickly shifting to the 2005 CORR Lucas Oil Series Season, Antigo (June 11-12), Crandon (June 25-26 & Sept. 3-4), and Bark River (August 13-14) will continue their tradition of hosting the CORR Lucas Oil Series. Championship Off Road Racing will return to Heartland Park Topeka for two night races Friday and Saturday, July 8-9. The Pro Series will return to the Unadilla Valley Sports Center for the fourth year September 17-18. CORR also announced that discussions are in place for a new event in 2005 to be announced at a later date.
For more information on Championship Off Road Racing and the CORR Lucas Oil Series, visit www.corracing.com.