Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc hopes familiarity will lead to further success this weekend in CORR's third visit to Pomona
POMONA, Calif. -- This weekend, Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc will visit the Los Angeles County Fairplex for the third time in four months, and with a history of success to build on the team shouldn't have any trouble preparing for the event that begins the second half of the Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) season.
Todd LeDuc hinted that one thing may be different this time, however. In addition to fine-tuning the setup on his Toyo-shod Ford truck, the 29-year-old Pro 2 class driver will be saying a little prayer that "the inversion gods look down on us again."
Two months ago, when rounds 5 and 6 of the series were run on the man-made course adjacent to the NHRA drag strip, the mandatory inversion of the top qualifiers played a significant role in LeDuc's sweep of the Pro 2 races.
The former mountain bike champion qualified fifth but started on the outside of the front row on Saturday and qualified eighth but sat on the pole on Sunday. And to underscore the importance of such good fortune, LeDuc had his Rockstar Makita Ford in the lead from start to finish both days.
Those wins followed a pair of fourth-place finishes in the season-opening rounds at Pomona in April and have helped put LeDuc third in the Pro 2 point standings. So it's easy to understand why the Cherry Valley (Calif.) resident said he plans to "use basically the same setup" and "run basically the way we did before," even though some minor course changes are expected.
Father Curt LeDuc and younger brother Kyle indicate that they, too, will start the weekend with the same chassis setups on their Pro 4 entries and Brian Deegan's Pro Lite Ford. But there will be some changes in other areas.
Curt said he is "going to change the gearing" in his truck and Kyle said he will have a new Pro Power motor package "with a little different power curve" to replace the motor that expired during round 8 of the series at Chula Vista three weeks ago. Kyle also is making some changes to the sway bar setup and in the transfer case, but said "we should be good; we should be on the pace."
Kyle LeDuc, 27, a former Pro Lite champion in his rookie season in the Pro 4 class, has put himself fifth in the standings by finishing in the top 5 four times and the top 10 in all but one round.
"It's going really good, actually," he said of his transition to the bigger, faster truck. "We're kind of new at this, but we're catching up fast. It's really good and really exciting."
It's also really busy.
Curt and Kyle spent last weekend driving the Rockstar Makita Ford desert truck to a Class 8 win in the SNORE KC Hilites Midnight Special in Southern Nevada, an all-night race that allowed them to testing new KC Hilites' pod lights that Curt said are so "unbelievably bright we didn't even have to turn all of them on."
They will follow this weekend's Pomona appearance by racing in the Best in the Desert's Las Vegas (Pahrump) to Reno event Aug. 21-24 and the annual Labor Day weekend short course extravaganza at Crandon, Wis., Aug. 29-31, before rejoining the CORR series Sept. 13-14 at Chula Vista.
Then there will be a little time to rest.