FATHER'S DAY HAS SPECIAL MEANING FOR MORGAN LUCAS ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13) -- On this upcoming Sunday, Morgan Lucas wants to give his father, Forrest, a special Father's Day present a "Wally" trophy, the traditional symbol of victory on the...
FATHER'S DAY HAS SPECIAL MEANING FOR MORGAN LUCAS
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 13) -- On this upcoming Sunday, Morgan Lucas wants to give his father, Forrest, a special Father's Day present a "Wally" trophy, the traditional symbol of victory on the National Hot Rod Association circuit.
As Lucas and his Lucas Oil team head into the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on June 15-18 that singular goal will be paramount on his mind as he hopes to produce a great performance and give his dad, Forrest Lucas his first win as his son's car owner.
"We want to win the race for my dad and we also want to win it for Lucas Oil," said Lucas, the youngest driver on the NHRA's Top Fuel tour at 22. "With this Sunday being Father's Day, it would mean more to me to be able to win it for him. It would be a lifetime memory that would make him proud and that's what really counts."
The motorsports relationship between the young racer and his father goes beyond that of financial support. For the Lucas family, drag racing is a shared passion. When the adolescent Lucas was on the verge of turning 16 years old, his dad set his son's motorsports career in motion by buying him a Super Comp race car. The ironic part was that the young Lucas had never even given a hint to his father about wanting to go racing, but somehow he just knew it.
"I guess I was around 15 years old and preparing to get my driver's license when he came home and told me that he had bought a Super Comp car for me to drive," smiled Lucas, as he thought back to that day. "I didn't ever have to tell him I wanted to go racing. It was just one of those things he knew. The first time I sat in a race car, I remember I just had this smile on my face and he looked at me and grinned."
From that day forward, Morgan's favorite ride has been behind the wheel of an NHRA vehicle.
"Being able to drive a race car was something I had always dreamed of," said Lucas. "The fact that I get to do this for a living is a gift. I wouldn't be able to do without him. My dad is man of few words, but he has been extremely supportive of me throughout my career, providing the funding to get me to the point where I am today."
"I still had to work to get here, but he made it ten times easier. I know I'm an investment, but I'm also his son and he has taken very good care of me. The hard work he has done throughout his life has helped me to advance my racing career."
With competing at Raceway Park on the immediate horizon, Lucas is ready to reward his father's support and take a major step forward in his POWERade Top Fuel season. His plan is to run up front all weekend and play a contending role in the New Jersey Top Fuel fracas, wrapping up that special present with his first NHRA Top Fuel national event win.
"We're going to Englishtown to win, but it all depends on what the weather is like," Lucas said. "Raceway Park can be a record-setting racetrack if you get the set-up right. We'll need to mind our P's and Q's and do what we're capable of, starting with qualifying near the top of the pack and racing smart on Sunday. My dad will be there, so we hope we can give him the results to put a big grin on his face"
The start of the O'Reilly Summer NHRA Nationals begins on Friday, June 16 with qualifying starting at 4:30 p.m. (CDT) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday's time trials start at 1:00 p.m. for the nitro classes followed by a second session at 3:30 p.m. The race starts promptly at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.