BITD: Lucas Baja Racing Parker 425 summary

First Trophy Truck Race in the Books The participation in the Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker "425" in Parker, Arizona on February 3, marked the first ever Trophy Truck race for Lucas Baja Racing. Despite not finishing the race, the team ...

First Trophy Truck Race in the Books

The participation in the Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker "425" in Parker, Arizona on February 3, marked the first ever Trophy Truck race for Lucas Baja Racing. Despite not finishing the race, the team stayed in the top five for much of the event. The first test in their new Trophy Truck showed that Lucas Baja Racing can compete with the best in Off-Road Racing.

"We proved to ourselves that we can run out there," said driver Chris Lucas. "We learned a lot about how this truck is going to respond during race conditions. It was a real good learning experience."

Rick Johnson began with the driving responsibility, turned it over to Lucas, and Johnson took over again to finish the day. The truck itself had problems, but as a whole it was considered an impressive first appearance. Front end problems persisted after the truck rolled over mid-way through the race and forced the end of the day for the Castrol team.

Lucas said, "It was an easy roll over. We only went over once. Fortunately, our teammate's truck was coming by a few minutes after we went over. He pulled us back over on our wheels and we were back on our way soon thereafter."

There was an understanding going into the first race that this was going to be a learning experience.

"We knew the truck wasn't quite at its full potential yet," driver Johnson pointed out. "We saw in this race that it is going to be phenomenal with more test time."

The damage to the truck should not be a problem to fix.

"Purely cosmetic damage," said Johnson. "Nothing we cannot handle."

The race was the first Trophy Truck experience for the entire team The after a year of Pro Truck racing learning curve is steep, but The everyone seems confident that success is soon to come.

"This is going to be fun (racing Trophy Trucks)," said Johnson. "We have to figure out the difficult corners and all. It is going to be a true contender once we get it dialed in."

The Castrol team has a good deal of time for testing before their next race, the Terrible's Town "250" April 27-29, in Pahrump, Nevada. This race, along with the Parker "425," are two of the seven races the team will race in this year that are part of the "Best in the Desert" racing association.

-credit: lbr

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