Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc ready to bid for three CORR series titles CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. -- A father-son battle between a veteran contender and the youngest driver to compete in the Pro 4 class, a proven title hopeful in Pro 2...
Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc ready to bid for three CORR series titles
CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. -- A father-son battle between a veteran contender and the youngest driver to compete in the Pro 4 class, a proven title hopeful in Pro 2 and the debut of a crossover star in Pro Lite have Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc excitedly anticipating the Championship Off Road Racing season.
"It would be dang near impossible to win all three championships, but you never know," team leader Curt LeDuc said. "You just put your head down and do the work and see what shakes out at the end."
The season starts this weekend (April 25-27) at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., with the first two of a total of 16 races, and when the final checkered flag waves on Dec. 7 at Chula Vista, Calif., Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc hopes to be celebrating the best closed-course season in its history.
Kyle LeDuc, 26, is making the transition from Pro Lite to Pro 4 to race against his father, Curt, 53, who has finished fifth or better in the standings in nine of his 10 years in the series. Todd LeDuc, 29, who'll be in his fourth season in Pro 2, has four wins and a pair of top five finishes. And Brian Deegan, 32, the legendary free-style motocross pioneer and founder of the famed Metal Mulisha, will be joining the series at the wheel of the Pro Lite entry Kyle LeDuc drove to 16 race wins and a championship.
"I think the whole father-son thing, racing against each other, draws in not just race fans but families," Curt LeDuc said. "I think it's good for our sport and really good for our team. But it may not be really good for my blood pressure.
"Somebody asked me what happens the first time Kyle slams into me and takes me out of a race. I said, 'that's real simple; I'm just going to change the locks on the shop.'"
Kyle laughed and said he thinks their rivalry will "be exciting. We've been on the track together before for exhibitions and it was cool, it was fun. Now we're racing for money and points and that takes it to another level."
Kyle admits, however, that he may be at a disadvantage early while adapting to the bigger, faster vehicles.
"It'll be a huge step," he said. "Not as hard as it was to begin racing, I don't think, but the competition, the cars, everything is just completely different. It's twice the size, twice the power, and everything happens faster.
"I think I might be a little disappointed if I don't at least podium (finish in the top 3 in a race) the first year. Coming from Pro Lite and being an ultra-strong competitor, I feel like I have to perform at that level. I think the biggest thing I have to do right now is learn."
Todd, meanwhile, expects another pitched battle for the Pro 2 title.
"I like Pro 2," he said. "It's just really hard to drive and there's a lot of good guys.
"It's going to be the same competitiveness. It's still going to be the same eight guys that are fast and the rest is going to be a lot of people trying to work their way through. There's going to be a lot of rookies. It's (the class) just growing. A lot of people want to try it now."
Both Kyle and Todd LeDuc will be in new Toyo-shod Ford trucks and Curt LeDuc's proven Ford has been given a major overhaul. That's made it a busy off-season, but the team expects the hard work to pay dividends.
"It's unprecedented in our shop to be building two brand-new cars at the same time as well as giving mine a major tuneup," Curt LeDuc said.
"We're not standing still. We're coming out with something new that we think is a lot better."