Team ICON takes home THREE 2nd place finishes and FOUR Fast Lap awards in Sparks, NV!
August 13th-14th, 2016
ICON Vehicle Dynamics and Team ICON athletes had a wild weekend of action packed racing in Sparks, NV for Round 11 and Round 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Team ICON racers walked away with three 2nd place finishes and four Fast Lap awards after some intense battles on the racetrack. Jeremy McGrath, Brock Heger, and Eric Barron all managed to overcome adversity throughout the weekend to provide some very solid results.
The JM2 crew proved to have the spirit and “never give up” attitude all weekend long. The team had to change Jeremy McGrath’s Pro 2 motor on Friday, and then rebuild the entire front right side of the #2 after a massive qualifying crash on Saturday morning. Luckily Jeremy was unharmed and the JM2 crew (with some help from Team ICON Ultra4 racer Tom Wayes) was able to get the Maxxis, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON Alloys Pro 2 ready for the race with only minutes to spare. Jeremy had this to say, “I was really surprised to even make the feature event today after that crash. I lost steering and jumped right over the K-rail rolling the truck on its side. The truck was struggling with a few issues in the race, but overall I’m happy with a 5th place finish today. I have got to give it up for my crew and the ICON Vehicle Dynamics guys, they worked really hard and were very efficient to get me back on the track today.” On Sunday, Jeremy drove the #2 truck hard to take home a 2nd place finish along with the Fast Lap award.
ICON Vehicle Dynamics Pro Lite driver Brock Heger drove amazing over the course of the weekend! Brock drove his blue #12 truck to the front of the class Saturday only to suffer a front left flat tire while making a pass for the lead. Brock managed to stay on the lead lap after changing the tire under a caution, however he was in 16th position with three laps to go. Brock surprised everyone by passing 15 of those trucks and taking home a 2nd place trophy and the Fast Lap award! On the podium Brock was asked how he pulled off the impossible to get past all of those trucks? Brock answered, “That was so much fun! I was laughing and smiling all the way around the track. I was really comfortable in my truck and Jeremy was on the radio giving me great advice where to go. There is no better feeling then passing the competition, I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
On Sunday, Brock started the Pro Lite race in the pole position and quickly pulled away from the competition, it was easy to see that he had the fastest truck on the track. Brock looked very comfortable starting and leading the field even with several red flags, cautions, and restarts. After one of the restarts Brock made a slight mistake, clipping the inside K-rail in turn 2 which caused a front flat tire. The Hot Pit crew was on it once again and got the #12 back on the track on the lead lap with only two laps left. Brock drove the wheels off the truck to work his way towards the front of the pack, but hooked a rut in turn one on the final lap which sent him for a two-wheeled ride spanning at least 40 feet before touching back down. Luckily Brock managed to save the truck, but ended up losing several positions and crossed the line for a hard fought 7th place finish and another Fast Lap award.
Team ICON’s Eric Barron put on a very solid performance throughout the weekend in his Toyota, ICON Vehicle Dynamics backed Pro 4. Eric started the weekend by laying down a 1st place qualifying run on Saturday morning which would put him in a great position for the main event. Eric was throwing down some fast laps and battling at the front of the pack until a flat tire forced him to pull into the Hot Pit. His crew quickly changed the tire which allowed the #32 truck to stay on the lead lap and gave him the chance to work his way back towards the front of the pack again. Unfortunately more tire issues plagued his #32 Pro 4 but he was still able to salvage a 5th place finish. On Sunday, Eric started the race in 6th position but fought his way up to 2nd behind the #17 of Carl Renezeder. As Eric was trailing behind the #17, Carl had a massive roll which sent him flying into the final turn causing a several lap full-course caution. After the track was clear and the green flag flew Eric got into a top three battle with only a few laps left in the race, after nearly driving the wheels off of his #32 Pro 4 he took home a 2nd place finish and the Fast Lap award.
After Rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, both Team ICON/JM2 drivers Jeremy McGrath and Brock Heger are ranked in 3rd in the Pro 2 and Pro Lite classes. Be sure to look for Team ICON at the next LOORRS event September 23rd-24th in Lake Elsinore, CA!
Jeremy McGrath does it again with a BIG WIN in Mexico!
June 18th-19th, 2016
ICON Vehicle Dynamics and Team ICON racers had some great moments at last weekend’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Round 7 and Round 8 in Estero Beach, Mexico. Jeremy McGrath brought home another win on ICON shocks and ICON Alloys race wheels, putting him in a great position for the Pro 2 season’s point race. Brock Heger pulled off solid finishes for both rounds in the ICON-equipped #12 Pro Lite, also helping to place him in a favorable points situation.
2 Wins in a row for the # 2 Maxxis Tires, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Carlyle Tools Jeremy McGrath Pro 2 so far in 2016! The JM2 team celebrated Saturday afternoon with a BIG Win at Estero Beach Mexico. Jeremy had this to say on the Podium to a very enthusiastic crowd after the race: “What an amazing day and race here on the beach! The fans in Mexico are awesome. My guys from Maxxis hooked me up with a great tire package and my ICON Suspension worked perfect on this very difficult and rough track. I want to also congratulate Rob Mac and Rodrigo Ampudia for getting 2nd and 3rd. I could not do this or be up here without all the support from my family, friends and sponsors. Thank you very much!”
JM2 Team member Brock Heger had a very good weekend in Mexico too. The #12 ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Maxxis Tires Pro Lite had top 5 finishes both days. Brock Qualified 3rd and 4th Saturday and Sunday and ended up in the 4th place position both days. With such a stacked field consistent finishes are hard to maintain. Brock Heger had this to say after the race Sunday: “I am happy to be in the points race sitting in third right now. I know we can and should be on the podium more but I feel confident with my team. ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Maxxis tires and Ultra Wheels have been supporting me each and every race and I can’t thank them enough!”
Jeremy McGrath Motorsports team drivers are sitting 2nd in the Pro 2 class and 3rd in the Pro Lite class at the half way mark of the series. Follow @jeremymcgrath2 and @brock_heger for the most current images and news!
ICON Vehicle Dynamics had a great weekend at Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Starting off cold and gloomy, strong winds and rain looking like they would make for miserable racing conditions for the foreseeable future. However as the action heated up and racing got underway the weather cleared and the stage was set for the exciting door-to-door action that LOORRS is known for. Team ICON had an excellent showing during both rounds of competition, while also securing our first short course win and another solid podium finish.
Jeremy McGrath Motorsports had a very successful weekend at the Utah Motorsports Campus. Jeremy and his team walked away with a dramatic 2nd place finish on Saturday and a wire to wire victory on Sunday. “What a great weekend for this hard working team! We had a challenging race on Saturday getting into heated battles with Renezeder and Mittag. It felt great to get back on the Podium. Sunday I knew my truck was fast and I really like the track in Utah. It’s not very fast but has a lot of jumps and is very technical like a Supercross track. I qualified first, got the pole position and led every lap. Everything is clicking with the team and I feel very confident going into Estero Beach now sitting 2nd place in the overall points standings.” Said Jeremy in a post-race interview.
JM2 team member Brock Heger also had a very solid performance in Utah. Brock put his ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Maxxis Tires Pro Lite in the # 4 position on Saturday. He had and epic battle with Brad Deberti that will surely be a highlight moment of the year. Sunday Brock drove another very fast consistent race and finished 4th. A technical inspection following the race Sunday disqualified the second place driver and moved Brock to 3rd for the day and 3rd overall in the points standings. “My truck is getting better each time we race and I plan to be on the podium more often. 4th place is pretty good, but I want to stand on the box every time I race. My crew has worked super hard and I still can’t believe I’m on this team with Jeremy. I really want to thank my parents and the McGrath family for the opportunity. I am looking forward to Mexico and can’t wait to get back in the driver seat!” Heger explained to the local media.
Eric Barron and the #32 Pro4 looked great in the first few laps of competition on Saturday, but mechanical gremlins took their toll on the team, leading to a DNF result for the day. After a quick engine swap and some additional replace/repair work, Barron’s crew had the truck running strong again but with some issues that would leave the team limping around the track Sunday in an effort to put points on the board. The battle may have been lost in Utah, but Barron and the #32 crew have their eyes set on winning the war that is the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
While walking the SEMA floor, we came across a fellow Southern California based company, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, that has been providing the off road market with high quality shocks and suspension systems for nearly a decade. Upon entering the ICON booth, we caught up with their Sales and Marketing Manager Brad Myers to get the scoop on what’s new in their world.
New for SEMA was a brand new setup for the 2008+ Toyota Land Cruiser that continues to be a strong market for ICON. Myers explained by saying, “We brought the 2013 200-series Land Cruiser kit because it is so popular on the international platform as they get older and people start to customize them. Brand new for ICON is a new coil over with compression adjustment, a new billet upper arm available in January, an Omega 2.5-inch bypass shock in the rear, and new billet trailing arms.” With new rear springs currently in development, this system will be the perfect addition to anyone looking to increase the capabilities of their Land Cruiser.
ICON did not forget about the Jeep market either and as Myers alluded to, the Jeep market continues to be a strong segment for ICON. Myers explained, “The Jeep JK coilover conversion continues to be our top seller in the Jeep lineup because of its versatility. You have the adjustability to set the ride height using our system from 1.75-inches to four-inches while still having a good amount of articulation, droop, and bump for great ride quality.”
Finally, for those diehard Raptor owners out there, ICON brought with them their new rear suspension setup that they say will greatly increase the off road handling of the Raptor by reducing the tendency for the rear end to “buck” in harsh off road conditions by adding more up-travel. Myers addressed their new products by saying, “Our new Raptor RXT rear suspension system uses a mount that comes off the side of the shock allowing us to use a longer shock to gain 20-percent more up-travel than stock when used with an aftermarket set of springs and our bump stop system. This will allow the rear to keep up with the front end and have a really balanced truck. It releases next week.”
With so many great things coming from ICON, take a visit to their homepage and stay locked onto Offroad Xtreme for future releases!