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!
ICON Vehicle Dynamics Kicks off Spring 2014 With Two Big Events
The arrival of Spring usually means chirping birds, blooming flowers, and more of that mushy stuff we all know so well. For the ICON Vehicle Dynamics team, Spring brings us two large events which we support – the 2014 Texas Raptor Run in Blackwell, TX and Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT. Rather than birds, flowers, and such, this means hours of driving cross-country, lots of junk food, and some good ol’ road trip karaoke. Don’t let the description fool you – this is the stuff we love! If it weren’t for opportunities to hit the road and get out in the dirt with the rest of the off-road nation then we would have some serious problems being a credible manufacturer of performance suspension systems. It is a combination of real-world testing and enthusiast feedback at these types of events that allows us to continue to design and develop top of the line suspension components. After arriving back at our Riverside, CA headquarters and reviewing everything we learned in Texas and Utah, it’s clear that ICON is making an undeniable presence in the off-road community.
Texas Raptor Run – Blackwell, TX
The first stop on ICON’s 2700 mile Spring road trip was the Texas Raptor Runs TRR 2014 event. TRR is a huge gathering of Ford Raptor enthusiast and vendors in one location to enjoy 44 miles of off-road terrain on the beautiful Texana Ranch in Blackwell, TX. Leaving Tuesday morning we hammered down and headed East in the ICON Raptor towing our ’26 enclosed. We pulled into the Ranch Wednesday night for set up and took the opportunity to catch up with event organizer Trey and some of the TRR staff. Thursday morning the gates were opened up and trucks began rolling in to camp. With an event start time of 3:00PM, a drivers meeting took place and it was on to the 10 mile parade lap where new and experienced drivers could get acquainted with the terrain before they were let loose.
Thursday and Friday consisted of open driving on the 44 mile course, and the good times were definitely rolling. During this time we were able to further test our ICON Raptor products while offering rides in the truck to help educate fellow Raptor owners why ICON suspension systems are a must-have to improve your on and off-road experience. Saturday was the group dinner and raffle where ICON donated a complete 3.0 Raptor shock system with proceeds being donated to charity. Following the raffle 150+ Ford Raptors were led on the ICON Exotics tour to see animals like long horn & buffalo to name a few. The Rogue Motorsports crew put on a show by airing out the Robby Woods Pro 2 for some event-closing entertainment.
Ford was out to support the event, and we want to thank them and their amazing support this year. As we look forward to the future of the Ford Raptor , we can’t wait to see what they will offer with the next-gen release around 2016. All-in-all Texas Raptor Run 2014 was a great event, allowing ICON to hang out with true enthusiasts, educate people about our Ford Raptor products, and support a community that looks to run strong for many years to come.
Easter Jeep Safari – Moab, UT
The 2014 Easter Jeep Safari was a great time, as always. It’s amazing to watch Moab, UT go from a relatively quiet town to a Jeeper’s paradise overnight thanks to the organization and planning of the Red Rock 4-Wheelers club. If you are into Jeeps and have not been to this event, you should definitely make plans to attend as soon as possible.
In 2013 we debuted our 1.75 – 4” Coilover Conversion System on our JK, thinking it’d be enough to draw some attention on its own – wrong! During this week-long event all “norms” are out the window, as 37-40” tires, 50” light bars, and $100K Jeep builds seem to dominate the landscape. With the notes we took from last year, we had to be sure to update the look of the ICON JK in time for EJS 2014. As a manufacturer of performance suspension systems, form always follows function – but this year we wanted to make sure our Jeep would turn heads based on both its ability AND its looks. To accomplish this task ICON hooked up with Riverside-based Monster Media to have an awesome new wrap installed on the ICON JK. KC HiLites helped to take our build to the next level with a ton of quality lighting components including LED Cyclone rock lights and a 50” C-Series light bar. We wrapped our custom powdercoated 17” ProAm Racing beadlock wheels in 40” Nitto Trail Grappler tires that could get our rig just about anywhere. After some other minor additions and a thorough detail job we loaded up and hit the road.
After a 17 hour drive ICON rolled into town under cover of the night. The following morning we were eager to grab a bite and hit the trail with our “new” Jeep. A quick morning stretch on Steel Benders trail took place, and we were happy to be back in Moab to say the least. The ICON JK was performing flawlessly and stood out like a sore thumb (in a good way). As the week progressed we continued to run the trails and cruise the town, catching up with any activities we could. One of these was an awesome night run hosted by the Axial Racing crew. The only catch – we were wheeling with vehicles 1/10th the size of your average Jeep. If you have yet to check out Axial’s SCX10 Jeep JK do yourself a solid and look into it (just try not to get hooked!). Other notable events included a Nitto-sponsored meet / BBQ at the Blu Pig and a trip up Potato Salad Hill for the ICON Raptor.
As Thursday rolled around it brought with it the Easter Jeep Safari vendor show, where the biggest companies in the industry gather to display their products and interact with enthusiasts. As always, the ICON booth was on point with product on display, information to be had, and the ICON JK twisted up on our wheel stand serving as a real-life display of our Coilover Conversion System. We were extremely pleased with the amount of Jeepers that stopped by our booth showing interest in our suspension systems and our company as a whole. Following some of the conversations we had with show attendees, we are looking forward to making some JK owners very happy in the near future.
When our week in Moab came to a close, we felt very good about ICON’s future with the Jeep crowd. With a 3”, 4.5” and 1.75 – 4” Coilover Conversion Suspension System ICON offers something for everyone looking to drastically increase the capabilities of their JKs. We are already looking forward to Easter Jeep Safari 2015, and hope to see you there!
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