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TEAM ICON | LOORRS RD.5, RD.6 RECAP

DATE: 8.2.2017

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June 24th-25th, 2017

The Utah Motorsports Campus was the site for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series Rd 5 and 6. The weekend qualifying went smooth for McGrath’s Maxxis Tires, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Safecraft safety equipment #2, taking the top spot both days and earning 2 valuable points. With a very disappointing inversion of 6 (both days), Jeremy would start on the outside of row 3. “Saturday’s race was exciting and I felt like we could take the win from row 3. I got up to third place then had contact with the # 36. We both spun in the rhythm section and I ended up 4th. Sunday was the same starting position in sixth. My Maxxis tires were hooking up and I was pushing to the front of the pack, but only managed to finished in the 4th spot today. It was not our best weekend of racing considering we qualified 1st both days. Those inversions of 6 are killing us! Track position is everything in short course racing. We will keep working hard for this Championship, I know we have what it takes and my team is dedicated to win.” Jeremy said after he got out of his truck on Sunday. The fans in Utah were great and stayed late into the afternoon to get autographs and take selfies with Brock and Jeremy!

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Yamaha Blu Cru, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, AIRAID, Maxxis Tires backed #921 was on rails all weekend in Utah! Brock Heger had an amazing weekend, leading every lap of competition in a stacked field of drivers. “I love racing this Yamaha! It’s such a fun class because the UTV’s are all so close. You can pretty much guarantee close racing and battles every lap. I was happy to get out front and not make any mistakes this weekend. Jason Weller was on my bumper all weekend, it was good to see him grab a second place finish. Big thanks to my Dad and Brian, the Weller team, ICON guys, Yamaha Cru and the JM2 team for all the support this weekend. We had a lot of work and late nights to keep the cars on the track.” Heger said after Sunday’s race. With back to back wins this weekend Brock has extended his points lead in the class.

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Pro Lite racing proved to be more challenging for Heger this weekend. The #12 truck ran strong, but some early contact and bad luck kept Brock from finishing during Saturday’s main event. On Sunday, Brock managed to rebound and work his way up to the third place position. Heger now stands 13 points behind Jarret Brooks, putting him in second place for the championship. With his competitive nature and thirst for another win, you can count on Heger gunning for the top step of the podium at the next event in Wheatland, MO, that’s a fact.

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Team ICON’s Eric Barron rolled into Utah for Rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series with the goal to have the fastest truck of the weekend. During the first three practice sessions on Friday, Eric proved to be quick and consistent landing inside the top three during each session. During Saturday’s qualifying session the #32 truck landed in the third position. As he started the race everything was looking good, the track was very chunky and dry, although the truck was not set up for those conditions he still brought home a solid 4th place finish.

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On Sunday morning Eric qualified in the number one position, a full half second faster than the rest of the field. He pulled a number 6 on the inversion, which is the least desirable starting position. After some pre-race setup changes, the #32 was performing awesome during Sunday’s main event. Eric worked hard to advance his way towards the front of the pack until an incident had him tangled up with the #17, here’s a rundown of what happened in his words: “On lap 10 I went underneath the #99 and he had to check up because the #21 checked up. I was already committed on my turn and bumped the rear of the #99 which made the truck over rotate. The #17 was behind me and had no place to go (I believe he did have a choice to lift off the throttle) but he proceeded to drive over me like a monster truck which ended both of our days. You win some and you lose some.” Although he was unable to finish the race, the #32 set the fastest lap of the entire weekend and was awarded the Optima Fast Lap Trophy.

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Team ICON 2017 | LOORRS Rd.3, Rd.4 Recap

DATE: 5.25.2017

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May 20th-21st, 2017

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series headed over the border for Round 3 and 4 of the 2017 season, and Team ICON racers Eric Barron (Pro 4), Jeremy McGrath (Pro 2), and Brock Heger (Pro Lite) showed up to Estero Beach, MX ready to race. With all Team ICON racers on the podium on Saturday, the weekend was a solid showing for ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON Alloys, and the talented gentlemen behind the wheel.

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The JM2 team took things to another level on Saturday at Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Series. Both Jeremy McGrath and Brock Heger started on the pole and took the WIN in dramatic fashion. The Maxxis tires, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Safecraft, Airaid trucks were working perfect all weekend in Estero Beach on a very technical, rough and unpredictable track. “My Pro Lite was working amazing all weekend. This track is unlike any other race during the year. Set up is everything! I think Jeremy and I have an advantage with awesome support from Maxxis Tires and ICON Suspension guys here at the race making sure we have what we need.” Heger said after his race on Sunday. Brock Heger had a 1st and a 3rd on the weekend and remains the series points leader.

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Jeremy McGrath had a stellar weekend in Mexico getting the WIN on Saturday and posting the fastest qualifying lap on Sunday. The Inversion was 6 so Jeremy would be pushed back to the outside of row 3 on the start, bummer!!! “Starting from the 6th position is hard to come back from at any race, but Mexico is the hardest. The roost was insane and I did my best to charge to the front. I had some heavy contact in turn three that left me with a bent tie rod. The truck was difficult to keep straight and a 5th was the best we could do today. My team did an amazing job, it was great to have my family here and the people in Baja are so welcoming! We sure do love Mexico and the WIN on Saturday felt great! Big Thank You to Maxxis tires, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Safecraft, Airair, Bluemedia, Traxxas, Rigid, Gibson Exhaust, MPI, Rugged Radio, 3M wraps and the Lucas Oil off road racing crew for putting on a great race!” Jeremy said in a post-race interview on Sunday.

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Eric Barron also had a solid weekend in the #32 Toyota Racing, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, ICON Alloys Pro 4. Saturday’s race saw Barron take the checkers in 3rd place, meaning that Team ICON drivers were on the podium in Pro 4, Pro 2, and the Pro Lite classes! Sunday’s race resulted in a 5th place finish for Barron and the Toyota Tundra. With a few new changes to his 2017 race program, Barron and his team will continue to make big improvements with every lap they put down. Setting their sights on the next round, we look forward to great things to come from the #32 crew!

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Team ICON and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series heads to Salt Lake City for rounds 5 and 6 on June 24th and 25th. You can watch the team race live at www.lucasoilracing.tv

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Team ICON | LOORRS Rd.1, Rd.2 Recap

DATE: 4.27.2017

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Team ICON grabs back to back wins at Rounds 1 & 2 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series!

April 22nd-23rd, 2017

If short course racing had an award for MVP, Brock Heger would have taken it home in Arizona. Brock drove his #12 ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Maxxis Tires, Airaid, Pro Lite to the top step of the podium both days. The weekend didn’t start off that way for Heger. The # 12 took a huge hit from a rookie driver in practice causing the truck to roll over and need significant repairs. Brock regrouped Saturday morning, qualified first and led the race wire to wire taking his first Pro Lite victory. Sunday was a little more eventful starting in row 2, then getting a flat tire. Heger rejoined the race in last place with 6 laps to go. With the heart of a lion Brock pushed his way to the front and made the winning pass on Hallie Deegan and Jerrett Brooks in turn 3 on the last lap. “I can’t believe I am standing here again on the top step of the Podium. The JM2 team worked so hard on this truck, ICON Vehicle Dynamics gave me the suspension I needed, my Maxxis tires hooked up all weekend and my Vic Hill engine was strong out of every corner. What a great weekend. Thanks for all the support Mom and Dad! This one is for you!” Said an excited Brock Heger on the podium Sunday.

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Jeremy McGrath had a solid performance in the opening weekend of the Lucas Oil Series as well. The Maxxis tires, ICON Vehicle Dynamics Pro 2 finished 3rd on Saturday and 4th on Sunday. McGrath was at the front of the pack all weekend battling for wins. McGrath had this to say, “I feel great about the JM2 program right now. My truck was solid and I feel fast. I had  battles with Bryce Menzie, Rob Mac, and RJ Anderson. I am confident we will be winning races soon. I am really proud of Brock Heger and all the guys on this team, we are having a lot of fun racing. I want to thank Maxxis tires, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Safecraft, Airaid, Traxxas, Gibson Exhaust, Rigid Industries, Rugged Radio, and the entire Bluemedia staff for the support this weekend.”

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Team ICON’s Eric Barron put in a solid effort in his #32 Pro 4 during the weekend’s opening races. After qualifying in 6th place on Saturday, the #32 truck lined up for the first race of the year. On the very first lap Eric got caught in a pileup crash resulting in terminal, race ending damage. After dealing with his bad luck on Saturday, Eric and his team managed to repair the truck in time for qualifying on Sunday, where he scored the #4 position. Eric looked smooth and fast during the race and was laying down some very quick lap times, but issues with the truck plagued the #32 yet again, causing his pace to decline as he brought it home for a 5th place finish. We look forward to seeing Eric battle for the top spot on the podium at rounds 3 & 4 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series!

Check out this recap video of the JM2 team in action during the weekend’s season opener!

 

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Team ICON | LOORRS Rd.11, Rd.12 Recap

DATE: 8.22.2016

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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!

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