Team ICON LOORRS Rd.1, Rd.2 Recap
March 18th-20th, 2016
ICON Vehicle Dynamics rolled into Chander, Arizona’s Wild Horse Motorsports Park excited for the opening rounds of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series competition. The latest athletes to join Team ICON, JM2’s Jeremy McGrath and Brock Heger, were focused on the job at hand and ready to get to racing. Eric Barron and his #32 Toyota Racing Pro 4 were dialed in and track-ready with an ICON shock package that had been well tested and tuned throughout 2015. As driving got underway, it was clear that the JM2 (Jeremy McGrath Motorsports) drivers were coming out swinging, with both McGrath and Heger setting the fastest lap times in the first session of Pro 2 and Pro Lite practice. Needless to say, we were excited for what the weekend would hold!
Round 1 (Saturday)
After Team ICON drivers showed promise during Friday’s practice it was time to put it all on the line for the real thing Saturday at Round 1. First race up after a great rendition of the National Anthem was the Pro 4 class. Barron’s #32 truck had been well-prepped and Eric was ready for the green flag to drop. In what became a race of attrition, Barron picked all the right lines and managed to stay out of the carnage that saw over half of the field DNF. Staying cool, calm, and collected, Team ICON’s Eric Barron took the checkers in third place. This was ICON Vehicle Dynamics’ first time on the podium in LOORRS, and will not be our last!
Next up was the exciting Pro Lite class, in which Brock Heger was set to compete in in the ICON-backed #12 truck. With a full field of competitors, the racing was exciting from start to finish. Heger drove a great race, kept his composure, and finished a very respectable 6th place. Upon pulling into the pits, Heger’s crew found that their motor had been compromised and in need of replacement. The #12 team jumped on the task and went to work getting the truck ready to race Sunday.
The final race of the day was the Pro 2 class. This would be the first time Jeremy McGrath would see competition on his new ICON Vehicle Dynamics shock and ICON Alloys race wheel setup. The entire JM2 crew waited impatiently for the green flag to drop, hoping for a clean rush to the first couple turns. Once it did all eyes were stuck on McGrath as he managed to get around the track and stay near the front of the pack. As the laps began to stack up, Jeremy remained consistent and focused on finishing without incident. When the checkers waved, “MC” came across the line in 5th place – a solid finish for the first race of the season.
LOORRS 2016 Round 1 Results
Eric Barron | Pro 4 | 3rd Place
Brock Heger | Pro Lite | 6th Place
Jeremy McGrath | Pro 2 | 5th Place
Round 2 (Sunday)
With the first race behind them, Team ICON’s LOORRS drivers were ready to hit the track again Sunday to do battle in Round 2. Qualifying went well for all ICON drivers, although Brock Heger’s ProLite suffered yet another mechanical malfunction, which would seemingly put him out of contention for Round 2. Not one to give up, Heger and his team went to the pits to work on the issue.
Pro 4 racing began with Eric Barron and the #32 starting in the 6th place position. As the trucks made it around the track time and time again, Barron remained focused on running a clean race and putting points on the board. When the checkers waved on his weekend, Barron managed a solid 4th place finish and is in a great position to start the 2016 LOORRS season.
As the Pro Lite race came to call, Heger’s and crew had made a last minute decision to rent a truck from another Pro Lite team and start the race to secure some points for the season. The truck wasn’t setup very similarly to Brock’s own ride, so the crew made some quick alterations to get him as comfortable as possible. With a stacked field of competitors, and stacked seat padding to secure Brock in his seat, the green flag dropped on what was supposed to be a mellow ride for Heger. After taking it easy for a couple laps something clicked with Brock and this unfamiliar truck, and he started moving through the field. Definitely not equipped with an ideal setup, Heger put his driving skills on display and piloted the Pro Lite to a well-fought 8th place finish.
The Pro 2 class was the race that would close out the weekend at Wild Horse Motorsports Park. McGrath and his team were looking for a podium finish after making some slight adjustments to the #2 truck after Saturday’s race and the early morning practice. Once the race was underway, something on the truck just didnt seem right. The #2 slipped back in the field, and it was clear Jeremy wasn’t able to drive the truck competetively. Doing his best to nurse the truck around the track as fast as possible, McGrath managed to finish the race on the lead lap, in 9th place. After his crew was able to assess what went wrong, it was determined that damage to the sway bar was preventing the truck from handling as usual. A tough break for the JM2 crew, but points were still accrued and the focus is on the next round of LOORRS competition.
LOORRS 2016 Round 2 Results
Eric Barron | Pro 4 | 4th Place
Brock Heger | Pro Lite | 8th Place
Jeremy McGrath | Pro 2 | 9th Place