Curt LeDuc took advantage of a pole position and raced his No. 43 Rockstar Makita Unlimited 4 Ford to a second place finish in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series (LOORS) Challenge Cup over the weekend at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California.
Curt’s second place finish netted a $15,000 prize purse, and was yet another podium for Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc Racing.
The Challenge Cup was one of the most highly anticipated competitions of the short course race season. A blended field of 26 Unlimited 2s and Unlimited 4s (U2 and U4) advanced from qualifying to battle it out for the chance to win one of the largest prize purses in off-road racing and claim the victory in the inaugural Challenge Cup.
Curt LeDuc\'s sons and teammates, Kyle and Todd, also competed. Kyle, the 2009 BorgWarner Cup Champion, had his sights set on taking home yet another Cup title this season. However, transmission issues caused the No. 99 to pull off the track for a disappointing DNF with just five laps remaining.
Todd LeDuc started in the third position in his No. 8 Unlimited 2 Rockstar Makita Ford, but after leading most of the race fell victim to the infamous Turn One that plagued Greg Adler, Rodrigo Ampudia, and Jerry Whelchel in previous competitions at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. Heading into the final lap, a little fender bumping with Rob MacCachren, combined with the infamy of Turn One wrecked havoc on Todd\'s lead and caused him to DNF when his truck rolled and caught fire.
Rockstar Makita\'s Team LeDuc Racing will return to the short course track in 2010 for a full season of The Off-Road Championship Series and select Lucas Oil Off Road Series competitions.
Coverage of Lucas Oil’s Off Road Series Challenge Cup race will be broadcast in high definition on the NBC Network on January 2nd, 2010 at 2:30pm Eastern Standard Time. For more on Rockstar Makita LeDuc Racing, go to makitatools.com/action