The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ Pro Lite rookie class of 2012 comes
from varied backgrounds, but all have one thing in mind: winning.
or a rookie in a new racing series or
class, everything is new territory. Others
before them may have forged a trail, but
that trail is not always easy to follow, and
most rookies must find their own way.
That’s true of the drivers in this year’s
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite
Unlimited rookie class. The category has
swelled in 2012 thanks to new faces.
There are 10 full-season drivers officially
classified as rookies, with eight of them
having never turned a wheel in Pro Lite
competition before this season.
Most of them come from other classes
within the short course off-road racing
world. Others come from off-road racing’s
alternate universes, such as desert racing
and rock crawling. Whatever their origins,
they have much to learn; but each is
focused and intent on making a mark on
the class and the sport.
Take Bradley Morris. One of a few Pro
Lite racers not old enough to drive on the
street, he already has years of experience
in short course off-road, thanks to the
Trophy Karts. He’s a rookie for the second
year in a row, having moved to Limited
Buggy in 2011. He scored several wins in
that class last year, and seems intent on
doing the same in Pro Lite. He qualified
his Goldstar Asphalt/Lucas Oil/K&N
Filters truck first for both races in the
season opener at Firebird International
Raceway and finished third in Round 4 at
lake Elsinore, even while he continues to
compete in Limited Buggy and Modified