Double the Fun, triple the Work
Running two classes in Lucas Oil Off
Road Racing is not unusual. Brian
Deegan doubles up in Pro Lite and
Pro 2, and Carl Renezeder and Greg
Adler have been running big trucks
in both Pro 4 and Pro 2 – Renezeder
managed to win both titles in 2009.
Now they’re joined by two more –
’ 12 Pro 4 champ Kyle LeDuc added
a Pro 2 this year, and ’ 10 Pro 2 titlist
Rob MacCachren took on a Pro 4.
While LeDuc partnered with Jeff
Carpenter Racing to run the Pro 2,
MacCachren has both his trucks
under one awning in the paddock.
He’s discovered it’s a lot more work
than you might think, and economies
of scale don’t seem to apply.
“When you add another truck,
you don’t double the work; it’s
more like triple,” MacCachren says.
“We were so used to having ‘x’
minutes between practice sessions,
or whatever, but when we added
the Pro 4, that time seemed to be
cut to less than half. You think it’s
double the work, but it’s way more.
It’s more than double the people,
The times-two equation might
apply if MacCachren was adding
another Pro 2 for a second driver.
But the Pro 4 is a different beast
and brings its own set of problems.
“Running the Pro 2, we’ve got
it down to…I won’t call it a science,
but we’ve got it down,” MacCachren
explains. “Because the Pro 4 is four-
wheel drive, it has a transfer case,
axle CVs, more driveshafts, hubs
in the front, and there have been
a lot of struggles. We’ve had some
failures, mostly front drivetrain.
“The Pro 2 is pretty simple.
The Pro 4, it’s kind of got us
scratching our heads, trying to
figure out how to go faster.”
ADDING A SECOND CLASS TO THE SHORT COURSE PROGRAM ISN’T JUST A MATTER OF BUILDING ANOTHER TRUCK
lot of lessons the hard way. Without that,
though, he may not have become the
champion and successful businessman he
is now. The road to professional off-road
racer is one few have successfully
navigated. But starting humbly was
probably the best route for MacCachren.
“From the beginning there was never a
ton of money behind it. I was always
working on a tight budget, and I figured
out how to live and work within that
budget,” explains MacCachren. “Luckily
I’ve been somewhat successful over the
years. I’ve also always tried to put myself
in a vehicle or class that was capable of
earning me money. Whether it was
winnings or sponsorship dollars, I always
made sure I was in an area of off-road
racing where I was guaranteed to get at
(LEFT) Taking on a
Pro 4 truck for 2013,
alongside his Pro 2
program, has provided
challenges for Rob
LEF T) – not least the
extra time and effort
required at the track to
setup and maintain the
But second in Pro 4
points for MacCachren,
behind Carl Renezeder,
shows how things are
beginning to click.
least some return for the race. One
recurring theme about my whole career
is, when there was a lot of money to win a
race, I seemed to win quite a few of those.”
He recounts that with so little attitude
that you’d think he almost attributes it to
luck. While he may have had some help
from Lady Luck along the way – being born
in Las Vegas into an off-roading family, and
with more than a modicum of the skillset
required to be successful didn’t do any
harm – it’s not luck to which he attributes
his rise in the sport and the business.
“There are a lot of people who have
natural talent and are unbelievable drivers.
I don’t believe I have 100 percent natural
talent. I got lucky and have a fair amount
of it. But a lot of it is, I work pretty hard at
it. I know what I need, but it took me a
(ABOVE) MacCachren’s new-for-2013
Pro 4 truck is taking a little figuring out.
while. When I was young, I crashed a lot; I
didn’t know what it took to win. I watched,
asked a lot of questions and learned to
align myself with the right people to get
where I needed to be. For the most part,
I’ve done that fairly well,” he says.
The results seem tribute to that
statement. Still, those accomplishments
are the past, and while they certainly
have flowed into the knowledge pool that
allows for MacCachren’s continued
success, they’re not enough to rest on.
“I’d like to dominate, to be honest. I’d like
to win every race out there. I always believe
there’s room for improvement, so I guess
that’s why I strive and drive to continually
do better. I want to keep winning and
I want to win more championships.”
Not good news for the competition...