“I used to be somebody fast and
important. Now I’m just Kyle’s dad
and Todd’s dad,” jokes Curt LeDuc,
downplaying his contributions to the
sport of off-road racing.
A class of 2015 member of the
Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame,
LeDuc’s accomplishments include
the 1997 SCORE International Trophy
Truck title and numerous short-course
wins, including a couple of Borg-Warner Challenges at Crandon.
“To survive in the sport as long
as I have, for 30 years, and make a
living and raise a family and pay my
bills, is pretty amazing,” he says.
Now the family he raised is winning
in off road – Kyle is poised to be a
four-time champ in short course;
Todd’s won titles in Best in the Desert
and is a winner in Monster Jam, in
addition to racing Pro 2 in LOORRS;
and daughter Valerie has spent some
time in off-road trucks as well – and
they’re raising families of their own.
“I was able to pass my passion
on to my kids, and hopefully they’ll
pass it on to their kids,” says Curt.
“I was anxious for them to jump in
at a young age. It took them a little
while, but they all got there.
“I always said you should find
something you love and do it for
20 years. At the end of 20 years,
you’re either rich and happy or
you’re poor and happy, but you’re
happy,” he adds. “Right now, I’m
helping the boys at the races and I’m
still happy in a sport that I helped to
grow and reaped the benefits of.”
off-road hall of fame newbie
curt leduc is the proud dad
of two very quick racers.
Unlike some of the
other big names in
Lucas Oil Off Road,
Kyle LeDuc competes
only in the Pro 4
class (ABOVE). His
skill set extends to
building and setting
up his own race
truck, too (LEFT).
the ground up. At the track, he’s hands-on
with his crew to prep, fix and maintain it.
“I don’t think you need to build a
racecar to be good at driving it,” he says.
“But I can get out of it and know there’s
an issue with the transmission, or with
the front diff. Sure, there have been
championship winners who know nothing
about their racecar, but the way I look at
it, I’ve got to know my stuff.”
That’s one thing that LeDuc does
differently. The other path he travels that
Renezeder, MacCachren, Menzies and
Deegan don’t is he only runs one class while
they also race Pro 2. He’s tried others,
driving a Pro 2 in 2013 for another team,
and running his own Pro Lite in ’ 11. He
didn’t have much success in either, nor
did he win the Pro 4 title in those years.
So he’s happy focusing on one class.
An off-road racing dynasty... Father Curt
LeDuc (CEN TER) with his successful
racing sons Todd (LEFT) and Kyle.
“MacCachren always gives me crap,”
LeDuc laughs. “He drives by my pit in the
Pro 2, and he goes, ‘Come on, Kyle! Time
to get back to work!’ and I’m just lounging
there eating my lunch. The overhead and
the chaos that [running another class]
brings – you’ve got to sit back and say, ‘Is it
even worth it?’ To some, it is. It must be.”
To a guy who makes his living driving
off-road trucks, it might seem that the
chance to earn more money would be
attractive. But the reality is that, despite the
number of drivers attempting it, success in
two different classes isn’t easy, and only two
drivers have done a title double in the same
year: Renezeder (Pro 2 and Pro 4) in 2009
and Deegan (Pro 2 and Pro Lite) in ’ 11.
LeDuc is cutting his own path in the
sport, doing things a bit differently. Yet
it’s clearly working for him as he’s on the
cusp of his third championship in four
years and setting records that will unlikely
be broken anytime soon. He’s doing the
seemingly impossible, but making it look
easy. The trick is, every time he’s upped
the ante, he finds a way to push it even
further. It seems more a matter of when,
not if, he conquers the next impossible.
in straightaway speed, even if it’s just one or
two miles per hour. It’s something we put a
lot of effort into and it’s paying off a little bit.”
LeDuc studied aerodynamics, learning
about drag and flow in preparation for
building the new truck. And that speaks
volumes about how he approaches his
craft. He may not use some of the fancy
tools like computer aided design (CAD),
but he can build a solid, fast truck from
“It took me a year, year-
and-a-half to dream of
every part, every nut and
bolt I wanted different”