90 FALL 2016
ob MacCachren says it’s easy to win
championships. To which many of his
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series rivals
might respond, “Yeah, right!” But once he
explains it, it begins to make sense.
“What I’ve learned over the years is that
winning races is the difficult bit,” says the
2015 and ’ 16 Pro 2 champ. “I tell my
guys, ‘It’s easy to win championships: We
need to be reliable and consistent.’ I need
them to give me a vehicle that doesn’t fail.
That’s my plea to them, to make sure they
do their best job, so we don’t have
something that fails mechanically. There’s
always going to be something out on the
track that we can’t do anything about –
Some years, winning a championship is a battle between being consistently toward
the front and winning races; this year, Rob MacCachren had no trouble doing both.
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somebody running into me, or whatever.
We just have to weather everything else
to win the championship.
“Winning races gets jeopardized. From
Round 1, Race 1, I’m making choices in
that race, those moments, those split
seconds, so that I don’t do something
that jeopardizes the championship,” he
adds. “Going for a championship takes
away probably some chances at winning
races, because I don’t want to make a bad
decision, or an aggressive decision that
can go bad. That being said, it makes me
Not that the approach doesn’t come
with its downside, concedes MacCachren,
who also races in Pro 4.
“In 2015, there were a lot of second-place finishes, and I think that’s because I’m
eyeing the championship all year long. Still,
you sure like winning races, because it feels
good. And, yes, I struggle with that...”
However, his Pro 2 hit rate this season
– and in 2010, when he won the first of his
now four LOORRS Pro 2 titles – seems to
prove that focusing on a title and winning
“I’m eyeing the
championship all year long.
Still, you sure like winning
races, because it feels good”