Competing in multiple classes in the
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is
nothing new, but usually it’s Pro Lite
and Pro 2, or Pro 2 and Pro 4. Rarely
does a racer tackle both Pro Buggy
and Pro Lite – Bradley Morris was
doing both before he was injured in a
mountain biking accident last year –
and it’s a tough row to hoe.
With the two classes next to each
other on the schedule, Taylor Atchison,
the lone driver running both in 2015,
has to make a quick switch from truck
to buggy, and it’s not a simple one.
“I’m still sweating and out of
breath after the Pro Lite race and I
have to hop in the Pro Buggy,”
Atchison explains. “You can’t really
train for that. It’s an automatic with
three gears in the Pro Lite, and then
a 5-speed manual in the Buggy. I
really have to think about what I’m
doing. The buggy, you try to drive
it through the corners, and the Pro
Lite you throw it into the corners. I’m
With less power, but lighter weight,
the buggies tend to have shorter
and lower flights than the trucks,
and have a softer landing with more
suspension travel. The buggy has
a turning brake, and the truck is
steered more with the throttle.
“The truck’s a little more violent
than a buggy – I found that out real
quick. We’re figuring it out as we go.”
And if he proves as fast a learner
in his rookie year of Pro Lite as
he did in his inaugural year of Pro
Buggy, he’ll get it soon enough.
ADDING PRO LITE TO PRO BUGGY
CALLS FOR QUICK TURNAROUNDS
BY THE GUY AT THE WHEEL.
Lite truck is a new
addition for 2015.
DeBerti’s move to
the national Pro Lite
ranks has resulted in
they’re doing, even when they don’t win.
Atchison appears to be having fun as
well. He also kind of fell into Pro Lite after
running Pro Buggy in his first season of
racing in 2014. He’d been knocking
around the idea of Pro Lite when friend
Casey Currie called with the news that
Midwest short course racer Keegan
Kincaid had a truck for sale, and Kincaid
and Atchison are of similar height – as in,
tall. So Atchison doubled his workload.
But it also made an appealing
proposition to Tonka. The manufacturer
of built-tough toy trucks was coming into
Pro 4 with Eric Barron after a couple of
years of sponsoring Myan Spacarelli in
Pro 2. Atchison’s double program offered
Tonka a chance to be in every class, and it
was an offer it couldn’t refuse. So, only a
Pro Buggy (aBoVE) comes immediately
after Pro lite on the loorrs timetable,
meaning a quick recalibrate for atchison.