88 MAY 2016
Pro 2 and Pro 4 racer Bryce Menzies is gunning for a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series title in 2016.
ryce Menzies is a force in off-road racing. The
driver of the No. 7 Pro 2 and Pro 4 truck in the
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has won just
about everything in the sport, including a SCORE
Baja 500 and the 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck title.
His short-course career started with winning
the CORR single buggy championship, and he’s
gone on to win some more short-course
championships, plus the Red Bull Frozen Rush title
twice. With the exception of 2010, he’s won a
Pro 2 race every year he’s run even a partial
season in LOORRS. Yet, despite scoring more
Pro 2 victories last year than any other driver, a
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series title eludes him.
He’s on a mission to change that in 2016...
“Our goal is to go out and win championships,”
says the 28-year-old from Las Vegas. “When we
came back to Lucas, we started building new trucks
and developing new parts and that’s a major
factor in the championship. One small mistake and
you lose a lot of points. When you have drivers like
Rob MacCachren, Carl Renezeder, Brian Deegan…
they’re on point just as much as us, so it takes
everything that you have. You’ve got to be on the
podium every single time, and if you have those
new truck blues, you’re going to have problems.
“So we came back with the same Pro 2 that we
ran last year. We won eight out of 16 last year, so
we feel confident with the truck and the team we’ve
built around it. Then we had the Huseman brothers
build a new Pro 4. Sure, we’re going to have
those little gremlins come up, but the truck’s fast.
It’s capable of fighting with Kyle LeDuc, who’s so
dominant in Pro 4. Our goal is to win championships
in both trucks, but we’ve got to figure out how the
Pro 4 is going to perform throughout the year.”
Menzies starts the season in a bit of a hole. In
Round 1 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park,
Ariz., he had some of those new-truck blues in
the Pro 4 and retired – but he won the Pro 2
race later in the day. The following day, Round 2,
he broke his suspension twice. In Pro 4, he spun
WORDS & IMAGES Richard S. James