hampionships aren’t won in a single
race; they’re earned by being competitive
over a long, hard season. In the 2015
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series that
meant bringing it to every single race, all
16 of them, to have any hopes of a title.
“That’s what we were shooting for, hitting
the podium all year,” says Rob MacCachren,
the 2015 and now triple LOORRS Pro 2
champ. “We missed it three times.” Which is
equal to the number of wins that he scored.
Contrast that with Pro 4 champion Kyle
LeDuc, who had 13 wins, but only one
more podium than MacCachren. With
50 points for a win, and just four less for
third, a podium is almost as good as a win
where championships are concerned.
Yet while strings of podiums are critical,
there are also moments that define a
title-winning season, shape it, give it
momentum. Sometimes they’re obvious as
they happen; other times it’s only hindsight
that imbues them with significance. But
they’re almost always there.
ROB MACCACHREN, Pro 2
Rockstar Energy/Makita Tools Ford
MacCachren says he thought before the
season that it was going to be between
him, usual title rival Brian Deegan and
Bryce Menzies. But with Deegan missing
the first race due to a medical issue and
not coming back as strong as he’d been, it
boiled down to MacCachren and Menzies.
“I really race the whole season to win
It may take the benefit of hindsight to see them, but there
are always often moments that both effect and define a
championship run in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
the championship. With that said, there are
times when you need to settle for where
you’re at and not try forcing something to
happen. I think my whole season was that
way. We only took three wins – I’d have liked
more – but we’ve got the last nine rounds
where we were either second or first.”
It’s that string of races, from round two
at Miller Motorsports Park through the
end of the season, that MacCachren cites
as the key to his title. But there’s one race
that stands out in that streak.
“At Estero Beach, we had a green-white-checkered,” he recalls. “RJ Anderson was
leading, Bryce was second, I was third, and
Deegan was fourth. In Turn 1 after the
green, Deegan got into me, pushed me into
Bryce and spun him out. That gave us a
little bit of a points gap. That was a pivotal
moment. From there, Bryce had to go and
win. He knew he had to go for it all the time.
He ended up stringing some wins together,
but we got a lot of seconds, so we were only
giving up two points a race to him.”
MacCachren notes that a decision made
the previous season, to switch engine
builders to Kroyer Racing Engines, also
played a major part in his 2015 success.
Fewer failures gave him the consistency
that he needed to be on the podium 13
times out of 16 races.
KYLE LEDUC, Pro 4
Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford
For LeDuc, the key moment of 2015, when
(MAIN) Amazing consistency laid the groundwork for Rob MacCachren’s
well-earned 2015 LOORRS Pro 2 title. (BELOW) Kyle LeDuc brought
a brand-new truck to the Pro 4 class and used it to record-breaking
effect on his way to a second consecutive championship.
WORDS & IMAGES Richard S. James