This. Is. Short course.

Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series begins 2018 campaign in Phoenix.

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) kicked off its season at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler under a perfect Arizona spring afternoon, with racers battling under the sunset and well into the night. This event was the first organized off-road racing event I’ve attended, let alone photographed, so I had high anticipation for experiencing short course racing in person. I did not expect to have the kind of thrilling and adrenaline pumping time I did while shooting. Having trucks and buggies fly by you (literally) at insane speeds while being peppered with huge chunks of dirt made shooting this event both exciting and a little painful, but so worth it.┬áThere were nine different classes of racers that showed up to the track that evening to battle it out till the finish. From youngsters driving modified karts, the production UTV class, Pro Lite Unlimited trucks, Pro 2 Unlimited (which saw crossover athletes Brian Deegan and Jeremy McGrath), and the crowd favorite Pro 4 Unlimited trucks, which are 4WD monsters pushing between 700-900 horsepower.

The Pro 4 Unlimited class was the main event of the evening, hosting drivers such as Kyle Leduc, Carl Renezeder (who was filling in for an injured Bryce Menzies), Bradley Morris, and RJ Anderson fighting for position for the whole race. Leduc maintained the lead much of the race until making an error with two and a half laps left that would result putting him on two wheels. This gave Renezeder just enough time to speed past and maintain the lead onward to victory. Doug Mittag would come in third, with RJ Anderson behind him in fourth.

After shooting this event, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I am more of an off-road racing fan than I originally thought. This type of racing is full of excitement, speed, and unexpected moments that can change the outcome of a race. With Phoenix being the first (and last) stop on the LOORRS schedule, I definitely plan on heading out to photograph more of this motorsport later in the season. Who knows? I might even decide to make a weekend trip to Nevada or California during their stops there. Be sure to check out the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series website, Instagram, and Facebook page for news updates and event schedules, and follow their hashtag #ThisIsShortCourse for some amazing shots and content that will leave you wanting more.

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