SoCal SuperTrucks’ Ricky James Captures Another Victory in AZ!
San Bernardino, CA (October 21, 2009) – Following his domination this past July where rookie driver, Ricky James, stunned the competition by winning rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series in Lake Elsinore, CA., he did it again by taking the victory in Round 9 and a 2nd in Round 10 this past weekend in Surprise, AZ.
James, the 21 year-old paraplegic race car driver from Murrieta, CA had somewhat of a roller-coaster weekend but once-again displayed his natural driving ability by placing his SoCal SuperTrucks Super Lite on the podium.
After a mishap saw Ricky roll his vehicle during Friday’s qualifying, he still managed to pull through with the 2nd fastest time, meaning he would start in 7th position due to an inverted start. While the SoCal SuperTrucks crew was preparing the truck Friday night for Saturday’s race, they noticed some major engine issues, meaning Saturday’s race was doubtful for the team. Some quick work Saturday morning, and an engine loaned by fellow competitors Speed Technologies, got the truck race-ready just before the Super Lite start and James picked his way through the field, eventually taking the victory by a 25 truck-length margin.
Sunday’s race looked to be a repeat of Saturday for Ricky, but a blown engine with 3 lap’s to-go and the fact he ran out of tear-off’s during the mandatory caution made things interesting. James led the race but, with two lap’s to-go, was passed by Chad Leising. He was able to hold on to the 2nd place position.
“I’m so proud of my crew this weekend”, said Ricky James. “ These guys worked so hard to get my SoCal SuperTrucks Super Lite ready for Saturday’s race and I’m happy to reward them with a victory. I want to thank Ryan and Bryan for wrenching tirelessly on the truck, Tom Morris from Wide Open Baja for setting the thing up amazing and, of course, Casey and Bill at SoCal SuperTrucks for having trust in me and giving me the opportunity. Also, my parents for making me a racer and continuing to support me.
Casey Coughlin, co-owner of SoCal SuperTrucks added, I think Ricky’s motto, “Perseverance”, rang true for all of us this weekend. We were pretty sure we weren’t going to be racing Saturday morning and to end up with a victory is nothing short of amazing. We couldn’t of done it without the support and help of John Harrah and the crew at Speed Technologies. We had a tough weekend mechanically, but that’s racing and we are happy to walk away with a victory and 2nd place finish.”
Ricky’s other accomplishments include, 2008 West Coast Pro Truck Champion, 2008 West Coast Pro Truck Rookie of the year, 2008 70.3 Ironman World Champion, 2008 X Games Adaptive Motocross Silver medalist, 2008 Challenge Athlete of the year, 2007 Baja 500 finisher.
Ricky James is sponsored by SoCal SuperTrucks, K&N Filters, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Racing Plus, Alpinestars, MasterShift, Oakley, and Total Power batteries.
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