Compton, California (May 25, 2018) - Greg Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts made a splash at Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing's annual South of the Border visit to beautiful Estero Beach this past weekend for Rds.3&4 of series competition. Although he didn't come away with a trophy, Adler once again demonstrated why he is a force to contend with in 2018. The coastal confines of the Estero Beach International Off-Road Race Course drew a packed house comprised of both local fans and off-road racing enthusiasts who crossed the border to take in the rough-and-tumble slugfest on the high-speed purpose-built course on the edge of the Ensenada Bay. While they were treated to unusually cool sea breezes throughout the May 19-20 weekend, the temperatures on the track rose above boiling as Adler, along with the elite drivers in the Pro4 class burned up the course looking to make their mark on the season standings.
Benefitting from both a strong qualifying effort and a favorable draw, Adler found himself in pole position as the doubleheader weekend kicked off with Saturday's main event. Holding onto the lead through the first five laps, Adler paced the field while the freight train of angry competitors exchanged blows behind him. An on-track incident brought out a caution flag and with the restart allowing the field to regroup, Adler relinquished the lead. Now battling to maintain second position and holding off a charging challenger, he slipped to third and was racing towards the podium. Then in the final lap, with just three corners left in the race, the two leaders came together in an incident causing a pileup on the turn. Doing everything he could to avoid the melee, Adler came to a complete stop, stalling his 900HP machine.
After being passed in the chaos, he refired the motor and raced to the finish line to take the checkered flag and a fourth place result.
"It's tough when we put together a race like this and then you're a part of an incident that's completely beyond your control," said a disappointed Adler. "We were fast from the start and were fighting our way to the podium. After leading most of the race, the #99 and #37 got by, but we were reeling them back in. When they got together in front of us, we had nowhere to go and the engine shut off and in just that moment, we went from potentially winning to finishing just off the podium. You can say 'that's racing' and we had a great day going for us until that last lap. It's a lot more fun when you can celebrate your efforts when it's all over."
Sunday afternoon's finale saw Adler starting on the fourth row and in short order he worked his way into second position and he found himself dicing once again with the #37 for track position. Today though, as he dove into a corner, to secure position, he caught a course barrier and lost his steering along with the opportunity to continue the race. Sidelined, Adler was left to reflect on the weekend and look to the future.
"Even though the results don't show it, we really had everything going in the right direction all weekend long," he said. "Our crew chief, Mike Seat, Dylan Cochran, Aaron, Danny, Eric, Dave and the entire team really busted their tails to get us dialed in and we were right up there. When you head out on the track, you can be fast and prepared, but it takes a bit of luck to battle door to door with these guys and come out on top. This weekend it didn't feel like we had that luck on our side, but we know what we're capable of and we're bringing this hot rod to Wheatland next month ready to battle."
The Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri represents the crown jewel of Lucas Oil Products racing facilities and once again is expected to be filled to the rafters with an atmosphere and energy reminiscent of the dual Baja rounds when the series returns there June 23-24.
"We have a lot of fun doing this," said Adler. "It really is special racing in front of these huge crowds and while Baja has such a great history of off-road racing, there are serious race fans in Wheatland that have embraced us and off-road racing wholeheartedly. It's going to be a great weekend in Missouri."
In addition to June's stop in Wheatland, MO., Adler and the series visit Reno, NV. Salt Lake City, UT., and San Bernardino, CA. before returning to Chandler, Arizona for the final round of the season along with the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup.
You can catch the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on CBS, CBS Sports Network, MavTV.and LucasOilRacing.TV.