Compton, California (October 28, 2017) – Chandler Arizona's Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park hosted the season's final showdown of the 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and Greg Adler threw his 900-HP Pro4 into the mix throughout the weekend doubleheader. The event, held over the October 21 – 22 weekend saw Adler running to the front of the pack and battling for the podium as he went head-to-head against the sport's elite drivers at the mile-long, purpose-built, short course off-road facility just outside of Phoenix. For this final event weekend, the series combined Saturday's final round of Pro4 competition with Sunday's Lucas Oil Challenge Cup which pits the Pro4 division against the Pro2 class for a winner-take-all end-of-season donnybrook.
Having captured the podium in the past at Wild Horse Pass, Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts had the right combination to insert themselves into the fray throughout Saturday's season finale. While starting at the back of the pack at the onset, Adler catapulted himself into the front of the pack and fought his way into podium contention. In a thrilling race that saw many lead changes as both attrition and aggression took their toll on the field, he established himself as a factor as the laps counted down. Late in the race and facing yet another yellow flag restart, Adler held his position as the group raced towards the finish with his eyes on the podium. Now, with just few corners remaining and locked in a three truck dogfight for the second and third spot, he was squeezed between the two competitors and was caught in the final drag race to the checkered flag – coming in with a strong 4th place position.
"We had everything going right for us today right up until the last couple of corners," said Adler.
"With lots of passing and lead changes, this was definitely an exciting race for the fans. For us, we worked our way to the front and stayed out of trouble with solid restarts. We got a little wide in the second-to-last corner and took a big hit from the #81 for the pass. In the final corner we kept battling with the #81 and he checked up and got sideways, forcing us also to check up to keep from hitting him and spinning him out. All of that action opened the door for the #21, who was able to just get around us as we headed onto the final straight. We were right there with the truck and the setup so of course we're disappointed with the finish. Now, we put today past us, dust ourselves off and get ready for the Cup Race."
As the final opportunity to collect the impressive trophy and a $30,000 winner-take-all check for the victory, Sunday's Lucas Oil Challenge Cup was expected to be all-out combat on the dirt as Adler took his starting position among the twenty Pro4 and Pro2 trucks. Although the handicap placed him at the rear of the pack at the onset, he was able to bide his time, and while the Pro2 field was allowed a significant advantage at the start, with a mid-race caution flag restart, they were quickly swallowed up by Adler and the Pro4 field.
As the no-holds-barred melee took its toll, littering the course with twisted metal and fiberglass, Adler was able to whittle his way through and grind his way up into the fourth spot. Once there and working on continuing to advance, he became hampered by a mechanical issue and with just a few laps to go, was forced to retire.
"We had a plan – to keep out of trouble and stay away from the carnage and make sure we were in good shape towards the end of the race," said Adler. "That's exactly what we did and it was working great. We were able to get around the Pro2's pretty easily and it was looking to be a battle for the win among us in the Pro4 class. Unfortunately, we were hampered with a driveline issue that put an end to our day."
With the season concluded, Crew Chief, Mike Seat, Car Chef, Dylan Cochran and the entire team now shift their attention towards the offseason and making preparations for 2018 while Adler changes his focus towards the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000.
"We wouldn't be out here without the support of our team, the incredible sponsors that are behind us every step of the way, and everyone from 4 Wheel Parts who comes out to cheer us on. We are grateful for the opportunity to represent these great companies that entrust us with representing their brands with our off-road racing program," said Adler. "Now we're off to Baja to take on the Peninsula in our Mint 400 winning Ultra4 and see if we can capture a win in that epic event!"
Throughout the season, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series can be viewed on CBS, CBS Sports Network, MavTV.and LucasOilRacing.TV.
Greg Adler Motorsports is Supported by:
4 Wheel Parts · BFGoodrich Tires · ODYSSEY Battery · MagnaFlow Exhaust · AMP Research / AVS · LUND · Rigid Industries · G2 Axle & Gear · Bushwacker · Makita Industrial Power Tools · Impact Racing · MasterCraft Safety · King Shocks · K&N Filters · FiberwerX · AAM
About 4 Wheel Parts
4 Wheel Parts is the global leader in truck, Jeep, SUV and off-road performance products. With 83 locations across the U.S. and Canada and growing, 4 Wheel Parts Service Centers install all the products they sell. Maintaining the nation's largest inventory of off-road tires, wheels, suspension products, and accessories, 4 Wheel Parts serves customers across the country and around the globe. Life is Better Off-Road™. Visit them at 4wheelparts.com or call toll-free 877-474-4821.