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March 25, 2016

HotSauce Plays Catch-Up After LOORRS Season Opener

HotSauce Plays Catch-Up After LOORRS Season Opener

Chandler, AZ

2015 Rookie of the Year, Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. was instantly up to speed at the first round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. His team had made substantial changes to his cockpit layout in the off season, to enhance the balance on his Bilstein / Alumi Craft Pro Buggy. His new Bilstein bypass shocks with the latest position sensitive damping were working flawlessly with the new configuration. “HotSauce” qualified second fastest for round one.

Darren Hardesty Jr, Cockpit, Pro Buggy, Alumi Craft Race Cars    Bilstein Bypass, Coilovers, Alumi Craft Pro Buggy, HotSauce, Bink Designs

He was running in second place during the race when he slammed into a sneaky rut that ripped his tire sidewall and was forced to pull off the track. He experienced another set-back when he rolled into post-race inspection. The spare tire and wheel they put on had a slightly different offset than usual. It put him just outside the track width allowed by the rules. Completely un-intentional, but the rules are the rules. The end result was a disqualification and no points for round one.

HotSauce, Two Wheels, Off Road, Bilstein, Lucas Oil, Bink Designs

During qualifying for round two on Sunday, Darren’s roof panel came loose and started to flap open and closed. He had to stop twice before it was finally secured.

Darren Hardesty Jr, Bilstein, Mickey Thompson Tires, Bink Designs, Lucas Oil

The distraction did not allow him to put in enough laps to get up to full speed, but he still managed to qualify in the fourth position. He knew he was sitting in a fast car and was looking forward to round two to showcase it for his fans and sponsors Bilstein, Off Road Warehouse, Mickey Thompson Tires, Bink Designs, Impact, Lucas Oil Products, Alumi Craft Race Cars, Black Rhino, RacerX and USA Wheels.

Darren Hardesty Jr, Mickey Thompson Tires, RacerX, Off Road Warehouse, Bink Designs

“We had some problems in round one and during qualifying for round two but the car was handling great; I was having a lot of fun driving it,” said “HotSauce”, ”The race on Sunday went perfect. We worked up to second place and had the leader in our sights.

Darren Hardesty Jr, Bilstein, Bink Designs, Off Road Warehouse, Impact, Alumi Craft Pro Buggy

Everything worked great with the new driving position. I felt very comfortable and was able to put the car right where I wanted. I’m not worried about the points we lost, I’m confident we will make it up. We are going to race the regional series at Elsinore to get the car completely dialed in before the next round of the pro series.”

Darren Hardesty Jr 2nd Place Round 2 Lucas Oil Off Road

That pro series race will be at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California, April 23rd and 24th. Make plans and Buy Tickets Now to watch “HotSauce” in person or stay up with the latest news and information about Darren’s racing at: where you will find fan information, race reports, photos, videos and much more.

Photography By: Bink Designs

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