Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. has an all new look to his Alumi Craft Pro Buggy this year as BILSTEIN stepped up as the title sponsor which features striking yellow and teal graphics. Returning sponsors include; Off Road Warehouse, Mickey Thompson Tires, Bink Designs, Impact, Lucas Oil Products, Alumi Craft Race Cars, Black Rhino, RacerX and USA Wheels.
“We are excited to announce the addition of Lucas Oil Off-Road Pro Buggy 2015 Rookie Of The Year, Darren Hardesty Jr., to our BILSTEIN racing team!” said Regis Finn, BILSTEIN of America Marketing Manager. “The young Hardesty is a special once-in-a-generation gifted off-road racer, and when paired with our professional off-road racing M 9200 Bypass and Coilover shocks, will be very hard to stop this year. We anticipate great things from Darren in 2016!”
HotSauce looks to continue the momentum he built in 2015 at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, (LOORRS) season opener March 19-20 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. Racing both the LOORRS and Lucas Oil Regional Series simultaneously last year, he earned rookie of the year titles in both. He was on the podium for every round of the Lucas Oil Regional Series and won the So. California Regional Series Pro Buggy championship. His goal going into the final regional series race was to take the championship and the win, which he did. He also made the record books in 2015 when he became the youngest driver to win a pro series race at the age of 14.
“I think the car is ready, I know the driver is,” said HotSauce, “We are really excited that Bilstein is now our title sponsor; they have been with us since grandpa raced and the same goes for ORW (Off Road Warehouse). We are ready to get this season going, we are coming out swinging. We’ve made some changes this year to the cockpit on the car moving; the pedals and a new seat design. We are putting more weight on the front end so I can drive it deeper into the corners. We hope to be even faster than last year. Our goal is to go for the championship.”
You won’t be able to miss him in 2016. To stay up with the latest news and information about Darren’s racing, go to: http://darrenhardestyjr.com/ where you will find fan information, race reports, photos, videos and much more.
Photography By: Bink Designs