The upper tier classes of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series provide arguably the most competitive landscape in all of short course off road. Both the Pro 4 and Pro 2 divisions are loaded with world class talent and some of the finest mechanical minds in the sport. As a result, finding success in either class is a significant undertaking, and focusing full time in either division takes up virtually every resource available to any given team and driver. It’s this distinction that makes Troy Cox’s foray into both classes during the 2019 season so impressive.
Cox chose to pull double duty last season, racing in both Pro 2 and Pro 4. While racing in both divisions is daunting enough, the fact that it marked the first time the Winchester, California, driver had competed in either class made his rookie campaign even more impressive. Cox was able to learn every step of the way, and thanks to some invaluable guidance and assistance from some off road industry veterans and fellow racers, he was able to get better as the season wore on and ultimately wrapped up the 2019 season at Pro 4 Rookie of the Year.
Congratulations on earning Rookie-of-the-Year honors in one of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ toughest divisions. How was the 2019 season for you and how does it feel to earn Rookie of the Year?
The 2019 season was great. I had a lot of fun. The experience of racing Pro 4, and actually racing Pro 2 as well, I learned a lot. I’m looking forward to 2020.
What makes competing in Pro 4 so unique? These are arguably the most high performance machines in short course off road, so what was it like to mix it up against the likes of Kyle LeDuc and RJ Anderson?
Being out there with those guys on the track, Kyle LeDuc, RJ Anderson, Doug Mittag, the list goes on...Just being out there on the track with those guys is something that’s phenomenal to start with. And then to compete against them, it’s something I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time. I had the opportunity to do it last year, and it was a great experience.
With the 2020 season on the horizon, what are your plans for this year’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series?
Originally my plan was to run a full season in Pro 2 and Pro 4. In talking with a lot of people, they’ve said I should focus on one or the other. I will still run my Pro 4 truck at different races, but I am going to focus on my Pro 2 truck. There’s some stiff and deep competition in that class, and I’ve really invested in trying to make that program much better for the new season.
What are you looking forward to the most in 2020? What are your goals?
The goal is to go out there and have fun. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be able to go out there and have fun. I don’t race for a living. I race because I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go out there and have fun. And, to be competitive. This year my goal is to be competitive and better my program. Take whatever steps necessary to better the program so I can accomplish that.
Who would you like to thank for supporting you and helping you achieve such a significant accomplishment like Rookie-of-the-Year?
For starters, Jeff Shelton at JSR Offroad really helped me get my feet wet in the sport. If it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t have gotten my start in racing in LOORRS. So, definitely a special thanks to him and their team for getting me out there and getting me to the track, helping with prep on the truck. Towards the end of the season Chad Mittag and Doug Mittag helped give me some pointers. Also, Mamer Motorsports gave me some pointers on how to better myself and the future. Of course, I also couldn’t do any of this without the support of my wife and kids. I also wouldn’t be out there without sponsors like K&N Filters, BOXO Tools and BOXO USA, Falken Tires, FK Rod Ends, HELJAM, RC Drilling, and Maxima Racing Oils.
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