Lucas Oil ending drag boat racing series
Lucas Oil has announced they are ending their involvement in drag boat racing. I
In a statement issued Thursday, Lucas Oil Executive Vice President Bob Patison said, “The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series will cease to exist after all matters related to the 2018 season have been concluded. It was a difficult decision to make, especially given our long history with the sport. However, the time has come for us to move on and afford the sport an opportunity to seek a new direction.”
The announcement was published on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series website and on their Facebook page. A graphic depicts the Lucas Oil logo with several race boats and reads, “Thank you, drivers and fans!”
No further explanation of why the series is being discontinued was offered. Lucas Oil has had several drag boat racing events in Lake Havasu City and at the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker. The most recent event was “Thunder on the River,” held Oct. 13 and 14 at BlueWater.
The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series concluded its 2018 season with their World Finals held Nov. 3 and 4 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler.
A press release on Lucas Oil Drag Boats website said the post-season awards banquet scheduled for Jan. 19 has been cancelled and awards and points cash will be sent to competitors “in the near future.”
According to their website, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series began in 2010, bringing together associations from across the nation under one sanctioning body. They held events at top racing venues across the nation. Their events were often covered by CBS and NBC sports networks.
The series had several events at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu City. These events ended in 2015 and were moved to Parker due to high winds.
In 2013, Lucas Oil entered into a five-year contract with Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. to host two events a year, including their world championship races. The facility was formerly known as Firebird International Raceway.