LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ JUNE 9, 2010 Rick Mooneyham was one of the few West Coast drivers participating in the International Endurance Championship and finished 7th in the tree lined terrain of Rausch Creek Off-Road Park in Pennsylvania.
“It was a bit of a challenge coming from the dry Arizona desert to the Pennsylvania trees, it was a different type of obstacle. Not to mention the soupy mud that coated everything,” laughed Mooneyham.
His qualifying strategy on Thursday was to finish decent and not break anything before the main race on Friday. He wasn’t pushing for the pole position because his race day strategy was to let others break in the course before him, and then pass on the subsequent laps. He successfully finished the mile-long qualifying course putting the Lucas Oil Ultra4 car in the 8th starting position come race day.
The Pennsylvania weather cooperated for the West Coast competitors, a gorgeous blue sky day without a rain cloud in sight. This added a different element than the horrendous mud that competitors had fought the prior year, this year it would be about the thick dark brown dust. “We had a flawless day, the car ran perfectly and we had no flats with the BFGoodrich Tires on Raceline Wheels,” said Mooneyham.
The challenge came in passing, which put his original strategy to the side. The tight trees and the thick dust made passing almost impossible. “The course was so narrow, there was only room to pass when someone was broke down on the trail, it seemed. When we came to the long straight aways the thick coal dust was so dense we couldn’t see well enough to pass,” said Mooneyham. “All the water holes were full, and it wasn’t like Tennessee mud that sticks 3” thick, this mud coated everything making all the cars look black and brown. There was one point where it took about a half mile to completely wipe off my faceshield to see anything again,” remembers Mooneyham.
With all of those challenges, he maintained a consistent pace and finished a respectable 7th place. With his 4th place finish at King of the Hammers, he is currently 4th in the International Endurance Championship points.
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About Rick Mooneyham: Owner of Trick Toys Fabrication in Lake Havasu City, Rick Mooneyham builds quality products based on his successes in racing. Completing and placing 3rd in both 2008 and 2009 King of the Hammers, he proved that his dual purpose family wheeler is capable of success. In 2010, he was the first to take the checkered flag at the Griffin King of the Hammers, but 4th in adjusted time. Mooneyham is competing in both the International Endurance Championship series where he is currently 4th in points and the Grand Slam of Off Road Racing where he is currently 6th in points. When he is not racing, the former Marine is utilizing the same car enjoying the trails with his family.
Sponsors: Lucas Oil, BFGoodrich Tires, Trick Toys Fabrication, Turnkey Engine Supply, Figspeed, Raceline Wheels, JH Sims Trucking, Longfield Superaxles, Magnum Ink, Sidewinders 4 Wheel Club