Mesa, AZ (9/28/2018) - R-N-R
Steel Racing’s Robert VanBeekum put bad luck
behind him and scored a pair of podiums during
the Lucas Oil Off Road Series events at Glen
Helen Raceway in Devore, CA. VanBeekum was
driving his R-N-R Steel Polaris RZR Turbo
S in the Turbo UTV class.
Steel's Robert Vanbeekum scores two
podiums at Glen Helen including a season
best 2nd Place on Saturday
VanBeekum proved the teething problems on
his new ride were over during the two 12-lap
races. Though he had issues in qualifying,
he drove hard in Friday’s race and took a
third. On Saturday, he again put in a hard
charge and finished a season best second.
“I’ve been racing UTVs since 2004 and this
has been our toughest season yet,” said VanBeekum.
“I took a brand new car out and went racing
with it. We finally got it there. It’s been
a great weekend.”
As always, VanBeekum relied on his Maxxis
Liberty tires and his Walker Evans suspension.
Glen Helen’s .8-mile short course is both
fast and technical. This year it was also
extremely rough. His spotter was key to help
him through traffic.
“We re-valved everything and the Walker Evans
shocks just killed it today,” said VanBeekum.
“The Maxxis tires really hooked up. I run
the Maxxis Liberty. It’s a great tire. Kevin
is my new spotter this year and he’s awesome.
He keeps me calm and it’s great to have him
Evans Racing's Robert Vanbeekum
VanBeekum hadn’t been to Glen Helen in several
years. Owing to his finishes, he was glad
to be back, but he was also excited to race
in front of his family and friends.
“We haven’t been here in three years and
now I know why I missed it so much,” said
VanBeekum. “The track was great and the mud
doesn’t stick. I just love being here.”
VanBeekum will finish out the 2018 LOORRS
season at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
in Chandler, AZ. The final points race is
scheduled for October 20, followed by the
Lucas Oil Challenge Cup race the next day.
That race is just eight miles from VanBeekum’s
home and he’s a previous winner of the Cup
race, so look for the hometown hero to put
together a strong pair of races.
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