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year on his way to 11 wins and another title.
So given that success last year, why
in the world would LeDuc set aside a
perfectly good truck and start from
scratch? Technology doesn’t move so fast
in off-road racing that racers need to
come back with new equipment every
year. Components may improve, but
those are easily swapped out. To build a
new truck from the ground up after
winning 11 races in a season seems
nothing short of insane. In fact, it’s the
sort of crazy that wins championships…
and LeDuc says the new truck played a
key role in his 2015 success.
“The machine that we introduced this
year, Steelo, was a big part of it,” he
explains. “I always had a good racecar, but
I’ve always kind of put Band-Aids on it to
make it what I want. With this truck, it took
rest of the field was probably eager to see
exactly what he had there.
“A lot of it is the weight of the vehicle.
I couldn’t alter the weight displacement on
the previous truck due to its overall mass.
The more I played with it, the heavier it got.
I was basically stuck and out of options. The
new truck has a smaller, lighter structure
and it’s allowed me to play with weight
distribution and throw things at it to see
what it likes and doesn’t like. The old truck,
we just never had that option.
“There are a lot of cooling and
aerodynamic upgrades for the high-speed
tracks,” he adds. “When we get to Reno
and some of the bigger tracks, I’ve got all
the confidence in the world because it’s a
lot more sleek, it flows air through the
radiators and coolers with less paneling,
less structure. I feel there’s an advantage
me a year, year-and-a-half to dream of
every part, every nut and bolt that I wanted
different and make it the way we want it. I
think my relationship with this truck is a lot
happier because it’s made to our standard
and what we need to win. That’s why it was
so reliable right off the bat, because we put
things on it that we knew were upgrades.”
A few races in, it was clear that any
hopes the competition had about LeDuc’s
new truck giving him issues weren’t going
to come to fruition. At the same time, the
“We took down some big
names – guys at the top of
their game who can come