We at the BDC are extremely pleased to welcome Lucas Oil Products UK back on board for what promises to be our biggest season yet in 2021!
Lucas Oil Products are one of the world’s most well-established motor oil companies, founded in 1989 by trucker Forrest Lucas and his wife, Charlotte. Lucas’ HQ is located in Corona, CA, and also houses Lucas Oil Racing TV.
You would honestly struggle to find a facet of motorsport that Lucas hasn’t had some involvement in, as they own or sponsor race teams, events and series in NASCAR, IndyCar, the NHRA, and dozens more. Lucas also runs competitive series for drag boats, sled pulling, and dirt track racing, plus owning their own speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.
It doesn’t stop at just the motorsport! Lucas own their own Motorsport television network, MAVTV, and an on-demand motorsport streaming platform, Lucas Oil Racing TV, to ensure motorsport fans can get their fix whenever they want!
The fastest city in America and a place of pilgrimage for thousands of motorsport fans is Indianapolis, Indiana. Yeah, that Indianapolis, of Motor Speedway fame. Another famous export from Indianapolis is the Colts NFL team, whose stadium is named the Lucas Oil Stadium.
Lucas Oil are crazy about anything with an engine, and have sought to assist as many grassroots racers as possible through their Lucas Oil Racer Discount Club (LORDC) scheme, providing discounts on oil and lubricants to as many motorsport competitors as possible, large or small!
Drifting is a sport Lucas are extremely enthusiastic about, and have previously sponsored FD driver Joon Maeng and his crazy Nissan S13.
So, what of Lucas Oil and UK drifting? Recently, for the 2020 season, Lucas was not only a championship partner, but the sponsor of 2019 champ Oliver Evans, who campaigned his 2JZ S14 to a second place championship finish.
Prior to sponsoring Ollie, however, Lucas were the title sponsors of one of the most memorable cars ever to grace UK drifting – The car initially known as the SATS Supra. This 1000 horsepower, fire-breathing Cosworth 2JZ machine was the first car with a four-digit power figure to compete in the championship, and was also the car that forced the inclusion of the rule that a competitor had to be able to complete two runs on one set of tyres.
With the Lucas Oil livery resplendent on the car, driver Mark Luney wheeled the monstrous Toyota to multiple podiums in the now-defunct Super Pro class, prior to his, and indeed the car’s, eventual retirement.
The story of the Supra itself is one for another day, but Lucas has undeniable pedigree in the drifting world, particularly in UK drifting, which is why we’re so thankful to have them on board as partners for the 2021 season!
Make sure you keep up to date with all that’s going on with Lucas Oil Products UK through their social media channels, and keep your eyes peeled for more awesome news about the 2021 season!