Lucas Oil recently made several major announcements in Indianapolis regarding its cornerstone Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

After an introduction by Lucas Oil Executive Vice President Bob Patison and a patriotic keynote speech by company founder Forrest Lucas, motorsports television personality Ken Stout announced that the growing series would be under the direction of racing veteran Ritchie Lewis, who will serve as series director effective immediately.

Lewis is most notably recognized for his instrumental role as series director of the highly successful Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Following his introduction as the new Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series director, Lewis unveiled a revamped management structure for the high profile series. Off-road racing veteran Greg Foutz will serve as race director, while Greg Sheidecker will remain as operations manager. The husband and wife team of Lee and Poppy Perfect have been named assistant race director and administration manager. Gary Lane will remain as technical director.

Lewis went on to unveil several significant changes to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series marketing management team. Lucas Oil veteran Manny Gutierrez will be joined by company newcomer Marty Fiolka, former editorial and marketing director of Dirt Sports magazine, to create and implement the series' highly revamped 2013 marketing and public relations program—a campaign that will also include longtime staffer Ken Johnson.

Lewis and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series then announced the series' 2013 schedule. Next season Lucas Oil short course racers will return to many familiar Lucas series tracks, beginning on March 16 at the Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix, Arizona. A second race weekend at Speedworld Off Road Park on April 19-21 precedes the first of two season stops at the newly renovated Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park near Los Angeles May 17-19.

The world-class racing facility at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City will host Lucas racers again on June 21-23rd, followed by the vibrant spectacle of night racing at legendary Glen Helen Raceway on July 26-28.

The final half of the season kicks off at the recently constructed Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno Nevada, followed by the season's second race under the lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. New for 2013 will be a series finale at Lake Elsinore, a race weekend that will once again feature Sunday's all-or-nothing Lucas Oil Challenge Cup – the richest single day of racing in the sport of four wheel off-road racing.

As for the future of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series, Lucas will be building new tracks for the 2014 season in San Angelo, Texas, and at the company's luxurious Lucas Oil Speedway at Wheatland, Missouri.

2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Schedule:

March 15-17 - Firebird International Raceway - Chandler, AZ

April 19-21 - Speedworld Off Road Park - Surprise, AZ

May 17-19 - Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park - Lake Elsinore, CA

June 21-23 - Miller Motorsports Park - Tooele, UT

July 26-28* - Glen Helen Raceway - San Bernardino, CA

August 23-25 - Wild West Motorsports Park - Sparks, NV

September 19-21* - Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV

October 25-27 - Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park - Lake Elsinore, CA

* Night races