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Superstar Spotlight: RJ Anderson

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (1-2); Matt Martelli/Mad Media (3)

With so many young drivers excelling in its top classes, the future is now for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. And you can expect RJ Anderson to be at the forefront of that future for quite a while.

Last weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Anderson locked up his first career LOORRS Pro 4 title with a third place finish in the last race of the season. He also won the Pro 2 finale, bringing him within just a handful of points of Rob MacCachren for that title, and making him one of the closest drivers to taking both since Carl Renezeder accomplished the feat in the inaugural LOORRS season in 2009.

Anderson began his four-wheel off-road career at just 14 years old, and quickly began racking up the accolades. Beginning his career in trophy karts, he quickly ascended the short course ladder; he went from the 2011 TORC Pro Lite Rookie of the Year to the 2012 LOORRS Pro Lite Champion, and won that title again in 2015.

Anderson later left the Pro Lite behind for both Pro 2 and Pro 4 competition, where he combined for five wins and 14 podiums this season. He spent a majority of the Pro 4 season atop the standings after taking podiums in three of the first four races, and he took his first Pro 2 win of the year in Mexico to establish himself as MacCachren’s biggest title threat. He ended the season especially strong, with back-to-back-to-back podiums in both classes at Glen Helen Raceway and Wild Horse Pass.

But Anderson’s accomplishments are far from limited to the trucks; in fact, many might know him better from his UTV exploits. In 2013 alone, he took both the Baja 1000 Pro UTV class victory and Terracross RZR 1000 Pro Championship. 2013 was also the year that Anderson, along with Mad Media and UTVUnderground, debuted the XP1K video series.

A UTV answer to Ken Block’s Gymkhana clips, the video series features Anderson taking on all sorts of terrain and obstacles in performance-tuned Polaris RZRs. Over the years, we’ve seen him tackle everything from a world record jump in the first video to a full-on backflip in the fourth and most recent film.

Expect Anderson to pursue dual championships in LOORRS once again next season, and look for him to try and improve on his third place run in this year’s Crandon Off-Road World Championships. And don’t be surprised the next time you see him put out a video clip pushing the boundaries of what can be done in a UTV.

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