As the #89 Dethrone SuperLite drove up to the massive Premiere Motorsports Pit Compound, a crowd of over two dozen PMG Team Members gathered to cheer on Jason Ellis for a commendable top 10 finish. Round 1 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series had the former pro skater and rising star racing door-to-door against 15 other “Spec Matched” SuperLite race cars all fighting for position.
Later that evening in the pits hospitality, Jason and 6 other team drivers were signing autographs. Ellis was fired up. “I had fun. I finished, and I want to go faster!” One of the new to short course off road racing fans waiting for some souvenir carnage left over from the race responded, “Wow that was crazy racing. I know this was your first race, but you kept it on all 4 wheels and actually held position which was impressive.” Ellis was pumped and signed a shredded truck fender.
Knowing he has what it takes to succeed as a race car driver, Jason Ellis has put forth a determined work ethic out on the track. Ellis is more verbal than he is humble about his ability and faults, however, like a true professional athlete, Jason is receptive to the coaching and training he is receiving. That very effort enabled this rookie driver to finish two full rounds of very competitive racing, two rounds of qualifying, and two rounds of practice. Ellis even had SX Legend and Pro-2 Driver Jeremy McGrath provide a few tips during a live interactive broadcast with LiveOnDirt.com.
Jason has a lot to learn and the weekend was not without accident. When driving off road, a little mistake rolls with big repercussions. During Sunday’s Round 2, Ellis was maintaining a clean mid pack race in 9th place when the Dethrone Truck went hard on two wheels through the grooved ruts in Turn#1. The track officials called for the competition caution and up righted the vehicle. The trained MMA enthusiast never stepped out of his high performance, single seat, SuperLite which had only lost a few body panels and went on to race for the finish.
Throughout the weekend he steered clear of other competitors, raced clean at speed around solid opposition and showed great improvement with decent lap times not too far behind the race leaders. By the end of the weekend, Ellis eventually shaved nearly 3.5 seconds off his lap times.
Blake Wilkey had the #89 Dethrone SuperLite dialed and race ready. “The new General Tire set up is legit and we are putting good traction down. Im stoked. If Jason keeps this up he will be in the top 5 in no time.” Simpson Race Products had all the safety gear hooked up and matching the new team livery. However there was a slight radio communication issue which had Jason thinking that passing was not allowed during qualifying.
“Jason went out this weekend to get seat time, earn points, and was not expecting to win any races,” explained Chad Leising, Jason’s driver coach and spotter for the #89 Dethrone Racing SuperLite. “We were looking to just finish and earn a top 10 for the first two rounds. It was also very important to Ellis to not look like a squid, race clean, and make sure he didn't take out any competitors. He is very dedicated to improving and is putting up a great fight out there. We'll be practicing and burning laps to get more seat time and better his skills as a driver. Ellis will be racing the entire year so look for him leading the pack mid season.”
Monday’s broadcast of The Ellis Show had Jason sharing about the race weekend for all four hours of his show. He is super pumped and has already exposed many new fans to the excitement of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing. Check out Ellis Mate at EllisMania
or on his twitter @ellismate.
TV Air Dates have Round 1 scheduled for Saturday April 2nd at 6:00pm EST and Round 2 for Saturday April 9th 10:00pm EST.