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Sep. 13, 2013

Q&A with Rob Naughton on the upcoming 2013 LOORS season with Lunarpages

Lunarpages is excited to continue sponsoring Rob “Fig” Naughton, one of our off road racers for a second year. Naughton drives the Pro 2 truck and we want to give you the opportunity to get to know him better! Some of Rob “Fig” Naughton’s greatest racing accomplishments are being named the 2007 Corr Prolite Champion, the 2007 Corr Pro driver of the year, the 2010 Loors Pro 2 Rookie of the Year, and the 2011 Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Champion!

How many years have you been racing?
There are a few answers to this question. I have been racing since I was a little boy, so thirty three years total. However, I have been a short course off road racer for six years; this upcoming season will be my seventh season.
What is your biggest racing accomplishment?
My two biggest accomplishments were in 2007 and 2011. In 2007 I won the Pro Lite Championship and was also voted driver of the year. In 2011, I won the Lucas Oil off road championship series challenge cup. My ongoing goal is to win championships!
What goes through your mind at the starting line?
Well, there are a lot of things that go through my mind at the start of a race. Obviously my goal for being a racer is to get to the front and win the race. However, I need to remind myself to be smart and not get into situations where I don't finish the race. I think of the fact that I want to do well by being consistent and taking the championship but at the same time, not make stupid mistakes. I convince myself to be calm, race smart, and race hard.
What is your all-time favorite vehicle to drive?
Pretty much the class I race in now; the pro 2 class.
Did you enjoy racing around the grocery store in a shopping cart as a kid?
Well, I grew up in a racing family and raced motorcycles as a kid. To me, everything was a competition and I raced everything and anything with wheels, including shopping carts.
What does it mean (for you) to be a racer?
For me, racing is my life and it's what I'm passionate about. I live for the rivalry, the adrenaline rush, and the excitement that goes with competing.
What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from other top racers?
My drive and determination to be the best is what makes me different.
What was the best advice you ever received?
When my motocross career was coming to an end and there was a lot of uncertainty about what I wanted to do, my dad gave me great advice. He told me that if I put as much effort into anything else as I had into motocross, I would be successful. He was right.
What is your personal code of conduct on the track?
You know, it's really to race clean and be raced clean by my competitors. I try not to crash into competitors while at the same time, racing fast.
Do you have a saying or motto that you live by?
I was raised to give it 100% from the start to the checkers, even when things were not going well. Just hang in there and finish. To many people quit when the going gets tough and quitting gets easier and easier. I think this motto has helped in everything I have taken on and started in life since then. Everything has a starting line and a finish line and you don't quit until you're finished. I also believe in not using the words "I can't" when it comes to something I want to do. If I want it bad enough I will figure out a way. "I can't" is giving up before you've tried.
Who was your role model growing up? Who is your biggest inspiration?
I'd have to say Kyle Flemming, my childhood best friend. He was a racer too and killed in a car accident. He was #54, and now I'm number #54 in memory of him. My other inspiration is Bob Hannah, one of the greatest motocross racers during the 70's and 80's.
Is there anyone you really want to race?
Not really, no one specific. Basically, I just want to race and beat everyone I race against. There are a few guys who are considered the best in our sport and obviously, I want to race all of those guys. I can't just name one person, there are a lot of great drivers in our sport and I want to beat them all.
What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career?
I want to be remembered as someone who wasn't afraid, someone who was driven to be the best and a driver who gave everything there was to give.
How has Lunarpages helped you as a sponsor?
Lunarpages has been huge! They've kept my career going and kept me in the sport in 2012. Lunarpages is a great company with great people. I am honored to represent them on the track and on television. Relationships that you build through sponsorships are the only thing that keeps racing going. So Lunarpages being a part of the program, means everything to me.
Would you like to share anything else with us?
I really just want to thank my wife, kids and family who have supported me throughout my racing career. I also need to thank the Sponsors, teams and crew who have given me the opportunity and support. Without an understanding family, great crew, and sponsors, living this dream could not have been possible. I also want to thank the fans who follow our sport, racing and putting on a show in front of a packed house is very special and makes it fun.

 

 

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