JOLIET, IL—Douglas Motorsports proudly honored the men and women of the U.S. Military at the Chicago TORC Series presented by AMSOIL race by running a special graphic treatment on the number 7 AMSOIL F-150. Live SPEED Channel television coverage provided an opportunity to make the tribute in front of a huge audience.
Earlier this year, TORC Series drivers Scott Douglas, Mike Jenkins, and Chad Hord made the rounds of U.S. military bases in the Middle East. Rob Powers from Armed Forces Entertainment with the support of TRAXXAS and AMSOIL coordinated the two-week goodwill trip. The Pro Off-Road Champions Tour was a life-changing trip for Scott Douglas and he decided to give something back with a tribute to the troops.
Douglas carried a backpack on the trip that contained a large sheet of automotive vinyl wrap material. At every opportunity, Scott had the soldiers sign the wrap and leave a personal note if they wanted to. Once back in the States, the wrap was transferred to the hood of one of Douglas Motorsports PRO 4X4 bodies. Douglas had the familiar AMSOIL silver and black paint scheme converted to a desert tan to match the hood. Stenciled on the hood along with the AFE logos are the words “Off-Road Champions Tour” and “Douglas Motorsports Proud To Support The Troops.” The special body also has “Support Our Troops” on the rear fenders. Scott Douglas and Mike Jenkins reminisced in the pits prior to the truck unveiling in the PRO 4X4 race, recalling the names, faces, and places they experienced on the Middle East tour.
The Chicagoland Speedway TORC Series races kicked-off NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup week of activities. In the live two hour SPEED Channel broadcast Douglas didn’t let the troops down, putting the AMSOIL Champions Tour truck and all those signatures on the podium with a third place finish.
The previous PRO 4X4 Round of PRO 4X4 action on Wednesday night was very intense. Douglas was shuffled back in the pack after the start and worked his way through the field into third. Scott was holding off a charging Johnny Greaves late in the race when the pair came up on slower traffic. Douglas went outside and the slower truck came up the track toward the AMSOIL Ford opening a hole on the inside for Greaves. Scott finished fourth, just off the podium.
NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan debuted the new Douglas Motorsports PRO 2WD Ford Raptor in Chicago flying the South Point Casino and classic Walker Evans Racing Colors. It proved to be a potent package right out of the box. Brendan obviously hasn’t forgotten how to drive a short course off-road truck, finishing on the podium with a third after a ten year hiatus from the dirt. Gaughan backed up that impressive performance with a forth the following night.
The final stop on the 2011 TORC Series schedule is Cycle Ranch outside San Antonio, Texas on October 15th and 16th.
Be sure to catch all the 2011 TORC Series race action on Discovery HD Theater.
Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all their great fans and sponsors, including; AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires, Baileigh Industrial, KC Hilites, MasterCraft Seats, Fox Shox, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Raceline Oil Pumps, Miller Electric, BorgWarner, VP Racing Fuels, Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, Howe Performance Power Steering, J&H Transmission, MSD, Peterson Fluid Systems, and Phil’s Inc.