Two young guns, armed with off road racing tires from BFGoodrich, proved their mettle through 14 rounds of the 2013 Traxxas TORC series presented by AMSOIL season to claim class championships. Team BFGoodrich member Bryce Menzies won his third straight Pro 2 title and Luke Johnson dominated the Pro Buggy class to claim his first season title.
Additionally, Team BFGoodrich member Rob MacCachren tallied seven wins this season to finish second in Pro 2 and third in Pro 4. Brad Lovell took the final race of the season in Primm, Nev. to solidify third place overall for the season in the Pro Light class.
Menzies, coming in with a sizable lead in the standings, solidified the title with his third place run on Saturday. For Luke Johnson, it was academic roughly half way through the season as he dominated the year with eight wins and clinched the title in late August in Crandon, Wisc.
“Throughout the year we did a lot of testing with BFGoodrich, exploring new tread patterns as well as new tire compounds,” said Bryce. “I feel like this was a vital part of us winning our 3rd consecutive TORC Pro-2 championship.”
In the final races of the season at Primm, BFGoodrich took a win in Pro Light with Sheldon Creed taking the checkered flag on Saturday. The tire company also totaled 11 podium spots including Menzies third in Pro 2, Ricky Johnson finishing second in Pro 4, Scott Douglas third in the same race, and Rob MacCachren with a pair of third place runs.
On Sunday, the non-points Cup races would further demonstrate BFGoodrich Tires success this season; as Brad Lovell piloted his AMSOIL/BFGoodrich Tires/TORCHMATE Pro Light truck to victory in the Traxxas Cup.
In the final race of the season, Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks were pitted against each other for the Rick Huseman Memorial Cup. There Ricky Johnson took his Red Bull Pro 4 truck by leader Kyle Leduc on the last lap to take the win. Menzies, who led for much of the race, placed second and was the first Pro 2 finisher as well.
On the season, along with the two class titles in the Traxxas TORC series, BFGoodrich Tires led the series by claiming 33 wins and 99 total podium spots. That winning percentage of 52% is highest of all tire manufacturers in the series.
“It’s been a tremendous season for BFGoodrich in the Traxxas TORC series,” said Peter Calhoun, BFGoodrich motorsports manager. “We made a concerted technical effort to provide a customized level of race support to our Pro 2 and Pro 4 drivers and the results proved that value. We also are proud to have achieved a great level of success in all four classes with veterans and young drivers alike. Having helped Bryce to his historic third consecutive Pro 2 title and just as excited for the future and someone like Luke Johnson who captured his first.”
“I’m going after a long successful career in short course off-road,” said Johnson of his Pro Buggy title. “I had a very narrow budget this year so I knew I had to start off with a good car and that’s why I spent my money on an Alumi craft pro buggy. BFGoodrich gave me zero flats on the season. Above all, I couldn’t do it without my great family and friends who backed me this year through my venture and pro buggy as well as my great sponsors who stuck with me through a rough off-season before this year started.”