Primm, Nev., – Radar Tires continued on its quest of short course off racing during day two of the “Duel in the Desert”, the opening weekend of the 2014 TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL season.
That quest for a podium finish was running strong in the opening laps of Sunday’s PRO Light Race. The field was set based on Saturday’s race results and Radar Tires racers Cam Reimers, Luke Johnson and Ian Harris were gridded in the eighth, 11th and 15 positions, respectively.
Harris, driver of the No. 22 SSI Decal/TiLube PRO Light, was the top Radar Tires finisher today. Harris dropped from the 15th position at the start of the race, but battled his way back to a 17th place finish. Following his PRO Light debut this weekend, Harris looks ahead to his next race.
From the 11th position, Johnson was determined to finish in the top 10. In the opening laps, he sparred with the competition and reached the ninth position before the series required competition caution flag was shown. Johnson was on the move, looking for a solid finish when his truck, Becky, started misbehaving. The crew determined that the truck was stuck in second gear, preventing Johnson from being able to run a competitive pace. Johnson’s final finishing position is being reviewed by United States Auto Club (USAC), TORC’s sanctioning body.
From the eighth position on the grid, Reimers was running strong in the top 10 for the first half of the race. Then at the midway point of the race, he dropped through the field as a result of a transmission failure. In the end, Reimers was awarded a 23rd place finish.
“We had a difficult Sunday,” said Gary Blalock, Radar Tires Motorsports Manager. “All three guys were settled into a comfortable racing groove following Saturday’s race and were ready to attack the dirt today. Unfortunately, parts break and things happen when you race, jump and land hard in the PRO Light class. The Radar Renegade R5s performed to my expectations and gave the guys traction where they needed it. Mechanical parts break and that’s part of racing. We have plenty of data to move forward and there’s a lot left of racing in 2014. I’m confident Luke, Cam and Ian will make their way to the box this season.”
Now in its second season of short-course off road racing, Radar Tires is used the LT265/75R16 and 32X11.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 tires for this weekend’s “Duel in the Desert” at Primm Valley Off-Road Raceway in Primm, Nev. The size 32X11.50R15 Renegade R5 tires feature the pink Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) ribbon branded on their sidewalls.
Radar Tires enters its sophomore season of off-road racing by expanding its short course program and will compete in TORC: The Off-Road Championship (TORC) and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Championship (LOORRS).
Next up for Radar Tires in TORC competition is the Husqvarna Showdown in Charlotte on April 25-26. In addition, Radar Tires will compete in the SCORE International Imperial Valley 250, a 249-mile event takes place in Plaster City, Calif., on April 25-27.