Traverse City, Mich.– About a month ago, Radar Tires racer Luke Johnson earned a season-best result of fourth place at the TORC: The Off Road Championship while competing at Bark River International Raceway. This weekend Johnson and his fellow Radar Tires racers Cam Reimers and Ian Harris look to charge to the front of the PRO Light field at the Throwdown in the U.P. Part 2.
This weekend’s Round 9 and 10 marks the first time the Radar Tires racers return to a track at which they’ve previously competed this season. Since last month’s race is still fresh in their minds, the Radar Tires teams are confident heading into the familiar dirt of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Radar Tires continues to use the LT265/75R16 and 32X11.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 tires for this two-day event. The tires will be used by Project648 Motorsports’ Johnson and Cam Reimers Motorsports co-drivers Reimers and Harris, all in the PRO Light class.
“I am anxious to return to the beautiful race facility in the U.P. and hopefully our Radar Tires race teams’ gremlins will not follow us back,” said Gary Blalock, Radar Tires Motorsports Manager. “Bark River is a fantastic track with lots of challenges with blind corners, undulating terrain and an unusual surface. We showed we can be fast there. We just have to finish the races, targeting the top three spots, of course. We have notes from the June race and that should allow us to be more competitive than last time. If the equipment holds up, which is always a challenge in PRO Light, I expect to be in a celebratory mood soon!”
The Throwdown in the U.P. Part 1 was a bit challenging for the Radar Tires racing drivers. In Round 5, Johnson, driver of the No. 14 Project648 Motorsports Nissan Frontier PRO Light, finished fourth after battling an alternator issue. Reimers, driver of the No. 21 SSI Decal/TiLube PRO Light, was involved in an early wreck causing chassis and mechanical damage, finishing in 12th position. Teammate Harris, driver of the No. 22 SSI Decal/TiLube PRO Light, finished in 16th place.
Then in Round 6, all three drivers suffered incidents on the first lap: Johnson and Reimers spun on separate occasions and Harris was hit by a competitor truck. The best finish during Round 6 was Reimers in ninth.
Despite the bad luck during Rounds 5 and 6, Johnson has had solid results in Bark River. In 2012, he earned his first PRO Light win and then repeated that performance twice in 2013 in the PRO Buggy class.
Bark River International Raceway is one of the longest circuits on the TORC series schedule, at 1.5 miles in length, and the terrain varies from dry and slick to soft and loamy. The circuit features mid-sized moguls, table-top jumps and a fast, sweeping left-handed turn known as Cemetery Turn.
The Radar Tires racers will practice, qualify and race at the two-day Throwdown in the U.P. Part 2. event. Fans unable to attend the race at can tune into the Motor Trend YouTube channel for a live broadcast. The race can then be seen on NBC Sports at 1:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 3.