Colorado Springs, CO – The TORC banners are now coming down at Charlotte Motor Speedway but the excitement of high-flying door-banging action will not soon be forgotten. Tensions betweens teams was evident as each looked to determine where they would fit in the 2012 pecking order. Looking to prove themselves as a top team, the AMSOIL / Lovell crew had a weekend of highs and lows.

Friday qualifying was a bit of a setback for the team placing 4th and down nearly a second from the pole-sitter. “We got a lot of practice and hit the track at 100%,” said driver Brad Lovell, “I kept searching for the fast line because there was no groove worn in the track yet. I must have missed it.” Fortunately, with the starting inversion, the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan started in position 3.

Lovell got a huge run off the start to push through the first turn to take the lead. As the rest of the pack battled Lovell sprung free and led the race for 4 laps before pushing wide in a hairpin allowing 2011 champion Andrew Caddell through. Lovell then faced pressure from CJ Greaves who put up a fight for the whole race but was unable to get enough grip to pass the BFGoodrich shod Nissan. The 2nd place finish is a strong statement from the Lovell team. “We have made substanial improvements to the truck in the past few months,” adds Brad,”It leaves a lot of time to wonder where you will end up once the season starts. We’re getting confident and know we are a podium team. Once we get confidence from that first win – watch out!”

Concord, N.C. — Andrew Caddell, Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies helped Mopar® and Ram Truck wrap up a very successful start to the 2012 Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series season on Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, as each picked up a victory, to bring the brands’ win total to five for the weekend.

“What a great way to start the TORC season for Mopar and Ram, with two victories on Friday, along with Andrew Caddell, Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies winning tonight,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The competition is tough, but the power of our Mopar engines keeps our drivers up front. The 2012 season is shaping up to be another memorable one for Mopar and Ram in the TORC Series.”

Caddell, who opened the season with a win on Friday night in his Mopar Ram for Jenkins Brothers Racing in PRO Light, started on the outside of the third row in the finale at Charlotte, after a six-truck invert. He gained two spots on the start and worked his way up to second by the fourth circuit. The native of Graham, Wash. nearly took the lead from Luke Johnson, who also pilots a Mopar-powered Ram, on the sixth lap.

Caddell lost six positions on lap-7 while running second, after the third-place truck got into the back of him, causing him to spin. The second-generation driver would gain one spot back, before the mandatory competition caution flag flew on the ninth-lap. He restarted sixth and was up to third just one lap later. By the 12th circuit, Caddell was all over Johnson, who had taken the lead a lap earlier. Caddell went three-wide with Johnson and Ross Hoek coming off turn-four of the oval on lap-13, again nearly taking the top spot.

Caddell used a strong run on the high side of the back straightaway to power his way past Johnson to take the lead with four laps remaining. He extended his lead over the final three laps to score the win over Johnson, who earned his best-career TORC finish in second.

“What a great weekend,” said Caddell. “It was awesome racing Luke (Johnson) for the lead. I got into him a couple of times and I felt bad about that. This Mopar Ram was hooked up out there all weekend. To come out and get two in-a-row with a new truck this year, along with having Mopar and Ram on board, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

In PRO 4, Ricky Johnson started the 18-lap main event in sixth after also winning on Friday in his Mopar Ram. The reigning class champion picked up two positions on the opening lap and was fifth by lap-5. Johnson got by Adrian Cenni for second on the sixth circuit and began to track down leader Johnny Greaves.

Johnson would inherit the lead right before the competition caution flew on the ninth-lap, when Greaves pulled off the track with a mechanical problem. On the restart, the native of El Cajon, Calif. quickly pulled away and would pace the remainder of the 18-lap contest to score his second win of the season and sixth straight going back to last season.

“I have to thank my whole team, everyone does such a great job,” said Johnson. “It was an awesome race out there. Adrian (Cenni) drove a great race. We got together that one time and he had to go in and change a tire and we were able to stay out and finish. Our Mopar Ram was very strong again tonight and this is a great way to open the season.”

Menzies, who led a majority of the PRO 2 race on Friday in his Mopar Ram before a late race spin, lined up fourth in the finale on Saturday night and battled Caddell in the early going for the third spot. The Las Vegas native used a strong move to go from fourth to second on the fourth-lap, setting his sights on leader Chad Hord. Menzies battled Hord for the top spot on the seventh lap, and inched ahead when a full course yellow appeared after Caddell got upside while running fourth.

Menzies lined up second on the ensuing restart and used the low side of the track on the eighth lap to take the lead following a side-by-side battle with Hord in the infield section of the course. Menzies would lead the final 10 circuits to score his first win of the season and the second of his career at Charlotte.

“We had a fast truck all weekend,” said Menzies. “I led the whole thing on Friday and messed up at the end. We knew we would come back strong and I wanted to win this for my whole team. They certainly deserved it. It feels great to be on the top of the podium with our Mopar Ram.”

Mike Jenkins finished fifth in PRO 4 in a Ram-bodied truck and was sixth in PRO 2. Caddell, who was filling in for his teammate Rob MacCachren finished ninth after getting upside down on the seventh lap in his Mopar Ram in PRO 2, after running as high as third in the early portion of the race.

The Traxxas TORC Series returns to action on May 26–27 at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich., with two rounds of racing. For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series, visit www.torcseries.com.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Today BFGoodrich Tires announced the 20-member roster for 2012 Team BFGoodrich. Created in 2008, Team BFGoodrich comprises an elite group of motorsports superstars, key industry partners, market influencers and enthusiasts who all share the BFGoodrich Tires passion for driving and for everything on four wheels.

This diverse group of auto enthusiasts represents various aspects of the automotive industry, including on- and off-road racing, rock crawling, custom car building and engineering. Working together, Team BFGoodrich members will bring their experience and enthusiasm to the brand while BFGoodrich Tires continues to advance its product line to help further improve their driving performance.

“BFGoodrich Tires is thrilled and honored to be working with our 2012 Team BFGoodrich members, who are a richly diverse group of individuals,” said Duane Thomas, marketing communications manager at BFGoodrich Tires. “We are excited to welcome back some of our previous members and welcome new faces to Team BFGoodrich and to the BFGoodrich Tires family. The members share many of the same values as our brand, and we look forward to the great things we can accomplish together in 2012.”

Riverside, CA -  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!

Riverside, CA -  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!