CRANDON, WISC. — Living up to its “Big House” nickname, Crandon International Raceway today announced the largest single-day cash and prize purse in short-course off-road racing history as it prepares to host its Labor Day weekend Off-Road World Championships and new Crandon World Cup.
This weekend marks Jesse Jones’ return to short-course off-road racing, jumping behind the wheel of the brand new FOX Pro-2. Jones will be debuting the new truck at “The Big House”, Crandon International Raceway, for TORC Series rounds 14 & 15 as well as competing in the AMSOIL Cup where the Pro-2 and Pro-4 go head to head for $40,000, winner takes all.
“Going short course racing was never apart of the plan for 2013″, Jones said with a smile, “but when my Trophy Truck teammate Bryce Menzies mentioned he was building a new truck, I said I wanted one too. The decision was made right then and there.”
Behind the build would be the mastermind of Ricky Johnson’s 2011 & 2012 Traxxas TORC Series Championship winning Pro-4, Mike Krahling. The truck was built from the ground up in the Las Vegas shop of Menzies Motorsports and with over a year of development and planning, the truck finally hit dirt just a few weeks ago for multiple photo shoots and test sessions.
The 2013 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL has been a non-stop battle in the Pro Buggy class for Luke Johnson. Luke’s been duking it out with some of the top short course buggy drivers in the class all season, simultaneously dealing with the harsh weather conditions that have cursed each track so far. This past weekend at Crandon International Raceway was no different. Luke put on a show for “The Big House” and earned his fifth straight win in Pro Buggy and more impressively his first career win at Crandon International Speedway.
Having skipped out on a quick trip back to his home base in Southern California after Bark River, Luke headed straight for Crandon and prepped his vehicle for one of the sports biggest stages. Track conditions were unfavorable, as sporadic storms rolled through Wisconsin. Practice on Friday was called off and track officials granted Saturdays qualifying only one lap. After that practice lap, Luke decided to take a gamble that in the end would earn him another trip to the first place podium.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) heads to Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix this weekend for the final race of the season where the Pro2 Unlimited championship will be decided. After Rob MacCachren suffered a disappointing weekend in Las Vegas, where he was absent from the podium for the first time of any LOORRS racing weekend this season, he has slipped to third in points behind rivals Brian Deegan and Marty Hart. Never one to give up, MacCachren intends to put the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS team back on podium for the eighth time this season. Following the final Round 15 of racing on Saturday, both the Pro2 and Pro4 trucks will take to the track for the $30,000 Lucas Oil Off Road Cup. MacCachren is famous for his performances in cup races, with three Governor’s Cups, three Borg-Warner Cups to his credit and a victory at the TORC Chairman’s Cup earlier this season.
At only age 14, the Traxxas / Red Bull / BFGoodrich sponsored prodigy on 4-wheels continues to lead the complete Pro-Buggy field into Wisconsin’s Crandon International Raceway for the World Championship Off-Road Races, Aug. 31-Sep. 2. With 7 wins of 12 races, Mitchell also holds the overall lead in the complete Traxxas TORC series points standings, another mark in history for the young gun.
JOLIET, ILLINOIS — Following a decisive win in round six of Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL action at Crandon International Raceway, Scott Douglas won round seven on the short course circuit at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago. “Chicago and Crandon are two very different tracks,” stated Douglas. “Crandon is a high speed natural terrain course, while Chicago is a tight and technical circuit built on the oval and infield of the dirt track at Route 66 Raceway. Crew Chief Jason Schampers and the Douglas Motorsports crew have the AMSOIL, BFGoodrich, Borla F-150 so well sorted out that we were able to win on both styles of short course race tracks.”
The round seven win was a hard fought battle. Scott Douglas was running upfront when Johnny Greaves spun in the left-hander going into the infield and Scott had nowhere to go and found his truck nose-to-nose with Greave’s Toyota. The rest of the field piled into the back of Douglas’ truck before Scott was able to break free and retake the lead. The second half of the race turned into a dogfight between Scott Douglas and Adrian Cenni. To the delight of the huge Chicago crowd, Douglas and Cenni traded the lead several times on each lap. Then, with two laps to go, Scott was able to break free and put some distance on Cenni, holding the interval all the way to the checkered flag.
Ultra4 drivers lap times during practice were only 4 seconds off Pro record times at Crandon International Raceway last weekend. Sixteen Ultra4 drivers descended upon Crandon, WI, last weekend to compete in the TORC Series Brush Run at Crandon International Raceway. This was the first time Ultra4 Racing had ever been to Crandon and Ultra4 driver, Gary Ferravanti, Sr. claimed first place in both days’ or racing, despite extremely different weather conditions between the two days.
On Saturday, June 16th, the rain began pouring in earnest at 1PM and a rain delay was called. As the rain dissipated, the Ultra4 Class was asked by USAC to race earlier in the day, before the Pro2 and Pro4 classes, instead of racing after both classes as originally scheduled. In typical Ultra4 style, the drivers agreed to race in the mud. According to the drivers, the course was slick with little traction in early laps, but Gary Ferravanti, Sr. quickly found his way to the front of the pack and stayed there. Derek West, who is no stranger to mud in the mid west, stealthly made his way into 2nd position and Nick Nelson finished the race in 3rd place battling overheating issues.
Miller Motorsports Park plays host to the next two rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) “short course” competition this weekend. As the season approaches the mid-point, ROCKSTAR Energy Drink’s Rob MacCachren sits third in points and continues his march up the championship ladder. MacCachren won at Miller Motorsports Park last season in his ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck, but with a completely new track will last season’s success give MacCachren any advantage?
“I hear that the track is completely new, so it is a level playing field for all seventeen drivers,” MacCachren commented. “People forget that the track was brand new too when I won in Utah last year.” A true “short course,” the track constructed at Miller Motorsports Park is just under one mile in overall length providing for exciting door to door action with excellent viewing of the entire course from the grandstands. Fans who come out for the race will be treated to the “Mammoth Tabletop”; the largest tabletop jump in the LOORRS series and straight-aways that will result in higher speeds than any other LOORRS venue to date.
MacCachren’s talents most recently earned him victory last weekend at the TRAXXAS / The Off-Road Championship (TORC) short course race at historic Crandon International Raceway. MacCachren’s list of accomplishments includes winning three consecutive Borg-Warner Championships and three Governor’s Cup Championships on BFGoodrich tires at Crandon. He has now won both of the first two TORC races of the season, positioning him to win season championships in both TORC and LOORRS, where he is the current reigning Pro2 Unlimited champion.
If you are in the Salt Lake City region you won’t want to miss the LOORRS racing action at the world class Miller Motorsports Park facilities this weekend. Stop by MacCachren’s pits for autographs and pictures with Rob, along with free samples of ROCKSTAR Energy from the beautiful ROCKSTAR Energy girls. If you cannot attend the race in person you can still watch LOORRS non-stop race action on CBS, the Speed Channel, Versus, and MavTV. And if you haven’t already done so, follow MacCachren Motorsports on Rob’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/maccachren21.
ROCKSTAR Energy Drink driver Rob MacCachren knows all about momentum. MacCachren’s ability to read terrain and carry speed through the dirt is legendary; even after two years people are still talking about how MacCachren piloted a 1600-powered buggy to finish seventh overall out of a field of 250 at the 2009 Mint 400. And while he is fresh off winning the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, desert racing is not the only venue where MacCachren has thrived in his 28 year racing career.
On March 19th Rob MacCachren will head to Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona to defend his Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS) Pro2 Unlimited season championship. Last season MacCachren won an astounding nine of the fifteen rounds of racing in his ROCKSTAR Energy/BFGoodrich Tires/MasterCraft Safety truck, earning his third Pro2 championship in as many years. MacCachren’s short course career accomplishments include winning three consecutive Borg-Warner Championships and three Governor’s Cup Championships at the legendary Crandon International Raceway, all on BFGoodrich tires.
The inaugural U.S. Rallycross Championship debuts in the United States in 2011 with a six race slate, three of which will be combined with the TORC Off Road Racing Series at some of the greatest venues in off-road today.
Rallycross is an extreme action-motorsport using World Rally Championship type race cars competing on a closed, short course…similar to TORC’s Off Road Truck race courses! With strong roots coming from the Nordic countries such as Netherlands, Belgium and France, the FIA European Rallycross Championship is the largest of its kind.
The new debut of the U.S. Rallycross Championship will be included as part of a newly announced GLOBAL RallyCross Championship, an ESPN partnership with races leading and including the ESPN Summer X Games.
The U.S. Rallycross Championship will make three stops on the TORC Off Road Championship tour in 2011, at the famous off-road facilities Bark River and Crandon International Raceway. Rallycross will also compete with TORC at Chicagoland Speedway in September as part of the tracks large NASCAR weekend, the first race of NASCAR’s “Chase” Championship run.
“We are very excited to combine the synergies of short-course off-road racing of TORCs trucks series and RallyCar. We are building a great partnership with RallyCar and look forward to welcoming their strong field of competition at some of America’s finest off-road venues in 2011″ stated Kevin Miller, CEO of the United States Automobile Club and the sanctioning organization behind the TORC Series.
“I’ve been stoked since the moment Kevin approached me about partnering with TORC! The opportunity to bring this new-to-America sport to the huge TORC audience at legendary venues like Crandon is an awesome opportunity for RallyCar, our teams, and their sponosors.”
August 13 -14 at Bark River, MI
September 3-4 at Crandon, WI
September 15 at Chicagoland Speedway, IL