El Cajon, Calif. – Regardless of the venue or discipline, some of the world’s top off-road racers share one thing in common—on the same weekend, these FOX athletes took multiple class wins and the overall victory in Baja, were triumphant at a short course rock race in California, and swept the podium at Australia’s biggest desert race, the Finke.
A warm breeze blew through the tree branches on Disc Drive in Santa Cruz County as guests navigated its gentle curves. Hundreds of people gathered in the sun, sipping on wine and beer on the patio outside FOX’s worldwide headquarters.
Trophy trucks, rock crawlers and side-by-sides littered the front and side entrances, welcoming folks from all parts of the globe, drawn here by their love of outdoor sports and appreciation for excellent suspension.
That suspension was about to be put on display in a brand new way for FOX; this wasn’t the announcement of a new product line. For a company that’s known for pushing things forward, FOX was taking a rare moment to pause and look back as it opened its doors to the new FOX museum on the bottom floor of its Scotts Valley offices.
EL CAJON, Calif. – A windless day allowed thick dust to blanket everything at the General Tire Mint 400 in Las Vegas, where FOX athletes used their superior damping performance to dominate a course that quickly degraded into huge, square-edged holes filled with rocks.
As each car passed, more and more stones that littered the ground were knocked loose, falling into the deep ruts. With conditions so rough, it was FOX athletes battling amongst themselves for the lead. FOX took the overall win, swept the podium in the Trick Truck class, won the unlimited open-wheel class (1500) and grabbed eight of the top 10 finishing spots.
El Cajon, Calif. – FOX athletes have ruled King of the Hammers, an extreme competition called “the toughest single day event in the world.” Competitors race across the desert at high speed and conquer several of the toughest rock crawling trails in the United States, all in the same day. FOX athletes have consistently been the fastest due to FOX’s precise tuning and superior damping performance. FOX tuning gurus will arrive on Monday, February 4th to begin assisting in vehicle set-up. They observe the racecars performance and review technical feedback from the driver. They then consult with the driver to implement any adjustments needed to maximize performance. FOX’s direct involvement with competitors provides vital information that goes right back into developing new engineering solutions that dominate the competition.
To request a FREE tuning and setup session please email our race support department at firstname.lastname@example.org . After requesting a session, see the FOX techs on the Johnson Valley lakebed starting on Monday, February 4th. Stop by the FOX compound in Hammer Town or drop us a call or text on our At Track Direct-to-Tech hotline, 619-933-3074.
Spend some time making the most of your vehicles performance and then take advantage of FOX’s lucrative contingency program. FOX pays $5000 to the Ultra4, King of the Hammers and $1000 to the winner of the Everyman Challenge. Just make sure to get your FOX decal at the FOX compound in Hammer Town to be eligible.
Having completed 39 years as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, Los Angeles-based SCORE International will have nine annual SCORE Off-Roadsman Award winners selected by online voting at http://tinyurl.com/cp9n3 to which opened today and will close at midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 25. Two additional SCORE Off-Roadsman categories, Original Chassis Builder and Engine Builder are determined by a special points system.
Winners of the public voting will be honored in January during the SCORE Awards Night which celebrates the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. This is the second year that SCORE has used online voting to determine the award winners. In past years the winners were selected by way of a vote conducted with SCORE members.
Morgantown, W. Va. – Please join the GNCC community in celebrating the life of Glen “Jody” Pritchard this weekend at the ITP Powerline Park GNCC, Round 11 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series.
On Friday, October 5, Brian Wolf’s pit area will host another opportunity to help benefit the Pritchard Family from 3-5 p.m., where t-shirts, stickers and raffle tickets will be available for purchase. The raffle that began at Round 10 in New York will continue through the Ironman GNCC, where the grand drawing will take place. All proceeds will go directly to Ellen Pritchard and family.
Escanaba, MI (September 20, 2012) -The 2012 TORC race season saw an epic battle for the Super Stock Truck Championship that saw Upper Michigan’s Danny Beauchamp take home the title after sweeping the final weekend of racing at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The win on Saturday also gave him the title of World Champion and the win in Sunday’s final race of the season saw the twenty-eight year old clinch the TORC Championship.
The 10-race season didn’t start off as well as the team hoped, as the team missed finishing on the podium in the first three rounds of racing, but the Sunday race at Spring Crandon saw the Mole Lake Casino/Bach Mobilities Inc./Hilltop RV sponsored Ford F-150 finish second after a great battle with race winner Nick Byng.
Matt Cullen and Chuck Sacks drove their Alumi Craft / F&L Racing Fuel class 10 car to an impressive victory at the SCORE, Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico. The Baja 500 course makes a huge loop that covers just about every type of terrain that Baja has to offer. There are miles of sandy whoops, deep silt beds, rocky trails, narrow mountain roads with sheer cliffs and dry lakebeds that dare drivers to bury the throttle. In order to run fast and stay out front, you need skilled drivers and a car that excels in any terrain; like Matt’s Alumi Craft.
Matt and co-driver Mike Lombardi started fourth off the line but quickly moved up through the other Class 10 cars running first on the road before they reached Ojos Negros. Their Major Performance built, Honda power plant was churning out serious horsepower and their Fox Shox were soaking up everything in their path. They had a great run to mile 209 where they handed the car off to driver Chuck Sacks and his co-driver Layton Bowles.
Chuck and Layton continued to build a solid lead. Poised to embarrass many of the faster vehicles, an errant rock forced them to make a lengthy pit stop. The rock nicked the power steering filter, causing it to leak profusely. After repairs, they quickly got back up to speed; extending their lead over the rest of the class 10 field. They crossed the line 20 minutes ahead of 2nd place Mikey Lawrence.
“We had a great day,” said Matt, “The car was flawless. At one point, we were running ahead of several unlimited cars and Trophy Trucks in 8th place overall. Dave Willey performed an awesome prep job and our BFG tires from Parkhouse tire were perfect.”
Alumi Craft race cars have long been known for innovative design and quality craftsmanship. Race wins and championships don’t come easy. When you are driving at the limit in the heat of competition, you want a car you can count on. That’s why champions rely on Alumi Craft’s experienced professionals to be meticulous in every detail during the design, fabrication or race preparation of their cars. Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 to find out more about our race products and services.
There was standing room only at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park last weekend as people from all over Southern California poured in to watch the stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) battle on the all new short course track. The newly constructed track was well-received by fans and racers alike with features such as a high elevation change, table-tops, tight hair pin turns and an infield mogul section. Unfortunately practice was canceled on Saturday, which meant that fan favorite Rob MacCachren and his talented crew were not able to dial in the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools / BFGoodrich Tires truck for the track and conditions.
The combination of a new truck and a new track meant that the team didn’t have much to go on when setting up the truck, and when the green flag dropped on Saturday it was immediately obvious they didn’t have the winning recipe. Rob Mac’s natural talent is unmatched, but it can only take him so far when he is outgunned. MacCachren still managed a sixth place finish among 18 competitors in the marquee Pro2 Unlimited class and kept the truck clean for Sunday’s race. The team broke out the Makita Power Tools and worked well into night making minor tweaks to gain a leg up on the competition. With an all new track and limited practice time, the playing field was leveled out and it was anyone’s guess what combination and set-up would w ork. It was decided that dramatic changes to the valving of the Fox Shox and a different ratio set-up to the Motive Gear ring and pinion was necessary to be competitive in Sunday’s race.
Foothill Ranch, Calif. – Set against the uniquely sculptured and dramatic backdrop of Oakley’s world headquarters, the finest off-road motorsports performances of last season were toasted at the annual Dirt Sports magazine “Driver of the Year Honors” celebration hosted by Amsoil, KMC Wheel, Oakley, Red Bull and Ryan Communications Group (RCG).
In the most difficult and closely contested Driver of the Year voting since the awards were established in 2005 (for the 2004 season), Dirt Sports gave top 2011 honors to Bryce Menzies. Menzies, a 24-year old racer from Las Vegas, managed the nearly incomprehensible feat of claiming two very distinctive championships; the Traxxas TORC Pro 2 unlimited short course title and the SCORE desert series Trophy-Truck crown. Both categories are considered the pinnacle in their respective forms of off-road motorsports.