luke-johnson-Radar-Tires-1-9-14Radar Tires enters its sophomore season of short course off-road racing by expanding the program into two series – The Off-Road Championship (TORC) and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Championship (LOORRS).

Red Bull athlete Luke Johnson, the 2013 TORC Pro Buggy Champion and driver/owner of the No. 14 Project648 Motorsports Dodge Dakota, will campaign the full TORC season and a partial LOORRS season on Radar Tires.  Fresh of his first Pro Buggy championship, Johnson returns to the Pro Light class for the first time since 2012.

BFGoodrich-Logo-2-19-13The mecca of short course off-road racing witnessed big crowds, fast course conditions and door-to-door racing at rounds 13 and 14 of the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL and the World Championship races this past weekend. When all was said and done drivers on BFGoodrich Tires claimed three wins and 12 total podiums to go along with eight World Championship race titles.

Team BFGoodrich member Rob MacCachren put in a veteran performance by sweeping the Pro 4 races and finishing second and third in Pro 2 respectively to dig his heels into the Pro 4 standings. After the Crandon weekend, MacCachren has 285 points and stands just eight points out of first place, behind Johnny Greaves (293) and Ricky Johnson (290).

Alumi-Craft-Crandon-9-6-13Crandon, WI – Every fall the Traxxas TORC series heads to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway for their World Championship weekend. The event is loaded with special events including a parade through the middle of Downtown Crandon. Winners on the weekend are crowned World Champions and receive a trophy, prize money and a Champions ring along with worldwide recognition. The World Championship is separate from the Traxxas TORC series season-long Championship. Alumi Craft racers won them both.

To take the Traxxas TORC season Championship in the Pro Buggy class Luke Johnson only had to take the green flag on Saturday to clinch the title. Luke started his first season in the Pro Buggy class by taking his Alumi Craft to five wins in a row. He was battling for the lead in his sixth race when he got tangled up with another car that dropped him to seventh at the finish. He bounced back from that race with another three wins in a row making it eight wins on the season.

Luke-Johnson-TORC-Crandon-9-5-13Saturday’s Pro Buggy race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway hadn’t even completed a full lap before we heard “Luke Johnson is the first overall points champion of 2013″ over the loud speakers.  All Luke had to do is push his PEAK Motor Oil Red Bull Undead Power #14 Pro Buggy to the start line and start the race to claim his championship in the division.  In Luke’s first year of Pro Buggy and having only confirmed his race program weeks before the classes opening race at Eldora Speedway in mid May, it was a spectacle to watch his dominance the 2013 race season.

Saturday itself was a little anticlimactic, as Luke had a electrical issue that caused him to drop out of Saturdays race early.  Having earned enough points with eight first place finishes in the 2013 season, starting the race was enough to secure the points championship.  Luke pulled off the track for an early celebration with his team.

Frana-TORC-Off-Road-8-16-13Loves Park, IL – The weekend of short-course racing at Red Bud MX had John Frana run some of the quickest laps in the PRO Buggy class as the #907 RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD single seater had back to back podium finishes on the most technical layout in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL.

The one-mile long layout ran through the same valley that the national motocross track is built on and it had many of the same characteristics that two-wheeled racers have grown to enjoy. The track had multiple elevation changes, big air jumps, a variety of turns, and of course the infamous loamy soil that can really create problems if a driver wanders off the racing groove.

Luke-Johnson-TORC-8-15-13As far as Luke Johnson is concerned, winning is the name of the game.  2013 has been an unforgettable season for the Pro Buggy rookie driver.  The PEAK Motor Oil Red Bull Undead Power #14 Pro Buggy has found the podium eight times in ten races and every single one of the those have been a win, including five consecutive to begin the season.  Luke’s successes are remarkable, considering he had confirmed his program only weeks before the first race at Eldora Motor Speedway.  Mathematically, with his win this weekend at RedBud, all Luke has to do is start Saturdays race at Crandon to clinch the Pro Buggy Championship.

In the opening brawl to the race weekend, it was the top four drivers in the division leading the field of twelve.  This time, it was Andy Zipperer out in front, followed by a close battle for second with Luke and John Frana, who sits second in points behind Luke.  The two separated the gap between the rest of drivers and Luke displayed some of his best driving all season, charging on Zipperer while fending off Frana.

Bryce-Menzies-TORC-BFGoodrich-8-14-13Drivers on BFGoodrich Tires continued their successful run in the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL at the Red Bud MX track on Aug 10-11. A podium sweep of the Pro 4 class in Round 12 on Sunday served as a tremendous finale in what was a big weekend for the tire manufacturer which claimed five wins and 13 total podium finishes in the pro classes and won 10 of the 12 the sportsman class races as well.

Red Bud has notoriously technical and natural terrain to maneuver through which can and did prove to attract aggressive racing. Team BFGoodrich member Bryce Menzies swept the Pro 2 class both days while Rob MacCachren captured two podium spots in Pro 2 on the weekend.

BFGoodrich-6-1-11In one of the premier events on the schedule of the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires continued its assault on the podium at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. With five class wins and 12 podium finishes, drivers on BFGoodrich Tires claimed the most top finishes. Additionally, drivers on BFGoodrich Tires won nine of the 12 total sportsman class races.

Team BFGoodrich members Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and Brad Lovell all collected wins in their respective classes. With Lovell’s win in Pro Light, his first of the season, BFGoodrich Tires is the first and only tire manufacturer to record a win in every class this season on the Traxxas TORC Series schedule.

“Our season has been rough,” Lovell said. “We’ve lost engines, we’ve had fires; we even broke before a race started out in the desert. Tonight is just vindication. We’ve been trying and struggling and you just get down.

Luke-Johnson-TORC-Buggy-7-25-13Things just keep getting better for Luke Johnson in his PEAK Motor Oil Red Bull Undead Power #14 Pro Buggy.  After five straight wins to open the 2013 Traxxas TORC Series and his first career win at “The Big House” in Crandon, WI, Luke traveled to Chicagoland Speedway to continue his destruction through the Pro Buggy Class.  Luke is en route to one of the most spectacular seasons in TORC history and after stacking two more wins at Chicagoland, inches closer to his first career championship.

After an extra long stint in the Midwest prepping for both Bark River and Crandon, Luke returned to his home base in Southern California to dial in his buggy before making the trek to Chicago.  A seventh place finish last round left Luke anxious to get back on the track and more importantly back on the podium.

luke_johnson_crandon_7_8_13The 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.