Bark River, Mich. — Three races, three more wins for Mopar® and Ram Truck, as Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Luke Johnson were all victorious on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Bark River (Mich.) International Raceway with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series.

“Congratulations to Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Luke Johnson for winning today at Bark River,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The 2012 TORC season has been another outstanding one for Mopar Ram Truck drivers. The Mopar Ram combination continues to lead the field in each of the three PRO classes. We can’t wait to get back to the track tomorrow to battle for more wins.”

The Traxxas TORC Series returned to Crandon International Raceway for the Forest County Potawatomi, Chairman’s Cup race, Rounds 5 and 6 of the series. For the first time, Ultra4 racers got to race on the legendary track known as the “Big House.”

The Chairman’s Cup Race pits Pro-2 (two wheel drive) and Pro-4 (four wheel drive) racers against each other for a ten lap shoot-out. The Pro-2 drivers start ahead of the Pro-4′s to give them a better chance against the Pro-4′s superior traction in the dirt. At some point in the closing laps the charging Pro-4′s catch up to the Pro-2′s, if they’re lucky.

This year the King Shocks equipped Ram/Mopar number 21 Pro-2 was able to run away and take the victory. Second spot went to the King Shocks equipped, Real Tree Energy Pro-4 of Adrian Cenni who drove the last few laps with a flat rear tire. The battle for third and fourth was between Teammates and Brothers Mark and Mike Jenkins in their King Shocks equipped, Traxxas Pro-4′s. They both crossed the line at what looked like a tie but the win went to Mike by just a hair. King Shocks racers Mike Oberg, Scott Taylor and Jeff Kincaid finished 6th-8th.

Crandon, Wis. — Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren picked up two more wins for Mopar® and Ram Truck on Sunday, June 17, with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series during the Brush Run races at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin. Caddell was victorious in PRO Light, while MacCachren won the 19th Annual Chairman’s Cup Challenge, a non-points special event that pitted PRO 2 drivers again PRO 4 drivers at the conclusion of the weekend.

“Congratulations to Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren for winning today at Crandon,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The beginning of the 2012 season has been another outstanding one for Mopar Ram Truck drivers. The power that the Mopar engines produce and the reliability of the Ram Truck is second to none. We look forward to returning to the track in a few weeks in Chicago to battle for more victories.”

Caddell, who lined up 10th on the grid in PRO Light in his Mopar Ram, used a strong launch on the famed “Land Rush” standing start, and was running fourth coming into the first turn on the opening lap. He charged to the outside of Keegan Kincaid to take the third spot before the first lap was completed. On the second circuit, Caddell was able to work his way past Randy Eller to move into the runner-up position. The native of Graham, Wash., inherited the lead during the mandatory competition caution on the fifth lap, after early race leader C.J. Greaves was penalized one position for jumping the initial start.

Today, Ram Trucks will be hosting a live chat session on at 6:00 p.m. EST. Our Ram engineers, along with our friends from Mopar, will be gathering around the table to discuss the topic of off-roading, including important details about our awesome Power Wagon and its off-road capabilities.

Mopar Performance will also be joining the conversation to answer questions about the mighty Mopar Ram Runner along with all its parts like lift kits, shocks, cold-air-intakes and other hardcore products.

These chats offer Dodge fans the opportunity to ask Ram engineers anything. You can participate in the chat in the window below:

You can also visit www.ramzone.com to participate in the chat if the above link is not working properly.

For the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep and Mopar introduced a number of Jeeps and Dodge Ram trucks utilizing Mopar’s performance parts. Of the new vehicles and kits, one of the most eye-catching is the new Wrangler JK-8 Independence Kits. This kit, which will be available July 4th to coincide with Independence Day, allows owners of newer four-door Wranglers to update their vehicle to a truck-like Jeep with an open truck bed.

The concept was partially born out of a vehicle the Mopar Underground team built for last year’s EJS event as an updated version of the Kaiser called the Nukizer 715.

The millions of games in the world drooling over the most anticipated video game launch of the year with Call of Duty: Black Ops have one more thing to get excited about. Jeep recently announced it has been named exclusive automotive partner by Activision Publishing for Call of Duty: Black Ops, which will be released on November 9.

In conjunction with the partnership between Jeep and Activision, Jeep will be producing a limited-edition 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition, which will be available next month to coincide with the launch of the game. The Jeep Wrangler will be available at a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $30,625 for the two-door model and $33,500 for the four-door (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited) model, and Jeep notes that both prices include $750 destination.

Photo by Josh Burns

For those looking for a cool off-road camper trailer to match their Jeep, the new Jeep Trail and Extreme Trail Campers sold through Mopar will be available in August at authorized Jeep dealers. We actually provided images of the new trailer during the 2010 Easter Jeep Safari event that Mopar hosted back in April.

Check out a photo gallery of those vehicles here.

According to the press release from Jeep, the new campers are really designed to match the off-road attitude of the Jeep product. “The Jeep brand is widely known for providing its customers with a sense of freedom and adventure, with a mix of vehicles to take them wherever they want to go,” said Mike Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Thanks to our friends at Mopar, the Jeep experience may now be taken to a new level. Families may hook up an off-road Jeep camper to their capable Jeep vehicle and enjoy an ultimate outdoor adventure that no other manufacturer can offer.”