Ross-Hoek-TORC-Off-Road-6-27-13Holland, MI – The Ross Hoek Motorsports team took a big step in the development of its TORC PRO-4×4 race program during the three race weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The #10 Motive Gear/Auto Trans Design/Maxxis Tire/Toyota made its first competitive laps at one of the fastest and toughest tracks in short-course off-road racing, Bark River Off-Road Raceway.

Ross Hoek headed to Bark River with more confidence about all aspects of the PRO-4×4 race program after a frustrating weekend of rain at Eldora. Ross is very familiar with the Upper Michigan racetrack garnering multiple race wins there throughout his career. Ross and his team’s goals were simple for Bark River; complete all the laps in all three rounds of racing and learn the truck. Seat time is crucial in any new race program and the #10 Motive Gear/Auto Trans Design/Maxxis Tire/Toyota completed every lap at Bark River giving Ross the ability to use more of the truck’s potential as well as gathering larger quantities of information through the Stack data acquisition and instrumentation system.

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.

Colorado Springs, CO – The Lovell Racing team is proud to announce their return to the Traxxas TORC Series Presented By AMSOIL. 2012 will mark their 3rd year chasing the Pro-Light championship and best shot at accomplishing their mission. The season starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and will be aired live on Speed this coming Friday night, April 20th.

“We are here to win the championship,” driver Brad Lovell asserts, “We struggled to gain a foothold in 2010, we proved ourselves in 2011, and now its time to produce. We have the resources of a top tier team, we have the expertise, and we are focussed. No excuses.”

Brad’s confidence stems from assembling a firm foundation of sponsors and dedicated crew. Longtime supporter AMSOIL has committed to a 3-year title sponsor agreement that firmly roots the team in TORC short course racing. Nissan is bolstering support with Lovell joining teammate Chad Hord as a Nissan factory backed driver. The team also welcomes Lincoln Welders to their pit and shop. BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, 4 Wheel Parts, Spidertrax Off-Road, Motive Gear, Fox Racing Shox, TrailReady Wheels, and a host of other loyal supporters rejoins the team for 2012. “Our team is about being the best,” explains Brad, “We’re not about validating second rate products. We use the best, have developed associations, and are proud to represent the premier brands in off-road.”

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.