The latest weekend of the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL was titled, the Chicagoland Slam, and the event quickly lived up to the title. After Douglas Motorsports ended Thursday night with a podium finish, Friday night ended early due to the “Slam” that was a major component in both PRO-4×4 rounds of racing. Regardless of the outcome Scott Douglas knows his team continues to give him a really fast race truck every time he enters the track.
El Cajon, CA – After a second place finish at Crandon four weeks ago, Douglas Motorsports added two more podium performances to complete the 2013 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL in Primm, Nevada. The team made the trek to the desert oasis not only for the series final rounds of races for the season, but to honor to the lives of Jeff and Rick Huseman by participating in the Huseman Cup. The weekend was definitely a weekend of high emotions and great competition as another short-course off-road race season came to a close.
As long with the season concluding event, Primm Off-Road Raceway hosted the preseason testing event back in March so Douglas Motorsports was well familiar with one mile layout. The time on the track in the spring proved extremely helpful as the team had a good idea what to expect from the desert short-course track.
El Cajon, CA – The weekend at Red Bud MX really put Douglas Motorsports to the test as the team practically every resource available to put the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust PRO-4×4 back on the podium. After having some early season success, the team had its share of mid-season struggles, but like all successful teams, Douglas Motorsports looks to be back on track after a solid third place finish in Round Twelve.
Scott Douglas and his team arrived in southwestern Michigan Wednesday evening and spent the next day working with various media outlets promoting the weekend of TORC racing. Douglas even took time to talk off-road racing with multi-time Supercross/Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael as the “GOAT” would be making his short-course debut at Red Bud.
El Cajon, CA – After a second place finish at the FCP Brush Run in Crandon, Douglas Motorsports was looking to build on that success on the Dirt Track at Route 66 Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. After running well at a similar layout in Dodge City, Kansas, Scott Douglas had high expectations for the team’s performance. The team gave a solid performance during both nights of racing, but fell short of the team’s expectations.
The one-mile long TORC short-course track had some very fast sections along with a couple of technical switch backs and a very tough run through the middle of the circle track that had a table top jump and a flowing rhythm section that made for some great racing.
El Cajon, CA (July 2, 2013) – After a rough start to the weekend, Scott Douglas and the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 came to life on day two of the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run in Crandon, Wisconsin. The team’s brand new race truck, built entirely in-house at Douglas Motorsports, has shown great speed on the short tracks, but has struggled somewhat on the bigger free flowing layouts, but after the great result in Round 8, the team is looking forward to a strong second half of the TORC season.
It seems like whenever the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL sets up shop at any venue this season, rain finds its way into the forecast. The June stop in Crandon continued that pattern. The Friday afternoon practice and qualifying sessions were cancelled thanks to the rain showers that fell throughout the day.
El Cajon, CA (May 13, 2013) – The latest round of racing in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL at Eldora Speedway, presented quite a challenge #7 AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust /BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 and like a true champion, Scott Douglas brought home another podium finish. The weekend at Eldora really challenged the TORC competitors as the unique track layout and constant rain throughout the weekend really tested each team. Douglas Motorsports showed why they are some of the best in the sport.
The TORC track layout would only use the actual half mile long high-banked dirt oval. Track builder Jeff Nordstrom created a series of jumps and table tops creating a very high speed left turn only off-road course. Scott Douglas was very anxious to take some practice laps to get a better handle on the set-up for the 900 horsepower Goodwin Competition equipped Ford F-150. Unfortunately heavy rains cancelled all Friday activities, including the evening race program.
Then all of Saturday’s prerace activities were also cancelled in order for the track surface to dry, in the hopes of salvaging one round of racing. Now Douglas Motorsports had to create a tire and chassis set-up without any practice information as a baseline. After a team meeting, Crew Chief Jason Schampers came up with a package that would keep the AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust PRO-4 running at the front of the field.
About an hour before the PRO-4 group of racers entered the track for Round 3, another rain cloud passed overhead, dumping more water on the race surface. After the twenty minute delay the program resumed. Fortunately, by the time Scott Douglas and the rest of the PRO-4 competitors began their warm up laps for the thirty lap feature, much of the water was gone and the track surface was quite tacky.
El Cajon, CA -The 2013 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL saw Douglas Motorsports bring a brand new PRO-4 race truck to the season opening event in Dodge City, Kansas. Scott Douglas and his team have put high expectations on themselves and if the racing in the high plains of Kansas are any indication, the AMSOIL Borla Exhaust BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 are the early favorites for the PRO-4×4 Championship.
The offseason not only saw the team designing and building a brand new race truck, but just after the first of the year, Douglas Motorsports moved its operation into a new race facility. The move was completed just in time for the team to head across country for a test session in Primm, Nevada. In 2012, Douglas Motorsports made the move to a Goodwin Competition powerplant and implementing a manual transmission, and the upcoming season will see the new truck depend on King Shocks to handle the varying track conditions of the TORC series.
El Cajon, California – Eleven-time off-road racing champion Scott Douglas has signed a new multi-year contract with primary sponsor AMSOIL. The new AMSOIL Douglas Motorsports program is a five-year deal extending through the 2016 race season. Scott Douglas has been flying the AMSOIL colors since 2006.
“Year after year, Scott has proven to be one of the best drivers in all of off-road racing,” said Jeremy Meyer, Race Program Manager for AMSOIL. “On top of that, Scott has become a great ambassador of AMSOIL and our products. We have a high threshold for quality at AMSOIL, and Scott helps us meet those thresholds both on, and off the track. All of us love his passion for the sport and his desire to push off-road truck racing to the next level of exposure in the U.S.”
Scott Douglas races a PRO 4×4 pickup in the TRAXXAS TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. “PRO 4×4 is the fastest and most technologically advanced class in short course off-road racing,” stated Douglas. “I am thrilled with the new five-year sponsorship deal with AMSOIL. Primarily because the people at AMSOIL are great to work with and their products are second to none. The long-term stability allows us to move forward with R&D to make sure the AMSOIL BFGoodrich truck is the fastest on the race track.”
Douglas Motorsports is currently building an all-new state-of-the-art race truck to complement their current truck. “We are using computer aided design to optimize the chassis design and suspension geometry. The new truck takes PRO 4×4 design to the next level,” continued Douglas.
Crandon, Wisconsin — The last time Scott Douglas raced at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway he ended the day standing on top of the winner’s circle podium holding the well deserved AMSOIL Cup. That victory was Douglas’ third short course Cup win, taking the BorgWarner Cup in 1997 and 2006 before it.
Unfortunately, due to monsoon-like rain, Scott Douglas was unable to defend his Cup record – both the Sunday round of PRO4 points racing and the Brush Run Crandon Cup race were postponed until the Friday prior to the Labor Day Crandon races. The rain was so heavy that the infield pond swelled to cover the race track with standing water. These trucks can race in mud, but several feet of water make it imposible for the safety crews to do their job.
In Saturday’s PRO4 race, Scott entered turn one in fourth and quickly fell into a fast pace. The Crandon track crew added fresh dirt to the surface of the famous circuit during the off-season and the changing conditions had teams searching for new tire and suspension setups. In the case of the AMSOIL BFGoodrich Ford F-150, Douglas found the truck had a little too much grip in the corners. Douglas Motorsports tested at Crandon in the weeks leading up to the race, but conditions on the freshly groomed surface were quite different than during testing.
“Our BFGoodrich tires were hooking up very well out there today, a little too well in some corners…the truck was very tight,” commeneted Douglas after the race. “We had so much side-bite that truck wouldn’t rotate in the corners the way I like. I would throw it into a corner and instead of pivoting around, it would simply dig in and drive forward. It takes a serious tire to do that when you are working with 900 horsepower, these new BFGoodrich race tires are pretty amazing.”
Scott drove hard chasing down the race leaders who were running at a blistering pace. The pace was so fast that Johnny Greaves set a new lap record during the race. Douglas worked his way to third then challenged Ricky Johnson for second. Scott passed Johnson, only to be knock back to sixth place by an aggressive move by Mark Jenkins. “With so much side bite in the rear tires I wasn’t able to drive my usual race lines and it was more difficult get inside trucks I was passing.” When the checkered flag fell, Douglas had worked his way back into fourth and was challenging for third.
Combined with his win in round one at Red Bud,Scott Douglas is tied for second with Johnny Greaves just one point behind Ricky Johnson. TORC Series racing resumes July 22nd and 23rd at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
Be sure to catch all the 2011 TORC Series race action on Discovery HD Theater. Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all their great fans and sponsors, including; AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires, Baileigh Industrial, KC Hilites, MasterCraft Seats, Fox Shox, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Raceline Oil Pumps, Miller Electric, BorgWarner, VP Racing Fuels, Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, Howe Performance Power Steering, J&H Transmission, MSD, Peterson Fluid Systems, and Phil’s Inc.
Buchanan, Michigan — Scott Douglas launched into the 2011 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL season the same way he closed out the 2010 season—with a decisive win at the Red Bud MX season opener on Memorial Day weekend.
The win came after torrential rains forced the race to be canceled on Saturday because the track was too sloppy to allow emergency equipment access to sections of the hilly natural terrain circuit. Racers and TORC Series officials were determined to get at least one round of Pro racing in for the hardcore Red Bud MX fans.
With another major thunderstorm on the radar, the Red Bud track crew worked feverishly to groom the track for racing on Sunday. TORC adjusted the schedule and put the Pro 4 trucks out on the track first since four-wheel-drive was going to be an advantage in the super muddy conditions. Without practice or qualifying time on the new racetrack, veteran drivers like Douglas had an advantage with their ability to read the terrain and surface conditions.