SALT LAKE CITY, UT – TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL is announcing its 2016 season schedule featuring PRO racing at many of the country’s most popular tracks such as Crandon International Off-Road Raceway and also includes a new track location outside of Minneapolis, MN. Notably, Salt Lake City, UT, based action sports event marketing company, Mountain Sports International (MSI), is in final negotiations to acquire ownership of the series. Established in 1997, MSI has owned and operated action sports events in a variety of sports categories and brings a long history of experience to TORC.
BARK RIVER, Mich. — Once again, CJ Greaves broke out the PRO 4WD broom in his Maxxis Tires Toyota, this time at the Throwdown in the UP at Bark River International Raceway in a near-photo finish against his father, three-time and defending class champion Johnny Greaves. In PRO 2WD, Keegan Kincaid and his Cooper Tires were able to prevent the younger Greaves from completing the double sweep after Kincaid made a daring last-lap pass for his fifth victory of the 2015 season. Kincaid’s Cooper Tire teammate, Luke Johnson, kicked off the PRO races with a strong victory in PRO Light, his second this season and the second of his career at Bark River.
Johnny Greaves is a three-time TORC PRO 4WD title holder. He’s won races at every level. And on Sunday, the driver of the Monster Energy/Maxxis Tires Toyota took home his fourth Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup championship after another nail-biter against his son and current class points leader CJ Greaves. CJ added to that points lead earlier in the day at the Big House Brawl at Crandon Off-Road International Raceway with a win over Dad in the PRO 4WD race. Traxxas/Cooper Tire pilot Keegan Kincaid broke out the broom, completing the PRO 2WD sweep at his home track. In PRO Light, after two straight runner-up finishes here, Travis Dinsmore and his Atturo Tires held off a hard-charging Luke Johnson for his first-ever class victory.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif – Mounting an all-new forged bead-lock design by Hostile Wheels, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is poised and ready to aggressively move forward in the 2015 TORC PRO 2 Division, adding a lighter, yet stronger, addition to his GUNK two-wheel-drive truck for the series. Hostile has partnered with Luyendyk and his team to showcase the durability from the often aggressive abuse wheels can take on in a challenging off-road series such as TORC (The Off-Road Championship Series). The PRO 2 race series includes eight weekends of off-road racing, beginning April 24th in Dallas and concluding the weekend of September 5th in Crandon, Wisconsin.
Dana Point, Calif. – Arie Luyendyk Jr. will return to compete in the nations premier short-course, off-road racing series, TORC: The Off-Road Championship, in 2014 beginning with the season opener April 5-6 in Primm, Nev. The popular star from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” brings his winning personality and style to the track for his second season of TORC competition. He also brings a legacy of motorsports achievements to competition on the short course.
Dana Point, Calif. – TORC: The Off-Road Championship the nations premiere short-course, off-road racing series, has announced that Cooper Tire is returning as an Official Series Partner for the 2014 TORC season.
“We have a long and proud history in motorsports that spans Indy Light Series, ProMazda, USF2000 and IMSA Prototype Lites,” said Chris Pantani, Director of UHP Marketing for Cooper Tire. “The TORC series adds a fantastic dimension to that effort with high-speed, off-road excitement and nationwide venues. Were very pleased to be an Official Series Partner again this year, as well as a commitment to activate our brand at the largest short- course, off- road racing events in the country thanks to TORC.”
As an Official Series Partner, Cooper Tire will engage with TORCs Nnational fan base through an array of television, radio, print, digital and social media exposure. In addition, the company will continue its strong and energetic on-site presence at TORC events with the impressive Cooper Tire motorsports display.
“Chris and his team have done a good job leveraging the TORC Series to drive awareness and consideration for Coopers Discoverer series tire,” saysnoted BJ Birtwell, TORC President. “Their efforts have resonated well at our events, and we look forward to watching Cooper build increased affinity and loyalty amongst our fan base.”
TORC: The Off-Road Championship will hold seven events across the United States this year, with NBC Sports providing television coverage and a behind-the-scenes docu-reality series. The 2014 event schedule features races at the following venues:
– April 5-6: Primm, NV (Primm Off Road Raceway)
– April 25-26: Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
– May 17-18: St. Louis, MO (Gateway Motorsports Park)
– June 28-29: Crandon, WI (Crandon Intl Off Road Raceway)
– July 19-20: Bark River, MI (Bark River Off Road Raceway)
– Aug 5-6: Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip Powersports Complex)
– Aug 30-31: Crandon, WI (Crandon Intl Off Road Raceway)
For more information on TORC: The Off-Road Championship including NBC Sports episode premiere dates, visit www.torcseries.com or find TORC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/torc and Twitter @TorcOffRoad.
JOLIET, ILLINOIS — Following a decisive win in round six of Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL action at Crandon International Raceway, Scott Douglas won round seven on the short course circuit at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago. “Chicago and Crandon are two very different tracks,” stated Douglas. “Crandon is a high speed natural terrain course, while Chicago is a tight and technical circuit built on the oval and infield of the dirt track at Route 66 Raceway. Crew Chief Jason Schampers and the Douglas Motorsports crew have the AMSOIL, BFGoodrich, Borla F-150 so well sorted out that we were able to win on both styles of short course race tracks.”
The round seven win was a hard fought battle. Scott Douglas was running upfront when Johnny Greaves spun in the left-hander going into the infield and Scott had nowhere to go and found his truck nose-to-nose with Greave’s Toyota. The rest of the field piled into the back of Douglas’ truck before Scott was able to break free and retake the lead. The second half of the race turned into a dogfight between Scott Douglas and Adrian Cenni. To the delight of the huge Chicago crowd, Douglas and Cenni traded the lead several times on each lap. Then, with two laps to go, Scott was able to break free and put some distance on Cenni, holding the interval all the way to the checkered flag.
Colorado Springs, CO 7/23/12 – Chicagoland Speedway has not been kind to Brad Lovell. A lawn dart maneuver took him out of contention in 2010 and in 2011 a similar move resulted in double DNF’s. The driver of the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan was looking for anything more than a mid-season flop this year and was rewarded with two strong finishes.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about season points,” commented Brad, “With our history in Chicago and a 2nd place points tie with CJ Greaves, I just focussed on finishing.” Chicagoland featured a new 3/4 mi track layout this year that took full advantage of the size of the facility. The dirt gave way to treacherous ruts that highlighted the untamed nature of off-road racing.