B&L-Crandon-9-9-13St. Johns, MI – The season finale of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway was a very busy time for the B & L Sand Toys Off-Road Truck Race Team. Both drivers, Gerrit Bancroft and Dan Baudoux were scheduled to compete in three races during the Labor Day Weekend event. Both drivers ran strong throughout the weekend, as Dan Baudoux completed with weekend as TORC Sport 4 Champion.

The biggest weekend on the short-course off-road racing calendar is the Labor Day Weekend event in the small town of Crandon, Wisconsin. The town normally has a population of 1,900 residents, but Labor Day Weekend, over 30,000 fans of the sport arrive to witness the three day event known as the Crandon Off-Road World Championships.

Husqvarna-10-26-11Husqvarna Factory Racing has announced its intention to be a major player in the FIM World Motocross Championship series from the 2014 season with a full factory team in the paddock for both MX1 and MX2 classes.

In the MX1 class it will be South African born Tyla Rattray and Australian Todd Waters who will wear the Husqvarna colors while in the MX2 class Romain Febvre of France and Alexandr Tonkov of Russia are to represent the new team.

Rattray, former MX2 World Champion with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, has spent recent seasons competing in the AMA SX and MX competitions in the US and in 2011 he was second overall in the AMA 250 MX class. Now 28, he first relocated from South Africa to Germany in 2000 to compete internationally and qualified for his first GP races in 2001 at just 15.

Laia-Sanz-Endurocross-X-Games-8-6-13Johnny Campbell’s new retail business, JCR Speed Shop, has teamed with 12-time motorcycle champion Laia Sanz to battle the world’s best women racers at XGames Los Angeles.  Laia will pilot a purpose-built HONDA CRF250R in the Women’s Enduro X event on Sunday, August 4th at Staples Center.

“We are excited to announce the opening of the JCR Speed Shop. We are focusing on specialized replica race bike building and prepping for sportsmen to world class athletes like World Champion, Laia Sanz.  Laia is a True Champion with 12 World Trials titles and 3 Dakar Rally campaigns to her name, and most of all she is an amazing person.” — Johnny Campbell

“I m very excited to ride this XGames race on a JCR Speed Shop built Honda, and happy to be helped by Johnny Campbell a person and rider that I admire a lot, I want to say thanks all people from JCR, and Johnny s family, for their big help. We’ve been training at Colton Haaker’s track, and preparing the bike and I love it, also they help me train on the starts. Now I feel ready for the race and I hope to get a good result, I have no excuses, the bike and team is perfect.” — Laia Sanz

Jean, NV – When Brandon Arthur got a great, second row starting position draw for the South Point, Vegas 250, his team was confident they would achieve excellent results on raceday. In his only other race in the new truck, Rockin on the River 2012, Brandon won the Trophy Truck class and finished second overall. With his new co-rider, Brian Busby of F&L Racing Fuels and backing from Rigid Industries, Maxima Racing Oils and KMC Wheels, the opportunity to line up against some of the top teams in the sport was something he was looking forward to with great anticipation.

Everyone racing a Trophy Truck in HDRA has good equipment but the top teams also have solid financial support and years of racing experience behind them. After announcing that the HDRA series would also be part of a World Championship of Desert Racing that combines their results with the SCORE Desert Series to crown a World Champion, Top Trophy Truck teams showed up to chase a World Championship title. Brandon would be racing against his usual rivals plus BJ Baldwin, The Herbst Brothers and Cameron Steele.

Escanaba, MI (September 20, 2012) -The 2012 TORC race season saw an epic battle for the Super Stock Truck Championship that saw Upper Michigan’s Danny Beauchamp take home the title after sweeping the final weekend of racing at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The win on Saturday also gave him the title of World Champion and the win in Sunday’s final race of the season saw the twenty-eight year old clinch the TORC Championship.

The 10-race season didn’t start off as well as the team hoped, as the team missed finishing on the podium in the first three rounds of racing, but the Sunday race at Spring Crandon saw the Mole Lake Casino/Bach Mobilities Inc./Hilltop RV sponsored Ford F-150 finish second after a great battle with race winner Nick Byng.

SAN CLEMENTE, CA, August 16, 2012 – Azuñia Tequila a brand of Intersect Beverage launches two new ads in the “Celebrate the Adventures of Life” campaign. The campaign highlights scenarios of adventures and ways to celebrate these experiences; recently released was the “Stimulate the Rush” ad featuring ISA Surfing World Champion Sunny Garcia. Bill Walton, NBA legend, sports commentator and Azuñia partner was selected to be featured because he has lived a remarkable life and his presence and enthusiasm captures the essence of the campaign.  Jim Riley, CEO of Azuñia and former executive at Ketel One has built his personal life on partaking in the adventurous life and this campaign is his personal mission to encourage others to do the same.

“When I created the Azuñia brand I wanted a spirit brand that stood for something,” said Jim Riley, CEO, Azuñia. “I wanted a brand that encouraged individuals to enjoy life. As we roll out the complete “Celebrate the Adventures of Life” campaign consumers will see illustrations of individuals that define adventures, the celebration of giving back to the community in our philanthropy efforts, and a reminder that there is always time to kick back with friends, enjoy a cocktail and reminisce.”

MEDINA, MN – Just after 4 p.m. CST on Sunday, January 22, the T&N Racing Facebook page featured a historic status: “We WON the WC!!”

Nick Van Strydonk (T&N Racing) had just driven his lucky No. 13 Polaris race sled to victory in the Eagle River Snowmobile Derby World Championship, which he won by 0.025 of a second ahead of Matt Schultz, who led most of the race but was passed by Van Strydonk in the final turns of the last lap.

Dustin Wahl (Jimmy John’s/Wahl Bros./Polaris Racing) finished third on his Polaris-powered Wahl Bros. race sled, and his teammates Jordan Wahl and Brandon Johnson finished ninth and 10th, respectively. All three are from Greenbush, Minnesota.

Van Strydonk, who is from Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and has long dreamed of winning the Eagle River World Championship, took the lead by diving inside of Schultz entering turn three on the final lap of the 30-lap race. Van Strydonk ran that lap in 19.314 seconds, 0.319 second faster than Schultz.

Van Strydonk, 21, won the 49th running of the title race in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. He works at Erv’s Sales and Service, his family’s Polaris dealership in Tomahawk. The champion’s parents, Alan and Stephanie Van Strydonk, own the dealership and the race team.

Polaris racers were fast all weekend in World Championship qualifying and related events such as the Friday night Champ 440 final. Also known as the Sweet 16, the race featured the 16 fastest racers from World Championship individual time trials. Brandon Johnson won the Champ 440 title under the lights, finishing 2.3 seconds ahead of Van Strydonk. Johnson posted the race’s fastest lap at 71.856 mph, and the victory earned him an automatic entry in the World Championship, so he and his sled sat out the Saturday qualifying.

Van Strydonk, who topped the individual time trials with a qualifying lap in 17.873 seconds (74.526 mph), won his semi-final on Saturday to earn a spot in the World Championship, as did Dustin Wahl.

Sunday afternoon’s World Championship was a start-and-stop affair, with one mandatory red flag at lap 10 for an equipment and track check, and several additional stoppages after crashes. Van Strydonk ran in second place for much of the first half of the race, then fell back to around fourth until the final 10 laps.

With three laps to go, Van Strydonk regained second place and was gaining rapidly on leader Matt Schultz, who was on a Ski-doo. Van Strydonk was right on the leader’s snow flap for the final two laps, and the eventual champion dove low in turn three on the final lap for the decisive pass. Van Strydonk won the drag race down the home stretch to win the title by the length of a ski.

Snocross: Kody Kamm Wins Again

In other racing at Eagle River during World Championship weekend, Polaris snocross racer Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) continued his incredible string of success in the 2011-2012 season. Kamm has won four of six Pro Lite finals on the ISOC circuit this winter, and he won the title at Eagle River. In the Pro Open snocross final, Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) finished second at Eagle River. Martin is the current Pro points leader on the ISOC circuit.

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Fort Mill, SC – (Oct. 11, 2011) – General Tire and Mad Media took home an EMPixx Award for their fast-paced commercial “Ballistic,” featuring world champion of off-road racing, “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin. The EMPixx Awards, sponsored by the American Pixel Academy, honors excellence in the areas of five moving pixels, including television commercials.

While the viewers may only see a 30-second clip, an enormous amount of work goes into its production. General Tire works off the principle that no detail should be spared, and that’s why it’s chosen to work with some of the best photographers and producers in off-road footage – Mad Media.

The commercial features Baldwin in his off-road truck fitted with General’s Grabber competition tire – the ultimate off-road, high-performance tire, tested in some of the world’s most treacherous conditions and most rigorous terrain.

“Less than one percent of the earth is paved,” says the narrator as Baldwin’s truck mounts rocky hills. “Go attack the rest.”

As the intense, 30-second spot comes to a close, the narrator ends with, “General Tire. Anywhere is possible.”

The spot was produced by Mad Media of Oceanside, Calif., and was filmed in the torturous terrain of the Nevada desert. Check out the video here:

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Triple Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma of Spain has renewed his contract as a factory rider with KTM, the Sportsmotorcycle specialist brand from Austria. Coma will continue to compete for KTM in top international rallies and has expressed his desire to stay loyal to the brand where he started his career as a factory rider.

“I am glad to have been part of the KTM family for 10 years now and I want to finish my career with the brand where I first started as a factory rider I am looking forward at the next challenges and I’ll be racing in the Pharaons Rally and the Morocco Rally in preparation for the 2012 Dakar Rally,” Coma said when he signed his contract.

Senior KTM officials also expressed great satisfaction that Coma will stay with the brand. Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports said: “We are proud to have had Marc with us for such a long time. Together we have achieved fantastic results in Rally sport over the past years and we want to achieve even more in the coming years. Marc is a great example of professionalism and of commitment to the sport and to KTM. Without a doubt he also represents pure motorcycle passion. Rally is extremely important for KTM and with Marc we have a true great and a superb rider on our 450 rally bike. ”

Heinz Kinigadner, senior company official, former Motocross World Champion and motorsports consultant to KTM said: “Rally needs strong characters and lots of extra motivation and Marc has proved that when things are tough he is even stronger. Today he is not only a fixed part of the KTM family but also part of our company history.”

Universally recognized as one of the finest exponents of rally sport, the Barcelona native first joined KTM to compete in the Dakar Rally in 2003, where he finished third in four stages and firmly established himself as a serous contender for what is recognized as the toughest rally in the world. Coma went on to win the Dakar in 2006 when the even was still being staged on the African continent and then again in 2009 and 2010 in its latest version through South America. He was also World Rally Champion in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 and so far this season has competed in and also won both the UAE Desert Challenge and the Sardinia Rally.