Off-Road.com - Covering the World of Off-Road Racing

Feb. 01, 2006 By ORC STAFF
It's the knowing nod of off-road racing - the kind of deal that those in the know, know. To Cheese Heads (Green Bay Packer fans) and those of the like, it's Bratwurst and beer, sweltering hot days, humidity, sunshine and rain. And then, there's the racing - flat-out, punch-the-throttle-through-the-floor, short-course off-road racing. Here, 800 horsepower trucks sling around corners at 100-plus miles an hour. BF Goodrich, Kumho and Goodyear tires twist into flat-out runs through the brush, spitting fire from red-hot exhausts. The suspensions suffer the wrath too, cycling through the ambition and competitiveness of the driver, the lion's roar of the crowd, and gut-wrenching jumps, which dig down deep into the very essence of suspense.
Pro-Lite drivers Jimmie Crowder and Mark Krueger
This is Crandon, a blip on the map of America, population 3,500 on any given weekend in the woods. But, that's not the case with the first weekend of September. Some 60,000-plus dirt-hungry race fans will descend upon the small northern Wisconsin town to see the one thing that brought them there, Round 13 and 14 of the Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) Exxon Superflo series at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, a 1.75-mile dirt-hewn racecourse that will rumble. It began some 32 years ago on some lonely pick-up truck carved back roads. For Crandon, They started off racing clapped-out jalopies, fusing the wisdom of shade-tree enthusiasm into a dream that would one day become what it is today, where full blown half-million dollar rigs blast through turns and flying over jumps for big bucks. Off-Road.com in alliance with Ford Trucks, Rancho Suspension and Borg-Warner will be there, covering the spirit, culture and the epic off-road race that the CORR Crandon race and the Borg Warner World Championship Off-Road Shootout have become.
Pro-2 action shot.
We'll greet you each morning, noon and night with real-time updates of all the weekend's action. We'll provide you and our two million-plus readers with race-by-race results, commentary and photos of all pro truck divisions. When it's all said and done, we'll have more than a thousand digital images, cut-rate commentary and maybe even a little video of all pro and sportsman classes - more than any other publication in the world has ever done for their readers or the sport. And we'll have it right here on the new Ford Racing pages of Off-Road.com. Join us in this epic and history-making coverage, where the culture of off-road racing will come alive before your very eyes. Beginning Friday, August 31, at 2 p.m., we'll bring you up to speed with who's hot at the Trail Master Time Trials (qualifying) for entry into Sunday's 7th Annual BorgWarner Shootout, where $100,000 goes up for grabs among the fiercest of off-road competition in the world. Pro 2 (2-wheel drive) and Pro 4 (4-wheel drive) trucks will go head-to-head in a battle royale for the big bucks and glory of taking home the BorgWarner Cup, the sterling silver and 18 karat gold trophy that tops the charts in off-road racing honor.
The $100,000 18K and sterling silver Borg-Warner Automotive off-road World Championship Cup. Drivers who win the prize are forever immortalized on the base of the trophy with the name and truck logo.
We'll then venture into the crowd and into the campsites to show you what it's like to live and breathe off-road racing. From there, we'll take you into the "Xtreme Thunderfest," where monster trucks, figure eight stock car racing, motorcycles and fireworks pleasure the edge-of-the-seat senses. Look for an upload of the action to be on your computer screen by 10:30pm Eastern Standard Time. We'll wake up before the rooster crows and do it all again for two full days of off-road racing action. On Saturday and Sunday we'll meet the people in the pits, the drivers, the mechanics - and even the Good Ol' Boys, the guys who put their grass roots onto the race track, in a race-what-you-brung crash-fest. Be sure to join us for this hallmark event, when we'll set the pace of great things to come in off-road racing. ORC Staff

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