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The Off Road Championship (TORC); is one of the most gruelling race series going. Each event is a short track natural course where jumps and fender banging are par for the course, much like a four-wheeled motorcross, which makes it very entertaining to watch.
Chrysler’s Mopar and Ram divisions recently announced that they will be official sponsors for the series, providing trucks for drivers as well as an official pace vehicle in the shape of a Ram Runner Pickup. First revealed at the Jeep Easter Safari last year, the Ram Runner is a package designed for 1500 trucks that adopts pre runner style equipment, such as larger wheels and tires, suspension upgrades, including Fox Racing shox and flared fenders.
The five drivers which will be sponsored by Mopar and Ram in the TORC series are Rob MacCachren and two-time drift champ Samuel Hubinette of Traxxas Racing and Bryce Menzies, plus Ricky and Luke Johnson of Menzies Motorsports.
The first race in this year’s TORC series is set to kick off at Redbud MX in Buchanan, Michigan on Memorial Day weekend. Mopar says that fans who attend the events this year will also have a chance at experiencing off-road driving themselves. Now that’s interaction.
Last year was a good season for Lexus in the SCORE off-road racing series. Joe Bacall, and the JTGrey team, running their LX550, finished first in the stock class championship thanks to racking up wins at a number of races, including the Laughlin Desert Challenge, Terribles Las Vegas Prim 300 and the infamous Baja 1000.
Now, the team is back, hoping to repeat their success for a second year in a row. In fact, Bacall himself recently said in a press statement that “we are prepared for the new challenges this season will bring. We’ll be racing harder and faster with Lexus this year and expect some great finishes in the LX570.”
The updated JTGrey truck that Bacall will be driving this year is a serious piece of kit. It sports, among other things, 37-inch BF Goodrich Baja TA project race tires, custom King Racing shocks, Sparco race seats, and nine KC Hilites High Intensity Discharge lights. Top Trophy Truck builder Geiser Brothers’ Design and Development made modifications to the truck and will provide on site support during each race in 2011.
The next event on the calendar in the SCORE series, is the San Felipe 250, scheduled for March 11-13; the Baja 500 will follow on June 3-5, the 2011 Las Vegas Primm 300 on August 26-28 and finally the grueling Baja 1000 will be run on November 17-20. Not surprisingly, with so much at stake after last year’s success, Bacall and the JTGrey team will be looking to do well in each of these events.
The name Lexus is most certainly not synonymous with off-roading, but last year, Joe Bacal entered a specially prepped LX in the Stock Full class of the SCORE series; surprising the establishment with a largely trouble free run and a class win to boot.
Since then Bacal has gone from strength to strength – ultimately garnering his first off-road championship, thanks to a string of podium finishes and a win at the SCORE/Terrible sponsored Prim 300 in Las Vegas.
Making the championship victory even more remarkable is that Bacal is a Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor; has driven every mile of every race he’s competed in and won the 300 despite a serious knee injury which required 25 stitches prior to the start of the race. With the class championship secured; Bacal and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Lexus team look forward to this year’s Baja 1000, which begins on November 17.
[Source: Toyota Motorsports]
If you’re looking to buy tires for your SUV or truck, but don’t know what to look for, you’re in luck. The third installment of Yokohama’s Tire Tips video series has just been released and focuses on SUV and truck tires.
Hosted off-road racing champions Cameron and Heidi Steele, the “how to choose a truck/SUV tire” video is the latest of these short educational videos that help drivers learn more about tires, from proper maintenance to improving fuel efficiency. Other video topics have covered the importance of properly inflated tires and how to read the sidewall of a tire.
“It’s not easy trying to figure out what type of truck tire to get,” said Paul Algarin, Yokohama Tire product analyst. “As Cameron and Heidi explain, there are many factors to consider, including size, tread, performance and comfort. And who better to give truck tire tips than off-road stars like Cameron and Heidi? Their explanations are engaging and easy to understand.”
Other topics to be covered soon include ways to achieve better fuel efficiency, judging tread wear and choosing the correct winter tire. Watch for the next video that will come out this September. Watch the latest video after the jump: