Awesome Wheel to Wheel Off Road Action Earns PMG Back to Back Podium Finishes

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Orange County, CA (July 17, 2009)



Awesome Wheel to Wheel Off Road Action Earns Premiere Motorsports Group Back to Back Podium Finishes in Two Separate Divisions At TORC Bark River​

Off road racing is well known for its unprecedented wheel to wheel contact between the competitors, high action racing excitement, crazy points battles, and devastating crashes. This type of motorsport can take its toll on even the most well prepared teams removing them out of contention and stealing 1st place win right from their grips. The common phrase is, “Well that’s racing!” and the scenario is all too common.

Similar circumstances played out this last weekend at Bark River International Raceway. Big names, legendary drivers and 12,000 local enthusiasts found themselves basking in the cool Michigan sun for two exciting rounds of the Traxxas Off Road Championship. The summer season is not exactly synonymous with off road racing, however recently you will likely find thousands attending major short course off road events several times a month.

Undoubtedly the most exciting yet, Rounds 7 & 8 of TORC will air on ESPN2 this Sunday, July 19th at 11:30am ET. Check your local listings for accurate program scheduling. Tune in below for some highlights.

Rockstar Hart and Huntington Premiere Motorsports Group were well represented at Rounds 7 & 8 of TORC. Chris Brandt brought his “A-Game” and piloted the #82 ProLight to two consecutive 2nd place finishes. Some of the very best drivers compete in this division and Brandt had his hands full during each race of the weekend. At one point the Rockstar fueled Toyota lead most of Round 7 to the competition caution gaining extra points. After falling back to 4th on the restart Chris had to battle with Jeff Kincaid, Casey Currie, and fought off Marty Hart for 4 laps to earn a second place finish and the back to back podiums. This now puts Chris Brandt in 3rd place for the seasons point standings. Chris has been to Bark River a number of times but has had his share of bad luck. “Going into the race weekend, I just wanted to stay competitive in points and move up. Jeff Kincaid and Chad Hord know this track better than just about anyone, it would be hard to beat them on their worst day. They both seemed to share a bit of bad luck. That is racing and I am thrilled with our results this weekend.” In good position with just 7 points out of 1st place, Chris is well poised to continue his smooth driving style and consistent top 5 finishes to take the 2009 TORC ProLight Championship.

1600 Driver John Fitzgerald surprised many by stepping up and sweeping Bark River in his Lucas Oil Hart and Huntington PMG Limited Buggy. During a recent interview John commented on his strategy going into the weekend. “I just need to stay clean through Turn 1, avoid wrecks, and pick them off 1 by 1. To beat out the main competition, all I had to do was apply the pressure and capitalize when they make a mistake.” After the race, Fitzgerald was pumped, “It feels great to wrap up the weekend with a late race pass and take two 1st place trophies home.” Now tied with Mark Steinhardt for 1st place in the current points standings, Fitz has another competitive rival, Mike Seefeldt chasing close behind in 2nd place.

These two short course “Aces” have committed to the entire TORC Series as well as Lucas Oil Off Road Series being their primary focus. A fast paced schedule with the various events spread out all over the nation applies a tremendous amount of pressure and loads of additional prep time on PMG’s two-timing short course duo. While the main competition from TORC has just about a month off, Chris Brandt, and John Fitzgerald are rebuilding the race cars back in Iowa and thrashing to prepare for the next event coming up in Southern California.

What is sure to be the West Coast highlight of short course offroad motorsports, Lucas Oil Off Road Organizers have moved back the schedule for Rounds 7 & 8, to later in the evening and under the lights. Taking place on July 25th & 26th at the newly developed Lucas Oil Motorsports Complex, racers, crews, and motorsport enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes have declared this the prime destination for off road short course racing.

Looking forward to carrying this victorious momentum to Lake Elsinore, the rest of the Rockstar Hart and Huntington Premiere Motorsports Group is testing, prepping, tuning and testing again. The largest team in offroad, 8 PMG Drivers will compete in 6 different divisions consisting of Unlimited-2, Unlimited-Lite, SuperLite, Unlimited Buggy, Limited Buggy, and Modified Trophy Karts. When the big show arrives, the PMG Operation will have constructed a huge compound to manage the controlled chaos. It may be hot, so stop by for some ice cold Rockstar Energy Drinks, and pickup a cool Umbrella or any other Rockstar Hart and Huntington merchandise. Plus, Carey Hart will be available during scheduled autographs sessions and photo opportunities.
 

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Race Report as seen by Chris Brandt's Crew Chief and Spotter, Bryan Harder.

Chris Brandt has set out to re-establish himself and his team as one of the most consistent and fastest contenders in the Pro-Light off road racing world. By racing in two different series simultaneously, he has proven his ability to put politics aside, and to go out and enjoy what he has been doing for years, off road racing. This “Iron Man” attitude has been working well for him and his team this season, as illustrated by his constant top 5 finishes.

During the first race of TORC Round 7 at Bark River, Michigan, Saturday, July 11, Brandt led an elite field consisting of Hord, Hart, Kincaid, and Currie. Shortly after the green flag let loose a pack of furious ProLights, Brandt reeled in the leader passing by Hord who had the hole shot. The top five looked like a pack of wild dogs with multiple battles and exchanges for position. Coming up on lapped traffic, Brandt showed his exceptional driving skills and passed the lapper and the leader in front of a roaring crowd. Brandt continued his lead for several more laps, all the way to the mandatory yellow flag and acquiring two much-needed points. On the restart Brandt got pushed outside of turn 1 by Hord, the home-town boy, and Brandt utilized this time to learn from the man who lives at the Bark River track. The top 4 in the field battled fiercely, when, both Brandt and Kincaid went flying side by side in unison off a spectacular 150 foot jump, putting on an awesome show for the Bark River fans. Kincaid got the pass only to blow a motor a little later from pushing it so hard. Brandt and a hard charging Marty Hart changed positions through the remaining laps with Brandt coming out in front of Hart for a hard fought and well deserved 2nd place finish. Many of the loyal Bark River fans said it was some of the best racing they had seen in the 32 years of Bark River’s existence.

Sunday’s race found Brandt starting in the 4th position, and from the first turn it was a battle. Everyone jockeying for position caused a ‘pile up’ before the rhythm section. Brandt wasn’t tied up for long and came out of the mayhem in 3rd place. Brandt’s patience was wearing thin as Hart was in the lead and pulling away, while the #82 truck was trying in vain to get around Currie. The mandatory yellow came with Hart, Currie, Brandt and Kincaid set for a dog fight to the end. Brandt was communicating with his spotter, trying to figure out what the noise and vibration coming from his truck was. The race was restarted with a cautious Brandt not wanting to blow his chance to finish the race. Kincaid passed Brandt and Currie, while Brandt was still unsure what was wrong with his truck. With the points chase so close, Brandt decided in an all-or-nothing moment to “go for it”. With only a few laps to go Brandt passed Currie for a podium position. With only one lap to go, smoke started coming from the lead truck of Hart. Bryan Harder, Brandt’s crew chief and spotter, told Brandt of Hart’s misfortune and they decided to capitalize on it. Hoping his truck would hold together, Brandt headed for the finish line with a vengeance to get those valuable points. Brandt’s “never say die” attitude and faith that his crew could fix the truck later if need be, paid off huge as he passed Hart for another 2nd place finish. Brandt is now 3rd in points in this series and 2nd in points in the Lucas series.
 
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