Ridder Fab Racing stays in the chamionship chase.


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Ridder Fab Racing stays in the chase for a championship in 2009.

Bark River, MI (July 12, 2009)-The Traxxas TORC Truck Series presented by AMSOIL took 12,000 of Michigan's off road fans for a wild ride this weekend. Bark River International Raceway was the proud host to rounds 7 and 8 of the national series. TRAXXAS TORC Series driver Jim Ridderbush, owner and driver of the #413 Formula 4x4 based out of Appleton gained two more podium finishes in Bark River, MI July 11th and 12th 2009.

After a Thursday night arrival and pit set up, Friday’s truck prep and practice session came quickly. After a couple good laps the Ridder Fab Formula 4x4 stopped dead in its tracks. The truck was towed back to the pits and the team quickly went to work. The truck was washed and the transmission pan was dropped to find yet another failed turbo 400 transmission. Sometimes failure is just a stepping stone to great success. Late Friday night a new partnership was formed. Thanks to help from the Offroad Superfan (http://www.offroadsuperfans.com/) group and Douglas Motorsports and Roger at J&H transmission Ridder Fab racing was given the opportunity to run a J&H built turbo 400 transmission. With only a few small changes the unit fit right in to the Formula 4x4. The pit crew worked late in to the night to flush out the coolers and torque converter. It was decided that the team needed some rest so we hopped in the campers around two thirty A.M for a two hour nap. Most of the team couldn’t sleep, knowing full well that the truck needed to be at the staging area for practice at 9 A.M. and we had hours of work left to do.

Wake up call found the whole crew back to work already. Not only did the transmission get replaced, the timing got adjusted, the shocks got revalved, a blown radiator hose from Friday practice got replaced. The truck was up to practice in time to get a one half lap run on the track. The new J&H transmission absolutely impressed driver Jim Ridderbush and crew. The technology and build quality of the J&H transmission as well as the support behind the team from Roger is top notch.

On Saturday Jim pulled the hole shot and gained a commanding lead over the pack. After leading five and a half of the six race laps the right front axle shaft broke in Bark River’s famous “Cemetery Turn.” The axle breaking led to a spin which cost Jim the lead and put him in two wheel drive to catch up. With a quick recovery Jim finished the lap and gladly took a second place.

The truck got washed and the axle got replaced with in minutes of getting back to the pits. The shocks were again pulled to do some adjustments. We have made an alliance with Milan Mazanec to help us tune the ride of the truck to the best our classes limitations and stock style suspension will allow. After some adjustments to all four corners the team got some time to relax and enjoy the great weather that our hosts the Bark River Lions must have ordered for the weekend.

Sunday Morning put Ridder Fab Racing on the track again with the hole shot and a sizeable lead by turn five. Luck wasn’t with the truck and driver though. Another broken axle spun the truck in mid turn. Good spotting and careful driving by our competitors avoided what could have been a huge crash. Once Jim got the truck got back in motion, again in two wheel drive Jim drove it as hard as he could to catch the field. The Formula 4x4 class has been running with the Classix trucks this year. The combination makes for some great action on the track. Unfortunately one of the Classix racers got in to Jim in the “Cemetery Turn” where the truck spun on Saturday. This time one of our BFGoodrich tires got punctured further slowing the Ridder Fab truck. The Pit crew quickly changed the tire and got Jim back out on the track in time for a third place finish.

When asked about the weekend Jim responded: “If it weren’t for the great people that helped us this weekend would not have ended with two podium finishes.” Jim went on to thank Roger of J&H transmissions, Scott Douglas of Douglas Motorsports, Amsoil, Milan Mazanec for the shock work, the Ridder Fab crew and the Offroad Superfans.

Ridder Fab takes the track in Oshkosh, WI July 24th and 25th. These are night races at the Oshkosh Speedzone (http://www.torcseries.com/) this is the closest to home that Ridder Fab Racing will ever compete in the TORC series. Jim is second in points for the series championship. Please come out and cheer him on in Oshkosh.

The team would like to thank the series sponsors Traxxas, Amsoil, Hansen Beverage, Oakley and all the associate sponsors.

Look for future updates, pictures and video on www.ridderfaboffroad.com.

Ridder Fab Racing would like to thank all of our sponsors;
Ridder Fab
Jon’s Body Shop
J&H Transmission
Prusik Livestock
Schaeffer’s Oil
Baumgart Tire and Wheel
We would also like to thank our newest sponsors the Offroad Superfans www.offroadsuperfans.com

Contingency sponsors this year are:
BF Goodrich
Parker Pumper
Leatt Brace
KC HiLites
Auto Meter
K&N Filters
MSD Ignition

Ridder Fab Racing still has sponsorship opportunities available for the 2009 racing season. Please contact Dan Bergin 920-948-8004 dsbllbkeb@yahoo.com for more information.