September 27, 2009
TORC Series Rounds 13-14, Perris, California
“MAC-NIFICENT!” Rob MacCachren WINS Back-to-Back at TORC PERRIS | TAKES TORC PRO2WD Points LEAD!
Perris, California (September 26, 2009) Racing under the lights on any Friday night is every racer’s dream, whether churning rubber on the asphalt or dirt. Rounds 13 & 14 of the 2009 TORC Traxxas Series arrived to Southern California for another big show under the lights as 12,000 fans packed the grandstands to watch some of the closest off road racing seen to date this season. With the competitors seeking the top spot on the podium, it didn’t take long before Rockstar Energy Racing’s Rob MacCachren dashed the dreams of his competition.
The Las Vegas off road racing champion arrived to Perris Auto Speedway locked in a battle for the TORC Series point’s championship and he came out swinging early, which was clearly the right strategy as the multi-time winning champion earned VICTORIES in both rounds of racing.
Southern California was in the midst of a heat wave as Mother Nature unleashed triple digit temperatures across the Southland. Teams from across the nation braved the heat and dialed in their race trucks throughout the afternoon preparing for the evening show. Despite the intense heat and the close racing, MacCachren displayed a textbook example of championship racing talent.
The Rockstar Energy / Mastercraft Safety / BFGoodrich Tires backed Ford F150 gloss black truck was a standout in the early afternoon practice. Beneath the awning, a team of engineers quietly conversed as they prepared to make the final changes before the green flag dropped.
As a full field of TORC Pro2WD primed and roaring race trucks took the green flag, the competition had no idea that Rockstar Energy Racing was about to unleash it’s fury in the dirt of Perris Auto Speedway.
The driver that is commonly referred to as “Rob Mac” has been embattled in an epic point’s war with Supercross Champion Ricky Johnson and world-class racer, Todd LeDuc all season long. With only four races over the next two race weekends, the time had come for the #11 Ford F150 to make a charge towards the front.
After Friday’s practice MacCachren noted, “Well it’s been a long season and we are not so focused on the point’s championship race as much as we are on just plain winning. We’ve put the #11 Rockstar/Mastercraft/BFGoodrich Tires truck on the several times, but we’ve got to win races, that’s the bottom line. The team has worked tireously at implementing the constant changes to become better and I think we’re right there.”
MacCachren wasn’t kidding as he wasted no time in charging hard right off the start line. The inversion put the BFGoodrich Tire shod truck in the second row for the start, but that didn’t last long as Rob Mac wheeled his 800 horsepower Patton Racing motor high on the steep banked turn one, that allowed him a big charge down the backstretch at Perris Speedway. MacCachren gained two positions and took up a spot on the bumper of the leader Jeremy McGrath.
MacCachren raced McGrath hard throughout the first half of the race without a lead change and at the midway point the Rockstar Energy Racing team radio crackled with instructions that it was time to make a move around McGrath. Returning to green flag racing, MacCachren turned on the classic MAC Attack and McGrath was left to fend off charges from Johnson and LeDuc. MacCachren earned the Friday night round 13 victory and later commented, “Tonight our BFGoodrich Tires worked to perfection. At times this season, we’ve struggled and the BFGoodrich engineers have worked closely with our team to perfect the tire. Tonight was a prime example off excellent team work.”
There is no rest for champions as the Rockstar Energy Racing team owner/driver led his dedicated crew late into the night after the victory not celebrating, but working on making the Rockstar Energy sponsored truck even faster. MacCachren met with the FOX Racing Shox VP-John Marking to evaluate his suspension and make it even better. “I’ve worked with FOX Racing Shox for a long time and they provide unparalleled support in all of my racing endeavors. John suggested a couple slight changes and we put them in place for today’s race,” said Rob.
After the impressive victory Friday night, MacCachren gained points in the season point’s race and was moved back to the third row where he started side-by-side with Ricky Johnson, the point’s race leader.
As the trucks emerged onto the front stretch and took the green flag, MacCachren was back doing what he does best. That’s staying away from the trouble and charging to the front. Indeed, the Las Vegas resident worked his way to the front of the pack and shortly after the midway competition yellow flag, he set his bulls eye on the leader, #77 Dan Vanden Heuvel, and set him up for the pass on lap 14 of the 20 lap main event.
Once in front, the Ford backed racer focused on the checkered flag and a short six laps later, Rob MacCachren earned his second victory in as many days. The Patton Racing engine coupled with the Rancho Drivetrain transmission roared loudly in front of the packed grandstands as MacCachren entertained the crowd with a series of celebratory spinouts. At the finish line, MacCachren commented, “Once again, this was a team effort of all involved in this Rockstar Energy Racing team. Every single one of the crew members and our support team from FOX Racing Shox, Patton Racing Engines, BFGoodrich Tires, Rancho Drivetrain that provide us the support to chalk up victories in the win column deserve these back-to-back victories. And of course we couldn’t do it without Rockstar Energy Drink, Mastercraft Safety and our many marketing partners who continue to believe in this team’s ability to win championships. Thank you to all of you that continue to support Rockstar Energy Racing.”
With the impressive double victories in rounds 13 & 14, MacCachren takes the overall point leading into the final race weekend of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 23-24, 2009. Rob MacCachren and his Rockstar Energy Racing invite everyone out to the 2009 TORC Pro2WD championship finale in Rob’s hometown, Las Vegas, Nevada, where the Rockstar Energy Racing team has planned an epic end of the season celebration…VEGAS Style!
TORC Rounds 13-14 will be broadcasted on ESPN2 on Sunday, October 4, 2009, 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PST. Check your local listings for broadcast times near you and visit www.torcseries.com for additional information.
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Rob MacCachren Racing: For nearly three decades, Rob MacCachren has been involved in off road racing. As a second-generation desert racer, Rob began his career following in the footsteps of his father while growing up in the Nevada desert. His career accomplishments include winning three consecutive Borg-Warner Championships, as well as three Governor’s Cup Championships, all at Crandon International Raceway in Wisconsin. Rob has also accumulated 5 SCORE Baja 1000 victories and another 5 SCORE Baja 500 wins. MacCachren was heralded as the premier driver after winning the longest distance (1296 miles point-to-point) SCORE Baja 1000 ever held in 2007. The multi-disciplined championship racer has accumulated over 150 victories and numerous championships between closed short course and open desert racing.