Holland, MI (July 24, 2013) – The developmental season for the Ross Hoek Motorsports PRO-4×4 race truck has reached the mid-point of the TORC race season, and based on the team’s results, continues to improve every time it’s on the track. The two-night event at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois saw Hoek and his team run well as both the driver and the team continue to gather more data so the team can be included in the category of PRO-4×4 podium finisher.
This would be Hoek’s third trip to the one-mile long temporary layout that ran in and around the half-mile dirt track. Of course this would be the first time behind the wheel of a nine-hundred horsepower all-wheel drive PRO-4×4.
The Friday track activities consisted of afternoon practice and qualifying and a fifteen lap race under the lights later that evening. The more time Hoek was on the track, the faster his lap times became. When the green flag was waved for Round 9 action, somehow his safety harness came unbuckled. A stop in the Hot Pit to have the crew buckle him back in put the Toyota over one lap down. Undaunted Hoek went back to racing, and caught the leaders at the mandatory caution. Still one lap down Hoek was looking to follow the leaders and learn the fast lines. When the checkered flag was raised, Ross Hoek finished in eighth place.
Amazingly, the Motive Gear ATD Toyota went back to the team’s pit area with all its body panels in place and only the usual next day maintenance needed to have the race truck ready for Saturday’s live televised race.
The start of Round 10 saw the Hoek running hard right from the green flag. The #10 Motive Gear/Auto Trans Design/Maxxis Tire/Toyota began turning much faster lap times immediately. This time Hoek completed all fifteen laps and crossed the finish in seventh place.
“This has been another successful step in the development of not only this truck, but for me as a driver,” remarked Ross Hoek. “This was our first time on a true stadium short-course and yesterday was a day where we dramatically faster with every lap on the track. Today was more about running the faster lap times consistently and racing with the other PRO-4×4 competitors. We are improving every time out.”
The Ross Hoek Motorsports Sportsman Light Buggy was also racing at Route 66 Raceway. Glenn Hoek, Ross’ dad, finished twelfth Friday and crew member Jerry Windemuller crossed the finish in eleventh on Saturday in the always huge field of Light Buggy racers.
The next race for Ross Hoek Motorsports is August 10-11 at RED BUD MX in Buchanan, Michigan.
RHM would like to thank its sponsors including:
Motive Gear, Jeff’s Bronco Graveyard, AMSOIL, Auto Trans Design, Maxxis Tires,
Ross Hoek Motorsports has marketing opportunities available for the 2013 season including the primary partner. To contact Ross Hoek Motorsports for an interview or marketing opportunities please call 616-738-0058 or email: [email protected].
– Mike Reusche, Race Report
– Mike Roth, pics