- Rounds 11 and 12 set for Sept. 14–15 in Joliet, Ill.
- Bryce Menzies (PRO 2) and Andrew Caddell (PRO Light) chase fifth wins; Samuel Hübinette (PRO Light) and Rob MacCachren (PRO 2) seek fourth triumphs; Ricky Johnson (PRO 4) guns for third checkered flag
- Menzies leads points in PRO 2, Caddell holds top spot in PRO Light
Auburn Hills, Mich. — It’s getting down to crunch time for Mopar® Ram Truck drivers competing with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series, as just two events and four rounds of racing remain heading into the event at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., Sept. 14–15, with the finale on Thursday, Sept. 15 airing on SPEED beginning at 9 p.m. (ET).
Bryce Menzies and Andrew Caddell have each won four times for Mopar and Ram, while Samuel Hübinette and Rob MacCachren have scored three victories and Ricky Johnson has visited the winner’s circle twice to bring the brands’ win total to 16 in their inaugural TORC season.
Route 66 Raceway will host the TORC Series for the second consecutive year, though it will mark the first time the races have been run in conjunction with the NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway across the street.
“It’s always good to get to race in front of new fans,” said MacCachren, of visiting the Chicago area. “Earlier this year we went to Charlotte and that was the first time this type of racing had ever been there, and they had a lot of enthusiastic fans. We’ve been to Chicago before, but this year we are going the same week as NASCAR, so we are hoping to get a lot more motorsports enthusiasts there and introduce them to off-road racing.”
MacCachren is currently second in the standings in PRO 2, on the strength of three wins and five podium finishes. He ran third in the finale at Crandon (Wis.) International Off-Road Raceway in very muddy conditions on Sept. 4, which marked his best finish since breaking his collarbone last month. MacCachren is 26 points behind fellow Mopar Ram driver Bryce Menzies as they battle for the PRO 2 title.
“We’re going into Chicago on ‘kill mode,’” said MacCachren. “We have four more rounds and we’re going to go and try to win them all. We have nothing to lose and just have to go for it now. Our Mopar Ram Truck has been running great all year and my Jenkins Brothers Racing team has been working very hard, so we’ll see what we can do.”
Hübinette will be making his debut at Route 66 Raceway, as he continues his rookie TORC campaign in PRO Light. The two-time Formula DRIFT champion has won three times this season, opening the year with a pair of victories at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich. on Memorial Day weekend in his first two off-road starts. Hübinette is currently fourth in points, just nine markers out of the second position, having racked up five podium finishes thus far in 2011.
“It’s going to be a similar venue to Charlotte, which worked very well,” said Hübinette. “Chicago is a great location and I think we’ll have a good crowd there with NASCAR in town. It will be a very important event for me, after having trouble at Crandon. I have to really get the momentum going now and make it on the podium both days in my Mopar Ram Truck. I’m definitely focused to do well at Chicago.”
Menzies, the current championship leader in PRO 2 in his Red Bull Mopar Ram, was victorious in two of the three rounds at Crandon to score his third and fourth wins of the season. The native of Las Vegas has earned six podium finishes and has been among the top-five in all nine rounds of racing contested in PRO 2, as he continues his rookie season in the class.
Caddell also won twice at Crandon to bring his season tally in PRO Light to four, piloting a Mopar Ram for Jenkins Brothers Racing. The native of Graham, Wash. carries an impressive streak of nine straight podium finishes into the event at Joliet, as he looks to extend his 64-point lead in search of his first PRO Light title.
Ricky Johnson is second in the PRO 4 standings heading into battle this week, with a pair of wins to go along with a class-leading seven podium finishes. Johnson, one of the drivers who helped form the TORC Series in 2009, finished on the podium in two of the three rounds at Crandon over Labor Day weekend.
Also in action at Route 66 Raceway will be fellow Mopar Ram PRO Light drivers Luke Johnson and RJ Anderson. Johnson picked up his fourth top-five finish of the season in his Red Bull Mopar Ram in the opener at Crandon, as he continues his rookie season. Anderson, who drives for off-road legend Walker Evans, led the opening lap in the finale at Crandon en route to a fourth-place showing, which marked his fourth top-five finish of the season.
The event begins at Route 66 Raceway on Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a full racing program for PRO Light, PRO 2 and PRO 4, including practice, qualifying and feature races, and ends on Thursday, Sept. 15 with another full racing program. For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series, visitwww.torcseries.com.
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
- Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
- Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
- Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
- Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
- 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
- Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
- WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.
Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles—a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at http://www.mopar.com.
More than 70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s—the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.