Mopar and Ram Truck Drivers Sweep Traxxas TORC Opener at Cycle Ranch

  • Samuel Hübinette picks up fourth win in PRO Light
  • Bryce Menzies scores sixth victory in PRO 2 and clinches title
  • Ricky Johnson takes fifth checkered flag in PRO 4 

Floresville, Texas. (Oct. 15, 2011) —  Mopar® and Ram Truck drivers continued their dominance in the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series on Saturday in the opener of the season-ending two-day event at Cycle Ranch MX in Floresville, Texas, with Samuel Hübinette, Bryce Menzies and Ricky Johnson all picking up victories. Menzies also scored the second championship for the brands this season, clinching the PRO 2 title.

“Congratulations to Samuel Hübinette, Bryce Menzies and Ricky Johnson for winning today,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand.  “With 24 total wins this season, it’s a true testament to the power that Mopar engines produce and the reliability of Ram Truck. We look forward to wrapping up the season on another strong note tomorrow.”

“Ram Truck’s debut season in TORC has been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “I’m proud that Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Samuel Hübinette could bring home wins in my hometown of San Antonio. If there’s one thing we know, it’s that Texas is the center of the truck universe, so we’re pleased that these TORC off-road racing fans got an up-close look at just how tough our Ram trucks are.”

Hübinette started second in the 16-lap PRO Light main event in his Mopar Ram, and took the lead on the opening lap from RJ Anderson, who also was in a Mopar-powered Ram. The two-time FORMULA Drift champion paced the opening four laps before 2011 PRO Light champion Andrew Caddell took the lead in his Mopar Ram. Caddell got upside down while out front, which ended his day and handed the lead back to Hübinette on the sixth circuit.

Hübinette was in the lead when the mandatory competition caution flew, with C.J. Greaves taking the top spot on the ensuing restart. Hübinette charged back into the lead on the 11th lap and paced the remainder of the distance to score the fourth victory of his rookie TORC season. Anderson finished second to earn his third straight podium finish.

“It was a fantastic run for our Mopar-powered Ram Truck,” said Hübinette. “I am so proud of this entire team. The whole package that we have with Jenkins Brothers Racing works really well. Today we were unstoppable and I feel great right now. I want to end the season strong, just like we started it.”

Menzies started second in the PRO 2 race in his Red Bull Mopar Ram and fell to third on the opening lap, before moving back into second on the third circuit. He pressured leader Jeff Kincaid for a couple of laps, taking the lead on the fifth lap, coming off the final turn of the race course. TheLas Vegasnative would go on to lead the rest of the 16-lap event to pick up his series-leading sixth win of the season, in addition to clinching the PRO 2 championship. Fellow Mopar Ram driver Rob MacCachren, who started fourth, was caught up in a first lap accident, sustaining too much damage to continue on.

“This one is for my dad,” said Menzies. “It was his birthday today and I was either going to win it or crash trying. My Red Bull Ram with Mopar power ran great and we were fast all day. We were able to wrap up the championship as well and I don’t even have words for it. This is an awesome feeling. We’ve been working three years to reach this point and we did it.”

Johnson continued his thrilling season-long battle with Johnny Greaves, as the pair started next to each other on the front row of the main event in PRO 4. Johnson got the jump at the start in his Red Bull Mopar Ram and was out front for the first six laps. Greaves took the lead on the seventh lap, before Johnson got back by him coming off the final turn just before the competition caution flew.

Johnson used a strong restart with eight laps to go, to open an advantage on his rival en route to winning for the fifth time this season, which helped him move into a tie with Greaves for the top spot in the standings, heading into Sunday’s season finale.

“What a great race,” said Johnson. “Johnny (Greaves) ran me hard and he ran me clean. I started on the pole and was able to get out front early and ran as hard as I could every single lap. I have to thank my crew. The drivers, we get to come out here and put a show on for the fans, but the crew members are the ones behind the scenes that put in all the hours to make this Red Bull Ram with a Mopar engine fast.”

The Traxxas TORC Series wraps up the 2011 season on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Cycle Ranch in Floresville,Texas with feature events for all three PRO Classes, along with the inaugural $15,000-to-win Traxxas PRO Light Cup.

Mopar-First Features
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.

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