April 19-20 marked the first practice/media day for the newly formed “The Off Road Championship” (TORC) series. Starting at around 8am Saturday some of the fastest drivers in off-road racing got together at the Perris Auto Speedway in the heart of Riverside County California.
The founding and key members of the PDG (a drivers association) kicked the testing event of with a briefing to the media, sponsors and fellow racers. The TORC series promised a solid series at a time when everybody is still recovering from the collapse of the CORR series.
It costs a lot of money to race a competitive Pro4 or Pro2 truck let alone crash, so its important to be on a well viewed TV program. Sponsorship money gets paid out to the teams in proportion on how many eye balls a race will receive. Time will tell which one of the two new emerging race series will offer the most ROI.
What was nice for the drivers during the test session was that they had the opportunity to turn some laps and gentleman race each other. Unlike a real points race drivers where courteous to each other leaving plenty of room between themselves. However it was not boring at all as trucks passed each other as well and the lap speeds almost equaled those at competition.
First race will be May 15th in Dallas/Ft Worth Texas and with some luck perhaps we’ll have more opportunities to see testing session prior to that.
|Date||Track / Location|
|May 15-16**||Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX|
|May 29-30||Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA|
|June 20-21||Crandon Raceway, Crandon, WI|
|July 11-12||Bark River Raceway, Bark River, MI|
|July 24-25*||Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway, Oshkosh, WI|
|August 8-9||Bark River Raceway,Bark River, MI|
|August 29*||Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA|
|Sept 4-6||Crandon Raceway, Crandon, WI|
|Oct 31-Nov 1||Las Vegas, NV|
To learn more about TORC visit their Website