Crandon, WI (February 10, 2009) Ricky Johnson of TORC – THE Off-Road Championship Series announced today that a three year agreement has been reached with Traxxas, The Fastest Name in Radio Control to become the 2009-2011 series title sponsor of the world’s premier short course off-road racing series. The series will be referred to as The Traxxas TORC Series or THE Traxxas Off-Road Championship Series and will be broadcast on national network television beginning in June 2009. The Traxxas TORC series will feature the fastest names in off-road racing competing at top tracks across America.
Traxxas is the world’s leading manufacturer of hobby-class radio controlled models, including the popular Traxxas Slash and Slayer short course off-road race trucks. In a statement, Traxxas owner Mike Jenkins said “TORC offers Traxxas and other sponsors the best racing series out there with soon to be announced nationally broadcast television coverage. In addition, Ricky and Mitch (Covington) have earned the confidence and support of both The Sponsor Group and The Professional Drivers Group. The Traxxas TORC Series has commitments from the biggest drivers in off-road like Johnny Greaves, Scott Douglas, Rick Huseman , the LeDuc gang, Steve Barlow, Scott Taylor, Ross Hoek, Jeff Kincaid, Chad Hord, and so many more. You can expect a little West Coast influence on the track design of Crandon this year. Viewers and spectators alike are guaranteed some new sections, jumps, and passing areas. The racing is going to be fiercely competitive.”
Jenkins went on to say, “We are proud to support THE Series that will truly bring all off-road short course racers together under one sanctioning body. Finally we have the West Coast and the Midwest together as a national series that provides a strong foundation to expand to other parts of the country in future years. Ricky Johnson and Mitch Covington have done a great job of bringing together the right people and sponsors to build the Traxxas TORC Series into a sustainable model that should carry us well into the future. Traxxas is proud to join up with TORC to bring this unequalled racing excitement to a national network audience at every race weekend.”
“Traxxas is the perfect title sponsor for TORC and owner Mike Jenkins definitely shares our vision to put on a show that not only lights up the crowd, but keeps a national television audience coming back for more.” said TORC founder and former short-course champion Ricky Johnson. “Working with a proven leader such as Traxxas, we will have our foot to the floor to push short course racing to be the most exciting racing series you can watch on American television. Traxxas really stepped up and I’m very proud of this partnership,” Johnson continued.
The Traxxas TORC Series brings together the best of Midwest short course off-road racing with exciting new west-coast venues. TORC has exclusive rights for premier events at legendary tracks such as Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Crandon, WI, and Bark River International Raceway near Escanaba, MI.
Currently a total of 8 points-race weekends plus 2 sportsman weekends are planned. The season kicks off May 15, 2009 at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix Arizona.