Cuffaro Leaves Las Vegas on Upswing Driving the #46 Nissan / UPR Racing Supply Pro Lite To 4th Overall in Championship Point's Standings
San Diego, CA (May 12, 2008) -- Sixteen races spread out over eight race weekends make up this season's 2008 Championship Off Road Racing Series. Thus far, everything has gone the right way for Cuffaro Motorsports.
The Las Vegas International Raceway at Primm, Nevada loves to play games with the best drivers in off road racing and that was evident in CORR Rounds 3 & 4, as many of the CORR top dogs ran afoul of this challenging race course carved in the dirt of the Southern Nevada desert.
The #46 Nissan / UPR Racing Supply sponsored race truck suffered some of the Primm wrath, but not nearly as severe as some of the other Pro Lite competitors. Cuffaro not only survived, but he raced hard completing each day of race action with solid finishes among the top ten. Finishing Saturday's Round 3 in 5th place and Sunday's Round 4 in 8th place allowed Cuffaro to move up in the overall championship point's standings from previously being tied at 6th to capping off the weekend in 4th place overall.
Todd seized the opportunity to carry positive momentum from a difficult race track that has put the hurt on many drivers over the past two seasons.
"We had a good solid run this weekend," Cuffaro said. "I bobbled the throttle during a shift at the start of Saturday's race and I had to fight to get back into the top five. Las Vegas International Raceway is an awesome track and I can't wait to come back and improve my times."
The #46 Nissan Pro Lite made its way through much slower traffic in both rounds of racing as CORR inverted the starting positioning of the top eight after excellent qualifying by hard charging, Todd Cuffaro.
The top eight mandatory inversions placed much slower trucks in the front of the pack and it took several laps around the .94-mile race track before the speedsters moved towards the front.
"I made a couple of mistakes, but my crew gave me a fast enough truck that we were able to hold it together for the long runs. We ran our strategy and we're racing for the long haul. It's a really long season and the preparation on our two race trucks has to be perfect in order for us to be in it in the end. The Nissan power plant really performed in the heat of the weekend.
Our BFGoodrich Tires survived the blue groove with the heat index soaring over 100 degrees. When we come back here for the fall race, we'll groove our tires slightly different. We've learned some things this past weekend."
Cuffaro said other teams were quicker to adjust to the changing track conditions between practice, qualifying and the race and that single reason contributed to why he struggled to run up front early in the race.
"I really had to dig hard to make up positions. We stayed out of trouble for the most part, while many others were banged up and disabled along side of the race track."
An unusual spring heat wave pounded the Western United States in the few days leading up to the race, while race weekend temperatures topped 100 degrees putting the hurt on everyone at the track.
Todd mentioned, "Many thanks goes out to all the track workers who braved the intense heat conditions over the five-day race week along with the fans who came out to the race track under the blazing sun and very warm conditions."
Sponsors of the #46 CORR Pro Lite are Nissan Motorsports, UPR Racing Supply, FOX Racing Shox, Sparco, BFGoodrich Tires, MSD Ignitions, Red Line Oil, Competitive Metals, Miller Machine Works and Cuffaro Motorsports & Race Prep. Visit www.toddcuffaro.com for the latest video and photo galleries of racing action.
About CORR: Championship Off Road Racing™ brings high action, four wheel motorsports including 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive trucks to the closed course off road arena. The 2008 Championship Off Road Racing's race season includes eight events at tracks located in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV.
CORR continues its long standing relationship with SPEED, broadcasting races each year on the automotive sports network. In 2007, CORR widened its television audience by partnering with NBC Sports to include 8 ½ hours of CORR programming on the national network.
New in 2008, viewers will get even closer to the action as CORR moves to high-definition with 12 hours of programming on NBC and 16 hours on SPEED. Plus, for the first time in CORR history, CORR takes its racing LIVE for 6 shows on SPEED and 3 shows on NBC.