#46 NISSAN / UPR Racing Supply Strides to Top Ten Finishes at CORR Los
Angeles Rounds 5 & 6
Cuffaro Motorsports Solid in 4th Place Series Points Race
San Diego, CA (June 8, 2008) -- Racer Todd Cuffaro arrived to the Los Angeles Fairplex in Pomona, California with one thing on his mind and that was to continue his chase towards a championship season. The young rookie driver has faced perhaps the deepest field of CORR Pro Lite racers in history. So far in the 2008 season, CORR has seen all of the nation's top Pro Lite racers compete in the predominant West Coast series. In previous seasons, some past champions have not competed in the CORR series opting to stay closer to home. However, that is not the case in the 2008 season.
Previous Pro Lite champions currently fill the top six spots, except for the lone rookie, Todd Cuffaro.
"I know we can hang with the top teams. We've had some success in the first six races of the season, but the podium has eluded us to this point. Nonetheless, the #46 team will continue to push hard and strive to finish in the top of the pack in every race," said a smiling Todd Cuffaro.
Cuffaro raced well on the track in Saturday's Round 5 ultimately suffering damage from a multi-truck incident that forced him to simply run off-pace laps around the track.
The #46 was a victim of hard driving by the 2007 Pro Lite Champion, Robert Naughton, who was black flagged for his driving style. "Naughton's aggressive driving turned the final corner into a demolition derby and his mistake ended up with four or five trucks suffering damage. That particular incident led to the demise of any podium opportunities on Saturday. Racing has its ups and downs. That's for sure!" said Cuffaro.
Sunday's Round 6 faired much better for the NISSAN young gun as he waged war with the lead pack and ultimately finished sixth among the field of 28. The NISSAN / UPR Racing Supply sponsored truck ran clean throughout the 15 lap race chasing the eventual winner, 5-time CORR Pro Lite Champion, Jeff Kincaid.
"I'm pleased, but not satisfied from the weekend of racing. I want this truck on the podium every single race. Our time is near and the team is clicking on all cylinders right now, so it's going to happen soon. We are making improvements each time we hit the track," he continued.
With his solid driving performance at the second visit to the .76-mile LA Fairplex-Pomona race track, the San Diego native put the #46 NISSAN / UPR Racing Supply Pro Lite into the top five of the series point's race.
"Ultimately, our goal is to be there in the final few races of the season competing for the series championship. We've stayed close in the top five and I predict victory in the near future," commented Cuffaro.
Cuffaro Motorsports will take advantage of the six-week CORR summer break, not to take time off on the beaches of San Diego, but rather to improve on the race truck's dynamics and continue the all important test sessions.
Consistency and momentum are important ingredients in the fight for Victory Lane at the Championship Off Road Racing series. Fueled by the passion of many top racers, the 2008 CORR Series has sparked inevitable interest from many different facets of motor sports drawing from both pavement and dirt. Live NBC Sports and SPEED TV coverage from the track has catapulted the excitement of CORR racing to a whole new level this 2008 season.
"We are excited about the remainder of the 2008 season. Chula Vista is a long and fast track and we run well there. Not to mention, it's only a few minutes from our race shop in downtown San Diego. We will have new NISSAN power at Chula Vista, so there is no doubt we expect to be contenders," said Cuffaro.
Rounds 5 and 6 of the CORR Series will be broadcasted on Speed Channel on Sunday, June 22, 2008 from 2-4 p.m. and on NBC Sports on Sunday July 6, 2008 from 12:00 -- 1:30 p.m. Visit www.corracing.com for the full season of the television broadcast schedule.