CORR: Toyota New York preview

Toyota Racers Look for Championships in CORR Finale KINCAID CLOSING IN ON FOURTH PRO-LITE CHAMPIONSHIP - This weekend's final two rounds of the 2003 Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) series could see Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tacoma...

Toyota Racers Look for Championships in CORR Finale

KINCAID CLOSING IN ON FOURTH PRO-LITE CHAMPIONSHIP - This weekend's final two rounds of the 2003 Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) series could see Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tacoma driver Jeff Kincaid capture his fourth consecutive Pro-Lite division title. If he successfully continues his championship-winning streak, it would also be Toyota's seventh straight Pro-Lite driver's championship. The Argonne, Wis., native currently leads the point standings by 18 points and has tallied a Pro-Lite-leading four victories this season. Those wins bring Kincaid's career total to 29, which is third all-time in CORR. At the last event in Crandon, Wis., the Toyota racer experienced hard contact in both rounds and suffered mechanical difficulties that resulted in two uncharacteristic finishes outside of the top five.

GREAVES STILL FIGHTING TO DEFEND PRO-4 CHAMPIONSHIP - Despite a bumpy season on the track and some undesirable finishes due to mechanical problems, Johnny Greaves is still in a position to challenge for his second consecutive Pro-4 championship. The Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tundra 4x4 driver and 2002 champion from DePere, Wis., sits in fourth place overall with 150 points, just outside the top three in the standings and 22 behind the leader. In addition to driving his Toyota to the Pro-4 title last year, Greaves was also Pro-Lite champion in 1997, 1998 and 1999, and he is second in all-time CORR victories with 31. His results for the last two races in Crandon were a fourth in Round 11 and a seventh in Round 12.

HORD MAKES TITLE RUN; TOYOTAS MAKE UP HALF OF PRO-LITE TOP-15 - In addition to Kincaid's top spot in the standings, Toyota has six other Tacoma drivers who have posted strong results this season and account for almost half of the top 15 Pro-Lite positions. Chad Hord has driven his Boss Snowplow Toyota Tacoma to consistent finishes all season long, and with only two finishes outside the top five, he is in contention for this first Pro-Lite championship, 18 behind Kincaid. Ingles/Mountain Dew Toyota Tacoma racer Steve Federico is fifth overall with a victory in Round 9 at Bark River, Mich. When combined with Kincaid's four wins and one for Rodney VanEperen in the season opener, Toyotas have won more than half of the Pro-Lite races this year. Kumho Tire Rookie of the Year challenger (second overall) and Toyota Tacoma driver Shayne Pagles is currently 10th in Pro-Lite, while Round 1 winner VanEperen is 11th overall. Toyota racers Jim Kandel (14th) and Donnie Roberts (15th) round out the top 15.

"QUOTES"

Johnny Greaves, Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tundra 4x4: "It's been a difficult season, but I'm glad we still have a shot at the championship going into this weekend. The Unadilla track is tight and technical, which should be an advantage for our Tundra's quickness and maneuverability. I'm hoping the new bead-lock rings I developed before Crandon will continue to help prevent the cut-tire problem that plagued us mid-summer.

Jeff Kincaid, Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tacoma: "It's great to be going into the last race weekend in the lead instead of chasing someone like it did last year. The Tacoma has run great all season long, and I'm just going to try and win a couple more races this weekend and bring home the championship."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series OFFROAD