ANTIGO, Wis. (May 26, 2000) - What do a couple of guys from Wisconsin have in common with a New Zealander known for speeding up a 14,110-foot mountain? For Johnny Greaves and Jeff Kincaid, it is that they and Rod Millen aspire to the same goal...
ANTIGO, Wis. (May 26, 2000) - What do a couple of guys from Wisconsin have in common with a New Zealander known for speeding up a 14,110-foot mountain? For Johnny Greaves and Jeff Kincaid, it is that they and Rod Millen aspire to the same goal - race their Toyota truck to a 2000 Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) title.
Greaves, a native of De Pere, Wis., and his teammate Kincaid of Crandon, Wis. will be debuting two new Toyotas in the opening race of the 2000 CORR series at the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, Wis., June 10-11. Greaves, the 1998 and '99 champion in the Pro-Lite class, will be trading in his Tacoma for a new two-wheel-drive Toyota Tundra in the Pro-2 class. Kincaid, who finished third and second to his teammate the last two years, is considered one of the favorites for the Pro-Lite championship in a new Toyota Tacoma. Millen, a Newport Beach, Calif. resident originally from New Zealand, will challenge for the Pro-4 class championship in a new four-wheel-drive Tundra.
"I'm encouraged by the fact that some of my lap times in the Tacoma were close to the Pro-2 times last year," Greaves commented. "The Tundra's extra power gives me better throttle control but makes me respect the horsepower more. Unless you drive it smoothly, it can almost be TOO much power."
In addition to preparing for the season opener in Antigo, Millen is currently testing his Pennzoil/Toyota Tacoma to defend a four-year run as overall champion in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The current world-record holder at 10:04.06, the five-time "King of the Hill" will attempt to be the first person to crack the illusive 10-minute barrier during the 77th annual Fourth of July race in Manitou Springs, Colo.
"Despite all the other major differences, the basic four-wheel-drive handling dynamics are very similar," Millen said in comparing his two trucks. "That was evident in April when the Tundra finished second overall as the fastest truck - against purpose-built hill climb vehicles - in the Queenstown hill climb in New Zealand."
In addition to the three title challengers, others who will be battling for victory in Pro-Lite Tacomas are Steve Foster, Mark Krueger, Steve Sallenback, Todd Whitman and 1999 CORR Pro Series Rookie of the Year Chris Brandt. The Tacoma Brandt will be racing is the same truck Greaves built and raced to the 1999 Pro-Lite championship. Over and above his accomplishments on the track, Greaves will have designed and built as many as eight Tacomas competing at various times in the Pro-Lite division this year.
The CORR Antigo Kiwanis Off Road Championships will race the professional and sportsman divisions on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. The event will be tape-delay broadcast on ESPN2 on June 26, July 2 and July 3 (check local listings). The CORR series returns to Crandon, Wis. on June 24-25 in for The Bush Run at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.