Ross Hoek Shows Potential Then Gets Wrecked - TORC BorgWarner Race Report Holland, MI (September 9, 2009) - As the defending PRO-2WD World Champion, Ross Hoek Motorsports was very excited to head back to Crandon International Raceway. In fact,...
Ross Hoek Shows Potential Then Gets Wrecked - TORC BorgWarner Race Report
Holland, MI (September 9, 2009) - As the defending PRO-2WD World Champion, Ross Hoek Motorsports was very excited to head back to Crandon International Raceway. In fact, the team's best finish so far this season was during the first visit to the "Big House" in June.
The 40th anniversary of off-road racing in Crandon saw huge crowds attending all three days of racing. The pit area, the campgrounds, and the spectator area were filled beyond capacity. "Officially" the track announced spectator numbers approaching 40,000. Realistically it was much larger.
The track itself was really fast. The PRO-2WD trucks, as a group, were running laps 2-3 seconds faster than the previous year. The average speed per lap was nearly 70mph, an unheard of number in the world of short course off-road racing.
After taking advantage of an open test session earlier in the week, Ross Hoek was confident of his chances for a podium finish. The PRO-2WD field was the largest of the year, as twenty trucks went through tech inspection to tackle "dirt's fastest low flying zone."
The TORC officials brought back the traditional land rush start, which put smiles on all the drivers and spectators alike. The front row of PRO-2WD was fourteen trucks wide and was an awesome site when the field came through Forest County Potawatomi Turn One for the first time.
Saturday - Round 11
The race was fairly uneventful for the #21 Venom Performance Royal Purple Kumho Tire Ford F-150. Ross calmly guided his Ford through the first turn without any serious contact. Gradually, the #21 Venom Ford began to make clean passes for position throughout much of the race. At the finish, Ross Hoek took the checkered flag in seventh place.
"You can really tell everybody came with their A-game," remarked Ross Hoek. "Somehow we worked our way through much of the field and never lost a body panel or fender. I was hoping for a top 5 finish, but the talent level in TORC is unbelievable. I think we can come up with a better tire groove for tomorrow. The blue groove worked in quicker than anticipated. We can take this program up a few more notches."
Sunday - Round 12
The PRO-2WD race was the first race of the day and ABC Sports would broadcast the event in prime time later in the afternoon. This seemed to fill the starting grid with "electricity." A Sunday afternoon primetime broadcast on the #1 television network, TORC and its brand of off-road racing has hit the big time. Ross knew he had to get up front quicker today to be in contention for a podium finish. Ross was very aggressive on the first half a lap passing seven or eight trucks before the finish line turn when he saw a spin in front of him. In an instant Ross picked the inside line and drilled McGrath who was also caught in the wrong line. A couple more hits from behind and the team's hope for a podium were gone. A quick stop in the "hot pits" for a new tire kept him on the lead lap, but well back from the leaders. At the finish, Ross crossed the line in thirteenth place.
"This just wasn't our day," commented Ross Hoek. "I knew we needed to get up front early and we did. Unfortunately another competitor's spin took us out. That's the chance you take. Our truck survived with only a flat tire, for others it was a DNF. We're missing some body panels, but the truck is in great shape. It just wasn't our day."
The next race on the TORC schedule is September 25-26 in Perris, CA; Ross Hoek Motorsports is looking for help getting to Perris. To contact RHM for an interview or marketing opportunities email email@example.com