WSORR: Crandon to up"grade" first turn

Famous First Turn at Crandon Raceway Up"graded" CRANDON, WI -- What is commonly called the most exciting but dangerous turn in professional off-road racing -- the banked 90-degree first turn at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway -- has been...

Famous First Turn at Crandon Raceway Up"graded"

CRANDON, WI -- What is commonly called the most exciting but dangerous turn in professional off-road racing -- the banked 90-degree first turn at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway -- has been renovated. . Part of a $115,000 off-season full facility upgrade, the most famous turn in off-road racing circles has been re-banked while the 200-yard entrance to the turn has been extensively graded.

Crandon Raceway is acclaimed for its famous land rush start. Race machines are positioned across a 50 yard starting line. Racers roar away from the line, hammering the accelerator in a 1/4 mile drag race which funnels into the first turn. PRO 4x4 and PRO 2WD race trucks can reach turn one speeds approaching 100 MPH.

For both high performance race trucks as well as off-road buggies, the new turn dynamics "provide faster but more controlled and safer racing", said Cliff Flannery, president, Crandon Raceway. Flannery said that several tons of new clay were added to the outside banking of the turn now sloping several degrees to the inside. Certain portions of the turn received up to 11 feet of new clay foundation.

Entrance and egress points to the famous right-hand turn were leveled smooth. "The entrance to the turn has been widened by half and racers will be able to run the highly banked outside or the low side, " he said.

Flannery also noted that Crandon's turn one action has "always been one of the most dramatic highlights of off-road racing TV. The upgrade continues the tradition of thrills for the prime time national TV audience on SPEED Channel this coming year", he said. Crandon events are part of a comprehensive prime time TV package to be featured on SPEED for the next three years. "This is the first time in the history of television that Crandon events will be shown on prime time and a prime time audience deserves a prime time track," he commented.

"We are keeping pace with faster speeds and more powerful race trucks," said Flannery. Over the years, Crandon has widened the turn, added to the banking, and installed a safety guardrail. The turn is officially known as the Forest County Potawatomi Turn One. The Forest County Potawatomi Community has been a long time sponsor of off-road racing's number one track.

"The Crandon land rush start keeps the playing field level", said Flannery. "Every driver gets a fair shot being first into our turn-one funnel. Off- road race fans will continue to hear the deafening roar of 800 HP engines and see spectacular roostertails of dirt as all eyes continue to be on Potawatomi Turn One at Crandon and see which driver commands the hole shot," he said.

Crandon opens its 38th consecutive season of professional off-road racing this coming June 23-24 with the historic Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races. That race weekend features the 14th annual "heavy metal" challenge race for the FCP Chairman's Cup. PRO 4x4 truck racer Johnny Greaves, Abrams, WI, is the defending champion.

Later in the year, Crandon is the site of the annual BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races®. The Labor Day weekend event is the largest off-road racing spectacle in the country and features the BorgWarner Shootout for off-road racing's most prestigious prize -- the sterling silver and gold BorgWarner Cup. PRO 4x4 driver Scott Douglas, El Cajon, CA, is the defending champion. Race dates for the off-road World Championships are August 31-September 2, 2007.

Both events are part of the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing. Information about additional facility improvements at Crandon is to be announced. More information about Crandon International Off-Road Raceway is available at www.crandonoffroad.com. The Lucas Oil World Series of Off- Road Racing can be reached at www.WSORR.com.

-credit: wsorr

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Series Offroad
Drivers Scott Douglas , Johnny Greaves