Flying Dutchman Takes PRO-2WD Title and PRO Driver of the Year Honors Appleton, WI (October 8, 2008) - Dan Vanden Heuvel and his self-funded race team took on the big guns and won the 2008 World Series of Off-Road Racing PRO-2WD division. The...
Flying Dutchman Takes PRO-2WD Title and PRO Driver of the Year Honors
Appleton, WI (October 8, 2008) - Dan Vanden Heuvel and his self-funded race team took on the big guns and won the 2008 World Series of Off-Road Racing PRO-2WD division. The thirty-year off-road racing veteran, celebrated the championship title with family and friends at the season ending World Series of Off-Road Racing Awards Banquet held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino.
Even without the help of a title sponsor, Dan was able to fund the team with his own checkbook and the generous payback from WSORR, as he kept his AMSOIL Auto Trans Design Maxxis Tire Chevy Silverado running in the lead pack every weekend.
Dan landed on the podium nine times during the twelve round PRO-2WD season. The #77 Maxxis Chevy took home the top prize three times, once in Bark River and twice in Oshkosh, along with one runner-up spot and five third place finishes.
"It wasn't until a month before the season started that I decided to go racing," noted Dan Vanden Heuvel. "Even without a title sponsor we decided to go it alone. Creighton at Maxxis had twenty eight tires for me to race on. AMSOIL supplied oil and lubricants for the team, and Charlie at ATD gave us product and technical support. My crew was my wife, my two sons, Jr. and Mikey, and a few friends. That's what we started with in Wheatland. Thanks to the great WSORR payback and the Jim Conner contingency program we were able to keep our truck running all season long. One more thing, the guys in PRO-Light better be prepared as two other Vanden Heuvels will be running with them next year."
Then the award for PRO "Driver of the Year" was announced and Dan Vanden Heuvel and Super Buggy driver, John Mason tied for the honor. Both racers had incredible years, both were surprised that they had won the award, and both were well deserving of the title.
Dan wasn't the only family member to win a championship. His son, Mike Vanden Heuvel, won the 1600 Light Buggy Championship. His body of work in 2008 included ten podium finishes, including seven wins and three runner-up finishes in twelve rounds of racing.
Next month, the Flying Dutchman Off-Road Race Team heads to Las Vegas where the PRO-2WD championship winning race truck will be on display at the Maxxis Tire display during the SEMA show. The truck will be viewed by over 125,000 automotive performance industry members.
Then in early December, at the CORR finale in Chula Vista, California, Dan will unveil his brand new race truck at "The Quarry." This will be considered a valuable test session for the truck as it is prepared for the 2009 race season.