CORR: Douglas Fort Dodge race report

Fort Dodge, IA, May 20, 2001...With his Rancho® Suspension Ford F-150 fitted out with several new pieces of equipment, two-time Championship Off Road Racing series Pro4 titleholder Scott Douglas came to Midwest Off-Road Raceway here expecting to...

Fort Dodge, IA, May 20, 2001...With his Rancho® Suspension Ford F-150 fitted out with several new pieces of equipment, two-time Championship Off Road Racing series Pro4 titleholder Scott Douglas came to Midwest Off-Road Raceway here expecting to turn a lot of heads while winning CORR's 2001 season opener.

Douglas did, indeed, turn heads with impressive acceleration, speed and handling during Friday's test session. Unfortunately, his F-150 flipped on its side after hitting a deep rut in the track on the third lap of Saturday's round. By the time it was back on its feet, the Douglas Motorsports-owned entry had a lot of catching up to do. Douglas finished the round in seventh position, a more-than-respectable comeback after its early mishap. Sunday's round was canceled due to severe weather.

"It was a wild weekend, but we're real proud of the way the truck performed when it was on its feet," Douglas said. "We came into the weekend expecting to turn a lot of heads, and we certainly did that on Friday. Everyone was impressed with our new setup."

That setup matches an all-new five-speed manual transmission (one of only two in the CORR series this year) with Reider Racing/Precision Gear front and rear differentials and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. Also new is a custom-engineered rack-and-pinion steering system from Howe Performance. The Rancho F-150 is the first on the CORR circuit to go with a rack rather than a conventional steering box.

"The steering was excellent. We won't have to worry about the teething problems we faced when the truck was brand-new last year," Douglas said.

For more information on the Douglas Motorsports Rancho Ford F-150, check out the Douglas Motorsports website at www.douglasmotorsports.com.

-DM

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Series Offroad
Drivers Scott Douglas