Antigo, Wis...What a difference a year makes. Scott Douglas and the Rancho Ford F-150 steered clear of trouble - and bad luck - in last month's CORR season opener in Dresser, Wis., and now have the pleasure of entering this weekend's Mole Lake ...
Antigo, Wis...What a difference a year makes. Scott Douglas and the Rancho Ford F-150 steered clear of trouble - and bad luck - in last month's CORR season opener in Dresser, Wis., and now have the pleasure of entering this weekend's Mole Lake Regency Casino Off-Road Championships in second place overall in Pro-4 title points.
Contrast Douglas' strong start in 2003 - he posted second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in two rounds of action at Dresser's Trollhaugen Ski Resort - with last year's season-opener in downstate New York, when the Rancho Ford was caught in a violent round-one collision just off the starting line and suffered a seized brake caliper in round two.
"We went into Dresser wanting to stay out of trouble, especially at the start, and to let our power do the talking later on in the race," said Douglas, a two-time Pro-4 off-road world champion. "Dresser's new course is absolutely brutal, so we also had to survive a lot of abuse, both in contact from other trucks and the track itself.
"The focus in Dresser was where it had to be - on earning points with strong finishes. I couldn't be happier with how everything worked out, and we know we can better leverage our power advantage on Antigo's longer course."
Douglas and company certainly have the tools to get the job done in Antigo: The Douglas Motorsports-owned #12 Rancho F-150 is one of the fastest and most nimble machines at any off-road venue, and the team - led by Crew Chief Ted Kendall - is made up of seasoned professionals who, like two-time world champion Douglas, know what it takes to win.
"We're ready, more than ready, to put it all on the line in order to win a title this year," Douglas said. "We've spent the past couple of years paying our dues with new technologies and a new truck, and we've hit our stride. The only barriers to a championship are our own performance, plus a little bit of luck from time to time."
Luck comes a lot more readily when you're piloting a 750-horsepower rocket that's precision-tuned for a perfect blend of power and handling. The Rancho Ford features the planet's most sophisticated suspension system, a 410-cubic-inch Wolverine Performance LLC Ford Racing Technology V8 engine, ATD transmission, Reider Racing/Precision Gear differentials, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires.
"We've assembled what I consider to be the perfect combination of powertrain, drivetrain and suspension technologies to create more power and transmit that power to the track in a very efficient manner," Douglas said. "The result will be exceptionally fast ETs and explosive acceleration in virtually any key competitive situation."
There's one additional secret to the Rancho Ford's power - a DynoMax0x00ae performance exhaust system that maximizes engine efficiency and horsepower. And if you've seen Douglas race, you know the Rancho Ford "sounds" different than any other truck on the course. That, too, is a DynoMax advantage.
"We've had fans tell us they could hear our truck when they were still on the road five miles from the racetrack," Douglas said. "This thing just has a wicked sound that definitely leaves a positive impression." For more information on Scott Douglas and the Rancho Ford, check out the Douglas Motorsports website at www.douglasmotorsports.com. Also be sure to visit www.gorancho.com and www.dynomax.com for more information on the world's best suspension and exhaust products.