Dresser, Wis., May 26...Two-time Pro-4 off-road world champion Scott Douglas entered this weekends CORR Lucas Oil Series Memorial 2003 Total Off-Road Rally with two primary goals: stay out of trouble and finish strong. Douglas' ...
Dresser, Wis., May 26...Two-time Pro-4 off-road world champion Scott Douglas entered this weekends CORR Lucas Oil Series Memorial 2003 Total Off-Road Rally with two primary goals: stay out of trouble and finish strong. Douglas' #12 Rancho0x00ae Ford F-150 did both, finishing third and second, respectively, in spite of back-of-the-pack starting positions during Sunday and Mondays rounds on the treacherous new 5/8th-mile track at Trollhaugen Ski Resort here.
"We heard this track was going to be tough on the trucks and it was," Douglas said. "We knew we had to focus on taking the right chances at the right time or we could get ourselves into trouble. Our focus was on good finishes and earning points, and we came out of the weekend in excellent shape."
Douglas and the Rancho Ford team stand second in 2003 Pro-4 points behind defending champion John Greaves, whose lighter Toyota Tundra seemed ideally suited to a track just one-third the length of traditional off-road courses. The Trollhaugen track packs a fearsome collection of hazards, including two elevation changes, several hairpin turns and multiple mogul sections.
"I'm very happy with our showing," Douglas said. "We went into each round focused on staying out of trouble and getting strong finishes. We ran very consistent and competitive lap times all weekend and the Rancho Ford stood up to a lot of abuse. We're used to running 11 or 12 laps during single round, but on this course we were running 30 laps. That's a lot of hazards in a very short span, but our truck was clearly up to the challenge.
"A huge part of that success is due to [crew chief) Ted Kendall and our team. They did an awesome job getting us ready."
Despite drawing a tough ninth-place starting position in Sundays round, Douglas had the Rancho Ford within range of the lead pack within just five laps. Following a single-file restart after a red flag, Douglas began to aggressively pick up positions, eventually climbing to second place before falling back due to a broken front driveshaft. Forced to drive more conservatively with power available only to two wheels, Douglas nevertheless held on to third place for the round.
Starting in sixth position Monday, the Rancho Ford again consistently climbed through the field, ultimately pulling to within 100 yards of Greaves at the finish. "We really pushed this truck to its limit today (Monday) we were taking jumps at full speed and really testing the suspension and powertrain, but all systems passed with flying colors," he said.
The Douglas Motorsports-owned Ford features a world-class Rancho four-wheel-drive suspension system, 410-cubic-inch Wolverine Performance LLC Ford Racing Technology V8 engine, ATD automatic transmission, Reider Racing/Precision Gear differentials, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. The truck, which has the most distinctive sound in CORR competition, also utilizes a DynoMax0x00ae performance exhaust system that helps maximize engine efficiency and horsepower.
The CORR Lucas Oil series resumes June 7 and 8 with the Mole Lake Regency Casino Off-Road Championships in Antigo, Wis.
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.