Toyota Trucks Seeks Heavy Metal Shootout Wins at Crandon in 2004 CRANDON, WI -- Toyota Trucks, a brand that has dominated professional off-road racing in recent years, has announced it will continue extraordinary contingency prizes for the two...
Toyota Trucks Seeks Heavy Metal Shootout Wins at Crandon in 2004
CRANDON, WI -- Toyota Trucks, a brand that has dominated professional off-road racing in recent years, has announced it will continue extraordinary contingency prizes for the two most celebrated off-road races in the country held annually at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The pair of events are the 11th annual Potawatomi Governor's Cup race to be held Sunday, June 27 at Crandon and the 10th annual BorgWarner Shootout for the $100,000 BorgWarner off-road cup. The BorgWarner Shootout will be held at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway Sunday, September 5th of Labor Day weekend. Crandon Raceway is celebrating its 35th Anniversary of off-road racing this season.
Toyota Racing Development will be posting a $2,000 contingency prize to any Toyota truck racer winning either or both of the 2004 races and taking home the sterling silver Governor's Cup or the coveted 44-inch gold and silver BorgWarner Cup. Toyota is the defending champion of the Governor Cup race. That race is named after the office of the Governor of Wisconsin. Governor Jim Doyle is expected to be on-hand at Crandon to award the cup to the 2004 winner in honor of the track's 35th Anniversary celebration.
Johnny Greaves, DePere, WI, claimed $2,000 from Toyota last year by winning the 2003 Potawatomi Governor's Cup race at Crandon. [IMAGE]Greaves drove a brilliant race to win in his 4x4 Toyota Tundra. With the $2,000 Toyota contingency, Greaves pocketed a whopping $20,000 in cash and prizes, including a Millermatic 130 welder, for winning the 10-lap,15-minute challenge race.
While Crandon has been conducting off-road races for 35 years, the BorgWarner Shootout event is celebrating a milestone of its own. The 2004 BorgWarner Shootout is now in its 10th season. Initiated by BorgWarner and Crandon officials, the BorgWarner Shootout was first held in 1995. The race quickly became the largest 10-lap, big money off-road race in the country. The race is open to both 4x4 and 2-wheel drive high performance, high horsepower trucks that meet 2004 CORR rules.
According to Tom O'Connor, Toyota Racing Development, the posting of the $2,000 contingency money "is part of Toyota's goal to continue to dominate professional off-road racing." Toyota has won numerous desert racing championships and short-course championships in the past decade. O'Connor said, "Our intention is to reward any Toyota driver who can bring us wins in the Governor Cup and the BorgWarner Shootout at Crandon."
Should Toyota win the famed 44-inch BorgWarner Off-Road Cup, the cup would be presented by BorgWarner officials to Toyota Truck representatives. Toyota is a major manufacturer of pickup trucks in the United States. The company was the first foreign manufacturer to post a contingency for the BorgWarner Shootout and Governor's Cup events beginning in 2000. Most recently, Toyota Racing Development has mounted a NASCAR truck racing effort to mirror it's off-road program.
O'Connor complimented Crandon track officials on conducting the finest professional off-road racing in the country. "Crandon is truly the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 of off-road racing all rolled into one and the most exciting off-road track in the country," he said. "We are once again proud to be associated with Crandon Raceway and be a part of the track's 35th anniversary season," said O'Connor.
Crandon opens its 35th anniversary race season with the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races June 26-27, 2004. The Potawatomi Governor's Cup race is the highlight of the weekend of Lucas Oil Championship Off-Road Racing action. That race weekend will be followed by the BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races to be held over Labor Day weekend, September 3-5, 2004. The date will mark the 35th consecutive year of off-road racing at Crandon -- which is now acknowledged as the mecca of professional off-road racing. A record crowd of nearly 50,000 fans is expected for the special three-day weekend, which again features Lucas Oil CORR racing action.
Crandon will also host the 2nd Annual FCP Biker Rally, June 11-13. Among the featured entertainment that weekend will be Night Ranger and Molly Hatchet. The Crandon Raceway website is www.crandonoffroad.com