FT. DODGE, Iowa (May 16, 2001) - The world of off-road racing has contributed some great names in American racing history, including Mickey Thompson, Walker Evans and Toyota's own Ivan "Ironman" Stewart. Over the past five years, two friends from...
FT. DODGE, Iowa (May 16, 2001) - The world of off-road racing has contributed some great names in American racing history, including Mickey Thompson, Walker Evans and Toyota's own Ivan "Ironman" Stewart. Over the past five years, two friends from Wisconsin have quietly put together the most dominant off-road race team in the sport.
Johnny Greaves, Depere, Wis., and Jeff Kincaid, Argonne, Wis., will celebrate the fifth year of their Forest County Potawatomi Race team this season in search of continued dominance in the Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) Series. After doing battle against each other during the early '90s in the SODA (Short Course Off Road Drivers Association) off-road series - the precursor to the CORR series - Greaves and Kincaid decided to join forces with their Toyota Tacomas in 1997. The Wisconsin natives immediately took command of the competition with a staggering 19 wins in 20 races to sweep the SODA series and CORR Winter series championships.
As the CORR series began its first full season in 1998, Greaves and Kincaid built two new Tacoma trucks and continued their winning streak. The team's supremacy of the Pro-Lite class (compact, two-wheel-drive trucks) included 11 wins in 16 races and the class championship for Greaves and third for Kincaid. With the entire series gunning for the pair, they managed to have a better year in 1999 with 12 wins in 16 events and a sweep of the top two Pro-Lite positions (Greaves first, Kincaid second). In addition, two of the four races they did not win were captured by Chris Brandt in the Greaves/Kincaid-built Tacoma that powered Greaves to the title in '98.
"Although we raced hard against each other on the track, we always tested and worked on the trucks as a team," Greaves reflected. "Our sponsors appreciated how we brought out the best in each other."
Following three years of complete supremacy of the Pro-Lite class, including a staggering 81% winning percentage, Greaves moved up to the full-size CORR Pro-2 class with a new Toyota Tundra 4x2 in 2000. While Greaves added to his CORR all-time win record of 22 victories, Kincaid turned the Pro-Lite class up side down with 12 wins (a series record) in 18 events and a record five straight to open the season. His feats earned him the 2000 Precision Gear Driver of the Year Award and a prestigious Honorable Mention on the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-American Team with the likes of Gil de Ferran (CART champion), John Force (NHRA Funny Car champion) and Bobby Labonte (NASCAR Winston Cup champion).
With Greaves at the top of the CORR all-time win list, Kincaid is close behind in third going into the 2001 season opener in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Both have built new trucks for 2001, with Kincaid driving a new Tacoma in Pro-Lite, while Greaves moves up to the Pro-4 class in a Tundra 4x4.
In addition to their unsurpassed racing skill, the team's truck-building prowess has helped lead Toyota to three consecutive Pro-Lite class manufacturer's championships and a series sweep of the top three positions in 1999 and 2000. In 2001, Greaves/Kincaid-built Tacoma trucks will dominate the class with seven overall entries.