WSORR: Season opener pre-race notes

WSORR to Flex Off-Road Muscle in Minnesota OWATONNA, MN -- A guaranteed $100,000 race weekend purse, special season opening ceremonies, national SPEED TV exposure, dramatic military flyover, and the much anticipated launch of the Lucas Oil World...

WSORR to Flex Off-Road Muscle in Minnesota

OWATONNA, MN -- A guaranteed $100,000 race weekend purse, special season opening ceremonies, national SPEED TV exposure, dramatic military flyover, and the much anticipated launch of the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing Tour 2007 are among the many highlights to an historic weekend of professional off-road racing coming to this city's Steele County Fairgrounds May 19-20.

Membership ranks in WSORR have swelled considerably over previous years with record counts in many classes. "We'll definitely bring a little mayhem to Minnesota," said Doug Davis, WSORR general manager with a big smile. "But it will all be confined to the nearly one mile Steele County Fairgrounds track," he said.

Spectators at the Owatonna Off-Road Nationals will be treated to a spectacular track in full view of the grandstands with a high speed rhythm section and a dramatic switchback. "The switchback will be an exciting portion of the track," said Don Williams, race promoter. "It will be exciting for fans and for SPEED TV viewers," he said.

"This is the same racing that featured a driver named Jimmie Johnson not that long ago," said Davis, referring to the NASCAR Nextel Cup champion. "He was a great driver for Chevrolet then and now he has reached the pinnacle of the sport. We have more Jimmie Johnson's and fans will see the next one May 19-20," he said.

Davis said that fans will be anxious to see the season debut of Rhonda Konitzer, the top female driver on the circuit. She is assembling a new PRO 2WD race truck for the 2007 campaign. Off-road racers like Konitzer are working around-the-clock to prepare vehicles for the starting line at Owatonna. "Rhonda is special and goes toe to toe with the big boy's out there," he said. Konitzer finished sixth in off-road racing's premier event last year -- the BorgWarner Shootout. "She will have her hands full against top drivers like Evan Evans, Michael Oberg, Skyjacker's Scott Taylor, and many others," said Davis. "Rhonda is a top ambassador for our sport."

"We are enthusiastic about bringing big-time off-road racing to Minnesota and Owatonna in particular, said Davis. "The interest from the Twin Cities to Mankato, from Rochester to Austin, and by WSORR sponsors has created a special excitement in the air. WSORR racers are anxious to put their considerable off-road racing skills on display for what is sure to be a most appreciative audience," he said.

People from 8 to 80 love off-road racing and there has been a long love affair between trucks and consumers in the country and certainly Minnesota is no exception to this attraction. Besides the racing action, key light-duty truck manufacturers will be displaying vehicles, among a variety of other vendors and exhibits.

Web site address for key drivers mentioned above are www.rhondakonitzer.com, www.obergmotorsports.com, and www.taylorsoffroadracing.com.

WSORR features professional high performance, high horsepower 4x4 and 2WD pickup trucks racing in their natural environment -- off-road. WSORR is the largest short-course off-road racing sanctioning organization in the U.S. Key sponsors for WSORR include Lucas Oil, Forest County Potawatomi, BorgWarner, United Trailers, among others. More information is available on the worldwide web at WSORR.com.

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Series Offroad
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Evan Evans , Scott Taylor
Teams Williams