TORC: Ross Hoek Motorsports Crandon event summary

Hoek Races to Podium Finish in "New" V8 PRO-Light Category Holland, MI (June 23, 2010) - Ross Hoek Motorsports had high hopes for the new V-8 powered TORC PRO-Light category. In fact, not only was Ross influential in the rules and regulations of...

Hoek Races to Podium Finish in "New" V8 PRO-Light Category

Holland, MI (June 23, 2010) - Ross Hoek Motorsports had high hopes for the new V-8 powered TORC PRO-Light category. In fact, not only was Ross influential in the rules and regulations of the revised class, he is one of the division's newest competitors. After a shakedown exhibition at the TORC Sportsman event in Antigo, the team brought the #21 Venom Energy Drink, Royal Purple, BFGoodrich Ford Ranger to Crandon. They were very optimistic that a solid weekend was in store for the new truck. The performance of the driver and truck did not disappoint.

The 2010 TORC season has made several changes all geared to improve the racing and the exposure for both PRO and Sportsman drivers. TORC is now under the management umbrella of the United States Auto Club (USAC) exclusively. The race and marketing operations are headed by USAC President Kevin Miller and Vice-President Jason Smith. The PRO series will be broadcast as a twenty-six week reality series this fall on Discovery's HD Theatre. All TORC racing will also be broadcast live on the internet, available on www.usacracing.com and www.torcseries.com.

The opening and final weekend of TORC racing will be held at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The track managers have also made changes to improve the racing at this most famous track. The addition of high banked corners will add a new element of speed for the racers to conquer and the fans to enjoy.

Ross Hoek Motorsports had a private test session at Crandon the day after the Antigo exhibition to ensure the best possible chassis setup, as the orange Ford Ranger headed into its first weekend of Championship competition. The added time testing really paid off as the Fox Shox assisted suspension was able to put all the power through the Auto Trans Design transmission and into the BFGoodrich tires for maximum performance. The end result was a Round One third place finish on the podium.

"All the hard work done this off-season has just paid off," noted Ross Hoek. "We didn't just make laps waiting for guys to drop off. I had to really race the competition to get on the box today. This was an awesome beginning to the season. My crew worked their tails off and thanks to them I'm here. Also thanks to Traxxas for supporting this class with a great payback."

Round Two started out equally as well for the Venom Energy Drink Ford Ranger. A solid start had Ross immediately battling among the top three trucks. Seven laps into the nine lap event contact was made with another competitor going though the Argonne Corner, sending Ross for a wild ride. Once the Ford Ranger came to a stop, there was terminal damage to the front suspension ending his weekend prematurely.

"Once we got the truck back to the transporter we evaluated the damage," noted Ross Hoek. "The chassis along with my ISP seat did their job keeping me safe. Actually, there are bent suspension components on all four corners but thanks to the ISP seat, I walked away very easily from a pretty violent wreck."

-source: ross hoek motorsports

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