By: TORC Racing
Oct. 31, 2016 – TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL has announced its 2017 season schedule, featuring 13 Pro racing rounds over seven event weekends at many of the country’s most popular off-road tracks. The 2017 schedule continues to build a solid foundation encouraging further growth and public awareness of off-road short-course truck racing, the drivers and the series. MSI, the owners of the TORC series, remain focused on improving the overall racing experience for both fans and drivers.
“In 2016, we began the process of renewing the stability of the TORC series. The 2017 schedule will further connect short-course off-road racing to its roots in an inclusive manner centered around drivers and fans,” said Adam Comey, MSI-TORC CEO/President. “We appreciate the devoted fan base of outdoor enthusiasts, families and fans who support the sport through watching our broadcast coverage and by coming out to races. The TORC community can look forward to seven eventful weekends of the best racing the series has ever seen.”
The 2017 season continues to include Pro 4×4, Pro 2wd and Pro Light truck racing at all 13 rounds. Following the successful addition of Pro UTV racing in 2016, with more than 50 drivers getting in on the action, the TORC Series will host both classes of Pro UTV at all race locations. Every race weekend will also include Sportsman class drivers, with the goal of encouraging new talent to get behind the wheel.
“With the 2017 schedule, we will further elevate the overall TORC experience while also refining the professionalism and structure of each race,” said TORC Series Director Ben Nelson. “We will continue to listen to our drivers and remain sharply focused on developing a solid racing product. TORC appreciates that we are a community of fans, drivers and their teams. We strive to serve this community to the best of our ability.”
“I am beyond excited for the 2017 race season. Not only has our team had major success at all of these tracks in the past, but these are phenomenal venues dedicated to the sport,” said TORC Pro Light driver Cam Reimers. “We have it all next season – short tracks in large markets, rising venues that staked their claim in 2016 and legendary facilities where we witnessed tens of thousands of die-hard fans pour into the middle of nowhere and put on one of the most amazing events in motorsports. The 2017 season looks to be the biggest yet and one fans won’t want to miss.”
The TORC racing season will kick off with rounds one and two in Chicago May 6-7. From there, the series will head to Elk River Motor Park (ERX) for rounds three and four June 10-11. ERX hosted TORC racing for the first time in 2016. Both organizers and drivers were thrilled with the racing as well as the enthusiastic turnout. The series and the venue look forward to an even larger showing of fans in 2017.
Next, the championship will return to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway on June 24-25 for rounds five and six. The facility has hosted off-road racing events for more than 47 years and was home to the inaugural Crandon World Cup in 2016, a Red Bull Signature Series event.
Rounds seven and eight will reunite TORC with the fans of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula July 15-16 at Bark River International Raceway, which features one of the series’ most demanding tracks with some of the fastest corners and biggest jumps in the sport. In 2017, Bark River will be celebrating its 42nd year of hosting off-road racing in the Upper Peninsula.
Dedicated motorsports fans will also be excited to learn that TORC will return to Red Bud Aug. 12-13 for the first time since 2012. Rounds nine and 10 will take place at this iconic location featuring a purpose-built track designed specifically for TORC racing.
For round 11, TORC will return to The Big House, joining Crandon’s Labor Day weekend celebration. The 2016 season saw more than 49,600 fans gather at this legendary event over the course of the weekend.
Finally, the season will conclude with The Final Round: TORC National Championship, rounds 12 and 13, a second weekend of racing at ERX Motor Park. Fans from across the country will be able to gather for a special weekend of racing solely dedicated to crowning the 2017 Champions.
“The 2016 season was awesome! I had a lot of fun battling with everyone all year long and can’t wait till 2017,” said 2016 TORC Pro 4×4 and Pro 2wd Overall Champion CJ Greaves. “We have a few big changes going on, and the TORC crew did a great job with the new schedule. I am really pumped to be going back to ERX and Red Bud.”
TORC 2016 sponsors include AMSOIL, Bad Boy, Cooper Tires, Maxxis, Kenda Tires, VP Racing Fuels, Atturo Tire, Rugged Radios, Akamai and Vision Wheels.
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