Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mercedes to take 75 pct stake in Brawn

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FRANKFURT, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Mercedes has agreed to take a 75 percent stake in Formula One leaders Brawn GP within the next three years, German magazine Auto, Motor und Sport reported on Wednesday.

Citing Formula One sources, it said the partners had reached an oral agreement and a contract would be signed soon.

There was no comment on the report from Mercedes or Brawn, with team officials heading for Monza for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

NORRA MExican 1000 delayed

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RELEASED BY: Alex Plewniak - Director of Press & Public Relations
8 September 2009, Los Angeles: The National Off Road Racing Association
(NORRA) announced today the postponement of its forthcoming Mexican
1000 Rally scheduled for September 16-20. In the aftermath of the
violent hurricane which affected a major portion of the Baja peninsula,
NORRA officials and Mexican authorities came to the difficult decision
to postpone the rally until early 2010.
"With 1000's of people still requiring assistance and the most basic of
necessities, it would be terribly disrespectful for NORRA to hold an
event at this particular point in time and tax the resources and people
of this wonderful peninsula", said NORRA co-founder Michael Noval.
"While NORRA appreciates the incredible outpouring of support and
enthusiasm for the Mexican 1000 rally, in the end the decision to
reschedule the event for 2010 was an easy one for all concerned.
It is simply the only correct thing to do".
Hurricane Jimena affected a large portion of the Baja peninsula when
it made landfall on September 3, 2009, Areas surrounding the towns
of Mulege, Loreto and Cuidad Constitution were devastated, including
damaged roads, lack of electricity and running water.
For the immediate future, NORRA will provide assistance to the ongoing
relief efforts on the peninsula. As Baja recovers, NORRA will continue
to provide updates on the new date for the Mexican 1000 Rally.
NORRA urges all participants, racers, and the off-road community
at large to pitch in and lend some support to our Baja neighbors.
NORRA is actively seeking donations of clothing, canned food,
dry goods, basic shelter (tents, tarps etc) and financial support.
Now that the event has been postponed, a list of drop off locations
will be posted on its website as they receive and confirm details with
interested volunteers.
For more information, questions and/or comments, please contact
Michael Noval at 325-258-39134,visit the NORRA website:
or send email to: to recieve information about the
items in greatest demand.

Hirvonen wins Australia after Citroen penalty

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One of the most competitive World Rally Championship events of the year came to a dramatic end today when the Citroen teams were found to be using a front anti-roll bar that did not match homologation. In light of the ruling Sebastien Loeb, Dani Sordo and Citroen Junior Sebastien Ogier driver were all docked a one minute penalty, shaking up the final order of Rally Australia. Instead of Loeb winning and only being a point behind Mikko Hirvonen he will have to settle for second place. Sordo stays in third while Ogier loses fourth to Jari-Matti Latvala.

FAST Aid's debut at the Primm SCORE Race and CPR/Safety Classes offered!

Fast-Aid, the off-road community’s newest charitable organization is set to offer its services at the upcoming SCORE Primm 300 race.

Representatives from the organization will have a booth set-up on Friday at contingency behind Buffalo Bills Casino and Hotel in Primm, Nevada for the SCORE International Primm 300 off-road race on September 10th. Fast-Aid will be accepting donations as well as offering information on safety classes and how racers can benefit from its services.

Fast-Aid was founded 4 months ago by Adam Gunn and Patrick Dailey. Gunn’s vision was to create an organization that aided injured racers and their families through the rehabilitation process. Gunn saw a need to find the financial support to help with medical bills and other services a racer would need after a serious injury during a racing event as well as safety education to prevent life threatening injuries.

“FAST-aid exists to help racers and teams prevent life-changing and life-ending accidents through education, to assist the injured their families deal with accidents, and to help coordinate necessary resources for recovery,” said Jared Tetzlaff, President of Fast-Aid.

With the official launch of the organization just over 30 days ago, people have already started embracing Fast-Aid’s mission. Former Baja 1000 winner Andy McMillin said, “Off-road racing, like any form of motorsports, is very dangerous. With speed, only come harder and more severe crashes. I am proud to be involved with a group like Fast Aid.”

KTM Rider Chris Blais knows all too well the consequences of a crash. Blais was injured during the Best In The Desert Vegas 2 Reno race in 2007. Blais depended on donations from the off-road community to get specialized equipment and rehabilitation services and has also voiced his support for FAST-aid.

“The Fast Aid guys understand what is needed in off-road and are implementing ideas all racers, families, crews and beyond can benefit from,” said desert racer and television commentator Cameron Steele.

Currently Fast-Aid covers the race sanctions within the United States including BITD, CODE, DRIVE, KOH, LOORS, MDR, MORE, SCORE, SNORE AND TORC. More information on Fast-Aid can be found through their website at

Vitantonio Liuzzi Now Drives Formula 1 for Force India

India lost its star performer Fisichella to Ferrari last week. Vitantonio Liuzzi now assumes the new responsibility of driving car #21. He has been Force India’s reserve driver since 2008. He has already fulfilled team’s crucial tests and development role since the start of 2008 season to fit the needs.

Vitantonio Liuzzi said on the occasion, “I can’t wait to get back into the car in race trim, particularly at my home Grand Prix in Monza. I really appreciate the opportunity Vijay has given me, particularly now Force India now has a great car that’s performing very well. I am confident I can carry on our progress. I’m very motivated; I’m in good shape and hungry to get some more points on the board. Although it’s unfortunate that this came about as a direct result of Felipe’s accident, this is my opportunity to show people what I can do and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Dr. Vijay Mallya who is the chairman and team principal welcomed Luizzi behind the driving seat. “I’m delighted to give Tonio the opportunity to get back into a race seat, which I know he has been itching to do for the past two years. He also stated that Team India is in a very competitive position and it needed a driver suitable to continue the momentum gained so far. “This will be the chance for Tonio to demonstrate to both the team and the field that he has the commitment, speed and professionalism to perform and I am sure he will seize this opportunity,” he said.

Luizzi’s last test was in the VJM02 was on Thursday 3 September at Kemble airfield when he conducted an aero test with the Monza down force configuration. He has a long list of kudos and accolades in the field of Grand Prix and holds records with Juan Pablo Montoya and Nick Heidfeld. In 2001, he also won FIA-CIK World Karting Championship title.

Rob MacCachren To DRIVE ROCKSTAR/MasterCraft Trophy Truck at SCORE Primm 300 Desert Race in Nevada

September 8, 2009
Contact: Tim Sanchez, 714.514.7450

rob mac headLAS VEGAS, Nevada - Off road racing champion, Rob MacCachren, will solo drive the #20 ROCKSTAR/Mastercraft Trophy Truck in Round 4 of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series to be held September 11-13 in Primm, Nevada.

MacCachren, the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 Champion, finalized a last minute deal with long-time MacCachren Motorsports supporter, MasterCraft. The opportunity to drive Robbie Pierce's second JIMCO Trophy Truck developed when Riviera Racing's Mark Post withdrew from the SCORE International Primm 300 on Friday, September 4, 2009. MacCachren was in Crandon, Wisconsin for the 40th Anniversary of Crandon International Raceway and the 2009 TORC Series PRO 2WD races when he began to put this deal together with MasterCraft owner, Robbie Pierce.

"In between races we were on the phone back and forth to the West Coast working on this deal in between our Pro 2 qualifying, practices and races at Crandon Raceway. I'm stoked that it all came together. The JIMCO Trophy Truck has FOX Racing Shox and 39" Baja T/A KR's and Mike Julson builds a pristine truck," said the smiling Rob MacCachren.

The 14th Annual SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 will feature 18 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in Primm, Nevada located 45 miles south of Las Vegas at the California border. A total of 23 SCORE Trophy-Trucks, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower unlimited production trucks have entered the Primm 300 event.

Rob MacCachren commented, "I'm very excited to debut the ROCKSTAR/MasterCraft JIMCO SCORE Trophy Truck at the Primm 300 race. Unfortunate circumstances will keep the Riviera Racing Trophy Truck idle at this race and we worked closely with one of my long time supporters, Robbie Pierce, as well as ROCKSTAR Energy Drink to put this deal together. ROCKSTAR is really pumped up for this race and we expect to be in front of the pack at the end of the race. In fact, we will debut two ROCKSTAR/MasterCraft Trophy Trucks at this race so we double the chance that the SCORE Primm 300 Champion will be a ROCKSTAR/MasterCraft race truck."

Rob MacCachren Racing: For nearly three decades, Rob MacCachren has been racing in the open desert. As a second-generation desert racer, Rob began his career following in the footsteps of his father while growing up in the Nevada desert. His career accomplishments include winning three consecutive Borg-Warner Championships, as well as three Governor's Cup Championships, all at Crandon International Raceway in Wisconsin. Rob has also accumulated 5 SCORE Baja 1000 victories and another 5 SCORE Baja 500 wins. MacCachren was heralded as the premier driver after winning the longest distance (1296 miles point-to-point) SCORE Baja 1000 ever held in 2007. The multi-disciplined championship racer has accumulated over 150 victories and numerous championships between closed short course and open desert racing.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

MacCachren Earns 2nd Place at Saturday’s Crandon World Championships

MacCachren Earns 2nd Place at Saturday's Crandon World Championships | Rockstar Energy Racing Claims 3rd Place at Sunday's TORC Pro 2 Round 12

September 7, 2009
Contact: Tim Sanchez, 714.514.7450

torccrandonCrandon, Wisconsin - Rockstar Energy Racing's Rob MacCachren arrived to the nation's oldest short course off road race course and the place he has had success at since the mid-1990s. Racing in front of 50,000 plus fans all standing on their feet cheering on the nation's top off road racing icons. Rob MacCachren weaved his magic through the intense land rush start that the Crandon International Raceway is well regarded for and after two full days of racing MacCachren charged his Rockstar/Mastercraft Pro 2 sponsored Pro 2 around the 1.65-mile race course each day resulting in podium finishes. Most importantly, MacCachren increased his overall season points total in his quest for the 2009 TORC Series Championship.

Saturday Crandon World Championship Race - TORC Round 11

TORC Pro 2 race trucks took to the track featured as the main event late Saturday afternoon in front of the capacity crowd and by the end of the first turn, racing at nearly 100-miles an hour, Rob MacCachren charged the #11 Ford F150 around the track towards the front in the epic Saturday Crandon World Championship Race.

crandonSaturday's main event featured a full field of Pro 2's in front of a record crowd that came to Crandon International Raceway to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the famed track. Among the many celebrities were Walker Evans and Jack Flannery, both racing legends that raced against the Las Vegas off road racing champion, Rob MacCachren in the early days of Crandon's fame.

In addition to the important Crandon World Championship Saturday racing was the all-important Round 11 of the 2009 TORC Series and the chase for the elusive TORC TRAXXAS Pro 2 Season Championship Title. Saturday's single-race was billed as both the TORC Round 11 and the Crandon World Championship race.

The veteran Rockstar Energy sponsored racer arrived to famed Wisconsin racetrack locked in a tight point's battle with Ricky Johnson, Todd LeDuc and Jeremy McGrath.

crandonAs the full field of Pro 2's entertained the standing room only crowds, Rob MacCachren did what he does best and charged the #11 Pro 2 around this super fast racecourse. MacCachren ran up to the rear bumper of leader Todd LeDuc several times and put the nose of his #11 Rockstar Energy Pro 2 inside LeDuc's race truck several times attempting a clean pass. With one lap remaining MacCachren made his final charge, but time had run out for the 9-time Crandon Champion to overtake the other ROCKSTAR Energy Racing Pro 2 and he settled for the runner up spot. The second place finish added to the season point's total for the #11 Pro 2 and after eleven rounds of racing he's a mere 8 points out of the lead in the chase for the season championship.

At the finish line MacCachren climbed out of his Mastercraft 3G race seat and took his position on the podium claiming second place.

"We had a great run and earned second place. The crew did a great job on the race truck and the track conditions were excellent. I am never happy with a second place finish, but the goal of our Rockstar Energy Racing team is to win the 2009 Pro 2 TORC Series Championship and we are locked in a close point's battle with fellow Rockstar sponsored racer Todd LeDuc," said MacCachren.

Sunday TORC Round 12

As the sun shined brightly on the capacity crowd, Sunday morning came alive with the announcement that Pro 2 racing was kicking off at 10:30 a.m. The Rockstar Energy Racing team had worked late into Saturday night finalizing the prep on the #11 Rockstar/Mastercraft sponsored race truck. Added to the field for the race today was NASCAR racer, Robby Gordon, himself an accomplished off road racing champion who has battled against Rob MacCachren throughout his entire career.

That was no different on Sunday as the two off road racing champions squared off in perhaps one of the best racing duos in Crandon. MacCachren charged his Pro 2 to the front from the land rush start, but it didn't take long for Polaris sponsored Robby Gordon to get with the program. In fact, Gordon jumped into the battle early as he and MacCachren traded positions throughout the race. Although, in the final few laps the champion racer that Wisconsin fans named, "MacCrandon," pressured Robby Gordon and got by the Polaris sponsored racer finishing the race in the third position while Gordon fell back to the 6th position.

MacCachren said," This is another step towards the season championship. We raced hard and although I'm disappointed about not climbing to the top of the podium, I'm pleased that we raced hard to the checkered flag and the truck performed well. We've got some slight changes that we need to make to the truck but all in all, I'm happy with the performance of the Rockstar Energy Racing team. I've got a long list of thanks to many of our marketing partners that continue to support our racing endeavors especially ROCKSTAR Energy Drink and Mastercraft Seats who were both co-title sponsors for this 40th anniversary of Crandon weekend."

Crandon International Raceway is often regarded as the 'Indianapolis Raceway' of the off road racing world and the 1.65-mile racecourse has entertained millions of race fans over the past 40 years. For the last four decades, the world of off road racing has seen the best of the best arrive to this track in search of victory.

Rob MacCachren captured his first CUP victory in the spring of 1995, when the young off road racer took the world of off road by surprise and claimed the first of six-CUP victories. To date the Rockstar Energy Racing driver has won three Brush Run Chairman's CUP victories (1995, 2000, 2001) as well as three Borg-Warner World Championship CUP wins (1999, 2000, 2001).

Saturday's TORC Round 11 highlights were aired during the ABC Sports television show and will be re-broadcast in its entirety on ESPN2. Check your local listings for re-broadcast times near you and visit for additional information.

Sunday's TORC Round 12 was aired live on ABC Sports in front of millions of television viewers across the nation. Check your local listings for re-broadcast times near you and visit for additional information.

About Rockstar: Bigger. "ROCKSTAR is the world's most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles - from athletes to rock stars.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available in eleven amazing flavors: Original, Sugar Free, Zero Carb, Juiced Mango Orange Passion Fruit, Juiced Guava, Juiced Pomegranate, Tropical Punched, Punched Citrus, Roasted Mocha, Roasted Latte, and Roasted Light Vanilla. ROCKSTAR ENERGY SHOTS are available in Wild Berry and Tropical Punch flavors.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK is available at convenience and grocery retail outlets across the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United Kingdom."

2009 Rockstar Energy Racing Sponsors: Rockstar Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires, FOX RACING SHOX, Mastercraft Race Seats, Pro AM, Rancho Drivetrain Engineering, Patton Racing Engines, MAKITA Industrial Power Tools, KC HiLites and DIRTnewz.

Rob MacCachren Racing: For nearly three decades, Rob MacCachren has been racing in the open desert. As a second-generation desert racer, Rob began his career following in the footsteps of his father while growing up in the Nevada desert. His career accomplishments include winning three consecutive Borg-Warner Championships, as well as three Governor's Cup Championships, all at Crandon International Raceway in Wisconsin. Rob has also accumulated 5 SCORE Baja 1000 victories and another 5 SCORE Baja 500 wins. MacCachren was heralded as the premier driver after winning the longest distance (1296 miles point-to-point) SCORE Baja 1000 ever held in 2007. The multi-disciplined championship racer has accumulated over 150 victories and numerous championships between closed short course and open desert racing.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Rally for Relief – NORRA Mexican 1000 To Provide Aid to Hurricane Jimena Victims

4 September 2009, Los Angeles: The National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) announced today the “Rally for Relief,” as an adjunct to its forthcoming NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. This week Hurricane Jimena ravaged the Baja Peninsula and directly affected many of the locations that the Mexican 1000 Rally is scheduled to visit. As of today, 1000’s of people are homeless, without food, water, or electricity. NORRA is calling on all participants, racers, and the off-road community at large to pitch in and lend some support to our Baja neighbors. NORRA is actively seeking donations of clothing, canned food, dry goods, basic shelter (tents, tarps etc) and financial support. We ask that all participants in the event clean out their closets and pantries… just fill a box and bring it with you to the Rally. NORRA is working with the Mexican authorities to develop a distribution plan to ensure that the items go where they are needed most. It is important to remember that many of our Baja neighbors live on a basic level in even the best of times… now they’ve truly lost it all.

To learn more, call 661-268-1232, visit the NORRA website:, or send an email to: to find out the items in greatest demand.

The Mexican 1000 Rally is a fully supported 3 day special stage OFF Road/On Road rally for pre 1989 vintage vehicles and motorcycles, All Years of Alternative Fuel Technology Vehicles, and the unique Ulysses Challenge Cup event within the event. The course is fully supported throughout with full service pits planned approximately every 50-60 miles. The rally kicks off September 16, 2009 with Registration, Contingency and Tech inspections in Mexicali as part of their Mexican Independence Day Celebration. September 17th the green flag drops at 6am sharp, vehicles will leave in 30 second time intervals with motorcycles starting first. Competitors will travel to The Bay of LA for the first overnight stop. Day 2 will run from the Bay of LA to Loreto. Day 3 runs from Loreto finishing in La Paz. the capital city of Baja Sur.

In Southern California, tune into KCBQ Radio, AM 1170 Sundays from 12:00 – 2:00 PM for weekly live updates, on the web see: for live streaming feeds worldwide.

SCORE Primm Final Advance

September 7, 2009

6 of top 10 finishers return Saturday
Top 3--Norman/Roeseler, Collins, Schwarz/Christensen return this week;
R. Gordon to miss NASCAR race for 14th SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300

S/F line area and race-mile 47 are spectator areas Saturday;
Limited vehicles start at 6 a.m., SCORE Trophy-Truck and Class 1 at 1 p.m.
Live vehicle track at, live race updates at

PRIMM, Nev.—In a race that is usually decided by the tightest of margins, the top three finishers, six of the top 10 overall finishers from last year return and an unexpected NASCAR team owner/driver will all be in the field for this weekend’s 14th Annual SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 desert race. Using its now traditional two-part racing format, Round 4 of the five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series will be held this weekend in Primm, Nev., 45 miles south of Las Vegas at the California border.
For the eighth consecutive year, the race will be split into two groups with the open wheel, limited truck and VW baja bug classes starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday. The featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division, which has 25 official entries, along with the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars will start at 1 p.m. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race.
Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Alpine, Calif., return as the defending overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck champions in the No. 8 Norman Motorsports Ford F-150 and they drew the 19th starting position in the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks for Saturday’s race.
Second overall last year and in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Las Vegas’ Brian Collins (the 2005 overall winner) returns in his No. 12 Collins Motorsports Dodge Ram 1500 while returning after winning the unlimited Class 1 last year and finishing third overall is the All-German Motorsports team of Armin Schwarz, Germany and Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (originally from Denmark) in a BWM-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. Collins will start 22nd in SCORE Trophy-Truck and Schwarz/Christensen will drive the eighth vehicle off the starting line in Class 1.
Although he originally entered the race when he thought his class would race in the morning, NASCAR team owner/driver Robby Gordon was not expected to make it to the starting line in his No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500 because of the NASCAR Cup race Saturday in Richmond, Va.
In an unprecedented move for a cross-over driver, Gordon officially announced yesterday during a video interview on that David Gililand will drive his NASCAR Toyota in Richmond while he attempts to pad his SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point leads heading into the season finale at November’s 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 as Gordon is both the current SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point leader. He currently leads Collins by 29 points and Gordon, who has eight career SCORE Trophy-Truck wins including the 1996 Primm race, was the 1996 SCORE Trophy-Truck season points champion.
Gordon, who won January’s SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge and finished second in the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March, will start seventh on Saturday.
“It’s always great to come back to a race and have the bullseye on your back, but I think we are ready for the challenge,” quipped the veteran Roeseler, 52, who has four class wins in three different classes in this race. “Roger has made the commitment to build a great race team. Last year’s SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 was our second race together and first win and we have been building on that momentum ever since. This course is treacherous and running counterclockwise this year as well as no course recon will add dramatically to how rough it will be out there in the Southern Nevada desert.”
In last year’s race, the three were separated by a total of just over eight minutes, 30 seconds at the finish on corrected time.
The main pits and start/finish area for the 69.0-mile loop course will be located behind Buffalo Bills Resort on the North side of the property. The course will run in a counter-clockwise direction this year. The faster classes will run four laps around the course while the limited will be required to run either three or two laps within the seven-hour time limit to become official finishers.
The 14th Annual SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 will feature 18 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks from 14 U.S. States, Canada, Denmark, Germany and Mexico. This year’s starting grid is expected to reach nearly 120 vehicles. Late entries will be accepted up until race morning.
New this year, the course will actually start, finish and include racing action inside the off-road short-course race track in Primm. Free grandstand seating will be available for spectators at the short-course track.
Also new, the Bureau of Land Management has authorized and will be overseeing an additional free spectator area this year, located at race-mile 47. Access will be marked by signage on Las Vegas Boulevard South, two miles north of the Jean exit off of Interstate-15.
Pre-race festivities on Friday, for the SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300, including tech and contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind Buffalo Bill’s Resort. The post-race awards celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the conference center at Terrible’s Primm Valley Resort.
Seven of last year’s class winners have entered so far, including six of last year’s top 10 overall finishers.
The first vehicle to leave the start line in the morning portion of the event will be a Class 10 vehicle driven by Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo. Keysar drives a Jimco-Honda.
Ever-improving desert racer Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif., who drives the Stout’s No. 13 Stout Industries Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck, drew the first start in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division in the computerized drawing for starting positions for the race.
Among the other entries is Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico, who has the most class wins in the SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300. Solorzano has won Class 11 in eight of the first 13 years of this race in a stock VW Sedan. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., is third on the all-time list with six Class 3 wins in a Ford Bronco, including the last five straight years.
Besides Norman/Roeseler, Schwarz/Christensen and Moss, the other returning class winners from last year entered for this year’s race are: Bekki Wik/Adam Wik, Las Vegas (Class 10, Bunderson-Honda), Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif. (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger) and Gavin Skilton, Orange, Calif. (Stock Mini, Honda Ridgeline).
The field this year includes two female drivers of record. In addition to Class 10 defending champion Bekki Wik and her husband Adam Wik, racing a Ford Ranger in Class 7SX is current class point leader Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., whose husband Cameron Steele drives the No. 16 Desert Assassins GMC Sierra SCORE Trophy-Truck and is listed as a second driver in the morning portion of the race for Justin Smith in Class 1-2/1600.
In the solid field of 25 entries in SCORE Trophy-Truck, four veteran SCORE desert racers expected to make their first official start in the featured SCORE racing division are Mark McMillin, Steve Sourapas, brothers Mark Weyhrich/Gary Weyhrich and brothers Jesse/Adam Ashcraft.
McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., will drive the No. 23 Ford F-150, while Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is scheduled to debut his No. 6 Ford F-150, the Weyhrichs, Troutdale, Ore., in their No. 9 Ford F-150 and the Ashcrafts, Vista, Calif., in their No. 78 Ford F-150.
Because of environmental concerns, racers will not be allowed to have their normal, one-lap, controlled speed course reconnaissance on Friday, adding another degree of difficulty to the already significant challenge.
The only required stop on the 69.0-mile course will be at the start/finish line, although visual monitors will be at various locations around the loop.
All vehicles will be required to utilize the real-time satellite tracking devices provided through International Racing Consultants. Live tracking will be displayed during the race at
Besides Norman/Roeseler, Collins and R. Gordon, the two other former overall winners who are in this year’s starting grid both won the race in Class 1 and both will be racing in SCORE Trophy-Truck this year. Steve Sourapas was the 2000 winner while 2002 champion Mike Julson is scheduled to pilot the No. 20 MasterCraft Racing Chevy Silverado. Julson is also listed as the second driver with Robbie Pierce in the No. 30 MasterCraft Racing Chevy Silverado.
In the first 13 years of the SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300, SCORE Trophy-Trucks have nine Overall race wins while Class 1 has four. SCORE Trophy-Trucks have won six straight overall titles.
Starting first in Class 1 will be the veteran Southern California team of Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, and Tom Kirkmeyer, Apple Valley, in the No. 101 Chevy-powered Jefferies open-wheel desert race car. The Boyle/Kirkmeyer team is currently tied for eighth place in Class 1 season points.
The highly-competitive 2009 SCORE Desert Series has 20 racers separated by just 39 points in the Overall standings after the 15th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, 23rd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert races.
For this race, the Laughlin Tourism Commission has made a special contingency posting with a value of over $5,000, pushing the overall cash purse and contingency postings to over $200,000. The 16th annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge will be held Jan. 14-17, 2010.
The top contingency posting from the Laughlin Tourism Commission, for the seventh overall finisher in the Primm race, will be a fully-paid entry fee for the driver of record into the 2010 SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge including four rooms for four nights each in Laughlin during the event.
The 2009 SCORE Desert Series also includes the quest for the Toyota Milestone Awards for car and truck racers who complete every required mile of the season. A total of 22 drivers still remain eligible after the first three races of the season.
Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant and Red Bull--official energy drink. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
Co-title sponsors for the 14th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300 are Las Vegas Events, Primm Valley Resorts and Terrible Herbst Inc.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series at

Race Recap: Crandon 40th Anniversary Weekend


Crandon, WI (September 6, 2009)-The Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL made its return to Crandon International Off Road Raceway for the second time this season. Over 40,000 off road fans came to watch the best drivers in the business take on the fastest track on the TORC circuit. So many fans, in fact, that many missed the first race due to the overwhelming amount of traffic.

Saturday in the AMSOIL PRO 4x4 Kyle LeDuc would take the lead from the beginning until he was given the black flag for wrecking Steve Barlow in the first laps of the race. Kyle LeDuc was sent to the back of the pack leaving the window open for Scott Douglas to take the lead and run away with the win. Chad Hord would take second place and the Oakley Bomb in his first PRO 4x4 TORC podium. Mike Jenkins took his second ever career podium and rounded out the top three. Johnny Greaves had an unlucky day after contact with Curt LeDuc, he was out of the race. Rick Huseman had an equally disappointing day finishing fifth.


In the Kumho Tires PRO 2WD class, Todd LeDuc took the points lead away from Ricky Johnson by finished first and taking the Oakley Bomb; Johnson would end up fifth for the day. Joining LeDuc on the podium was Rob MacCachren and Evan Evans. This is the first podium for Evans in the TORC series. Jeremy McGrath finished fifth behind Johnson. Seven trucks did not finish the race due to several incidents on the track.

Jeff Kincaid and Chad Hord continued their domination of the PRO Light class on Saturday taking first and second. Kincaid also took the Oakley Bomb Run Award for the fastest lap time in the race. Chris Brandt rounded out the podium, Brandt has continued to run very consistently all season long. Marty Hart finished fourth and after a few laps behind Kincaid, sank back to a disappointing fifth place finish. Brian Deegan started the race, but ended up parking due to issues with his truck.

ParadeAs As soon as the green flag dropped on Sunday's action in the AMSOIL PRO 4x4 there was a major wreck involving six drivers: Mark Jenkins, Mike Jenkins, Steve Barlow, Adrian Cenni, Jamey Flannery, and Steve McCrossan. The narrowed the starting field of thirteen down to half of its original starting size. Officials red flagged the race and went for a restart after extensive clean up of the race track. Within a lap of the restart Kyle LeDuc took the lead and never looked back. LeDuc had such an enormous lead, he nearly lapped the entire pack. He would eventually take the podium and the Oakley Bomb Run Award for the fastest lap time. Fan favorite Johnny Greaves put up a good battle, but a late race incident would take him out of the race for the BorgWarner trophy.

Robby Gordon made his TORC debut on Sunday in a Polaris sponsored Chevy PRO 2WD. Gordon put on a great show- but was unable to catch veteran Scott Taylor who would eventually take first and the Oakley Bomb. Taylor led the entire race, with no driver even challenging his spot. Ricky Johnson passed Johnson for the second podium position and regained his points lead over Todd LeDuc. MacCachren also passed Gordon to round out the podium for Sunday. Gordon would hold onto fourth until an incident thirty feet from the finish line would cause him to spin, and then cross the finish in reverse taking sixth. Fan favorite Jeremy McGrath never finished on Sunday due to an incident at the beginning of the race involving Evan Evans.

Another driver made his first appearance at Crandon this weekend, Brian Deegan. Deegan sat in the fourth position waiting for an opportunity to pass Casey Currie. On the last lap of the race, Currie eventually succumbed to Deegans advances. First and second went to familiar faces, Jeff Kincaid took the win and his eighth Oakley Bomb, while Chad Hord took second, with Deegan third. This was the first podium for Deegan. Kincaid and Hord continue to dominate the PRO Light class, with no one even coming close to passing them.

The next stop on the 2009 TORC race schedule is Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. The action will take place over two evenings, October 23rd and 24th, 2009.

The Traxxas TORC Series- The Off Road Championship, presented by AMSOIL is the world's premier short course off road series. TORC drivers push the limits with 900 horsepower, action-packed fender pounding on challenging natural terrain racetracks. The 2009 season schedule includes stops in Texas, California, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin. For more information on TORC please visit
Five Bonus Points: Crandon 40th Anniversary Weekend

1. Stat of the Week
The Crandon crowd of 40,000 is the largest spectator crowd of the 2009 TORC season.

2. Who Said That?
"I am really disappointed I couldn't make a run, I felt like I had a really good truck. I am not sure how caught up in the wreck, it happened so fast"

ANSWER: Steve Barlow

3. Spotters' Stand
PRO 4x4: Kyle LeDuc almost lapped the entire pack on Sunday to win, he has dominated this class and continues to win. The crash Sunday involving six cars caused the first full course red on a start this season.

PRO 2WD: Evan Evans proved that he can be competitive in the PRO 2WD class by taking his first 2009 podium Saturday. Ricky Johnson lost his lead in points Saturday, but finished second and regained it on Sunday. He is hungry for a championship! Can he do it? We will see in Las Vegas.

PRO LIGHT: Marty Hart brought the black flag out Sunday by jumping the start. Jeff Kincaid leads all PRO classes in the number of Oakley Bomb Run Awards (8).

4. Name that driver
Which PRO driver won his first podium finish in his very first visit to Crandon on Sunday?

ANSWER: Brian Deegan

5. Quick Question
Which driver crossed the finish line backwards on Sunday?

ANSWER: PRO 2WD Driver Robby Gordon
Did you
miss the live broadcast on ABC? Watch the re-air from Crandon on ESPN2 at 1:30 am EST September 10th, 2009.

The Oakley Bomb Run Award for the Fastest Lap Time
Saturday Winners:
PRO 4x4:
Chad Hord

Todd LeDuc

PRO Light:
Jeff Kincaid

Sunday Winners:
PRO 4x4:

Scott Taylor

PRO Light:
Jeff Kincaid







Saturday Results:

1. Scott Douglas
3. Mike Jenkins
4. Mark Jenkins
5. Rick Huseman
6. Jamey Flannery
7. Ken Kincaid
8. Kyle LeDuc
9. Curt LeDuc
DNF: Adrian Cenni, Steve McCrossan, Steve Barlow, Johnny Greaves

2. Rob MacCachren
3. Evan Evans
4. Ricky Johnson
5. Jeremy McGrath
6. Dan Vanden Heuvel
7. Ross Hoek
8. Doug Fortin
9. Greg Adler
10. Ben Wandahsega
11. Dan Baudoux
DNF- Scott Taylor, Kevin Probst, Mark Jenkins, Ron Schreiner, Jeff Kincaid, Mike Oberg, Rick Welch

2. Chad Hord
3. Chris Brandt
4. Marty Hart
5. Casey Currie
6. Mark Oberg
7. Chad Rayford
8. Josh Hintz
9. Steve Federico
DNF: Randy Eller, Brian Deegan, Jeff Huseman (scratch)
Sunday Results:

2. Rick Huseman
3. Curt LeDuc
4. Chad Hord
5. Scott Douglas
6. Ken Kincaid
DNF: Adrian Cenni, Steve McCrossan, Steve Barlow, Johnny Greaves, Jamey Flannery, Mark Jenkins, Mike Jenkins

2. Ricky Johnson
3. Rob MacCachren
4. Todd LeDuc
5. Evan Evans
6. Robby Gordon
7. Kevin Probst
8. Dan Vanden Heuvel
9. Greg Adler
10. Ben Wandahsega
11. Dan Baudoux
DNF- Ron Schreiner, Ross Hoek, Jeff Kincaid, Doug Fortin, Mark Jenkins, Mike Oberg, Jeremy McGrath, Rick Welch

2. Chad Hord
3. Brian Deegan
4. Casey Currie
5. Mark Oberg
6. Randy Eller
7. Marty Hart
8. Steven Federico
9. Chris Brandt
10. Josh Hintz
11. Chad Rayford
Thank you for your interest in the Traxxas TORC Truck Series Presented by AMSOIL. For more information visit our website,

Sunday, September 6, 2009

SCORE Primm 300 Expanded Entries

14th SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300

Round 4 of five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series

Sept. 12 – Primm, Nevada

OFFICIAL ENTRIES (as of 9/4/09)

(By Class Starting Order)

Pro Cars & Trucks

SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)--

13 Ed Stout, Stanton, Calif., Chevy Silverado

50 Jason McNeil, Lakeside, Calif., Ford F-150

3 Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

53 Rick Thomas/Lonny Hart, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado

51 Kory Scheeler, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

11 Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif./Tom Carr, Visalia, Calif., Chevy Silverado

77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500

22 Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado

1 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

9 Mark Weyhrich/Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150

68 Marc Ewing, Glncoe, Ill./T.J. Sorensen, Salt Lake City, Chevy Silverado

89 Rusty Stevens/Chad Quarles, Pampa, Texas, Ford F-150

2 Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150

30 Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado

16 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., GMC Sierra

24 Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado

23 Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Ford F-150

6 Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Ford F-150

8 Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Alpine, Calif., Ford F-150

96 Bobby Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

20 Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado

12 Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Dodge Ram 1500

7 Scott Steinberger, Cypress, Calif., Ford F-150

78 Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif./Adam Ashcraft, Vista, Calif./Vincent Farley, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150

58 George Pandella, Glendale, Calif./Steve McCaslin, Agua Dulce, Calif./Dennis McCaslin, Burbank, Calif., Chevy Silverado

CLASS 1(Unlimited single or two-seaters)--

101 Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Tommy Kirkmeyer, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy

102 Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif./Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Penhall-Chevy

104 Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Los Alamitos, Calif. Jimco-Chevy

105 Terry Householder, Orange, Calif., Playtech-Chevy

106 Dale Lenk/Brett Lenk/Grant Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy

107 Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Jeff Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy

108 Josh Daniel, Canyon Lake, Calif./Allen Hickerson, Vista, Calif., Racer-Chevy

109 Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Jimco-BMW

110 Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Rick Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy

111 Pat Dean/Danny Anderson, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy

112 Kory Halopoff, Orange, Calif., Tatum-Chevy

113 Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Alpha-Chevy

114 Shawn Croll, Corona, Calif., Porter-Ford

CLASS 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)--

1601 Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Kreger

1602 Mario Gastelum, El Centro, Calif., Curry

1603 Arturo Velazco/Abel Velazco/Stevie Cruz, Banning, Calif, Porter

1604 Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco

1605 David Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif./Mike Malloy, Las Vegas, Lothringer

1606 Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo

1607 Christopher Fogle, Palmdale, Calif., Jimco

1608 Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, San Clemente, Calif., Penhall

1609 Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco

1611 Eric Duran/Hiram Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth

1612 Samuel Araiza, La Paz, Mexico/Federico Montes, Ensenada, Mexico, Fraley

1647 Rob Archibald, Alpine, Calif./Kevin Walsh, Poway, Calif., Mirage

1648 Hiram Duran/Evan Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth

1649 Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Andy DeVercelly IV, El Cajon, Calif., Fraley

CLASS 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)--

300 Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco

301 Daniel Wright, Rio Vista, Calif./Daniel Field, Fruitland, Idaho, Ford Bronco

302 Darren Skilton, Orange, Calif., Jeep Wrangler

349 Kirk Kovel, Cascade, Colo., Ford Bronco

CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)--

500 Kevin Carr, San Diego/Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif.

501 Shaun Dunbar, La Mesa, Calif./John Castillo, Santee, Calif.

519 Carlos Albanez/Richard Escamilla, Hanford, Calif.

CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)--

551 Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico/Mario Reynoso, Tijuana, Mexico

552 Patrick Dailey, Bonsall, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif.

CLASS 6 (Unlimited, production mini trucks)--

601 Robert Pickering, Las Vegas/Bryant Layton, Wildomar, Calif., Ford Ranger,

607 Steve Kovach, Chandler, Ariz./Chip Carr, Gilbert, Ariz., Ford Ranger

608 Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Ranger

CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)--

700 Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger

701 Jose Canchola Jr. /Elias Canchola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger

702 Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif./Travis Freedman, Salome, Ariz., Toyota Tacoma

703 Igor Galvan, Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico/Oscar Solaiza, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger

704 Aaron Celiceo, San Diego/Adrian Celiceo, San Ysidro, Calif., Toyota Tacoma

CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)--

741 Jeff Fuller, Beverly Hills, Calif., Toyota Tacoma

742 Norman Turley, Long Beach, Calif., Ford Rnager

759 John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif., Ford Ranger

CLASS 7-2 (Unlimited 2.2/2.4 Liter Truck)--

781 Wes Bevly IV/Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas

CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)--

839 Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado

CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)--

1001 Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jimco-Honda

1002 Steve Restivo, Yorba Linda, Calif./Kevin Reardon, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Porter-Honda

1003 Jose Gonzalez/Jesus Acosta, Ensenada, Mexico, Dunrite-Honda

1004 Lonny Hart, Desert Hills, Ariz./Scott Martenson, Peoria, Ariz., Tatum-Honda

1000 Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif./Blake Kirkpatrick, Hacienda Heights, Calif./, Lothringer-VW

1006 Javier Robles/Javier Robles Jr., Gpe Victoria, Mexico, Jimco-Honda

1007 Bekki Wik/Adam Wik, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Honda

1008 Scott Gailey/Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif., GET-VW

1009 Adam Ashcraft, Vista, Calif./Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW

1048 Sergio Salgado/Ricardo Corvera, Mexicali, Mexico, Lothringer-Honda

1049 Jose Lynch/Jason DeFalco, Tustin, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW

SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)--

1201 Bill Hernquist, San Diego/Rick Ellison, Dinuba, Calif., Jimco

1202 John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Mike Urbano, Long Beach, Calif., Penhall

1203 Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./L.J. Kennedy, Orange, Calif., Jimco

1204 Ty Godde, Palmdale, Calif./Jim Greenway, Ojai, Calif., Henry

1205 Zak Langley/Margan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Penhall

1206 Jerry Longo, Alta Loma, Calif./Chuck Sacks, Canyon Lake, Calif.

1207 John Padgett/Ryan Nikata, Canada, Kreger, Henry’s Electric

1200 Rick St. John, Encinitas, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Duvel

1249 Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Burgess, Riverside, Calif., Moulton

CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)--

1149 Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico/Robert Johnson, Ahwahnee, Calif.

STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks)--

878 Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570

879 Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./William Aylor, Union, Ky., Dodge Ram 2500

STOCK MINI (Stock, Mini-sized trucks)--

779 Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif./Vlad Chioreanu, Santa Monica, Calif., Honda Ridgeline

CLASS 2 (Limited, 2.2 Liter open-wheel car)--

201 Dee Savage,



1400 Peter Lang/Brian Jellison, Santa Rosa, Calif., Homebuilt-Chevy

1401 Bill Bice/Marc Ausman/Joe Gilmore, Albuquerque, N.M., PlayTech-Chevy


1501 Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif./Gil Aguirre, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Ranger

1502 Joe Aguayo, San Jacinto, Calif./Abraham Cueva, Pala, Calif., Ford F-150

1503 Ken Frazier, Waddell, Ariz./Larry Crider, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado

1549 Michael Pasznik Jr., Monroe, N.J./Michael Pasznik Sr. /Jason Pasznik, Toms River, N.J., Toyota Tacoma

Loeb cleared by WRC team to race F1

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Five times WRC champion Sebastien Loeb has been given permission by his Citroen team to make his Formula One debut in Abu Dhabi if he is offered a drive.

Loeb has long expressed a wish to try his hand at an F1 race, having impressed during testing for both Red Bull and Renault in recent years.

With Red Bull being a major sponsor of Citroen's WRC team, a link-up with Red Bull's 'junior' outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso seems the most likely option.

Citroen team principal Olivier Quesnel has now come out and said that Loeb can race in F1 provided the opportunity arises itself outside of the WRC season.