SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – official series release — TORC photo —
TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL announced its 2016 schedule featuring racing at tracks such as Crandon Int’l Off-Road Raceway and a new track location outside of Minneapolis.
Notably, Salt Lake City, Utah-based action sports event marketing company Mountain Sports Int’l, is in final negotiations to acquire ownership of the series. Established in 1997, MSI has owned and operated action sports events in a variety of sports categories and brings a long history of experience to TORC.
“MSI is honored to join the short course off-road racing community as the managers of the sport’s premier series. Founded by athletes, MSI has always approached events by putting the sport and participants’ needs at the forefront of our decision making,” said MSI COO and Co-owner Dave Swanwick. “In 2016, fans can look forward to a bigger and better TORC experience with more of our racers moving up to the PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes.”
“MSI’s capabilities and team will bring a wealth of expertise to the sport heightening the exposure of the TORC drivers and brand. MSI is also committed to providing more than 50 hours of HD quality digital broadcasts with a strong TV package bringing TORC to fans anywhere in the world,” said MSI President & CEO Adam Comey.
“AMSOIL is pleased to partner with TORC, once again, to bring top-level short course off-road racing to our devoted and incredible fans,” said Jeremy Meyer, Race Program Manager at AMSOIL. “We also look forward to working with TORC’s new management, MSI, to provide the ultimate competition experience for all of our drivers. The 2016 season is sure to be exciting for everyone.”
The 2016 season will include PRO 4WD, PRO 2WD, PRO Light and Sportsman classes. The action will kick off at Texas Motor Speedway in April followed by Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and Chicagoland in June. Exact dates for the first three races will be announced in the coming weeks.
As the temperatures heat up at the end of June, so will the action as TORC will return to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway June 25-26. Crandon is the exclusive home of the TORC series and consistently attracts more than 50,000 die-hard short-course fans to the facility. The facility has hosted off-road racing events for more than 46 years.
After Crandon, TORC will head west towards Minneapolis for TORC’s July 16-17 debut at the new off-road track currently being constructed at ERX Motorpark in Elk River, Minn. ERX has a history of drawing large crowds for high level motorsports events and is located just 40 minutes north of Minneapolis. The new off-road venue will be located in a natural amphitheater where fans will have visibility of the entire track.
From Minnesota, the series will head back east to Bark River Int’l Raceway in Northern Michigan Aug. 13-14. After Bark River, the series will return to Crandon Int’l Off-Road Raceway for the conclusion of the 2016 season at the famed “Fall Crandon” Labor Day Race, the largest short course off-road event in the U.S. The series champions will be crowned, once again, at short course off-road racing’s most iconic track.
“I’m super pumped to be the first [driver] in TORC history to win both the PRO 2WD and PRO 4WD Championships in the same season. I still can’t believe how great 2015 was for our entire Greaves Motorsports team!” remarked reigning series champion C.J. Greaves. “As far as 2016, our team is looking forward to the new exposure and opportunities that MSI is bringing to the Series, and we’re ready to defend our championships.”
TORC 2016 Season Schedule
Date – Location – Venue
April TBA – Fort Worth, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway (PRO classes only)
May TBA – Concord, N.C. – Charlotte Motor Speedway (PRO classes only)
June TBA – Joliet, Ill. – Chicagoland Speedway
June 25-26 – Crandon, Wis. – Crandon Int’l Off-Road Raceway
July 16-17 – Elk River, Minn. – ERX Motorpark
Aug. 13-14 – Bark River, Mich. – Bark River Int’l Raceway
Sept. 2-4 – Crandon, Wis. – Crandon Int’l Off-Road Raceway
CREDIT: TORC/The Off-Road Championship