Ram Truck / Mopar® sponsored TORC Series Truck

Ram Truck / Mopar® sponsored TORC Series Truck

  • Rob MacCachren takes aims at second TORC PRO 2 title
  • Andrew Caddell within striking distance in PRO Light in search of second straight trophy
  • Ricky Johnson going for back-to-back championships in PRO 4
  • Bryce Menzies just four points back in PRO 2

TORC racing at Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

September 26, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. –Two rounds of racing in one action-packed day. That’s the challenge that Mopar® and Ram Truck drivers will face this weekend as the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series season culminates at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Calif., Sept. 29–30. The final two point-paying rounds of racing are set for the opener of the two-day event to determine the three PRO champions on Saturday, Sept. 29, with a pair of special events honoring the legacy of Rick and Jeff Huseman wrapping up the Huseman Memorial Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Rob MacCachren and Ricky Johnson each lead their respective classes heading into the season finale as they look to bring home two more titles for Mopar and Ram. The brands claimed all three PRO titles in their inaugural TORC season in 2011. MacCachren has a slim four point lead over fellow Mopar Ram driver Bryce Menzies in PRO 2, while Johnson has a 26 marker advantage in PRO 4. In PRO Light, Andrew Caddell is second in the standings, just five digits behind leader Brad Lovell.

MacCachren, who scored the 200th overall win of his legendary off-road career in the previous TORC event at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin, has won four times in PRO 2 this season in a Mopar Ram for Jenkins Brothers Racing. The native of Las Vegas has finished on the podium eight times in 2012, including in each of the last six rounds of racing. MacCachren has turned many laps in his career in a variety of off-road racing vehicles at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

“You have to go hard every time you are on the track. Bryce (Menzies) and I are so close right now that every point will matter. You get bonus points for qualifying first or second and for leading or being second at the halfway point of the race and those points will be pretty important. It’s pretty much going to come down to who beats the other guy.”

-Rob MacCachren

TORC PRO 2 Mopar Ram Driver

Mopar Ram driver Menzies, the defending class champion, is just four points behind MacCachren in the PRO 2 standings. Menzies was victorious in the opener at Crandon earlier this month to earn a World Championship ring, which marked his fourth win of the season. The native of Las Vegas has recorded six podium finishes this season and has been among the top-five in eight events.

Caddell is just five points out of the lead in PRO Light, as he goes after a second straight title in a Mopar Ram for Jenkins Brothers Racing. The second-generation driver has picked up six wins and nine podium finishes in 12 races this season. Caddell finished second in his most recent start at Crandon on Sept. 2. The native of Graham, Wash., will be making the first appearance of his career at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

TORC racing at Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

“We have to go out and qualify well and race well. I know our Mopar Ram Truck will be great this weekend, and we’ll go out there for wins. If you win and qualify up front, the points will take care of themselves. There is no being conservative. We weren’t conservative last year when we had a 60 point lead, and we won’t conserve anything this year when we are five behind.”

-Andrew Caddell

TORC PRO Light Mopar Ram Driver

Johnson enters the season finale in his home state of California, riding the momentum from a pair of victories at Crandon over Labor Day weekend, including taking home the $40,000-to-win Amsoil Cup for the first time in his career. Johnson leads the series with eight overall wins, and has finished on the podium in 10 of the 12 rounds of racing contested this season. The multi-time AMA Motorcross/Supercross champion is taking aim at his second consecutive PRO 4 title in a Mopar Ram for Menzies Motorsports.

Luke Johnson, will also be in action at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in a Mopar-powered Ram in PRO Light, as he battles for the third spot in points. Mike Jenkins will pull double duty in PRO 2 and PRO 4 in a Ram-bodied truck at Lancaster.

The inaugural Rick Huseman Cup presented by PEAK on Sunday, Sept. 30, pairs PRO 2 drivers against their PRO 4 counterparts, and honors Huseman, a former TORC PRO 4 champion, who lost his life in a plane crash last year. The race will pay $36,000-to-win in honor of Huseman’s No. 36. The second annual Traxxas PRO Light Cup, which also takes to the track on Sunday, will award the winner $15,000, and will be run in memory of Jeff Huseman, Rick’s brother, who also perished in the plane crash.

“Rick Huseman was one of the guys that I always enjoyed watching race. You knew when he was out there that he was giving it his all. Sometimes he was driving 120 percent and he always put on a show. You’d see him out there going two wheels on the track, because he was just driving the wheels off the truck. It’s something that we really miss nowadays, because there is no one that drives like he did. It will be great to honor Rick and Jeff this weekend.”

-Rob MacCachren

TORC PRO 2 Mopar Ram Driver

The season-ending Traxxas TORC Series event at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds opens with practice and qualifying on Friday, Sept. 28, followed by the final two point paying races for each of the three PRO classes on Saturday, Sept. 29. The 2012 campaign concludes on Sunday, Sept. 30, with the running of the inaugural Rick Huseman Cup for PRO 2 and PRO 4 drivers, along with the Traxxas PRO Light Cup. Live streaming video will be available both Saturday and Sunday on the TORC tab of the Mopar Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/Mopar and on the TORC Series web site at: http://www.torcseries.com.

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

About Mopar Motorsports

Mopar’s commitment to professional motorsports competition was established in the 1950’s when a partnership ignited with drag racing pioneer, Don Garlits. Combined efforts between Garlits and the Mopar brand resulted in the breaking of numerous speed and performance barriers in a HEMI-powered car over the next several decades. Mopar has remained a fixture on the racing scene in the North America ever since and is currently involved with the NHRA, NASCAR, USAC and TORC series. Mopar also sponsors many motorsports events, including title sponsorship of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Colorado for nearly 25 consecutive years; and it is a proud supporter of amateur racing within NHRA and USAC.

Mopar-First Features

  • Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
  • Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
  • Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
  • Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set paRameters
  • 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
  • Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
  • WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes 280,000 parts and accessories. With the creation of the Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat SpA, Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 120 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A.vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.Mopar.com.

Ram Runner at Red Bud

Ram Runner at Red Bud

75 Years of Mopar

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical service and customer support.

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