CORONA, Calif., (June 14, 2007) -- Monster Energy-backed off road racers were all over the place at this past weekend’s inaugural Championship Off Road Racing (CORR), literally from 1st place (Rodrigo Ampudia/Pro Lites) to blowing up (Jerry Welchel) and being torn up (Johnny Greaves). Carnage -- and the ability to overcome it -- seemed to be paramount with Monster’s big names in the CORR series.
Beginning with Pro 2 points leader Welchel, things got off to a rocket ship start for his Monster-backed team when Welchel posted the fastest lap of Friday’s qualifier (56.460 on the technical mile-long track). Soon there after Welchel was the victim of a blown motor, forcing his team to break into some high-speed wrench action well into Saturday’s early morning hours (2:30 a.m.). Down a motor, Welchel’s team ran what they considered “conservatively on Saturday, racing through the pack and into the points enough to protect their 16-point lead in the CORR standings.
But Monster-backed Johnny Greaves, the CORR Pro 4 class points leader, had a weekend he’d just as soon forget, placing 7th on Saturday after a black flagged start and suffering a DNF due to mechanical failure (crash) in Sunday’s Pro 4 contest. This did, however, leave the door open for Monster-backed Travis Coyne who finished on Sunday’s podium (2nd) and 4th on Saturday.
Motocross legend Jeremy “Showtime McGrath, running the Monster colors in a Baldwin-prepared Monster Energy Pro 2 truck, proved he can run ‘er pretty good on four wheels as well two, finishing 10th and 5th in the two Pro 2 races.
Rounding out the Monster placers was Rick Huseman, who finished a solid 5th in Saturday’s Pro 4 race and 8th in Sunday’s contest.
The CORR series goes on its summer break here before returning to action Sept. 15-16 at California’s Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
Developed in 1983, Championship Off Road Racing"¢ (CORR) brings high action four wheel motorsports including 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive trucks onto closed course off road tracks. The 2007 CORR season includes seven events in Los Angeles and San Diego, Dallas and Las Vegas.
CORR is divided into two series, Pro and Sportsman. The Pro Series is composed of three divisions: Pro 4 -- Full-size 4wd race trucks, V8 engines, 800 HP; Pro 2 -- Full-size 2wd race trucks, V8 engines, 800 HP; and Pro Lite -- Compact/Mid-size 2wd race trucks, 4 cylinder engines, 300+ HP. The Sportsman Series is made up of two buggy divisions: Single Buggy — Limited to a 1600cc VW Type 1 engine; and Super Buggy -- Featuring a 1650cc water cooled power plant.
For more information on the series, link to: www.corracing.com.
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