Fresh off another successful PRO 2 season, short course racing superstar Keegan Kincaid is making the jump to the sport’s biggest and baddest class: PRO 4. Kincaid got the go-ahead deep into the offseason to move forward with a PRO 4 program, and things have been heating up in the shop ever since. His defending AMSOIL Cup Champion PRO 2 truck has been passed onto a new driver, and the Kincaid team has been hard at work constructing a brand-new PRO 4 to hit the scene in 2017. Jeff Kincaid, racing legend and father to Keegan, has focused his 25-plus years of racing experience into the new machine, working tirelessly to ensure readiness for Round 1 and 2 in Chicago this weekend.
Keegan Kincaid may be new to the PRO 4 championship quest—but don’t expect to see this driver holding back in 2017. Kincaid has proven that the learning curve won’t be an issue when it comes to transitioning to PRO 4. When Mike Jenkins, owner of Traxxas, gave Keegan the opportunity to race his PRO 4 in front of his hometown Crandon crowd in 2015, Keegan drove the truck to victory in his second PRO 4 race of his career.
“I know we have the truck, team and sponsors behind me to put this thing on top of the box and go compete for a championship in my first season,” says Kincaid. “Being a new truck, the first race is going to be conservative, but if it’s open we’re going for the win. We just don’t want to take ourselves out of the points championship first round of the year. We have the team capability behind us to go out and win right out of the box, and we’re going to try and go do it. That’s what’s on my mind: going out and winning a championship the first year in my PRO 4 and knocking the Greaves boys off the top spot.”
The “Greaves Boys” Kincaid spoke of are racing phenom CJ Greaves and his father, wily veteran Johnny Greaves. Between them, the Greaves have won the PRO 4 championship 4 years running, and 5 of the 8 in TORC’s entire history. Knocking them off the top spot will be no easy task. Kincaid is no stranger to racing against CJ; having battled with him in PRO Light and PRO 2 since the beginning of his career.
“I’ve raced against CJ since I started. It’s always gone back and forth and we’ve had really good battles.” But when it comes to Johnny, Kincaid will have to fall back on his experience as a fan and a son, watching the races between Johnny and his dad Jeff.
“I’ve grown up watching Johnny racing against my dad, and I’ve always idolized those guys. To be able to finally suit up and race against Johnny is a dream. Johnny’s style is completely different from CJ’s. CJ has a lot of finesse, while John just lets it all hangout. I like to think I’m in the middle of those two.”
When it comes to what the new PRO 4 will look like, Kincaid isn’t telling. “We’ve got to keep it a secret. It keeps the suspense up, which we like.” To get the first look at Kincaid’s new ride, you’ll just have to come out to Rounds 1 and 2 of TORC: The Off Road Championship Series. Kincaid is ready to make his PRO 4 debut at the tightest track on the TORC circuit – Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, IL.
As Keegan Kincaid says, “You’re not gonna want to miss this one. Get your tickets now!”