One year after introduction, the PRO UTV fields have blossomed into seasoned, high-caliber racing classes
On June 10-11, TORC: The Off-Road Championship invades ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota for the Twin Cities Takedown. Spectators will enjoy a massive field of both PRO Stock and PRO Mod UTVs as part of the all-day racing program. With the entry counts, talent level, and caliber of competition soaring, it’s easy to forget just how new the UTV program is at TORC. In fact, it was less than one year ago that TORC introduced the UTV classes to the series for a limited number of events in 2016. With less than a month of lead time, 15 UTV racers came together to put on a show in front of the Minnesota crowd. By the time the sun set on TORC’s 2016 season, 53 drivers had taken a green flag in the two UTV categories.
Fast forward to today, and the UTV field is ready to descend once again on ERX Motor Park, the site of the class premier less than one year ago. This time, the UTV programs have a test season, an entire offseason of lead time, and two rounds of racing under their belt, and fans can expect PRO Stock and PRO Mod fields to be stacked and wildly entertaining. 26 PRO Mod UTVs have already taken the track in 2017, along with a full count of 29 PRO Stock UTVs, plus an entire sportsman UTV class for additional entries.
The UTV classes have introduced a new level of accessibility to the world of short course off-road racing. With a variety of manufacturers such as Yamaha, Polaris, and Can-Am offering production side-by-sides eligible for the classes, there’s a model for every driver and racing style. UTV dealerships are easy to find all over the country, and with the purchase of a production UTV and addition of an aftermarket racing roll cage, anyone can enter competition as a TORC UTV racer. In addition, by connecting the consumer UTV market with TORC Series racing action, it’s now possible for powersports vehicles and parts companies to display their products on the racing stage and connect with consumers in a meaningful way in the pits.
Leading the charge into ERX Motor Park in the PRO Mod category are Tim Farr and Kyle Chaney, who have separated themselves from the rest of the pack after putting together two podium finishes at the Chicagoland Slam. Rodney VanEperen, who took the season’s first win in dramatic fashion by edging out Chaney by four hundredths of a second, is looking for redemption after a mechanical failure took him out of contention in Round 2. Last year’s champion, Treavis Poynter, is also looking to bounce back after a difficult start to the year.
Meanwhile, it’s all about multi-time TORC Series champion CJ Greaves in the PRO Stock UTV class. The factory Yamaha driver rode consistent lap times and mistake-free driving to the only weekend sweep at TORC Rounds 1 & 2 in Joliet, Illinois. But hot on his heels is fellow Yamaha driver Kenny Masch, who finished second in both rounds of the Chicagoland Slam and currently sits just three points back of Greaves in the championship race. With an absolutely massive field of competitors, it’s going to be tough for any one driver to stay on top for long.
One thing is certain: the addition of the UTV classes to TORC’s program has changed the game for exciting, and relatable off-road racing. High-flying, fast paced action and huge fields are coming your way as the side-by-sides return to their TORC Series roots at ERX Motor Park. Get your tickets now for TORC Rounds 3 and 4: Twin Cities Takedown at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, June 10-11.