UPDATE: Revised Feb. 2.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Nov. 4, 2015)—Salt Lake City based event, marketing and broadcast agency Mountain Sports International, Inc. (MSI) has absorbed full ownership of TORC: The Off Road Racing Championship presented by Amsoil. TORC is the nation’s premier short-course, off-road truck racing series. Along with the ownership announcement, an updated schedule for the 2016 TORC series has also been released featuring seven stops.
“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 kicks off in May and goes through August with seven stops.
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, MN. 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 International Raceway in Northern Michigan July 30-31. After Bark River, the series will return to Crandon International 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 TORC Driver CJ 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
May 27-28: Dallas/Fort Worth, TX / PRO classes only (Texas Motor Speedway)
June 10-11: Chicago, IL
June 25-26: Crandon, WI (Crandon International Off-Road Raceway)
July 16-17: Elk River, MN (ERX Motorpark)
July 30-31: Bark River, MI (Bark River International Raceway)
Aug. 19-20: Charlotte, NC / PRO classes only
Sept. 2-4: Crandon, WI (Crandon International Off-Road Raceway)
For more information on TORC: The Off-Road Championship, visit www.torcseries.com or find TORC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/torc and Instagram/Twitter @TorcOffRoad.
TORC: The Off-Road Championship is the nation’s premier short-course, off-road truck racing series. Known as a collision between action sports and motorsports, TORC is the ultimate battleground for 900+ horsepower race trucks competing to win the prestigious TORC National Championship. Fans from all over the world enjoy TORC through high-energy events as well as the web and TV broadcasts. For series partnership information or racer inquiries, visit www.torcseries.com.
Mountain Sports International
Mountain Sports International (MSI) is a private company, founded in 1997, to develop and produce action/adventure sports events and programming in North America. MSI has managed events including Red Bull Frozen Rush, Ultimate Fighting Championships Octagon Nation Tour, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series and the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in addition to several other properties and concepts. MSI launched MSI Live in 2009, to provide live HD digital broadcast production, content management, encoding, and satellite uplink & delivery. MSI provides event management services, marketing, infrastructure and expertise for high-end brands, including Red Bull, Lexus, Burton, Mini, Toyota, The North Face, Clif Bar and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. MSI matches brand and culture, company and credibility, to create sought-after events that help to define the action sports culture. For more information, visit mtsports.com.
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