New PRO 2 Showdown Race Added To
Crandon World Cup
— East Versus West To Kick-Off World Cup Sunday At Crandon International —
— Unique Format Offers All PRO 2 Class Racers World Cup Access —
CRANDON, Wisconsin (July 31, 2017) – Adding another feature race to its unique “Super Bowl of Short-Course,” off-road races, Crandon International Raceway today announced the addition of a new PRO 2 unlimited truck showdown event to its highly anticipated Crandon World Cup schedule.
On Sunday, September 3, 2017 PRO 2 racers competing in Midwest-based The Off Road Championship (TORC) series and those coming to Crandon via the west coast-based Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be invited to compete in the Crandon PRO 2 Showdown and kick off “World Cup Sunday” at the 48th Crandon Off-Road World Championships. Similar in format to the 8th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge that concludes the weekend later that afternoon, the PRO 2 Showdown will feature a staggered start between TORC and Lucas Oil PRO 2 racers to compensate for differences in performance regulations set forth by both series.
The Crandon PRO 2 Showdown winner will receive a specially made World Championship ring, with podium winners receiving gold, silver or bronze Crandon World Cup metals. Information regarding specific purse structures and amounts will be announced in the very near future.
WEST COASTER: In 2016 the Budweiser-backed PRO 2 of Lucas Oil series regular Patrick Clark made his Crandon debut a huge success. The young racer from Las Vegas took a hard-fought third place in the Crandon World Cup against a stout field that included TORC stars CJ Greaves and Keegan Kincaid. Will he return in 2017? (photo credit: Bink Design)
In addition, Crandon will maintain a “Promoter’s Option” that will allow the top PRO 2s to compete in the AMSOIL Cup Challenge, which offers the largest single cash purse in the sport. All PRO 2 trucks will get the green flag at the same time, with the PRO 4 trucks getting a staggered start behind the PRO 2s.
TORC PRO 2-spec trucks will also be competing for valuable series points on Saturday, September 2nd as part of a three day schedule of PRO and Sportsman racing at Crandon International Raceway.
Part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the Crandon World Cup is an independent, non-denominational short-course off-road race open to all Pro-class racers from around the country. The Crandon World Cup will be part of a 48th annual Labor Day Crandon World Championship weekend that last year attracted 49,600 fans to the 400-acre facility over two days of racing.
INSTANT WINNER: Minnesota’s Andrew Carlson made the leap to the TORC PRO 2 ranks in 2017, with the young racer taking his first win during at his initial class outing at Bark River. Carlson is expected to compete in both the PRO 2 and PRO Light classes at the Crandon World Cup. (photo credit: TORC)
“We took a long, hard look at finding a Balance of Performance formula that would equalize the PRO 2 trucks from both series,” explained Crandon World Cup Competition Director Tommy Morris. “Despite these efforts, we realized it was going to be more complicated and expensive than we first anticipated. In the end, the idea of running both via a staggered Crandon start made the most sense.”
“The Crandon World Cup was created to bring the best short-course racers together to compete for the biggest purse in front of the sport’s biggest crowd on the same track and on the same day,” added Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Some of the west coast PRO 2 guys wanted to be here, and Crandon fans deserve to have the best possible show every Labor Day weekend. This seemed like the best way to accomplish that mission. The fans always come first.”
The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the Crandon World Cup will be broadcast to millions of households as part of the Red Bull Signature Series as a special 90-minute broadcast highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 14th at 3:00pm (EDT) on NBC. Produced by Red Bull Media House, the show promises viewers a captivating mix of high-energy motorsports and the downhome American narrative only an organically unique place like Crandon can provide.
Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which now features expanded seating and food service thanks to the newly completed Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex. More than 2,000 all-grass campsites will again offer the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis or by reserving sites and tickets via www.crandonoffroad.com.