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Mopar drops TORC support

by David Zatz on

TORC racing

On February 26, at 3:45 pm, Allpar reported, based on driver Luke Johnson’s comments on his Facebook page, that Mopar may have dropped its support for TORC racing; we were unable at the time to get confirmation, and quickly pulled the story. Today, however, Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, confirmed that Mopar is dropping factory support for the series:

Mopar and Ram were fortunate to have two great years in the TORC series and to affiliate our brands with such high quality athletes. Our brands are always looking for interesting new avenues that allow us to maximize our investments and gain new audiences. With that in mind, we formed a good relationship and valued our participation with TORC to demonstrate the capabilities of our products. We did so by winning five out of six possible championship titles in those two years (PRO 2wd, PRO 4×4 and PRO Light classes in the inaugural season and the defense of titles in PRO 2 and PRO 4 in 2012).

We have since had to reprioritize our commitments and allocate resources to other motorsports projects, and that has necessitated the withdrawal of factory support from the TORC series at this time. We are however working to continue our relationship with many of those drivers in other motorsports venues and look forward to future collaborations with them. We sincerely wish TORC, and all their drivers and teams, continued success and growth.

TORC stands for “The Off Road Championship,” and claims to be “the fastest, most punishing short course racing series on the planet. TORC events are packed with flag-to-flag fender banging as drivers push the limits over whoop and jump filled natural terrain racetracks. … TORC utilizes a variety of short-tracks and larger outdoor motocross-inspired courses.” The series is sanctioned by the United States Automobile Club (USAC), and races are televised.

Ram and Mopar-sponsored Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies won the 2012 and 2011 TORC championships in PRO 4X4 and PRO 2WD, respectively; Ricky Johnson is one of the founders of the series. Both champions are currently leading in points. Bryce Menzies is still sponsored by Mopar in his RallyCross efforts.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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