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New West Coast Short Course Series...

Lucas Oil American Off-Road Series...had a conversation with PR and Marketing director Myrl Akerman here: NISMO Stuff: A Brief Conversation...
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How about another series to choose from?

Los Angeles, CA (January 17, 2009) - Off-road racer and supercross legend
Ricky Johnson and the principals of the World Series of Off-Road Racing in the
Midwest, announced this morning that they have agreed to bring both their
organizations together, forming a new organization named the Off-Road Grand
Prix(tm) (ORGP or Off-Road GP). The move will solidify short-course off-road
racing and unify the off-road racing communities and driver bases of the
Midwest and the Western U.S.

Read the whole story here:

SHORT COURSE: State of Disrepair - - Competition - Racing and Rock Crawling



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Get Ready for Crazy Action and a National Championship Series

Off-Road Grand Prix Announces 2009 Race Schedule, Get Ready for Crazy Action and a National Championship Series

Lake Elsinore, CA (January 29, 2009) - The USAC sanctioned Off-Road Grand Prix (ORGP) announced today that it will be holding eight, points-race weekends plus two sportsman weekends in 2009 with the world's best short-course drivers from coast-to-coast. The season will take flight at Perris Auto Speedway in California, make a Midwest swing, including the prestigious Crandon International Off-Road Speedway, and end in Las Vegas in November. With the Professional Drivers Group (PDG) kicking in, it is sure to deliver the best racing entertainment going.

The inaugural season looks like this:

May 15-16 Manzanita Speedway Phoenix, AZ

May 29-30 Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA

June 20-21 Crandon, WI

July 11-12 Bark River, MI (no pro points, Sportsman East)

July 25-26 Oshkosh, WI

August 8-9 Bark River, MI

August 29-30 Perris, CA (Sportsman West, no pro points)

September 5-6 Crandon, WI (double points) (proposed Network TV)

September 26-27 TBD***

October 31-November 1 Las Vegas, NV (proposed NETWORK TV)

November 2 Awards Banquet in Las Vegas and SEMA Kickoff Party Hosted by Cary Hart at Hard Rock Hotel

***The September Perris Race will likely change to another California venue pending final negotiations. Perris is reserved as back-up.

"We have put together some exciting venues featuring the prestigious Crandon International Speedway where this year will mark the 40th anniversary of 'the birthplace of short course racing'," stated Ricky Johnson, series owner. "This schedule will cover a wide range of tracks and different looks for the drivers and fans. I am really looking forward to some old-fashioned, ass-kicking door-to-door action across the country. We added a west coast sportsman race to give the teams that don't travel back to the Midwest a place to race," Johnson continued.

Johnson also wants everyone to get a taste of both short "supercross" type tracks as well as wide-open tracks like "The Big House at Crandon". "We want to experiment a little with different venues like Perris where I can promise you the racing will be exciting for drivers and fans alike," said Johnson. "If the fans and drivers don't like it-we will try something else. But I can tell from my experience-it's going be a great time in a great location in Southern California."

Of course, the sportsman classes will continue in both the west coast and Midwest. While the final class structures are still being hashed-out, there will certainly be a class for everyone to come out and show what you've got. All classes will be announced very soon, but drives should not expect a lot of changes from WSORR and previous series. USAC will be in the middle of things to keep a consistent and impartial hand on the rules. "We are really excited about USAC taking the key role in running these events," said Johnson.

The series is planning for all the points events to be televised either on a major Network or sports cable networks. Television discussions are confidential at this time but some announcements on the TV packages are just around the corner.

"We have been assured that the time slots are available in our discussions so far," stated Mitch Covington, CFO of Off-Road Grand Prix. "We have ongoing talks with major networks and cable channels and I am really excited about what I'm hearing so far. Our process of selecting TV partners and partners for production are progressing much faster than I had ever anticipated and it is obvious that short-course off-road racing is in demand despite all the confusion of late. Make no mistake, 2009 is a critical year with the sponsor community and we will be very diligent in choosing our partners in order to build a financially viable and sustainable series for everyone involved. It's going to take a lot of support from racers and sponsors alike this year to make this thing stand on it own two feet. We will be watching our budget closely."

Johnson said a website is under development. This along with the staff in Crandon, will be delivering details and plans in the near future.



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Anyone have any info on that open date? How many tracks are out here on the West Coast.
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Open date? Can you rephrase the question.

So far in 2009 Lucas Oil Off Road Series has raced in Prim Nevada back in May, Surprise AZ (near Phoenix/ Glendale) in April, and Lake Elsinore CA So Cal in late June.

They are again racing at Lake Elsinore next weekend July 24th & 25th and will hit the same schedule in reverse to finish off the season.

TORC has raced at Perris Automotive Speedway CA So Cal and will visit a new track/ facility at Pala Casino So Cal.
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September 26-27 TBD***

rephrase question? TBD means To Be Determined, right? A person might imagine other markets on the west coast then So. Cal, Arizona or Vegas.

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Off-Road Grand Prix Announces 2009 Race Schedule, Get Ready for Crazy Action and a National Championship Series

Lake Elsinore, CA (January 29, 2009) - The USAC sanctioned Off-Road Grand Prix (ORGP) announced today that it will be holding eight, points-race weekends plus two sportsman weekends in 2009 with the world's best short-course drivers from coast-to-coast. The season will take flight at Perris Auto Speedway in California, make a Midwest swing, including the prestigious Crandon International Off-Road Speedway, and end in Las Vegas in November. With the Professional Drivers Group (PDG) kicking in, it is sure to deliver the best racing entertainment going.

The inaugural season looks like this:

May 15-16 Manzanita Speedway Phoenix, AZ

May 29-30 Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA

June 20-21 Crandon, WI

July 11-12 Bark River, MI (no pro points, Sportsman East)

July 25-26 Oshkosh, WI

August 8-9 Bark River, MI

August 29-30 Perris, CA (Sportsman West, no pro points)

September 5-6 Crandon, WI (double points) (proposed Network TV)

September 26-27 TBD***


October 31-November 1 Las Vegas, NV (proposed NETWORK TV)

November 2 Awards Banquet in Las Vegas and SEMA Kickoff Party Hosted by Cary Hart at Hard Rock Hotel

***The September Perris Race will likely change to another California venue pending final negotiations. Perris is reserved as back-up.

"We have put together some exciting venues featuring the prestigious Crandon International Speedway where this year will mark the 40th anniversary of 'the birthplace of short course racing'," stated Ricky Johnson, series owner. "This schedule will cover a wide range of tracks and different looks for the drivers and fans. I am really looking forward to some old-fashioned, ass-kicking door-to-door action across the country. We added a west coast sportsman race to give the teams that don't travel back to the Midwest a place to race," Johnson continued.

Johnson also wants everyone to get a taste of both short "supercross" type tracks as well as wide-open tracks like "The Big House at Crandon". "We want to experiment a little with different venues like Perris where I can promise you the racing will be exciting for drivers and fans alike," said Johnson. "If the fans and drivers don't like it-we will try something else. But I can tell from my experience-it's going be a great time in a great location in Southern California."

Of course, the sportsman classes will continue in both the west coast and Midwest. While the final class structures are still being hashed-out, there will certainly be a class for everyone to come out and show what you've got. All classes will be announced very soon, but drives should not expect a lot of changes from WSORR and previous series. USAC will be in the middle of things to keep a consistent and impartial hand on the rules. "We are really excited about USAC taking the key role in running these events," said Johnson.

The series is planning for all the points events to be televised either on a major Network or sports cable networks. Television discussions are confidential at this time but some announcements on the TV packages are just around the corner.

"We have been assured that the time slots are available in our discussions so far," stated Mitch Covington, CFO of Off-Road Grand Prix. "We have ongoing talks with major networks and cable channels and I am really excited about what I'm hearing so far. Our process of selecting TV partners and partners for production are progressing much faster than I had ever anticipated and it is obvious that short-course off-road racing is in demand despite all the confusion of late. Make no mistake, 2009 is a critical year with the sponsor community and we will be very diligent in choosing our partners in order to build a financially viable and sustainable series for everyone involved. It's going to take a lot of support from racers and sponsors alike this year to make this thing stand on it own two feet. We will be watching our budget closely."

Johnson said a website is under development. This along with the staff in Crandon, will be delivering details and plans in the near future.
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I see, thanks for clarifying. I just skimmed through all of that because it was old news to me.

The Open Date in the TORC Series refers to that event likely being held at Pala Casino, like I mentioned previously.

I believe they are still under development. From what I have seen this year, most of the venues ran required a lot of work (weeks and weeks to construct from scratch and or modify existing facility.)

I also agree that there are plenty of options to spread the racing around. TORC has criss crossed the country several times this year alone.

Antelope Valley, Pomona, and Chula Vista are 3 venues that are not being utilized this year. I think next season after the Organizing Groups evaluate their first year in business, they will consider more track and event possibilities
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That makes sense. Thanks

But I do believe any organizations will have to carve out their own niche among the sponsors and spectators as NASCAR has done in the southeast. I would think the entire west coast could prove to be the market for Off-road racing. To expect success running only a major league show with limited exposure is likely going to be futile. An environmentally conscious less exclusive locally concentrated affordable open-comp style approach would likely see returns faster in my opinion. Something as simple as 4x8 signage required on each vehicle may be the key to success. Isn't it the Sponsor exposure that has really determined the success of NASCAR over sprint cars or Funny car over Top Fuel? The southwest is attractive as far as demographics but imagine the quality of racing on a track with a mud slicked finish line instead of a dust bowl. We have a lot of Appalachian[sic] Americans in the northwest that would love to prove their prowess at the wheel of their 4x4 given the chance. Even if they had to make it a rolling billboard. I bet a few could even remember their sponsor's names on the podium.

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