The high-flying, door-to-door, off-road racing action of TORC: The Off Road Championship makes its Strugis debut this week during Rounds 11 and 12 at the Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota. The TORC Battle at The Chip takes place during the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Radar Tires racers will compete on the hillside of Buffalo Chip’s PowerSports Complex anchor track. The natural terrain circuit has elevation changes, straightaways, table-top jumps, a Crandon-style land-rush start and The Horseshoe Turn and should provide non-stop action for the drivers and the fans.
Radar Tires continues to use the LT265/75R16 and 32X11.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 tires for this two-day event. The tires will be used by Project648 Motorsports’ Luke Johnson, and Cam Reimers Motorsports co-drivers Reimers and Ian Harris, all in the PRO Light class.
“We’re excited for TORC to visit Sturgis during the bike rally; we will probably gain a large number of new fans!” said Gary Blalock, Radar Tires Motorsports Manager. “Every new venue provides new challenges for everyone. It will be important to get the gearing determined as soon as possible as the nine-turn circuit looks very technical on paper. It appears to be a nice mix of low-speed hairpins, coupled by high-speed sections with sweeping curves. Forward traction will be in high demand, and that's one of the strong suits in our Radar Renegade R5 tires.”
Since the last round of TORC competition, the Radar Tires racers have made some modifications to their PRO Light trucks.
After experience engine cooling issues in Bark River, Johnson – driver of the No. 14 Project648 Motorsports Nissan Frontier PRO Light – is prepared to have a gremlin-free race at Sturgis. Johnson and the Project648 Motorsports used fine-tooth comb precision to inspect the truck they affectionately call Becky. The pre-race prep work included a precautionary leak down check of the engine to confirm that the high temperatures experienced at Bark River caused no internal damage.
The Cam Reimers Motorsports team had minor changes to its truck fleet. Reimers, driver of the No. 21 SSI Decal/TiLube PRO Light, added a new Fox Shox suspension package to his truck. Harris, driver No. 22 SSI Decal/TiLube PRO Light, had some minor body work that needed repairing since Bark River.
All three Radar Tires racers will hit the track on Monday for two practice sessions. Then action resumes on Tuesday with practice, qualifying and the feature race. On Wednesday, the teams will again practice, qualify and race. Both Tuesday and Wednesday races will be 15 minutes in length.
Fans unable to attend the race at can tune into the Motor Trend YouTube channel for a live broadcast. The race can then be seen on NBC Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 10.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.