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#6 Mopar Ram Truck Drivers Dominate TORC Series
Mopar® Ram Truck drivers dominated their inaugural season with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series in 2011, racking up 27 total wins and claiming the championship in each of the three PRO classes.
Ricky Johnson was victorious six times en route to winning the PRO 4 title in his Red Bull Mopar Ram, while his teammate Bryce Menzies reached the winners’s circle a series-best seven times in PRO 2 on his way to earning a championship. Andrew Caddell won four times in his Mopar-powered Ram in PRO Light, claiming the title as well in that class. Samuel Hübinette took the checkered flag four times in his rookie TORC season in a Mopar Ram in PRO Light, while his teammate Rob MacCachren scored three triumphs in PRO 2. Mopar-powered RJ Anderson picked up three wins in PRO Light and was named TORC "Rookie of the Year."
#5 Mopar-Powered Nobile Makes History as Youngest Winner in Pro Stock
Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock driver Vincent Nobile will forever have a special place in his heart for Royal Purple Raceway near Houston, Texas. The 19-year-old rookie captured his first career win at the venue on May 1, defeating Rodger Brogdon in the final round of the NHRA Spring Nationals to become the youngest winner in the 41-year history of the Pro Stock class.
Nobile, competing with Mopar HEMI engines supplied by Allen Johnson’s J&J Racing team, used a reaction time of .007 to earn his first Pro Stock victory. The New York native and Mountain View Dodge driver scored a holeshot win with a 6.625-second pass at 209.72 mph to beat Brogdon’s 6.624/208.78 run in a photo finish. Nobile’s margin of victory was approximately six inches.
#4 Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine Wins in Debut at Baja 1000 in Class 8
Mopar introduced the new 800 horsepower V-10 Competition Race Engine for drag racing at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas on Nov. 1 and less than three weeks later the off-road racing derivative of the crate engine made its debut in the 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, powering Kent Kroeker and Alan Roach to the Class 8 win in the famed event.Kroeker, owner of Kroeker Off-Road Engineering (KORE), shared the driving duties of the Ram 1500 with the Mopar V-10 Competition Off-Road Race Engine under the hood, with Roach, who hails from Escondido, Calif. The pair covered the distance of nearly 700 miles through the rugged desert of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in just over 20 hours to record the Class 8 victory. Kroeker began the race and drove through the San Felipe loop, with Roach then taking the wheel for the remainder of the distance.