Mark Jenkins Edition
Mark Jenkins launched his motorsports career by winning the first race he entered at the Texas Road Race of Champions in a Spec Miata. After qualifying for the first annual SCCA Run-Offs in his rookie year, Mark decided to compete amongst the professionals in SCCA Pro Racing’s Mazda MX-5 Cup series. Before he began racing Mazdas, Mark enjoyed motorsports only as an enthusiastic spectator, making his rapid rise as a sportscar and off-road racer all the more compelling. The close competition and relatively low horsepower of the open-top Mazdas proved to be excellent training for Mark, as racing success could only be achieved by choosing the fastest lines, conserving tires, maximizing momentum and minimizing mistakes. Mark’s aggressive performance on the MX-5 Cup circuit challenged veteran racers at the top of the field.
In 2008, Mark and Mike tackled an extreme motorsports venture: short-course off-road racing. With brother Mike in a Pro 4X4 truck and Mark competing in a Pro 2WD, the Jenkins brothers plunged into short-course racing, literally full throttle. In sixteen races, Mark finished in the top ten five times, even making the top five. While the focus is on short-course competition, Mark will still be splitting his race time between off-road racing and the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup. In the Playboy series season opener, Mark reached a new milestone in his pro racing career by leading the most laps of the event and posting the fastest individual lap time on the way to a second-place finish. Mark returned to the podium for the final race of the season with a third-place finish, and placed fourth overall in series points. In short-course off-road racing, Mark completed the 2009 TORC Pro-2WD season with six top-10 finishes and placed ninth in series points.
Robby Gordon Edition
Robby Gordon is one of the busiest racecar drivers in the United States, not to mention one of the most versatile. The six-time off-road champion is a popular figure on the NASCAR circuit, a familiar face at the Indianapolis 500, and now becoming a well-known competitor in the famed Dakar Rally. Growing up in Orange, California, Gordon was drawn to anything with a motor. By age 8, he was racing motorbikes, and as soon as he turned 16, he jumped behind the wheel of a car. Robby won the very first off-road race he entered, the Nevada 400. In 1990, Gordon moved to sports cars, and he quickly proved himself. He won five GTO races in 1991 and a Trans-Am race in 1992. By 1993, he was into Open Wheel, driving an Indy car for A.J. Foyt.
Success after success followed with wins and podium finishes in CART and the International Race of Champions. Meanwhile, Gordon became increasingly involved in NASCAR’s Winston Cup Series and formed his own team in 2000, running seventeen events. After impressive performances in both 2001 Winston Cup road races, Gordon was signed to drive RCR’s No. 31 Lowe’s Chevrolet to finish out the season, and he snagged his first Winston Cup oval track top-10, plus a victory at New Hampshire. Robby ran all thirty-four Winston Cup races in 2002 and No. 31 roared to five top-10 finishes, including a third place at Watkins Glen. The 2003 season proved equally exciting, as Gordon went door-to-door with Jeff Gordon for a stunning victory at Sonoma and became only the fourth driver to win both Winston Cup road races in a single year. 2005 marked a new beginning for Gordon in the Cup series as he became the owner / driver of the No. 7 car, and the team continues to show its strength and ability in the highly competitive world of NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing.
In 2005, Gordon also added another entry into his already impressive resume as he became the first American to win a stage in perhaps the most grueling motorsports event - the Dakar Rally. Gordon loved the event so much that he immediately began planning to tackle the Dakar Rally with is own effort. In 2006, he entered his Jim Beam / Toyo Tires Hummer H3 in the Dakar Rally, but radiator problems ended his hopes of being the first American to win the Dakar Rally. Robby returned to Dakar in 2007 to finish eighth overall with a stage win along the way. In 2009, Team Dakar USA made its fourth appearance in the grueling Dakar Rally with Gordon piloting his Hummer H3 and Eric Vigouroux behind the wheel of the Vanguard Hummer H3. Upon the conclusion of the world’s toughest race, both Hummers finished inside the top-15, which was a tremendous accomplishment for Team Dakar USA. Team Dakar USA showed the world that they remain a serious threat regardless of circumstance or terrain and that they are truly one of the best off-road teams in the world.
Rob MacCachren Edition
Off-road racing is dominated by hard-working professionals who have built their lives around winning in the dirt, but few can lay claim to winning their first championship at just eight years old. Desert and short-course racing legend Rob MacCachren did just that when he earned the 1973 Nevada State Motorcycle Championship, setting the precedent for many more victories to come.
After his early success in motorcycle racing, Rob transitioned to four-wheeled competition at the age of 16, racing in the hotly contested SNORE (Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts)1600 buggy class. In 1982, Rob was named “Rookie of the Year” by the Nevada Motorsports Writers Association, nominated for the association’s “Top Off-Road Driver” title in 1983, and “Competitor of the Year” in 1984. In 1985, Rob won six straight SNORE events and the season Championship, as well as the Silver Dust Racing Association’s Triple Crown title. Rob backed up his 1985 SNORE championship with another SNORE series title in 1986, and began racing in SCORE events, where he quickly established himself with the Rookie of the Year title in ’86 and Driver of the Year in 1987. In 1989, Rob raced in HDRA (High Desert Racing Association)/SCORE, and won the Class 7S division for light pickup trucks and the Mini Metal Championship.
More success came in the 90s, as Rob MacCachren again won HDRA/SCORE’s 7S and Mini Metal classes, and became the Desert Trophy Truck Champion. A Mickey Thompson Thunder Truck championship followed in 1995, and Rob took his skills to television in the SODA (Short-course Off-road Driver’s Association) series and earned the Governor’s Cup at Crandon en route to winning the Class 4 4WD Trophy Trucks championship. He also won SNORE’s Class 1 / 2 1600 buggy championship, set the qualifying record for CORR (Championship Off-Road Racing)’s Borg Warner World Championship race, and the CORR’s Winter Series championship. Fast-forward to the 2000s and today, and Rob’s long tally of wins has only grown more impressive with a list of victories that includes three Borg Warner Cup wins, three Governor’s Cup wins, three consecutive Pro 2WD championships (2008-2010), and ten SCORE Baja victories (five each in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000). Dirt Sports magazine named Rob Driver of the Year in 2007, and he earned his first TORC (Traxxas Off-Road Championship) Pro 2WD title in 2009. In his 29-year desert and short-course racing career, Rob has earned over 188 wins and 20 championships, and he remains the only driver to win three Borg Warner Cups consecutively. In 2011, Rob was inducted to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, a justly deserved honor for the veteran champion. Rob MacCachren continues to dominate off-road racing behind the wheel of his Mopar/RAM Pro 2WD as he thrills TORC fans with his no-holds-barred driving style and never-quit attitude.
Chad Hord Edition
Chad Hord first experienced short-course racing at the historic Bark River International Off-Road Raceway, where he was instantly hooked and made it his mission to become a competitive off-road racer.
In 1995, Chad began racing the Super Buggy class with the support of his family as the Hord Off-Road Racing Team. He won the World Championship and Triple Crown Championship in 1998 and followed it up with another World Championship in 1999. Chad’s results did not go unnoticed, and in 2000 he landed his first major sponsor: BOSS Snowplow. With Boss’ support, Chad won the Points Championship for the first time and moved into the Pro Light class where he made his mark as a top-5 driver.
By 2005, Chad was racing full-time and had his biggest year yet with wins in both the World Championship and Nissan Nationals Shootout Championships. In 2006 and 2007, Chad won back-to-back Points Championships in the Pro-Light division, and took home his fourth World Championship title in 2008. Chad’s winning ways continued as he won the 2009 Decision at Sundown Championship and took home the Oakley Bomb Award in his Pro 4X4 debut in the Traxxas Off-Road Championship (TORC). In 2010, Chad moved to the hotly contested Pro 2WD ranks where he consistently ran in the top five and landed on the podium with second and third place finishes, earning fourth overall in TORC’s year-end points standings.
Throughout his off-road career, Chad has won 30 races, three Points Championships, and four World Championships. He has 115 top five finishes in 155 starts with 24 wins in the pro-truck classes. He is also the first and only driver to have an Oakley Bomb Award for the fastest lap in all three TORC pro-truck classes: Pro Light, Pro 2WD, and Pro 4X4. Look for Chad and his signature Boss Snowplow Pro 2WD in the winner’s circle as the TORC Series continues!