Kyle Busch has risen to fame making left turns as a stock-car racer, but the 2009 Nationwide Series Champion is ready to prove his versatility with a driving challenge far removed from oval racing action: on August 25, Kyle will race a Pro 2WD short-course truck in the Traxxas TORC Series at Chicagoland’s Route 66 Raceway. To prepare for the race, Kyle tested and practiced at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, short-course racing’s fastest and most historic track. Judging by Busch’s first practice session at the storied raceway, fans can expect an impressive off-road debut from the NASCAR vet. After a day of seat time and a short-course cram-session with Pro 2WD stars Jeff Kincaid and Rob MacCachren, Busch’s best lap was just one-tenth of a second slower than Rob MacCachren’s quickest run around the circuit. For those uninitiated with TORC’s top drivers, Rob MacCachren is the current Pro 2WD points leader, and he and Jeff Kincaid are among the fastest of the fast in the Pro 2WD class.
"Driving the Traxxas TORC series Pro 2WD Tundra was awesome,” said Kyle after climbing out of the 900-horsepower machine. “One of the most fun things I've ever done. It relates a little bit to sand cars which I've driven in the desert before, but having to shoot for a lap time and develop speed in an off road vehicle is something new to me. Learning how to drive in sloppy wet, tacky, and dry conditions was a different task as the track was ever-changing."
Traxxas Pro 4X4 driver Mark Jenkins was on hand for Kyle’s shake-down run, and was impressed by his rapid progress. “Kyle’s potential in off-road racing is very exciting,” said Mark. “With the help of veterans/champions Rob MacCachren and Jeff Kincaid, Kyle Busch put his natural driving talent on display in preparation for Chicagoland. The control and pace he demonstrated today is evidence that he’s ready to compete!”
Race fans are in for an exciting show as Kyle Busch brings his skill to the Traxxas TORC series, and Kyle is enthusiastic himself about his off-road debut. "I'm really looking forward to making my first start and putting on a good show for the fans. It's going to be a great chance for people to come out and see me in a different form of racing, they are sure to have a blast."
Kyle Busch’s TORC debut will be broadcast live online at TORCseries.com on August 25. The race will also be included in “The Off-Road Championship” television series on Discovery Network’s HD Theater, which will premier the first of 26 episodes on September 2.
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