ELK RIVER, Minn. July 17, 2017 – Team Carlson Moto’s emotions were soaring in Bark River, Michigan with Andrew Carlson winning his PRO 2 debut and backing it up with a come from behind second place finish on Sunday. Saturday’s win was unexpected to say the least, but Andrew proved to the field his flag-to-flag win was no fluke, as he charged through the 15-truck field on Sunday to climb atop the box again.
Andrew’s performance in PRO 2 was quite possibly the highlight of the entire TORC: The Off-Road Championship weekend in Bark River. His incredible run on Saturday not only earned him a debut victory, but also the Vision Wheel “Bad Mofo” honors, an award handed out to the driver showing the most moxie on a given race day.
“I didn’t know what to expect coming into the class,” said an emotional Carlson after winning on Saturday. “Yesterday was the first time I drove the truck on a track, ever. Lining up on the front row, I didn’t know who I could run with…I had never run this truck behind anyone…I didn’t know what the PRO 2 roost would be like, or anything. I can’t say I expected to do this. I wanted to give it my all and have fun, but I’ll take this.”
The flag-to-flag win was worthy of celebration, but perhaps it was Andrew’s PRO 2 performance on Sunday that put the exclamation mark on the weekend. Having to start in 12th position in the 15-truck field, most would have never expected Andrew to have anything close to his previous day’s performance. However, just two laps into the ten-lap final, Andrew was knocking on the podium door, having quickly worked his way up to fourth in just two laps. Contact from another driver due to an over-rotation would squander Carlson’s chances of battling with the front-runner. Nevertheless, the team was beaming from the double-podium performance with Sunday’s second-place finish. “I knew I had to get work done fast,” said Carlson referring to his deep grid starting position.
While the team celebrated Andrew’s coming out in PRO 2, his performance in PRO Light was less than expected. A challenging track that drivers often refer to as a “snake” makes drivers pay for their mistakes, and Andrew learned this lesson first hand Saturday in PRO Light having to settle for a 5th. On Sunday, Carlson was running in the top-three when mechanical gremlins forced him to bring the truck in early resulting in a sixth-place finish.
“Those are the highs and lows of racing,” said team owner and manager Chris Carlson. “Every time you hit the track you need to have everything working for you including a little luck. We’ve been close to having all the ingredients in place in PRO Light and we’ll keep our foot on the gas till we get there.”
Getting there could happen in Buchanan, Michigan in just a few short weeks as the TORC Series visits the Red Bud track, August 12-13 for rounds 9 and 10.
You can watch Carlson’s incredible PRO 2 debut via on-demand streaming-video found at the official TORC Series website www.torcseries.com. Follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto