Convincing PRO 2 Victory; Second Place Finish in PRO 2 Challenge; and Top PRO 2 Driver in AMSOIL Cup Places Andrew Carlson Amongst the Best in the Sport
ELK RIVER, Minn. September 5, 2017 – In every career, there are those moments which define the character and creed of an individual. For professional short course off-road racer Andrew Carlson, the 48th Annual World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway this past weekend was his moment; and a trio of podium finishes was the defining proof Andrew was, and will be, an off-road racing force for many years to come.
Crandon is recognized as the birthplace of short-course off-road racing, and the annual Labor Day weekend races are regarded as the Super Bowl event for the sport. Attracting the best off-road racers from across North America, the Crandon World Championships is the ultimate litmus test for drivers, and it was a test third year racer Andrew Carlson passed with mulitple podium celebrations.
Saturday’s Round 11 action of the TORC: The Off-Road Championship Series, started with a poor start and a 7th place finish in PRO Light for Carlson, but it was in PRO 2 where he once again made his mark. Competing in just his fifth PRO 2 race of his career, Andrew dominated the 9-lap race with a monster holeshot and a lead he never relinquished for his third win of the season.
“I’ve struggled at Crandon in the past,” said Carlson after the race. “I’ve never had the holeshot here, but coming through turn one and not seeing anybody…I was ecstatic.”
But Andrew wasn’t done with the podium celebrations. Sunday’s action was highlighted by races featuring the best drivers in short-course off-road racing from across the country. Despite having less power than the PRO 2 trucks which typically compete in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS), Andrew secured his second podium of the weekend, finishing just behind overall winner Bryce Menzies in the PRO 2 East vs West Challenge.
With an event of this magnitude, the biggest race of the weekend is held till the end. The AMSOIL Cup pits the best PRO 2 and PRO 4 drivers in North America in a race for the sport’s biggest purse. With a stacked field including former TORC champions, LOORRS champions, and Baja winners, the PRO 2 trucks are given a predetermined timed advantage over the more powerful and faster PRO 4 trucks. Once again, Andrew mashed the pedal and never backed off, leading the field for 8 laps in the 10-lap final. Eventually the faster PRO 4 trucks of Menzies and Kyle LeDuc overtook Carlson, but he fended off the remainder of the field to claim third and become the top placing TORC Series driver in the final.
“I’m just blown away,” said an emotional Carlson after the podium celebration. “It’s always a compliment for someone to tell you that you’re fast…but when it comes from the guys you’ve looked up to, it really means a lot. I’ve only been short-course racing for three years and to be standing on the podium with some of the sport’s best racers is pretty amazing.”
The Carlson Moto crew will now head home and make preparation for the final TORC Series races of the season at ERX Motor Park. The Final Rounds slated for September 22-24 in Elk River, Minnesota will feature three days of racing and will culminate with the crowning of year-end champions.
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