Hometown Hero Andrew Carlson Finishes Second in PRO 2; Hopes of Capping 2017 TORC Series with More Podium Celebrations is Cut Short by Mechanical Gremlins
ELK RIVER, Minn. Sept. 26, 2017 – A race season is often filled with incredible highs and disappointing lows, and such was the case for Carlson Moto pro driver Andrew Carlson’s homecoming in TORC: The Off-Road Championship. A triple header weekend at his hometown ERX Motor Park track would give Andrew six shots at a top of the box finish. A strong second-place PRO 2 run during Friday’s makeup race from the storm shortened spring stop of the TORC Series had the team headed in the right direction. But a string of tough-luck racing incidents would end the Carlson season just shy of the box on multiple occasions.
“We had the truck to get the victory,” said team owner and father Chris Carlson. “Andrew was driving the wheels off both his PRO Light and PRO 2 trucks. His Snocross background had him creating lines others didn’t see…he was as aggressive as I’ve seen him drive…and at times that go for it approach cost him.”
Carlson’s grab what you can style was made evident on Friday, when he charged from 13th position all the way up to second. “I think one more lap we would have been there,” said Andrew referring to eventually winner Mike Vanden Heuvel. “I messed around with the guys in third and fourth for too long…I had a fast truck and I just love the PRO 2 out here.”
That blazing speed and aggressive style was on full display throughout the weekend where Carlson would challenge for the lead or be driving away from the pack with the lead. Unfortunately for him, everything that could possibly upset his podium bid did. A flat tire in PRO Light kept Carlson out of a certain podium finish in Friday’s race; a cut tire while making a two-for-one pass for the lead in Saturday’s PRO 2 race ended is bid again; and a pair of mechanical gremlins on Sunday cut short a sizeable lead in PRO 2 and strong run in PRO Light.
“I know that’s racing, but it’s also disappointing,” said Andrew after getting out of his PRO 2 truck on Sunday, which looked to have untouchable speed. “No question our PRO 2 truck is on fire right now…I wish the season could continue because I know we have all the ingredients in place to rattle off some wins.”
For the Carlson Moto crew however, those wins will have to wait until next season, when the 2018 TORC Series returns with more drivers and even more intensity. While the season might be over, the action continues online where you can relive every minute of every race by visiting torcseries.com. Plus, you can check out the new series titled Young Guns featuring the up and coming talent in the TORC Series including Andrew Carlson. The series debuted Wed., Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CT and will air bi-weekly on Wednesdaynights. In addition to TORC’s online channels (Facebook, YouTube and torcseries.com), fans can also view the series via Four Wheeler magazine’s Facebook, YouTube, and on www.fourwheeler.com.
Carlson Moto would like to thank every sponsor, fan and team member who helped make this off-road season possible.