CRANDON, Wis. — The short-course off-road racing series TORC has suspended operations for 2018, but Lucas Oil Products Inc. and a group of Midwest racing tracks have banded together to create a replacement series to be known as the Lucas Oil Midwest Series.
TORC — The Off-Road Championship — announced March 23 it was canceling events in 2018 but said it would "continue to evaluate future opportunities…."
The series was founded in 2009 to carry on sanctioning short-course off-road racing in the Midwest in the wake of the demise of the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing.
TORC's decision to suspend operations came shortly after the series' primary racing venues — Crandon International Raceway, Crandon, Wis.; Bark River International Raceway, Bark River, Mich.; and ERX Motor Park, Elk River, Minn. — disclosed they were withdrawing their support for TORC.
The new Lucas Oil Midwest Series is working with these same three race tracks to run a four-race series this year and work toward "unifying the sport on a national level."
The change affects four tire companies that were listed as sponsors of TORC — Atturo Tire Corp.; Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.; American Kenda Rubber Ind. Co.; and Maxxis International.