Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Hoek Looks for Strong Start at Charlotte
by Mike Reusche, Ross Hoek Motorsports
HOLLAND, Mich. -- With the 2012 TORC Series about to begin, Ross Hoek Motorsports spent the off-season not only working on "speed secrets" for his V8 powered Pro-Light Ford Ranger race truck, but continued to build on his marketing partners. As the team is entering its third season with the V8 powered Ford Ranger, look for Ross Hoek to be a contender for the championship.
After creating a partnership at the end of the 2011 season, Ignite Racing Fuels signed on for the entire 2012 season as did Turn One power steering. The strength of the RHM race program shows in its continued commitment by long time marketing partners, Venom Energy, Herculiner, Bronco Graveyard, and Allstar Performance.
At the shop during the off-season, Ross and his team made some changes in the chassis set-up and added a data acquisition system from Stack. Now the team can't wait to get to the track to begin collecting the data and interpreting the findings.
"Having the Stack data logging system in the truck will be key to the development of the truck throughout the season," noted Ross Hoek. "There will be a learning curve as how to use all the information we collect, but this type of equipment is needed for us to compete with the big-budget teams."
The TORC season will begin April 20 at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. When the race series made its inaugural visit last July to the epicenter of NASCAR, Ross had a catastrophic crash during practice that changed the course of his season.
"I really tore up the truck and it not only prevented the team from racing that weekend, but the following event in Bark River as well," recalled Ross Hoek. "I learned a lot about our truck from that incident, and I can't that Kris at ISP enough for the incredible seat his company built for me. The containment seat prevented a serious injury."
The southwestern Michigan native vows to return to Charlotte with his #21 Ignite Racing Fuels - Venom Energy - Lane Automotive Ford Ranger and this time he will contend for his place on the podium.
As mentioned, the 2012 TORC race season begins with Round 1 on Friday, April 20 in Concord, North Carolina. If you can't be there in person, the evening's racing will be broadcast live on SPEED. The Saturday evening Round 2 action will be broadcast live as well on the internet at unstream.tv.
While all of this is unfolding, the crew from The Armory will be filming the racing style docu-drama reality show, The Off-Road Championship. The eighteen episode series, now in its third season, will be airing on SPEED beginning later this summer. If you watched last year's series, you know Ross was one of the main racers covered during the PRO-Light episodes.
Ross Hoek Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors including:
Ignite Racing Fuels
Venom Energy Drink
Auto Trans Design
Jeff's Bronco Graveyard
Fox Racing Shox
Motor State Distributing
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