2014 TORC champions crowned in Crandon (SPOILER)

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Writer’s Note: The following is a recap of this weekend’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin. NBCSN will air the races this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you don’t want to know who won until then, we suggest you find another post to read here on MotorSportsTalk…

Johnny Greaves (PRO 4), son C.J. Greaves (PRO 2), and Jerett Brooks (PRO Light) are your 2014 TORC: The Off-Road Championship class champions following a rain-marred “Keys To The Big House” season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin.

Heavy rains hit the Crandon Off-Road International Raceway on Friday night, and with more weather issues on Saturday, TORC shifted the PRO races to Sunday and altered the schedule. Since the teams were to also participate in the AMSOIL Cup event at the end of the day, PRO Light would run two rounds while PRO 2 and 4 would each run a single race worth double points.

C.J. Greaves earned the PRO Light win in Race 1, with Doug Mittag in second and Brooks in third. With that, C.J. eliminated Mittag from the title hunt, but still needed to win Race 2 and have Brooks finish 13th or worse in order to take the crown.

That did not happen, as Brooks clinched the PRO Light championship with a third-place finish behind second-place C.J. and first-time PRO Light winner Shawn Morris.

Between the PRO Light races was the PRO 4 event, which had Johnny Greaves come in needing a finish of ninth or better to win the class title even if his closest points pursuer, Mark Jenkins, took the checkered flag.

But Jenkins was forced to pull out during the race with mechanical issues, leaving Johnny to try and clinch the championship in style. Kyle LeDuc had other ideas, though, and a late pass of Johnny enabled him to pick up the race win ahead of Johnny in 2nd and C.J. Greaves in 3rd.

C.J. then claimed the PRO 2 title with a second-place finish behind winner Chad Hord. The runner-up meant that C.J. would make history as the first TORC driver ever to earn a podium spot in all three PRO classes on the same day.

LeDuc bagged his second win in Crandon by taking the AMSOIL Cup race ahead of Johnny Greaves and R.J. Anderson. However, the race was marred by a bad accident involving Mark Kvamme.

Kvamme was transported to a local hospital, but an update from TORC this morning said that he has since been released after sustaining multiple injuries. We certainly wish him a speedy recovery.

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.