TORC visits Wisconsin for “Big House Brawl” (SPOILER)

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Writer’s Note: The following is a recap of last weekend’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship event at Crandon, Wisconsin. NBCSN will broadcast the races on Sunday, July 13 at 6:30 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…

Rounds 7-8 of the 2014 TORC: The Off-Road Championship season – dubbed collectively as the Big House Brawl – went down this past weekend in Crandon, Wisconsin.

The biggest highlight of the weekend took place in Saturday”s PRO 4 race, which went down to the wire between Mark Jenkins and Johnny Greaves. On the final lap of the race, Greaves sustained tire damage and that opened the door for Jenkins to beat him at the stripe by a mere .0033 of a second.

However, the next day, Greaves bounced back and got the PRO 4 win over Jenkins, with Ross Hoek picking up third place for his first PRO 4 podium result.

In PRO 2 action, C.J. Greaves pulled off a weekend sweep with Jeff Kincaid finishing second on both Saturday and Sunday. Steve Barlow was third on Saturday, and Chad Hord was third on Sunday. PRO Light also saw a sweep as Keegan Kincaid took both victories there.

The weekend concluded with PRO 2 and PRO 4 competitors racing against each other in the Crandon Cup main event. Hord, in his PRO 2 truck, took advantage of getting the holeshot and went on to win the event ahead of fellow PRO 2 competitor C.J. Greaves and PRO 4 racer Adrian Cenni.

TORC continues its 2014 campaign on July 19-20 with another visit to Bark River, Michigan for the “Throwdown in the U.P., Part 2.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.