Jeff Kincaid made a really good call before last week’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship’s races at Sturgis, South Dakota.
During a practice session, Kincaid crashed his PRO 2 truck to the point where it couldn’t be raced in Tuesday and Wednesday’s Battle at the Chip at the Buffalo Chip Powersports Complex. But he was able to get another PRO 2 truck from fellow competitor Mike Jenkins – and then put his son, Keegan Kincaid, in it.
Keegan, the reigning PRO Light class champ, made his Dad’s decision pay off with a PRO 2 triumph in Wednesday’s Round 12 after a tire failure knocked him out of the lead in the previous day’s Round 11.
The PRO 2 class also featured the TORC debut of West Coast Choppers king Jesse James. But mechanical failures relegated him to a pair of ninth-place finishes in Sturgis.
On the West Coast Choppers Facebook page, James said that his truck suffered a broken axle on the first lap in Tuesday’s race. He then broke his throttle pedal in Wednesday’s race while trying to keep from rolling his truck over.
In PRO 4, Mark Jenkins (Tuesday) and Johnny Greaves (Wednesday) split wins, with Jenkins’ victory coming in the final turns over Scott Douglas. As for PRO Light, Jerett Brooks (Tuesday) and C.J. Greaves (Wednesday) walked away with the big trophies.
With Sturgis in the rear view mirror, TORC now heads into its season finale on Aug. 30-31 at Crandon, Wisconsin – the “Keys To The Big House.” The event will air on NBCSN on Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
In regards to the class championships, Johnny Greaves currenly holds a 34-point lead over Jenkins for the PRO 4 crown; C.J. Greaves is up 28 points on Chad Hord in PRO 2; and in PRO Light, it’s a 16-point edge for Brooks over Keegan Kincaid, with Doug Mittag and C.J. Greaves tied for third at 28 points back.
Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).
It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).
Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.
The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.
“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”
“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”