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.

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.