SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 48, November 29, 2012

Racing News: New Tanner Foust Ford Focus Makes First Runs at Irwindale Event Center

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Tanner Foust visited the Irwindale Event Center last Sunday to drive a special, limited-edition Ford Focus.
   

New Tanner Foust Ford Focus Makes First Runs at Irwindale Event Center
Multi-discipline race driver, movie stuntman, TV star and now car designer Tanner Foust visited the Irwindale Event Center (IEC) last Sunday to "break in" a special, limited-edition Focus that had his name and "TF" logo emblazoned all over it.

The car had just come over to Los Angeles by truck from an award-winning turn as one of the stars of the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The four-door hatchback had barely 50 miles on the clock, and Foust had not yet driven the prototype. The car was never driven in Las Vegas, so there was some interest in breaking it in and getting a bit of actual seat time before it went on display at the L.A. Auto Show, scheduled to open to the press November 28.

There were no formal specs officially available at the IEC shakedown runs. But this special Foust-signature model was loaded with features, and the estimated horsepower rating for this special-edition, turbo-charged six-speed Focus ST model was around 300.

Foust's co-conspirator in the custom-body, trick semi-gloss silvery paint and interior work was Mike Spagnola of Street Scene Equipment.

Bully Dog Sponsors Amsoil Championship Snocross
Fresh off the heels of its showing at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Bully Dog Technologies is a major sponsor of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross, series presented by Traxxas, which began at the Duluth National Presented by Bully Dog at Spirit Mountain, November 23–25.

For more information about the event, visit www.isocracing.com.

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Brian Deegan defended and held his title, winning back-to-back LOORRS Pro-2 Championships in 2011 and 2012.
   

FOX Athletes Win Off-Road Short Course Championships in 2012
In addition to the Ultra4 Racing Championship, Fox athletes won six out of eight possible professional class championships in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

The TORC series runs 13 rounds at tracks across the country, racing on both stadium courses and long, fast outdoor tracks cut into natural terrain. They run two rounds at the track in Crandon, Wisconsin.

Ricky Johnson, TORC Pro-4 champion, and Bryce Menzies, TORC Pro-2 champion, claimed back-to-back victories in 2011 and 2012. Brad Lovell took home the TORC Pro Lite Championship and the Ultra4 Championship this year. In his first season in TORC Pro Buggy, Mitchell DeJong won the championship at 16 years old.

The LOORRS is run as a 15-round race series that visits tracks in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The stadium tracks are tight and technical with huge jumps that launch the vehicles high and far. The door-to-door action is aggressive, with a lot of contact and spectacular crashes.

Brian Deegan
defended and held his title, winning back-to-back LOORRS Pro-2 Championships in 2011 and 2012, while Steven Greinke triumphed as the LOORRS Pro Buggy champion.

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