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5.5 Tons of Fun! Meritor ChampTruck World Series – Round 3 Pikes Peak International Raceway

Truck racing, what a concept… Given the show these guys put on this weekend, I have a difficult time understanding why it has had trouble gaining traction here in the states.

Like John Condren’s Optima Battery ChumpCar World Series, Meritor ChampTruck is dedicated to bringing racing back into the reach of the average guy or gal.  In this case, folks that happen to, as Mike Ryan puts it, “like to play with trucks”.  Basically take an old beat down single axle semi tractor, like the ones you share the freeway with everyday,  fit it with the essential safety gear, cage, seat, harnesses, fire suppression, the important stuff, and take it road racing.  Yes, you heard me, road racing.  If you thought it was impossible to road race a truck like this, just look to Europe where truck racing is huge!

This May in Colorado was wetter than normal, and after what seemed an eternity, the rains finally stopped and the sky’s cleared just in time for the inaugural running of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series at Pikes Peak International Raceway south of Colorado Springs Colorado.

This was only round 3 and there are 6 more stops leading up to the championship race Halloween weekend in Las Vegas!  Here are the remaining stops on the 2015 Meritor ChampTruck World Series schedule.  Make sure you plan to make an event!  Say Charlotte Motor Speedway on the 4th of July??

You’ll be hooked, just like we are!!

July 2-4, 2015:   Charlotte Motor Speedway (Full Roval)

17 – 19 July 2015:   Gateway Motorsports Park (Full Roval)

6 – 9 August 2015:   Virginia Int’l Raceway (Road Course)

28 – 29 August 2015:   Texas Motor Speedway (Full Roval)

11 – 13 September 2015:   Motorsports Park Hastings (Road Course)

2 – 4 October 2015:   Portland Int’l Raceway (Road Course)

30 Oct – 1 Nov 2015:   Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Road Course)

Additional photos by: Charlie Beets, and Scott Mckenzie

10 time British Truck Champ, Stuart Oliver, runs a few test laps with a lucky passenger after a rear end change.
10 time British Truck Champ, Stuart Oliver, runs a few test laps with a lucky passenger.
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Once practice and qualifying ended and the heat races started, there was a distinct shift in the drivers attitudes. Lap times continued to erode as the teams got suspensions and power delivery dialed in.
Mike Ryan, #11 Optima Battery Freightliner, and Mike Morgan, #88 Mac, battle for position heading through turn 1
Mike Ryan, #11 Optima Battery Freightliner, and Mike Morgan, #88 Mac, battle for position heading through turn 1.
Best seats in the house!
Best seats in the house!
10 time British Truck Racing champ, Stuart Oliver, celebrates for fans after a heat race win. Photo Credit: Scott McKenzie
10 time British Truck Racing champ, Stuart Oliver, celebrates for fans after a heat race win. Photo Credit: Scott McKenzie
Allen Boles, #3 Peterbuilt
Allen Boles, #3 Peterbuilt
Ricky Rude, driver of the #14 Peterbuilt, works to pass Stuart Oliver as they enter the back straight.
Ricky Rude, driver of the #14 Peterbuilt, works to pass Stuart Oliver as they enter the back straight.

 

Mike Ryan, driver of the #11 Optima Battery Freightliner, prepares for a heat race.
Mike Ryan, driver of the #11 Optima Battery Freightliner, prepares for a heat race.
Tire Sponsor, Continental, brought out this awesome traveling showroom.
Continental Tires, series tire sponsor, brought out this awesome traveling showroom.

 

Points leader Mike Morgan in his #88 Mac truck.  P.S. He's looking for a sponsor..
Meritor ChampTruck World Series points leader Mike Morgan in his #88 Mac truck “Macvader”.

The trophies by DH Metalworks are wicked cool!!

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Photo Credit: Scott McKenzie
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Photo Credit: Scott McKenzie

Supporting the trucks were a SCCA  Spec Miata class and a handful of vintage Indy and CanAm cars.  Stay tuned for more…

Saturday practice started a little damp for the Spec Miata series that was running to support ChampTruck
Saturday practice started a little damp for the Spec Miata series that was running to support ChampTruck
Racing trucks and racing cars including this beautiful McLaren 6B owned and driven by Ken Petrie
Where else could you see racing trucks and racing cars in the same track at the same time, including this beautiful McLaren 6B owned and driven by Ken Petrie

Written by Rick Beets

Rick Beets

From early on I was always bombing around the neighborhood on some kind of home built go kart or minibike. So working on motors and bikes came naturally. As well as things electronic or technical. I was also an avid skier and instructor. If I can make something go fast by either propulsion or gravity, I am in. Yes, I freely admit to being a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

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