New $60,000 Purse CUP Race Announced
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2012
Crandon, WI (June 16, 2012) TORC - The Off Road Championship unleashed a major announcement today from “The Big House” at Crandon International Raceway today with the establishment of the largest paying PRO CUP race of the year, the Rick Huseman Memorial Cup Presented by PEAK Performance, a perpetual award in honor of one of off-road racing’s greatest legends.
The Series will now dedicate its points championship finale as the Huseman Memorial Weekend Presented by PEAK Performance, encompassing TORC’s final point races, a charity golf outing, a PRO 2/4 Rick Huseman Memorial Cup and the Traxxas PRO Light Cup race over a three day weekend in September.
The entire weekend will be presented by automotive aftermarket giant Peak Performance, whose product lines include numerous leading brands including Peak Antifreeze®, Herculiner® bedliners, and Blue DEF® diesel exhaust fluid products among others. PEAK will be the presenting sponsor of the Rick Huseman Memorial Cup and provide the largest purse in short course racing this year with over $60,000 in prize money available to entrants.
The Rick Huseman Memorial Cup Presented by PEAK Performance will pay $36,000 to the winner of the PRO 2/4 combined event, with 2nd place paying $13,600 and $3600 to third. Each entrant will collect $360 with no entry fees being collected for this very special year end non-points event. The purses are dedicated to Rick’s iconic plate number, No. 36.
The Traxxas PRO Light Cup race will also be on tap for the weekend, and it's the second year Traxxas has put out a generous $20,000 plus purse for the exploding Division. This year, the Traxxas Cup will be dedicated in the memory of Jeff Huseman. With $15,000 to win, the field is expected to be full of talent, including 2011 Cup Champion C.J. Greaves.
“As our final checker flag flew last year in Texas, the normal celebration of our Champions became quickly subdued when news of Rick’s death quickly passed through the pit area. Many of the drivers and teams felt that our final event this year should pay tribute to a TORC Champion and off-road legend. Working with the Huseman family and PEAK Performance, the idea of a Memorial Cup quickly became a reality” stated Kevin Miller, CEO of USAC Racing.
The magnitude of the event has led TORC Series Officials to move the season ending finale to be closer to Rick’s hometown with the return of short course off-road racing to Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, CA. The TORC Series finale will remain the weekend of September 29 - 30.
“Having a perpetual Cup dedicated to Rick is an honor and proves his legend will live on in off-road. I am so thankful to TORC, Traxxas and PEAK Performance for working together to bring the off-road community an event of this magnitude in Rick’s memory.” said Michelle Huseman.
For PEAK Performance, supporting USAC Racing and the TORC Series to establish the Rick Huseman Memorial Weekend and related events was a natural step. “We are truly honored to put the PEAK name along with this wonderful weekend of activities to remember and honor Rick Huseman and his family,” stated Bryan Emrich, the Vice President of Marketing of Old World Industries which is the parent company of PEAK Performance Products. “We know our customers and retail partners are big fans of the Traxxas TORC – The Off Road Championship events and drivers and we are thrilled to be a part of this exciting announcement,” added Emrich.
WHAT: Rick Huseman Memorial Weekend presented by Peak Performance
WHERE: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Lancaster, CA
WHEN: September 28 - 30
Friday: Rick Huseman Memorial Golf Outing (place TBD)
Saturday: TORC Series World Final Points Championship
Sunday Traxxas CUP - PRO Light Race, dedicated to Jeff Huseman
Rick Huseman Memorial Cup, presented by PEAK Performance
About PEAK Performance Products:
PEAK® Performance Products are marketed and distributed by Old World Industries, which is among the largest privately-held companies competing in the automotive aftermarket. The Northbrook, Illinois-based company enjoys a presence in the automotive product markets, energy exploration, and chemical manufacturing in more than 50 countries worldwide. Old World's Product offering includes PEAK® Antifreeze; PEAK® Performance Motor Oil; a full line of PEAK® Electronics; SIERRA®, the safer antifreeze; Blue DEF® diesel and HERCULINER® Truck Bed Liner Kits. For more information, please visit www.peakauto.com.
For further information, please contact:
Kevin Miller (USAC): 317-446-7717 kevin@usacracing
Eric De Bord (PROtential/PEAK): 847-922-3813 firstname.lastname@example.org