Championship Off Road Racing has been around for eight years, providing fans access to fast paced, fender-to-fender off road racing on a closed course. The formula is simple, hold exciting race action where fans can watch from the stands and television crews can beam the wheel-to-wheel skirmishes to the world. CORR racing is fast paced and fun to watch. Best off all, fans donít have to drive miles out into the desert just to view drivers race past never to be seen again. In this authorís opinion, CORR Racing can be compared to the chariot races of Rome, with the horses under the hood instead of out in front of it.
In addition to racing, the pit areas are open to fans allowing them to get close to the teams they love. Daily autograph sessions are held where drivers meet and greet eager race devotees. If youíve never attended an off-road race, consider making it out to a CORR event. The action is fast paced and the pit time is fun for the whole family, the season opener even had carnival rides for the kids. The CORR schedule can be found on their web site, www.corracing.com.
Race Teams come in all types and sizes, even in CORR. We looked at three levels of teams. Factory-supported team, with its key backing coming from a Major automotive manufacturer. Mid-level team, with its key-backing coming from aftermarket manufacturers. Entry-level team, with their key support coming from the family business.
Greg Adler is the only driver for Team Adler. Greg competes in the Pro 2 division. At this time, we are not aware of any future plans to add another vehicle and driver. 2006 will be Team Adlerís first full season in CORR. In 2005 Greg had one win in the CORR Sportsman Division for the last race of the season. Gregís race experience consists of six wins in the NASCAR Super Truck Touring Series and ten years experience in SCORE desert racing. www.gregadlermotorsports.com
Sponsors are: 4 Wheel Parts, Pro Comp Suspension, Milemarker winches, Precision Grilles, Dynomax, K&N Filters, BFGoodrich Tires. (Note: Greg is President and CEO of 4 Wheel Parts).
Team Schmitt drivers consist of Art Schmitt, his son A. J. Schmitt and Casey Currie. Art Schmitt has been competing in the Pro Lite division since 1998 and has had several wins over the years and finished last season in 5th place overall. His experience in off-road racing goes back 32 years to open wheel buggies on East Coast tracks. In the last 10 years Art has won 9 off-road championships, three driver of the year awards and two hard charger awards. A.J. Schmitt has a family background in racing and is competing for the first time this year in CORR, in the Super Buggy division. The other new member to the Schmitt team is Casey Currie. Casey came up through the ranks of off-road racing competing in AMA Pro Motocross, Jeep Speed and even raced Class 1 in the 2004 Baja 500 and Pro Truck in the 2004 Baja 1000. Casey comes to Team Schmitt after locating his own sponsorships and then striking a deal to run under the Schmitt banner. www.artschmittracing.com
Sponsors are: Nissan, Rancho Suspension, AutoMeter, Goodyear Tire, Elf Oil, Ron Davis Racing Products, G-Force Transmissions, F.A.S.T. helmets, Quarter Master, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Camburg, Web Cam.
Team Noel is a father and son team, Larry & Leon Noel. Larry and Leon split the race fun with Larry taking the driverís seat on Saturday and Leon behind the wheel on Sunday. This is the first season in CORR for both father and son. However, Leon has past race experience with SCORE racing in the Class 1 Unlimited division. He tells us he even has a win under his belt from the 1984 Baja 1000. Larryís other race experience is two years in the Ultra Stock class in the Mickey Thompson series. Leon has lots of seat time in go-carts, on quads but this is his first race season. No Team Website
Sponsors are: NUCO Plastering & Stucco and Goodyear Tire. (Note: NUCO is the Noel family company).
Team Coyne drivers consist of Marty Coyne and his two sons Travis and Brandon. Marty competes in the PRO 4 division with a Ford F150 based rig. Last year Marty finished first in CORRís inaugural Trophy Truck race in Chula Vista, California. He has also competed in the Mickey Thompson Series and SCORE. This will be Martyís first full season racing with CORR. Travis Coyne competed for the first time with CORR in the PRO 2 division. His past off-road race experience includes a fourth place finish in the Trophy Truck class for the 2005 BAJA 500. Brandon Coyne competed as a driver for his first time ever at the CORR opener in the Super Buggy division. His past experience is as a co-pilot for Travis in the SCORE desert series and of course all his years with the family having fun in the desert in buggies and on cycles. www.coynemotorsports.com
Sponsors are: Pro Comp Suspensions, BFGoodrich Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, Imperial Valley Cycle Center, Beaumont Motorcycles, Sign Pros, Mastecraft Seats, Hella Lights, Mechanics Wear. (Note: Imperial Valley Cycle Center, Beaumont Motorcycles are Martyís companies.)