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Off-roaders to race way through A.V.

first_imgLANCASTER – A road map to make elite closed-course off-road truck racing a mainstream sport features two stops in the Antelope Valley. The Championship Off Road Racing Series will open its season this weekend at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for a two-day event that will feature some of the world’s top off-road racing talent, including defending CORR 2 champion Carl Renezeder and NASCAR star Robby Gordon. The CORR 2 Series, which features the world’s most advanced closed-course competition, will return to the A.V. Fairgrounds on Sept.15-16. Since the CORR 2’s inception in 1999, the sport has been wildly popular in the Midwest but hasn’t caught a wider audience. “Our goal is to take this race from the Midwest to the rest of the country,” CORR President and CEO Jim Baldwin said. “We want to make it a mainstream sport.” The races will be held along a 1.5-mile course, where 900-plus horsepower trucks will negotiate a course CORR officials say took more than four weeks and 3,200 man-hours to construct. Four featured races will be held on both days starting at 2p.m. Among those to watch at this weekend’s race is upstart Rodrigo Ampudia, who last season became the first Mexican national to win a CORR tour event. For some, the CORR race has been a springboard to bigger things. Former CORR standout Jimmie Johnson is a five-time NASCAR champion. [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more