DANA POINT, Calif. — TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL announced today that the event scheduled for May 17-18 at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis has been postponed due to a record-setting water table the region has encountered over the past several months.
The series, venue and track build team are working together to find a suitable date in the near future while construction on the facility moves forward.
“Our number one priority is delivering a quality product to both the fans and TORC racers,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Our goal is to build a premiere off-road venue and make sure that when we open the gates for the first event, that everyone has a memorable experience. We’re committed to a long term relationship with the TORC Series and look forward to the opening event.”
The St. Louis course design is one of the most technically challenging on the TORC circuit and will feature unique landmark turns as well as an exciting over/under obstacle for the permanent off-road facility at Gateway.
“We’re looking to construct a true championship off-road track in St Louis,” said TORC Series Track Operations Director Jeff Nordstrom. “Obtaining the proper materials and conditions are critical in achieving that goal. Between the consistent rain and snow-melt that is ongoing, it’s pushed back our schedule to a point where we need to temporarily postpone the event at Gateway. However we will continue to work through the conditions to keep St Louis a focal point of TORC’s future schedule.”
The TORC series will maintain its seven-weekend 14-round race schedule by awarding a second date to Bark River Int’l Raceway in Bark River, Mich. The track, one of the most iconic and well-attended venues in off-road racing will host this new race on June 14-15. The scheduled July 18-19 race will remain unchanged and continue as planned.
“The TORC Team is looking forward to continuing our work at Gateway and debut a best-in-class track for our PRO racers,” said BJ Birtwell, President of the TORC Series. “The Midwest was hammered this year with weather unlike anyone has seen in decades. We won’t let that stop us as we’re committed to racing at Gateway and will soon bring the excitement of TORC racing to St Louis fans. In the meantime, we are thrilled to announce a second race at the famed Bark River International Raceway and look forward to entertaining fans and NBC Sports viewers with one of the most intense off road tracks in the country.”