Professional Rock Crawling Saturday March 8th Starting at 9am outside Congress, AZ
Dirt Riot Endurance 4×4 Racing Sunday March 9th Starting at 9am outside Congress, AZ
BLACKFOOT, ID MARCH 3, 2014: Enjoying the Arizona sun is the best way to kick off two of the hottest series in the off-road scene. Trail-Gear Western W.E. Rock Championship Rock Crawling will be on Saturday March 8th and Dirt Riot Endurance racing will be on Sunday March 9th at Thompson’s Ranch in Congress, AZ, a short hour from Phoenix. Both races are spectator and family friendly with vendors and food available, small cars will be fine on the 5-mile dirt road to the event entrance. Local Off-Road shops LetzRoll Offroad and Fly-N-Hi Total Offroad Performance Center are joining Maxxis Tires, Artec Industries and Jones Ford Jeep in promoting the event and displaying in vendor row among many others.
“The rock terrain in Arizona gives us a perfect platform to build some of the hardest rock crawling courses in the US,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “Then on Sunday we are having the Dirt Riot race that will put speed on the track. Of course we welcome local UTV’s and Trail Class drivers to come and race, everyone is welcome!”
The Trail-Gear Professional Rock Crawling Series will start at 9am on Saturday March 9th. The Professional Unlimited Class will have many of the well-known names in the rock crawling world, but will also host two daughters of champions: Trail-Gear’s Matt Messer’s daughter Olivia Messer and Campbell Racing’s Shannon Campbell’s daughter Bailey Campbell. Both girls will have their Dad’s as spotters. Competing against them in the Unlimited Class will be 2013 Unlimited Class Winner Team Rock Hard Justin Hall, 360 Racing Justin Keilman, Trail-Gear Matt Messer, Team Moab Steve Nantz, Mission Snow Dion Wakefield from Canada among others not yet pre-registered.
The Pro Modified Class will also be packed with stiff competition from across the western United States. The 2013 year long battle between Team Superchips Aaron Sykes and Hooked Triangle Racing Jared Neff will continue into 2014. Aaron Sykes took the final points win in 2013 by a mere one point. The Sportsman Class is open to any offroad enthusiast in the area that would like to compete. There are minimal safety requirements to take on the courses. You can join the already registered Chris Nazarewicz, Rolling Gnomes Paul Tyler and 602 Racing Charlie Vacha among many others.
Dirt Riot Racing picks up the speed and puts race buggies, 4×4 trail jeeps, and UTVs on a track to complete as many laps as they can within their groups set amount of time on Sunday. The course is 4.5 miles of rocks, technical and fast sections. Pre-registered racers include 2013 Dirt Riot Southwest Series Winner LetzRoll Offroad Andrew McLaughlin and second place Fly-N-Hi Jeremy Hammer. Both companies are sponsors of this weekend’s event and they will be going head-to-head to see who will start the season with the top points position. Also pre-registered for the Unlimited Class are 602 Racing Airen Patrick, Goodall Racing Kenneth Goodall, Odd Angle Paul Garner, Rocking J Offroad John Brock and many others.
Additional Pro Drivers include 4500 Class LetzRoll Offroad Racing Alan Johnson, Muddnutt Racing Kevin Rants and 4600 Class pre-register LetzRoll Offroad Racing Matt Salyers.
UTV Drivers and Trail Class competitors are welcome to pre-register or register onsite. They are more of a run-what-you-bring class with some safety requirements. The Unlimited Trail Class looks to have a large contingent coming to race out of the local Arizona Undertakers Club including Miller Racing Ryan Miller, Short Bus Mafia Racing Carlos Gonzales, Kroger Racing Paul Kroger, McGhie Offroad Racing Rawlin McGhie, Jones Auto / Select Glass Team Jayson Mitchell, Paul Patel, Rolling Gnomes Paul Tyler, JSE Racing Joe Whitcomb and Modified Trail Class pre-registers Team MMI Trevor Crane and Scrap Metal Racing John Garrison. Or join the pre-registered SXS racer ColeCar Motorsports Colby Johnsen.
Both days’ events have classes that are built to encourage local 4×4 or UTV participants to join in a day of fun competition and racing. For registration information go to http://www.werocklive.com/2014-registration. W.E. Rock is a Professional Rock Crawling series composed of 2 series of 3 events each that crisscross the country. Dirt Riot is an Endurance Racing series that is composed of 5 series of 3 races each that stretch across the country.
Spectators are encouraged to come and enjoy the day of entertainment on Saturday March 8th with Rock Crawling starting at 9am, and the final shootout expected to begin about 5pm. On Sunday March 9th, qualifying for the 4400 professional group starts at 9am followed by racing all day. The professional 4400 4×4 is scheduled to start at 2pm for three hours with a grand prix finish at approximately 5pm. All times are subject to change. The winners of each class are determined by the most number of laps completed in the set amount of time. The awards ceremony immediately follows the final race.
Admission is $25 for a two day pass, $15 for adults, $5 for ages 8-15, children 7 and under free and Military with ID get $5 off. There are vendors, food and amenities on site, and we encourage you to bring chairs and shade structures. There is camping available onsite. For additional details go to http://www.werocklive.com/2014/w-e-rock-western-series-1-congress-az-2
After the event we will have the results, pictures and stories posted at http://www.werocklive.com/2014/dirt-riot-southwest-round-1-congress-az for the Dirt Riot Race and http://www.werocklive.com/2014/w-e-rock-western-series-1-congress-az-2 for the W.E. Rock Rock Crawl.
Past Event Coverage: http://www.werocklive.com
Event Sponsors: Maxxis Tires, Artec Industries, Nitro Gear & Axle, Trail Gear, Branik Motorsports, ASR Offroad, Crown Performance, Superchips, Dirt Skins, MetalCloak, PSC Motorsports, Currie Enterprises, Spidertrax Off-Road, Axel Off Road Gear & Apparel, PCI Race Radios, The SickLine.com, Race Team Store
About W.E.ROCK Events, LLC.
W.E.ROCK Events, LLC. A Placerville, CA based company, sanctions, promotes, and hosts specialty off road events, including the W.E.ROCK Rockcrawling US Pro-National series, Dirt Riot Endurance Racing Series and 13 international and sub-sanctions. Attracting thousands of spectators to each event, W.E.ROCK reaches a broad demographic of off-road enthusiasts and casual motorsports fans. The sport of rockcrawling has grown by giant leaps in the last decade and is now host to over 300 registered national-level competition teams. Major competition supporters and partners include Red Bull Energy Drink, Monster Energy, NOS Energy Drink, Home Depot, MAXXIS Tires, Cooper Tires, and Crown Royal. With the off road industry exceeding 4 billion in sales annually, the sport of rockcrawling leads the way in print media and advertising for the sport’s 12 major publications. For more information, visit www.werocklive.com