blank 04/10/14 09:23AM Hoek Motorsports, Pro-4x4 Racing, TORC Series

Hoek Welcomes Nitto Tire and Trailready with Solid Start at Primm Valley



Holland, MI (April 9, 2014) - The start of the 2014 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL saw Ross Hoek Motorsports take his PRO-4x4 race program to the next level. The team welcomed Nitto Tire and TrailReady Beadlock Wheels as team partners as Ross Hoek nearly finished on the podium in the opening round of the season. The solid weekend performance definitely caught the attention of the fans and competitors of the short-course off-road racing world.


Ross Hoek Motorsports traveled across the country to the opening weekend of the TORC Series early enough to take advantage of the two day test session. The added track time allowed Hoek to familiarize himself with the updated Primm Valley layout, as well as give the team and tire engineers the opportunity to tune the chassis set-up of the #10 PRO-4x4 to the Nitto Grappler Project Tire/TrailReady Wheel combination.


The opening round at Primm Valley saw a great door to battle between the #10 Nitto Tire/TrailReady/Motive Gear/ATD Transmission/Allstar Performance PRO-4x4 and the #5 driven by Mark Kvamme. After trading the third place position a few times in the late in the race, Hoek finished fourth, just. .254 seconds behind the final spot on the podium.

Even with the close racing, the silver Nitto Tire PRO-4x4 had only the usual between race preparations. The team worked on changing a few chassis settings as the race surface changes its characteristics as the race weekend progresses.


The race weekend also saw multi-time PRO-4x4 champion Ricky Johnson coaching Ross Hoek on the differences between driving a 2WD (PRO-2) race truck and a 4WD (PRO-4x4 ) race truck. Johnson also acted as Hoek's spotter on race days.


The starting order for Sunday's Round 2 was determined by Saturday's race results with the top four positions starting in reverse order. This put the Nitto Tire/TrailReady PRO-4x4 on the front row. Once again Hoek ran consistent lap times bringing home a sixth place finish.


"Our team is definitely making progress getting our lap times closer to the top drivers in our class," noted Ross Hoek. "Getting Nitto Tire and Trailready on board is huge for the team. Nitto Tire is also a TORC series sponsor which helps Ross Hoek Motorsports with great track support. Look for our team to get quicker and quicker as the season progresses. Ultimately our goal for this season is to put our Nitto Tire/TrailReady/Motive Gear/ATD Transmission/Allstar Performance PRO-4x4 on the podium."


Chris Corbett, Nitto Tire's Light Truck & Motorsports brand manager adds, "We're excited to partner with Ross and his team for the 2014 season. Their race program will further develop our Grappler Short Course tires."


The next race on the schedule for Ross Hoek Motorsports is the "Showdown in Charlotte" April 25-26 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


You can watch all the action from the Duel in the Desert on the TORC You Tube Channel.  


RHM would like to thank its sponsors including:
Nitto Tire, Trailready Beadlock Wheels, Motive Gear, AMSOIL, Auto Trans Design, Allstar Performance, Stack, R2C Performance, Jeff's Bronco Graveyard, MSD Ignition, Invisible Glass, Fox Shox, and REM Chemicals.

Ross Hoek Motorsports has marketing opportunities the 2014 season. To contact Ross Hoek Motorsports for an interview or marketing opportunities please call 616-738-0058 or email: - facebook 


About Nitto Tire

Nitto Tire ( develops performance tires for all uses, including racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities in both Japan and the United States, Nitto provides innovative and high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts. For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company's web site or contact the company directly. Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., located at 5665 Plaza Drive, Ste. 250, Cypress, CA 90630.


About Trail Ready

TrailReady ( has been producing quality off road accessories since 1997. All TR Beadlocks, whether our HD Series True Beadlock, or our fine converted alloy wheels are counter pressure cast in the US, by talented trades men and women.TR Beadlocks are the ONLY readily available beadlocked wheels cast in the USA.TR Beadlock Wheels are a proven winner when it comes to high performance off-road. TrailReady is located at1005 W Hazel Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273.






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