Mickey Thomas Shows Speed in
Twin Cities TORC
Pro Stock UTV • Round 3 Race Report
Cumming, GA (6/13/2017) - Mickey
Thomas qualified third and was running a competitive
race before overheating problems sidelined his
charge during the TORC Off Road Championship Pro
Stock UTV race. The event was held at ERX Motor
Park in Elk River, MN.
Despite struggling with cooling issues all weekend,
Thomas soldiered on and was in contention early.
Taking third at the start, his engine began overheating
on lap three and he pulled off. While the team
sorted the issues after Saturday’s race, Sunday’s
event was postponed due to severe thunderstorms
that caused heavy damage at the track. The second
race will be run as part of the season finale
Ada Racing's Mickey Thomas qualified 7th
for the Pro Stock UTV Main event
“We were up to third place, but we struggled
with overheating issues all weekend,” said Thomas.
“Hans tried everything and he was busting his
butt all weekend. We tried swapping the radiator
and standing it up, everything we could think
of, but we still had problems today. We think
we figured out the issue for Sunday, but we got
Thomas was pleased with the purpose-built facility.
Located just west of Minneapolis, ERX featured
three hairpin turns, several big jumps, a split
lane section and some challenging whoops.
“It’s a fun track,” said Thomas. “It’s fast and
has a lot of hairpin corners that suit the Yamaha
really well. I’m just bummed we didn’t get to
race on Sunday. We just need to put together one
race and we’ll be up on the podium. We were running
the Maxxis Ceros here and they handle anything.
They are awesome in dry slick and muddy conditions.”
Ada will take over driving at Crandon with
Mickey Thomas competing that weekend in
Utah at the Lucas Oil Series
Thomas will miss the next TORC event. He is competing
in the Lucas Oil Series race in Utah during the
Crandon weekend. Hans Ada will drive in the Crandon
event, one where Thomas thinks the car will be
competitive to the end.
“Hans will be driving the car in Crandon,” said
Thomas. “We think we have all of the bugs worked
out for the next round. He’ll race in Crandon,
while I’m competing in Pro Lite Truck and in my
own UTV in Salt Lake City.”
Ada was pleased with what he saw in Thomas’ track
time. Thomas and Ada are both developing the new
Yamaha with an eye on a championship run in 2018.
“This is part of the reality of having a new
machine,” said Ada. “We had some cooling issues,
but everything else is perfect. We have the horsepower,
the suspension, and everything is perfect. I was
super impressed with Mickey. He only had one lap
of experience here and the first lap he was on
Ada is looking forward to racing at Crandon.
The former F1600 racer and accomplished driving
coach is ready to get off the sidelines and into
the driver’s seat.
“Finally, I’ll be in a car,” said Ada. “I can’t
wait. Hopefully, next year, if I take a vacation
it will be driving a car. So I’m taking advantage
of this opportunity.”
With cooling issues behind him, Ada is looking
forward to the next round of TORC competition
June 24-25 at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway
2017 TORC Series Sponsors:
Langston Motorsports Yamaha, Crash Addict Industries,
Walker Evans Racing, OMF Wheels, Andersin Design,
Drive Motorsports International, Bikeman Performance