— Kyle Chaney came into the final weekend of the 2017 The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series owning a nine-point advantage in the Pro Mod UTV division. The final race at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, hosted three rounds (including making up round four on Friday), putting added pressure to perform, but a cool, calm and collected Chaney was up for the challenge. The Ohio racer finished on the podium at all three rounds with his Can-Am Maverick X3, winning on Friday and, then again, on Sunday to capture his first career TORC series championship and first for Can-Am.
Can-Am Maverick X3 pilot Kyle Chaney, one of the off-road industry’s most talented drivers, added the 2017 TORC Pro UTV Mod class championship to his trophy case after winning the final round at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minn. (Photo by Harlen Foley)
“The Can-Am X3 is a solid platform for any type of racing. It’s just built to perform, built to last and to withstand the elements,” stated Chaney. “You have to start with a reliable machine and we proved it this season. Consistency is what wins championships, and being on the podium 12 out of 13 rounds was key to bringing this championship to Can-Am.”
Kyle Chaney and Jeff Leclerc, Can-Am Race Department team leader, celebrated the first ever The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series championship for Can-Am after Chaney had three podiums (two wins) this weekend in Minnesota. (Photo by Harlen Foley)
Chaney’s victory on Friday evening extended his points lead, but his third-place finish at round 12 essentially cut it in half with only the series finale remaining. All he had to do was win the final round to capture the crown, and the experienced Can-Am X3 pilot did just that, winning the 12-lap feature by more than 2 seconds. Chaney’s final victory pushed his points total to 299 on the year, giving him an eight-point cushion to end the season. Chaney had to miss round 11 of the GNCC series to wrap up this title, but says it was all worth it because his TORC championship sheds light on the driving abilities of woods racers, whom Chaney says don’t get enough recognition. Chaney’s teammate Tim Farr finished the TORC season in third.