Coming up for this Labor Day weekend, Crandon International Raceway will once again host the Red Bull Crandon World Cup in addition to the Championship Off-Road Series (COR) season finale. The annual summer tradition of big short course off-road racing is an iconic and historic legacy dating back over fifty years now. It has been known to attract the sport’s most elite competitors. This year is no different and will feature a stacked field with close points battles that will all be decided. On top of all of this excitement, famed race figures Travis Pastrana and Tanner Foust will join in the festivities and compete in Pro-4 and Pro-2 cup races.
Crandon, also known as “The Big House”, will feature four days of on track activities. Starting on Thursday, practice and qualifying will commence. Friday and Saturday will present the final rounds of the Championship Off-Road Series season. On Sunday, September 5th, the annual Pro World Championship and Red Bull Crandon World Cup Challenge will conclude the weekend.
Will Pastrana And Foust Perform?
Both Pastrana and Foust have dabbled in short course racing before so they are not coming into this most elite event as rookies. Just last year at Crandon, Travis raced a Pro-2 truck. Foust may or may not have driven a special Hot Wheels Pro-2 truck during a world record jump during the Indianapolis 500, and has also raced a Pro-2 on occasion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Now in 2021, with support from Yokohama, they have teamed up with Red Bull Motorsports racer Andrew Carlson. Carlson has worked with both drivers providing multiple practice sessions and is preparing the trucks along with race support underneath his tent. We also see Foust using an advanced racing simulator in preparation for Crandon.
“Crandon is the biggest off-road event in the world and I couldn’t be more excited to send it into the first turn with the best on the dirt and see what happens,” Pastrana said. “I had an amazing experience driving the Pro-2 class at Crandon last year but with my all-wheel drive rally background, I’ve always wanted to drive the Pro-4 class. Andrew is a great friend and has helped me get up to speed as quickly as possible.”
Foust will make his Crandon debut in the Pro-2 class. “Crandon has always been one of those bucket list races for me,” said Foust. “Yokohama was kind enough to offer up this opportunity, and with the help of Andrew Carlson’s truck and crew, how can you pass that up? It’s a super-stacked field in Pro-2 and, from what I’ve seen, an insane track! So, I’ll be drawing on Andrew and Travis’s experience to get up to speed as fast as I can, but at least I know I’m on the right tires!”
Who Else Is Racing?
The 2021 COR points championships is raging close with CJ Greaves leading Pro-4 and Kyle Leduc and Andrew Carlson trailing close behind. In Pro-2, Jerret Brooks tops Cory Winner, Keegan Kincaid, and Ryan Beat. We are also expecting even higher entries and car counts with other west coast racers like RJ Anderson and Christopher Polvoorde hauling out. Speaking of Polvoorde, make sure to click over to our recent article to see “What A Short Course Race Weekend Looks Like.”
This is a must attend bucket list event in off-road racing. Crandon International Raceway is the world’s largest short course off-road racing facility and features eight corners of some of the most entertaining motorsports. If you are unable to attend, Off Road Xtreme strongly recommends to tune into the live streaming coverage. A complete schedule click over to the Championship Off-Road Watch Guide. For more information click over to Crandon International Raceway.