Pro 4 off-road downhill slalom truck race on snow back at Sunday River in 2015

Bryce Menzies in action during the finals at Red Bull Frozen Rush at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, USA on 10 January, 2014.

Bryce Menzies in action during the finals at Red Bull Frozen Rush at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, USA on 10 January, 2014.

BY GERRY MILES

It’s the four letter word you either hate or love: Snow.

Living in New England, we all know what a struggle it can be to drive in it, manage a straight path on the roadways and arrive safely over the river and through the woods at grandmother’s house.

The Red Bull “frozen rush” takes winter driving to an extreme extreme. These drivers race their fired up pickup trucks DOWN HILL. On snow. On purpose. For show. And, of course, some pay dough.

The folks at Sunday River in Maine will again host 900-horsepower off-road Pro 4 trucks for the second year in a row on January 8-9, 2015.

It’s hard to imagine slalom racing in pickup trucks down a mountain, over jumps, gates and slopes like the folks on TV on skis. It boggles the mind but the picture at the top of this post shows what they can do. To see what it looks like, click on the video link here.

In 2014, Sunday River Ski Resort, just a few short hours north of Boston, played host to eight of the country’s best professional off-road truck racers, who ventured far from their usual dirt, sand and gravel tracks to tackle unprecedented terrain, including icy berms, snow-covered jumps and steep slopes.  In the end it was motorsports legend Ricky Johnson who was crowned champion in the first ever off-road truck race on snow.  He now looks to defend his title against this year’s stacked roster of industry greats and hungry newcomers.

“Winning the title last year was amazing, especially after going head to head with the best in the business.  It could have been anyone’s day, but I’m glad it was mine,” said the recent Motorsports Hall of Famer. “This year won’t be any easier.  Everyone wants that title now and like I said to Johnny (Greaves) last year… My a** is here, come kick it.”

Returning to compete this year alongside Johnson is Bryce Menzies, Todd LeDuc, Johnny Greaves, Scott Douglas, Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder. New to the wearies of winter weather racing will be decorated freestyle motocross rider turned off-road champion, Brian Deegan and young up-and-comer RJ Anderson.  Both are standout warriors in the 2-wheel drive off-road class and are stepping up to Pro 4 truck for a shot at the Red Bull Frozen Rush title.

The competition airs on NBC as part of the year-long Red Bull Signature Series, the most progressive action sports event property in the world.

Red Bull Frozen Rush created a new chapter in the history book of off-road racing in 2014, and this winter, it will return to push the progression of the sport even further. For more information, including the schedule for an additional Fan Day on-site, please visit www.redbull.com/frozenrush.

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