Shawn Morris grew up watching heroes like Ivan Stewart and Walker Evans racing off road and knew that one day, he’d be the one behind the wheel. While serving in the Marines after high school, Morris became a mechanic and eventually opened his own business in Loveland, CO. He started out driving the sand dunes of Colorado with his family, and launched his career in the early 2000s, racing locally in a 1600 buggy.
When the drive for more competition struck, he built a Pro Buggy, and won the national title and the World Championship. From there, he moved into the PRO Light division and he has been chasing his next title ever since. He says he plans to make the move into the next class in the TORC ladder, PRO 2WD – but not until he has the championship. “I don’t want to leave a class until I know I’m the best.”
He earned his breakthrough class win at Fall Crandon in the final race of the season in 2014 and continues to battle for the PRO Light title.
2009 TORC PRO Buggy Champion, 2009 PRO Buggy World Champion (Crandon), 2014 TORC PRO Light World Champion (Crandon)
From Schererville, IN, Matt works in the construction industry as a Union Pipe Fitter of Local 597 of Chicago.
Matt grew up watching short course off-road racing and always dreamed of racing. Knowing from a young age what he wanted to do, Matt set his sights on finding a way to get there. Matt saved his money and was able to purchase a truck and start a basic program, racing for three years in TORC Super Stock class with multiple podium finishes and a strong presence. Matt received the MORR Hard Charger award for the 2013 season and Most Improved Driver award for the 2014 season. With determination, hard work and passion Matt has built up a program and has entered into the Pro Light class.
An ATV pilot turned off-road racer, Chad Rayford has fought for every inch on the race track since first coming to TORC. As part of the famous Flying Dutchman team, Rayford proudly races the red No. 29 PRO Light at every event on the TORC schedule and is ready for that first-ever victory.
Mike Vanden Heuvel
Born and raised in Appleton, WI 'Mikey' is a fan favorite every time he hits the track. He has an on-the-edge style that pushes his equipment and his competition to the limit. As one of the only drivers who designs and builds his own vehicles, Mike has the advantage of knowing his custom built tube chassis race truck inside and out. The 31 year old has been racing and building off road vehicles since he was 18, and became a World Champion at 22 as part of Flying Dutchman Off Road. The familiar red #77 truck will be going all out in 2017.
Hailing from Lena, WI, Mark Peterson races in the Pro 2 TORC class with a Toyota truck body style. In the 2016 season, Peterson saw (8) Super Truck podium finishes and (2) 1st place Super Truck finishes! We are excited to have Peterson as part of the 2017 Kenda Factory of drivers.
Dan Baudoux has competed in various off-road events since the 1970s. In those years, Baudoux has claimed over 16 world championships. In 2011, Baudoux continues to be a title contender for the 2011 TORC World Championship. In the off season, Baudoux is at his state of the art machine shop, building a limited number of sand cars, single buggies, and custom off road accessories.