SODA (series)


SODA (series)

SODA (Short-course Off-road Drivers Association) was an off-road racing sanctioning body in the United States.

Demise

Most drivers from SODA moved to CORR (Championship Off-Road Racing) after the 1997 season, which basically ended SODA's existence. A greatly diminished series continued on for at least a few years afterwards.

History

The series was televised in the 1980s and 1990s. Series races appeared tape delayed on ESPN/ESPN2 [http://racedesert.com/race/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=228076, Retrieved from August 27 2007 Google cache but no longer accessible; Douglas scored double win at Lake Geneva Race; July 13 1997; Retrieved September 29 2007] (often during in the winter months). Most races were held in Wisconsin but a few were held in Michigan. The crown jewel of the series was the off-road championship event held at the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway - the "home of the world championship off-road race".

The vehicles used were primarily Trophy trucks, buggies (which were based on the original Volkswagen Beetle called Baja Bug), and a few stock cars. All vehicles had heavily modified suspension.

Video game

In 1997, Sierra Entertainment released a SODA-themed racing video game called SODA Off-Road Racing.

Classes

*Class 11, Stock 1600cc engine buggies with driver only
*Class 12, Stock 1600cc engine buggies with driver plus co-pilot (Sometimes run with Class 11)
*Class 1-1600, 1600cc engine buggies with driver only
*Class 2-1600, 1600cc engine buggies with driver plus co-pilot (Sometimes run with class 1-1600)
*Class 9, Modified Buggies with up to 1914cc Air-cooled engines, or 1600cc engines water-cooled
*Class 4, 4 wheel-drive full size trucks
*Class 5-1600, buggies with driver only
*Class 7s, 2 wheel-drive four cylinder trucks
*Class 8, 2 wheel-drive full size trucks
*Class 13, 2 wheel-drive full sized trucks with more restrictions than Class 8

*Heavy Metal, combined race with Class 4 and Class 8 trucks

Tracks that held races

Many tracks held races:
*Bark River Off-road Raceway, Bark River, Michigan
*Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, Crandon, Wisconsin
*Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, California
*Ionia Fairgrounds Speedway, Ionia, Michigan
*I-96 Speedway, Lake Odessa, Michigan
*Langlade County Speedway, Antigo, Wisconsin
*Lake Geneva Raceway, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
*Luxemburg Speedway, Luxemburg, Wisconsin
*Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin held a single event inside the paved road course in 1996
*Sunnyview Expo, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Drivers

*7-time series champion Jack Flannery. His championships were occasionally compared to those of Dale Earnhardt.

*Brendan Gaughan - NASCAR driver (1995 Class 13 champion, 1996 Class 8 champion)

*"the Legend" Walker Evans - 1994 and 1995 Class 4 (2WD) Series champion

*Johnny Greaves

*Jimmie Johnson

*Art Schmidt

*Jeff Kincaid

*Scott Douglas

*Curt LeDuc

References

External links

* [http://www.off-road.com/race/97sodacrandon.html 1997 Crandon Spring results]


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