- SODA (series)
SODA (Short-course Off-road Drivers Association) was an off-road racing sanctioning body in the
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.
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 2007Google 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 Wisconsinbut 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 Beetlecalled Baja Bug), and a few stock cars. All vehicles had heavily modified suspension.
Sierra Entertainmentreleased a SODA-themed racing video game called SODA Off-Road Racing.
*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, Wisconsinheld a single event inside the paved road course in 1996
Sunnyview Expo, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
*7-time series champion
Jack Flannery. His championships were occasionally compared to those of Dale Earnhardt.
Brendan Gaughan- NASCARdriver (1995 Class 13 champion, 1996 Class 8 champion)
*"the Legend" Walker Evans - 1994 and 1995 Class 4 (2WD) Series champion
* [http://www.off-road.com/race/97sodacrandon.html 1997 Crandon Spring results]
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