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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































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TORC 2014: Kleiman adds second Truck 2014 - keeps busy at Primm Valley




Kleiman Off-Road Racing headed to Primm Valley, Nevada with two PRO-Light entries for the 2014 "TORC Series". Mark Kleiman will be entering his sophomore season driving the #42 Dodge while his sons Cody and Kyle will share the driving duties of the #48 Ford. The opening weekend of the season saw all three drivers show their potential, but due to various racing incidents the team had only one top ten finish.

The Kleiman Off-Road Racing Team is a true family affair. The two PRO-Light race trucks are driven, maintained, and prepared by Mark and his two sons Cody and Kyle. Meanwhile Mark's wife Reva, coordinates the affairs of the team while daughter Kyndra assists mom and handles scoring and statistics.

Kyle's girlfriend Sara Schram is team photographer and adds her talents to the marketing side of the operation. Cody's girlfriend, Brittany Klee oversees the hospitality duties for the group and Cody's good friend Jimmy Charlier, who puts in some really long hours working on the trucks, is also the team's crew chief. When the family isn't racing they are all back home working together at Kleiman Forest Products.

In 2013 the team began a relationship with Ponsse halfway through the season, and the manufacturer of cut-to-length method forest machines is back on board as the team's primary sponsor for the 2014 season. Also continuing with the team is as a secondary sponsor is Kenda Tires while Rotochopper is a new secondary sponsor for the season.

The family took a racing vacation and arrived in Nevada a few days before the race to take advantage of the two-day test session. This allowed rookie racers Cody and Kyle to get valuable seat time behind the wheel of the #48 Ford. Of course Mark was glad for the added practice time as well.

Saturday's season opening round of racing had Cody winning the flip of the coin and was first behind the wheel of the yellow and black #48 while dad Mark would be piloting the all-yellow #42 PRO-Light. Both trucks have Ponsse, Rotochopper, and Kenda Tires are their primary sponsors.

Mark Kleiman's weekend was over just after it began. As Mark was heading into the first corner of Round One when there was hard contact between several trucks. Unfortunately one of the chassis tubes on Mark's truck broke tearing apart an engine oil line. Before he realized what happened, the engine lost most of its oil, causing internal damage to the powerplant.

Cody was having a much better race. After qualifying eighteenth out of twenty-four PRO-Light racers, Cody was gradually moving up the running order. At one point the #48 Ford was in the eighth position when the truck lost first gear and then brake issues slowed the rookie's pace. At the checkered flag Cody finished in tenth place. Cody also recorded the sixth fastest lap of the race.

Later that night the prep work on the #48 was completed as Cody began thinking about his PRO-Light debut. Meanwhile Mark would be supporting his sons while waiting for Charlotte to get back in the driver seat.

Sunday morning Kyle went out for practice only tocome off track via a tow truck. A rear trailing arm broke taking out the driveshaft and transmission. Somehow the team was able to make to necessary repairs in time for the Round Two lineup.

With Kyle behind the wheel of the #48 Ford a great battle for position during much of the race with Luke Johnson and Jesse Johnson, the brother of NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson. Even with only third gear working in the transmission, Kyle was running in the seventh position. With only two laps to the finish, another truck made hard contact breaking the steering box. Officially finishing in twentieth position.

"Well, we sure did go through a bunch of parts this weekend," noted Mark Kleiman. "It's an awesome feeling to be on the same race track competing with my sons. Really having the whole family involved especially at this level is just a great feeling."

"We will have both trucks ready for Charlotte, it may take a few late nights, but we're in this sport for the long haul. I have to thank Ponsse along with their family of associate sponsors, Kenda Tire, and Rotochopper for giving us great support." The next race on the 2014 TORC Series is the "Showdown in Charlotte" April 25-26 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

2014/04/14 | 15:56 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/MIKE REUSCHE











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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