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Meritor ChampTruck World Series® Brings Thrill of Big Rig Racing to Willows Thunderhill Raceway Park


WILLOWS, Calif., May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Race fans at the Thunderhill Raceway Park will experience the thrill of big rig racing beginning today when drivers rev their engines at the Meritor ChampTruck World Series®.

Mike Morgan (center) finished first in the inaugural Meritor ChampTruck World Series(R) at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey April 26. Ricky Proffitt Rude (left) came in second and Mike Ryan was third-place finisher.

The three-day series at Thunderhill is the second event in the Meritor ChampTruck World Series, which is bringing semi truck racing back to the United States after a 22-year absence. Mike Morgan of Nashville, Tennessee won the inaugural Meritor ChampTruck event April 26 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.

"For the first time since 1993, American racing fans are experiencing the fun of watching Class 8 heavy-duty trucks compete in three days of exciting events," said Craig Frohock, vice president, Aftermarket, North America for Meritor. "These races are fan-friendly and family-affordable with access to the trucks, the drivers and teams."

Gates open at 8 a.m. each day, with practice events taking place throughout the day. Warm-ups, qualifying events and autograph sessions are set for Saturday. Races continue on Sunday with a podium race at 3:10 p.m. and awards ceremony at 4 p.m.

Admission is $20 per person each day or $30 for the weekend. Ticket price includes full pit and paddock access for all events as well as the ChumpCar, ChampTruck and Pride & Polish Truck Show and a concert Saturday evening. For more information, visit the Thunderhill Raceway Park website.

Meritor is executive title sponsor of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series for the 2015 season. Ten events conclude with the 2015 Meritor ChampTruck Series National Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. Drivers earn and accumulate points for the national championship event. Any conventional or cab-over truck that's at least 5 years old can race in the Meritor ChampTruck World Series events throughout the country.

The next regular season race is at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, Colorado from May 29 through May 31.

About Meritor
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Michigan, United States, and is made up of more than 9,000 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 18 countries. Common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at

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