Arnie Gonzalez is a bit of a renaissance man. When he envisioned the first Pro Touring Truck Shootout event, his end goal was to share his enthusiasm for race trucks and track events. Since that first PTTS event in 2020, he has helped spread the word that trucks can make an incredible base for a successful race vehicle build. The industry has recognized this and has jumped in with both feet. The support from top tier companies like Gandrud Chevrolet, Summit Racing, Baer Brakes, Forgeline Wheels, and Bowler Transmission, makes it clear to see that truck-centric events like this have created a very distinct and strong foothold in the world of participation events.
Past PTTS events have consisted of 3 segments: Autocross, Speed & Stop Challenge, and a Drivability Cruise. For 2022, they will be adding an optional drag racing segment to the event. This year’s events will also offer 5 competition classes: Outlaw, Manufacturers Class , T1, T2, and Novice, so pretty much everyone is welcome.
As a part of the event, the organizers challenge all truck builders to build the “Ultimate Truck”. To compete for this title, a truck must compete in its class in the Autocross event, complete the Drivability Cruise, stop in the Speed & Stop Challenge, show its stuff in the Truck Show, and lay down impressive numbers on the drag strip. John Thamos proudly took home the title for the 2021 East Coast event and is a force to be reckoned with.
Fans and spectators are encouraged to bring out their show trucks, park in the “Truck Show,” and see if fellow competitors vote for their truck.
Vendor Alley at PTTS is a great opportunity for manufacturers to show off their goods, make face-to-face contact with end users, and provide information to help grow the enthusiasm for this segment of the industry.
We can’t wait to get out to the next Pro Touring Truck Shootout at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s very own Beech Bend Raceway Park on April 22-23, 2022.