Motorsports: Local off-road racer Mitch Dorr hopes to follow in father’s footsteps

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Rockford resident Mitch Dorr is extremely busy getting ready for the season finale in his sport. The 25-year-old professional rookie is preparing his No. 17 Goodyear Tire Auto Trans Design Ford Ranger for the season-concluding two rounds in the 2011 Traxxas TORC Series Off-Road World Championships to be held in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 15-16. Dorr competes in the Pro Lite Class.

Dorr has been working his way up in the PRO Light standings this season, and now sits 16th overall. Two weeks ago, he had a pair of top-10 finishes at the track known as the Big House in Crandon, Wis. Last weekend in Joliet, Dorr was the victim of some mechanical issues and finished 16th in the first round and scored a DNF in round two.

We have worked really hard this season to continue to dial the truck in, and we are starting to see the progress being made,” Dorr said. “It has been a challenging rookie season, but the experience is going to pay off down the road. We want to finish the series strong, and then get to work in the shop this winter in preparation for the 2012 season.”

Dorr is one of the youngest professional drivers in off-road racing. He is making the jump into the highly-competitive and factory-backed pro competition this season after finishing in the top five in year-end points in Stock Truck (TORC Series) the past three years (2008-2010). He also won the Stock Truck World Championship in Crandon in both 2009 and 2010.

Heading up Dorr Racing is Mitch’s dad and legendary off-roader Geoff Dorr. A four-time World Champion at Crandon with 15 career event victories, the elder Dorr serves as crew chief for Dorr Racing, lending his wealth of knowledge to assist his son in the early stages of what promises to be a long career in the sport.

My Dad is who I look up to for advice and race setup,” Mitch said. “He was a championship-level driver for more than 20 years, and he certainly knows how to deal with the ups and downs of professional racing. My family and closest friends are the ones who encouraged me to pursue the dream of racing and who are always pushing me to get even better.”

The Dorrs will be looking to get Mitch back into the top 10 in San Antonio. That would certainly be a nice way to wrap up his rookie year and give him something to build upon during the off-season.

From the Sept. 21-27, 2011, issue

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