It was just three years ago when the only off-road Pro 4 truck race on snow, Red Bull Frozen Rush, first premiered on the slopes of Maine’s Sunday River Ski Resort. And during the first full week of 2016 the world will once again experience motorsports innovation at its best. Temperatures will drop to below freezing as the 900-horsepower trucks and their driver’s battle the elements on Friday, Jan. 8, to capture the coveted first-place crown.
Pitting season-long rivals in a head-to-head competition against each other on unpredictable terrain is what makes the high-flying, snow-slinging action so exhilarating and dramatic to watch. The Pro 4 trucks will be outfitted with one-of-a-kind spiked tires, and the drivers with a few extra warm layers to deal with these uncharacteristic conditions for racing.
Red Bull Frozen Rush’s reigning champion, Bryce Menzies, edged out 2014 winner and motorsports legend Ricky Johnson in 2015. For 2016, he will look to hold on to his place at the top, having recently found success racing Pro 4s full time.
“The cold is bitter and unforgiving,” says the 28-year-old Menzies. “It messes with the equipment but my team and I welcome the challenge of figuring out the best way to succeed. Last year I came to win, this year I intend to dominate.”
Dominance won’t come easy considering the field of champions who will line up at Sunday River. Ricky Johnson, Scott Douglas, Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder all return for their third year of competition at Red Bull Frozen Rush. Last year’s newcomers, RJ Anderson and Chad Hord, will also be bringing the heat to Maine. Johnny Greaves will be back for another shot at the title, one he narrowly missed just two years ago, while his son CJ Greaves, hot off a record-breaking season, will hit the snow for the first time.