Frozen Rush: Meet the Drivers

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Get to know the pioneering group of racers taking their off-road trucks to do battle in the snow.

It takes cojones to do something that hasn't been done before -- most fear plunging into the unknown. This pool of drivers however are jumping throttle foot first into Frozen Rush, taking their trucks that normally run on dirt to the first-ever head-to-head off-road truck race in the snow at the Sunday River ski resort in Maine.

So who are these intrepid racers? What are their qualifications and what are they like? Inquiring minds want to know and so did we, which is why we hit the drivers with a few questions. Prepare to get a little intimate.

Ricky Johnson poses for a portrait in Sierra at Tahoe, CA, USA on 8 January 2013.
Ricky Johnson Portrait Snow© Brian Nevins/Red Bull Content Pool

Ricky Johnson

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
Winning all four short course Off-Road Championships (1998 Pro 2, 2010 Pro 2, 2011 Pro 4 and 2012 Pro 4) are special.
2. Why does racing your truck on a snow-covered mountain appeal to you?
The world needs to see what a Pro 4 can do in the snow.
3. What was the first car you ever drove?
A Datsun pick-up truck. I had to have a way to carry my bike.
4. Where is your favorite place that the sport has taken you?
After we won the 1987 Motocross des Nations, the team was invited to the White House to meet President Reagan.

Bryce Menzies celebrates after wining third-consecutive Pro2 Championship at Traxxas TORC Series at Primm Off Road Raceway in Primm, NV, USA on 28 September, 2013.
Bryce Menzies celebrating© Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool

Bryce Menzies

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
2011 SCORE-International Trophy Truck Championship.
2. What challenges do you foresee racing in the snow?
Based on how Ricky did last year, I think the biggest issue will be the track lasting with these awesome BFGoodrich tires we have.
3. How old were you when you got your first ticket?
I was 15 years and 9 months old. I was going 101 mph to buy fireworks.
4. Off-road racing involves the dirt and now snow, where do you want to compete next?
I would choose Dakar. It’s been a dream of mine to win that race!

Greg Adler

Greg Adler

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
My three wins in LOORRS (two in Pro 2 and one in Pro 4).
2. Why does racing your truck on a snow-covered mountain appeal to you?
A green light to tear up and down ski slopes in my Pro 4 and not get arrested? How can you pass that up?
3. If you could pick any navigator to go on a weeklong road trip, who would it be?
Bear Grylls, he can navigate by the sun and get me out of any trouble. Plus, chicks dig him.
4. If I wasn’t racing off-road trucks, I’d be…
Waterskiing on Lake Powell

Scott Douglas

Scott Douglas

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
My 11 Championships and numerous cup wins, especially the AMSOIL Cup in 2010.
2. What was it about Red Bull Frozen Rush that made you want to compete in the event?
I have never been good at skiing. I always thought that if I had a steering wheel and a gas pedal, I could show skiers how to go down a hill.
3. What challenges do you foresee racing in the snow?
The going downhill part.
4. Where is the favorite place your career in motorsports has taken you?
In 2010, I was honored to be invited on a 14-day tour of the Middle East with the Armed Forces Entertainment. Every day we visited troops in undisclosed locations.

Johnny Greaves

Johnny Greaves

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
Crossing the finish line side-by-side with my son CJ for a one-two finish in the 2013 Amsoil Cup Race.
2. What challenges do you foresee racing in the snow?
Figuring out how to get our truck to corner and keep speed without sinking in the snow.
3. What was the first car you drove?
A 1979 Toyota pickup
4. How old were you when you got your first ticket?
I was 16, and it was for speeding the day after I got my license. I haven’t gotten one since.

Todd LeDuc

Todd LeDuc

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
Seven-time desert champion and Pro 2 World Champion in 2009.
2. What challenges do you foresee racing in the snow?
Being cold and setting up early for the turns, snow blindness and getting traction.
3. If you could pick another motorsport to compete in, what would it be?
Formula 1. The cars and speed are insane.
4. If you could pick any navigator to go on a weeklong road trip, who would it be?
My dad is a badass navigator. Him, or Sébastien Loeb.

Rob MacCachren

Rob MacCachren

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
I'm the only driver in off-road to have three consecutive Borg Warner Trophies.
2. What challenges do you foresee racing in the snow?
Keeping myself and the race car at a nice temperature.
3. If you could take only one album on a playlist for a road trip, what would it be?
Creed.
4. Dump truck, fire truck or food truck, which would you want to race?
A fire truck -- as long as I get to use the sirens.

Carl Renezeder

Carl Renezeder

1. What has been your biggest accomplishment in your off-road career?
It's a tie between winning the 2009 inaugural Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, which was the same year I won both Pro 4 and Pro 2 championships, and my 100th short course win in 2012.
2. Where is the favorite place your career in motorsports has taken you?
Last year, I went to Silverstone Circuit in England to film an episode of Nissan GT Academy.
3. If you could pick any navigator to go on a weeklong road trip, who would it be?
Christopher Columbus to go discover new uncharted possibilities.
4. If you were given $25k to purchase a car, what would you buy?
I'd buy a 1967 Ford Bronco.

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