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Sorted Performance had its Speed World Challenge racing season come to an abrupt halt earlier this week when its transporter consisting of a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 dually and 48-foot Gooseneck Haulmark Edge triple axle trailer were stolen from a Hampton Inn parking lot in Livonia, MI. Team manager Ken Grammer was transporting both of the team's Grand Touring Class Dodge SRT-4 race cars at the time, along with all the spare parts available for the cars. Today it was learned that the truck has been recovered in Detroit and sustained some damage, though not as much as the trailer, which was also found in Detroit burnt to a crisp. The two SRT-4 race cars, one driven by team owner Hal Brown and the other by current Rookie of the Year points leader Stan Wilson, are still missing. The racing community has its feelers out for the cars, as their parts are very specific and should be easy to spot should the thieves attempt to sell them.

You can view all the currently available info on the situation in this thread on the SCCA Pro Racing forums, and please keep your eyes open if you live in the Detroit area. Hopefully these two race cars can be found in good shape thanks to the collective effort of a concerned auto and racing community. Sorted Performance was looking forward to the next round of the series at the 2007 Grand Prix of Toronto. With any luck, Hal and Stan will be behind the wheels of their SRT-4s by then.

Thanks for the tip, Joe!

[Source: SCCA Pro Racing forums]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      i see someone stealing neons a good thing, less of those riced out things i have to look at
      • 7 Years Ago
      I feel a high speed chase coming on....
      • 7 Years Ago
      This happend to Roush Racing a couple years ago when someone stole his NASCAR truck series hauler with two trucks inside. They found them in pretty short order but the point is that his truck team was based out of Livonia too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I realize they are race cars and all, but at heart, they're just Neons. What's the street value of a used Neon, maybe $300?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Was it in Livonia or Monroe? The forum says it was in Monroe County which is way south of Livonia which is in Wayne County.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That sucks, racing isn't cheap!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heh, next time, use a big rig to haul 'em. The thieves won't know what to do with a clutch... especially when you're using a synchro-less gearbox on top of everything else =D

      thieves suck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      geez, what a blow to the team -- best of luck finding the cars/parts. thieves F T L.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One of the guys I work with here in Livonia has had his Ram stolen twice while it was sitting at work.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey look racecars that are actually based on production models!!! I hope they can find their trailer, I'm sure these guys don't have sponsors throwing money at them like some other "stock" car racing series do.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow - that's a real bummer. My dad had a trailer full of furniture stolen at a little hotel once. we found it with some things left - broken and destroyed of course....stealing trucks from hotel parking lots seems to be a real racket.

      On another note: Detroit is fairly close to Canada. Are we sure the Canadian government did not seize the cars? They certainly look like they could be used for street racing.

      Seriously though, I hope that they are recovered in short order and in as good of condition as can be expected.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or perhaps California seized the cars due to street racing? ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Were they anywhere close to CA or Ontario? Maybe they thought "production street racers!" CRUSH 'EM!
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