COMP Cams® And Kroyer Racing Engines Enjoy Continued Success Together In 2011
Kroyer Racing Engines is nothing short of a household name in the off-road racing world. And its namesake, Kevin Kroyer, has been closely tied to the sport for over two decades. The Canada-born, California-bred Kroyer built engines for legendary off-road racer Walker Evans for ten years, before opening his own Las Vegas-based company in 2000 with partner Michael Gaughan, father of NASCAR competitor Brendan.
Since then, Kroyer and his group have built championship caliber engines for customers ranging from teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to vehicles competing in the Baja 1000. Currently the company specializes in building powerplants for all areas of the four wheel off-road market, and COMP Cams® is an integral part of that business.
COMP® primarily delivers camshafts to Kroyer Racing Engines, although the company has also provided other valve train components and Spintron testing for Kroyer before it got its own machine. Today, Kroyer provides engines with COMP® parts to a variety of teams across the off-road landscape.
Team McMillin won the 2011 Baja 1000 & SCORE title in a Kroyer powered F-150
“We build multiple kinds of engines for lots of different types of racing and teams; everything in the off-road market is very specific,” explains Kevin Kroyer. “Our relationship with the people at COMP® has been very easy. They’ve been good at helping us help our customers solve unique problems. There is access to everyone from our account manager to the co-owner. That’s fantastic for a company like ours.”
In 2011 Kroyer Racing Engines collected both the 4x4 and Pro 2 championships in the TRAXXAS TORC short course tour, as well as claimed the top two trucks in overall points on the SCORE International Desert Series endurance circuit, plus five different class titles. The icing was the overall four wheel and Trophy Truck class win in the prestigious Baja 1000, as well as two other class victories in that celebrated event. Those successes led to the company being named the SCORE 2011 Engine Builder of the Year. Finally, Kroyer also won the Trophy Truck, Class 1 and overall championships in the Best in the Desert Series.
Kroyer builds racing engines for a variety of off-road teams span>
The extreme differences in the types of racing that Kroyer Racing Engines compete in, and therefore need valve train components for, speak volumes about the diversity of the COMP Cams® business. The short course cams are more aggressive for maximum torque and horsepower results, while the endurance camshafts focus more on smoother cam designs for enhanced endurance while providing a broad power curve.
“With the kind of racing we do on the short course it’s a really intense battle for 15 minutes. You have to make good power and the engine has run well in short bursts,” says Kroyer. “And then on the opposite end of that, in racing like the Baja 1000 for instance, the cam still has to make good power, but it also has to include a high torque curve for up to 24 hours. Any kind of failure is not an option in the type of racing we do, but the valve train is particularly vital.”
Bryce Menzies and Menzies Motorsports are Kroyer customers.
Watch as Bryce practices for a TRAXXAS Short Course event.