Beginning at the age of 12 in motocross, Johnny Greaves has won races and championships in every level of competition. At 23, he switched to four wheels and soon earned success while buggy racing in SCORE off-road desert and SODA short-course off-road series (the precursor to Championship Off Road Racing – CORR).
In the early ’90s, Greaves, from the Green Bay Wisconsin area, earned multiple buggy-class championships, including an incredible “double” in 1992 with titles in Class 1-1600 and Class 9. That same year, Greaves took his first steps in compact trucks by racing select events in Class 7s. In 1993, he began racing trucks exclusively and debuted a Toyota SR-5. With his energies devoted full-time to truck racing, Greaves finished the season in the winner’s circle at the final two events of the SODA season.
From 1994 to 1996, Greaves won two championships and more than 70 percent of the races he entered. He developed a two-truck Toyota team with his closest rival, Jeff Kincaid, in 1997. Greaves/Kincaid Motorsports won 19 out of 20 races while capturing the championship (Greaves) and a second-place finish (Kincaid) in both the SODA Series and CORR Winter Series.
The 1998 and 1999 seasons were a continuation of the Greaves/Kincaid team’s incredible success as they dominated the CORR Pro-Lite compact truck class in their Toyota Tacomas. In 1998, Greaves was victorious in 10 of 16 races and upstaged himself in 1999 with 11 wins, capturing his third Pro-Lite championship.
In 2000, Greaves made the move to full-size trucks with a two-wheel-drive Pro-2 Class Toyota Tundra. Season highlights included a win at the finale in Topeka, KS, and the top Pro-2 truck (third overall with the Pro-4s) in the Borg-Warner Cup at Crandon.
Greaves made another jump in 2001 up to the Pro-4 (full-size, 4WD) class with great results. His three victories were second most in the class, placing him third overall in his first season. He is the only racer in series history to have race wins in each of the three professional classes.
Greaves reached another milestone in 2002 with a Pro-4 championship in his Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tundra 4×4 and led the class with three victories. In 2003, Greaves earned four wins, to tie for the division lead. He also had nine top-five finishes in 13 races to finish fourth overall in the Pro-4 division.
In 2004, Greaves earned four wins and had 11 top-five finishes in 14 races to finish fifth overall in the Pro-4 division. Greaves dominated the big money off-road racing action in 2004 by winning the BorgWarner Shootout at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway for the $100,000 BorgWarner Cup. Greave’s win was the first for Toyota. In 2003, Greaves won the Potawatomi Governor’s Cup – an event similar to the Shootout.
In 2005, Greaves started the season slow in his Toyota Pro-4, but ended with an astounding finish, taking the championship with an incredible seven consecutive win rally! This win streak gave Greaves the all-time record for consecutive wins for CORR, and additionally brought Greaves’ total win record up to 44, giving him the record for most all-time victories for CORR. Greaves winning season also captured the manufacturer points, giving Toyota the Manufacturer Cup Award for Pro-4, for the first time, and as a finale, Greaves claimed the Precision Gear 2005 Driver of the Year award!
Johnny Greaves 2006 CORR Pro-4 ChampionJohnny successfully defended his 2005 title in 2006 for the Forest County Potawatomi, Toyota and BF Goodrich team and was crowned Lucas Oil CORR Series Champion for the 5th time. He came from the back of the pack in the final CORR round to first to claim his 7th win of the season and win the points battle by a comfortable margin of 28 points.
Johnny Greaves now has a total of 51 CORR Series race victories since 1998 and leads the way in that category, giving him the title of the “winningest driver in off-road short-course racing”. He has won 15 times over the last two seasons – seven wins more than anyone else, including his next closest rival who has 8 victories over the same two seasons. He was named the 2006 Driver of the Year.
Winning was a family affair these past two seasons with his brother Curt Greaves being named 2005 and 2006 “Crew Chief of the Year.”
With the establishment of the mid-west Lucas Oil, World Series Off-Road Racing series, the 2007 season found Greaves Motorsports travelling back and forth across the country to run two series. Johnny once again established himself as a dominate force in the short-course off-road racing scene by winning his 6th career championship, taking the Pro 4×4 title in the inaugural WSORR series for team Monster Energy Potawatomi Toyota. It was also his third title in three straight years with a BorgWarner cup and a Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup victory as well.
In CORR, Johnny had his ups and downs but established himself as the man to beat and clearly a fan favorite. Johnny started the season off great with back-to-back wins on the opening weekend, taking first place in the first Jason Baldwin Memorial Cup race broadcast on NBC Sports. At the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, Johnny took the top spot followed by Rick Huseman as Toyota went 1 and 2. This was Johnny’s 55th career CORR win. Johnny finished the 2007 season with wins in Antelope Valley, Chula Vista, Dallas and Primm. Johnny won the cup race in Dallas after a miracle motor change between races by crew chief, Curt Greaves, and the Monster Energy Potawatomi Toyota/TRD team. Johnny Greaves finished the CORR points race in 4th place.
In 2008 Greaves Motorsports took their racing program to another level by adding a second truck to the mix in the Pro 2 class. The season proved to be a challenge for the Monster Energy Potawatomi Toyota BFG team but the team made significant progress with several podium finishes and a win in Primm, NV – 13 top five finishes.
While Greaves did not run the entire WSORR season, he did participate in the races at Crandon International Raceway picking up his 70th career off-road win on Labor Day weekend.
One of his worst crashes of his career came at Pomona, flipping nearly 8 times, sending him to the hospital, and making him unable to race in the Sunday race. Johnny and his team proved their resilience by coming back and winning at Crandon two weeks later after having to completely rebuild the truck only to have it wrecked again during the Borg-Warner Cup race. The team went to work once again to have the truck ready for the CORR race in Chula Vista the next weekend. Johnny completed an amazing comeback by landing on the podium in 3 of the 4 races in Chula Vista.
Q & A
What are Risks?
I refuse to reach my limits.
You feel pain?
When I let my crew and fans down.
Travel can be?
Items you can't live without?
Oakley Glasses and Shoes
Any last words?
Always give 110%
When did you start your sport?
Who inspires you?
My Team and Family- They do what ever it takes to get me out front.