race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:43:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Armin Schwarz and Galindo Motorsports #1 Trophy Truck: Love at first sight! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/armin-schwarz-galindo-motorsports-1-trophy-truck-love-first-sight-120747.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/armin-schwarz-galindo-motorsports-1-trophy-truck-love-first-sight-120747.html#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:25:38 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120747 Armin Schwarz and Galindo Motorsports #1 Trophy Truck: Love at first sight! Now that the San Felipe 250 is over, Armin Schwarz is even more enthusiastic about his new work place – and despite a fire incident during refuelling, at

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Love at first sight!

Now that the San Felipe 250 is over, Armin Schwarz is even more enthusiastic about his new work place – and despite a fire incident during refuelling, at the end of the day the result was extremely positive.

San Felipe (MEX), 28 January 2015. Although several days have passed since Armin Schwarz contested the San Felipe 250, his enthusiasm has not waned in the slightest. He is feeling completely positive about his first race together with SCORE champion Steven Eugenio in the Galindo Motorsports #1 Trophy Truck. The seasoning-opening round of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship at the San Felipe 250 in Mexico marked the start of the new partnership. Although a fire incident during refuelling prevented Schwarz and Eugenio from achieving a top result, the pair reached the finish ranking 14th. But over and above that, the insights that Schwarz gained at his first event with the new racer has made the German very confident for the rest of the season.

“At the flag I had a huge grin on my face,” says Schwarz. “The car is just beautiful to drive, really beautiful. It didn’t take me long at all to get used to the truck, it wasn’t a problem at all. This Trophy Truck performed sensationally. It would surprise me very much if we didn’t win races this year.”

“The top speed is extremely high and the car glides over the bumps as if there’s nothing there,” Schwarz continues. ID Design built the truck. In the past eleven years, this company has notched up seven championship titles: “When you drive this vehicle you know why they are so successful. The geometry of the car is totally different. You race up to the bumps and holes and don’t have to think once about taking your foot off the throttle – this Trophy Truck conquers these obstacles like nothing else.”

The first section of the San Felipe 250 on Baja California looked promising. Start driver Eugenio reached the change-over point at race mile 148 running in second place. His gap to the eventual winner Gus Vildosola Jr was a mere 40 seconds. Schwarz climbed into the cockpit. At his debut in the Galindo Motorsports Trophy Truck, he was joined in the cockpit by Eugenio’s navigator Steve Covey. “My co-pilot Bryan Lyttle had actually suggested this before the race. Steve knows the car inside out and he can tell me exactly how I should drive the Trophy Truck and how I should respond to each situation that arises.”

But at the driver change point the race took an unexpected turn for Galindo Motorsports. While refuelling, the overflow suddenly burst into flames which quickly spread. “Steve Covey and I were sitting in the car with our seatbelts on. We made sure we got out of there because the truck was in flames,” says Schwarz. During the pressure refuelling where 400 litres of fuel are pumped into the tank within 20 seconds, gasoline could possibly have spilled on the hot brakes – or a spark set the gasoline or petrol gases on fire.

The shock, however, quickly wore off: Fortunately no one was injured – and despite the fire damage the Trophy Truck was able to continue its charge. “We only checked the car, and that was a relatively quick check which cost us only about 20 minutes. We returned to the race ranking fourth,” reports Schwarz.

The after-effects of the fire, however, hampered Schwarz on several occasions on his way to the finish line. “We had to stop because the drive belt broke. It must have been damaged in the fire,” said Schwarz. “We fitted a new belt, but it was slightly charred and tore in the middle. We didn’t have any more, so we used half of the existing belt and made it to the finish. It was only thanks to the incredible experience of the team and Steve Covey that we got the truck back up and running so quickly.”

“I’m sorry that Armin’s first race with our team was so unlucky and we couldn’t give him a better start,” explains Steven Eugenio. “But the race is over and I’m convinced that we have now ticked off our bad luck for this season. Last year we only had problems at one race, that time with the steering. So I’m assuming that we’ll be able to go on now and contest the season without any problems. It was important for us to earn championship points for starting and finishing – that’s important for our goal to defend the title. We’re well prepared for the next race and we’ll be going for victory.”

“Bryan and I can hardly wait for the next race,” says Schwarz. “The Trophy Truck is fantastic, a real winner. And working with Galindo Motorsports is great fun. It can go on like this. Thank you to my mechanics from last season. Many of them turned up at San Felipe to cheer me on and support me on the course!”

Round two of the SCORE World Desert Championship, the Inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500, is contested from 16 to 19 April. This is the first SCORE Baja race that is held entirely in Baja California Sur, the southern tip of Baja California.

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TORC Announces Series Partnership with GUNK® http://www.race-dezert.com/home/torc-announces-series-partnership-gunk-120736.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/torc-announces-series-partnership-gunk-120736.html#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:19:16 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120736 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TORC Announces Series Partnership with GUNK® IRVINE, Calif. (January 28, 2015)— After a year as primary sponsor for Arie Luyendyk Jr’s PRO 2WD truck, GUNK® will expand its motorsports partnerships to include TORC: The Off Road Championship

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TORC Announces Series Partnership with GUNK®

IRVINE, Calif. (January 28, 2015)— After a year as primary sponsor for Arie Luyendyk Jr’s PRO 2WD truck, GUNK® will expand its motorsports partnerships to include TORC: The Off Road Championship Series. “GUNK’s line of products are a natural fit for our race teams as well as our passionate fan base, says TORC Series President, BJ Birtwell. “We’re looking forward to activating this relationship in a big way.”

“The TORC audience represents a unique opportunity to connect one-to-one with the engaged DIYer,” said Marshal Livingstone, Director of Marketing and Consumer Insights at RSC Chemical Solutions. “Anyone who has been out off-roading knows you need tough cleaning products, and TORC is the perfect proving ground.”

“The series partnership gives GUNK a great opportunity to increase preference of their products and drive consideration in-store,” said Birtwell. “GUNK is committed to activating their TORC presence both on-site and on retail shelves, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the TORC family.”

GUNK will continue to sponsor Arie Luyendyk Racing (ALR), with the first race kicking off in Dallas, TX. The full 2015 TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL season schedule is as follows:

April 24-25:   Dallas (Texas Motor Speedway)
May 16-17:    St Louis (Gateway Motorsports Park)
June 18-19:   Chicago (Chicagoland Speedway)
June 27-28:   Crandon, Wis. (Crandon Int’l Off Road Raceway)
July 10-11:     Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
Aug 4-5:         Sturgis, S.D. (Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex)
Aug 15-16:     Bark River, Mich. (Bark River Int’l Raceway)
Sept 5-6:        Crandon, Wis. (Crandon Int’l Off Road Raceway)

For more information on the TORC Series, visit their official web site at TORCSeries.com or follow them via their social media platforms at Facebook.com/TORC or on Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.

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About TORC
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL is the nation’s premiere short-course, off-road truck racing series. Known as a collision between action sports and motorsports, TORC is the ultimate battleground for 900-horsepower race trucks competing to win the prestigious TORC National Championship. Fans from all over the world enjoy TORC through high-energy events as well as the TV broadcasts on NBC Sports. For more information, visit www.torcseries.com. For business and sponsorship inquiries, please email info@torcseries.com.

About RSC CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS
GUNK® is owned by RSC Chemical Solutions. With more than 1,600 customers in 81 countries around the globe, RSC Chemical Solutions (formerly Radiator Specialty Company) develops, manufactures and markets high-performance chemical products for automotive, hardware and industrial applications. Its 400,000-square-foot facility in Indian Trail, North Carolina is ISO 9001-2008 Certified and includes eight state-of-the-art production lines with an SAP Operating System. Today they make over 300 products under many well-known and well-respected brands including GUNK®, LIQUID WRENCH®, MOTOR MEDIC®, and TITESEAL®. Company-wide they produce over 600 products for the automotive, heavy duty, hardware, and export markets. Founded in 1924, RSC is headquartered at 600 Radiator Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. For more information call 704-821-7643, or visit www.RSCBrands.com.

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“Lightning” Larry Ragland Named Grand Marshal for The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lightning-larry-ragland-named-grand-marshal-2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-general-tire-120724.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lightning-larry-ragland-named-grand-marshal-2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-general-tire-120724.html#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:07:09 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120724 January 28th, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – The Mint 400 announced today that off-road racing legend “Lightning” Larry Ragland has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire. Ragland has had

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January 28th, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – The Mint 400 announced today that off-road racing legend “Lightning” Larry Ragland has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire. Ragland has had a long and illustrious career in off-road racing, having won every major off road race overall, including The Baja 1000, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and The Mint 400. Well known for his smooth rally style driving, Ragland has more overall wins than any off-road racer in history. Larry will lead the third annual Mint 400 Vehicle Parade in the newly restored racecar he drove and won the 1986 Mint 400 in – down world famous Las Vegas blvd to Fremont Street East, kicking off the week of Mint 400 festivities.

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“Larry Ragland is a soft spoken man of action. If you didn’t know his history, you would have no idea how much of a bad ass he is behind the wheel. He has raced against and beaten the best. He is the embodiment of a true champion. We are thrilled to have him back representing the Mint 400!” said Matt Martelli, Mint 400 CEO.

“The Mint 400 is a special race to me. I have a lot of history racing here. I have had two overall wins and multiple class wins at the Mint. It’s great to see it back stronger than ever with hundreds of racers and thousands of fans!” commented Ragland.

The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire Grand Marshal, Larry Ragland, will be waving the green flag on race day – at the start of “The Greatest Off Road Race in America”. Over three hundred and thirty off road race vehicles will compete in the Mint 400 this year – making it the largest off road race in North America. The Mint 400 includes four spectacular days of festivities on historic Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, leading up to the epic 400-mile battle!
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UTVUnderground.com Announces Method Race Wheels As Sponsor Of The UTV World Championship http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-announces-method-race-wheels-sponsor-utv-world-championship-120729.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-announces-method-race-wheels-sponsor-utv-world-championship-120729.html#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:03:08 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120729 UTVUnderground.com Announces Method Race Wheels As Sponsor Of The UTV World Championship First Annual UTV World Championship to be held February 19-22 in Laughlin, NV January 22nd – 2014 San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com announced today that Method Race Wheels

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UTVUnderground.com Announces Method Race Wheels As Sponsor Of The UTV World Championship
First Annual UTV World Championship to be held February 19-22 in Laughlin, NV

January 22nd – 2014 San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com announced today that Method Race Wheels has signed on as sponsor of the first annual UTV World Championship, to take place in Laughlin, Nevada February 19th through the 21st. This exciting new event will feature two world championship UTV races including a Best In The Desert Championship points race, and a short course / motocross style Production UTV Championship race. In addition to the growing prize purses and contingency cash, Polaris RZR will be awarding the winner of both Championship races a brand new Polaris RZR XP1000! More prizes will to be announced as the race weekend draws near.

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“UTVUnderground.com has had a long standing relationship with Method even before they made their push into the UTV market. They have supported so much of what we do at the site and they jumped at the chance to be a part of our first ever race event. Its support from companies like Method that makes what we do at UTVUnderground.com so enjoyable and we couldn’t be more stoked to have them on board for the UTV World Championship!” stated UTVUnderground.com CEO/Founder Joey “Joey D.” DiGiovanni
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The four-day event format will feature one full day of racing, contingency and tech in downtown Laughlin, demo and enthusiast rides, and a business-to-business UTV industry summit. The UTV World Championship is part of The Best in The Desert (BITD) Off-Road Racing Association series and will be marketed, co-produced, and covered for television by motorsports media heavyweights, Mad Media. The format will bring together UTV desert racing, UTV motocross style short-course racing, and enthusiast rides, into one massive multi-day event on the edge of the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada. The event will also be a showcase for UTV manufacturers and aftermarket manufacturing companies. Enthusiasts and racers will be able to pre-run the racecourse in stock UTVs during the “Family Fun Poker Run”.
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“We’re a racer-first company that depends on crucial feedback from drivers and teams to make all of our products the best they can be,” says Kevin Fitzgerald of Method Race Wheels. “With the formation of the UTV World Championships, we’re confident our UTV wheels will reach new levels of success.”

Method Race Wheels will be on hand to showcase their full line of UTV wheels as well as offering support to their sponsored drivers. Method Race Wheels entered the UTV scene full force in 2012 and have quickly made a name, matching the same great quality that off-roaders have been enjoying from Method for many years.

For more information go to:
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For racer registration go to:
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For booth registration for to:
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For media registration go to:
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For sponsorship information:
Matt Martelli – Matt@utvunderground.com

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Tavo Vildosola Takes San Felipe By Storm http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tavo-vildosola-takes-san-felipe-storm-120506.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tavo-vildosola-takes-san-felipe-storm-120506.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:05:49 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120506 If the SCORE Baja 1000 is a marathon, the Baja 500 a mile, then the San Felipe 250 would be our 100 meter dash. This years course took racers over the well known short but brutal course in beautiful San

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If the SCORE Baja 1000 is a marathon, the Baja 500 a mile, then the San Felipe 250 would be our 100 meter dash. This years course took racers over the well known short but brutal course in beautiful San Felipe. Get one flat tire and your chances for a winning the overall diminish with every minute the co-driver takes to change the tire. With such a short race making up any time is hard, and its usually the teams that spend the time prerunning beforehand that end up on top.

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Drawing 15th off the line, Tavo Vildosola would normally have a tough time battling his way to the top position on a short race, but 30 mph winds helped move the dust out of the way giving him the opportunity to pick people off. Rob MacCachren who started second off the line was in the lead for the first part of the race but a mechanical issue would give him some down time making him give up the lead.

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Whats becoming a nice friendly rivalry, Vildosola didn’t have an easy win by any means, BJ Baldwin was in close pursuit the whole race starting only two spots behind Tavo. In the end however Vildosola would take the overall win like the past two years with a time of 4 hours 3 minutes and 41 seconds and starts off the 2015 SCORE season with the points lead, and one step closer to earning a points championship. (Remember all results are unofficial until SCORE comes out with official results)

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Threepeat by Vildosola Racing in the San Felipe 250 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/threepeat-vildosola-racing-san-felipe-250-120707.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/threepeat-vildosola-racing-san-felipe-250-120707.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:31:15 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120707 Threepeat by Vildosola Racing in the San Felipe 250 By: Vildosola Racing The Mexican team made history by winning first place overall for the third consecutive year in the 29th Bud Light SCORE International San Felipe 250. With a race

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The Mexican team made history by winning first place overall for the third consecutive year in the 29th Bud Light SCORE International San Felipe 250.Vildosola San Felipe 3peat PR3

With a race time of 4:03:41, Vildosola Racing enters the SCORE International record books by winning one of the races with the toughest terrain for the third year in a row, the San Felipe 250. The record started in 2013, when Gustavo and Tavo Vildósola along with Javi Valenzuela started a winning streak that seems unstoppable. With this victory Vildosola Racing sets a new record of the only team to win the San Felipe 250 four times, three being back to back wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015,

Starting in the 13th position out of 20 Trophy Trucks from Mexico and the U.S., Trophy Truck #21 proved once again that this is it’s track maintaining a 63.77mph average. The team had
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The 2015 series starts off on the right foot for Vildosola, and it’s expected to continue through the entire SCORE International Championship. Setting sights on the opportunity to have the #1 plate on the truck next year. The team is very united and as strong as ever, looking forward to representing Mexico once again in the world of Off Road.

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UTVUnderground.com Announces Harrah’s Laughlin As Host Hotel Of The UTV World Championship http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-announces-harrahs-laughlin-host-hotel-utv-world-championship-120700.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-announces-harrahs-laughlin-host-hotel-utv-world-championship-120700.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:52:56 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120700 First Annual UTV World Championship to be held February 19-21 in Laughlin, NV January 23nd – 2014 San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com announced today that Harrah’s Laughlin has signed on as sponsor and host hotel of the first annual UTV

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First Annual UTV World Championship to be held February 19-21 in Laughlin, NV
January 23nd – 2014 San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com announced today that Harrah’s Laughlin has signed on as sponsor and host hotel of the first annual UTV World Championship, to take place in Laughlin, Nevada February 19th through the 21st. We are asking racers, teams, fans and sponsors to book your rooms now using the DISCOUNT CODE: S02GGM5. You can book online at the link below but make sure you double-check your check-in and checkout dates!
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This exciting new event will feature two world championship UTV races including a Best In The Desert Championship points race, and a short course / motocross style Production UTV Championship race. In addition to the growing prize purses and contingency cash, Polaris RZR will be awarding the winner of both Championship races a brand new Polaris RZR XP1000! More prizes will to be announced as the race weekend draws near.
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“Harrah’s Laughlin has been awesome to work with. Not only will we all be staying at the Hotel & Casino, we also will be hosting Tech & Contingency just outside as well as hosting our kick off party and wrap up party at the new Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho restaurant located inside of Harrah’s. We are pumped to be bringing the UTV World Championship to Harrah’s Laughlin!” stated UTVUnderground.com CEO/Founder Joey “Joey D.” DiGiovanni.
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The four-day event format will feature one full day of racing, contingency and tech in downtown Laughlin just behind the Harrah’s Laughlin Hotel & Casino, demo and enthusiast rides, and a business-to-business UTV industry summit. The UTV World Championship is part of The Best in The Desert (BITD) Off-Road Racing Association series and will be marketed, co-produced, and covered for television by motorsports media heavyweights, Mad Media. The format will bring together UTV desert racing, UTV motocross style short-course racing, and enthusiast rides, into one massive multi-day event on the edge of the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada. The event will also be a showcase for UTV manufacturers and aftermarket manufacturing companies. Enthusiasts and racers will be able to pre-run the racecourse in stock UTVs during the “Family Fun Poker Run”.

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2900 South Casino Drive

Laughlin, NV 89029

Tel: (866) 781-9572

Website / Hotel Info: http://www.harrahslaughlin.com/hotel.html

Event Discount Code: S02GGM5

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Jim Beaver and Rally America Launch “Rally America Radio” http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jim-beaver-rally-america-launch-rally-america-radio-120694.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jim-beaver-rally-america-launch-rally-america-radio-120694.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:43:17 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120694 Jim Beaver and Rally America Launch “Rally America Radio” Parker, AZ - Jim Beaver and Rally America are proud to announce that they have joined forces to launch “Rally America Radio.”  Rally America Radio will be broadcasting live with Jim Beaver

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Parker, AZ - Jim Beaver and Rally America are proud to announce that they have joined forces to launch “Rally America Radio.”  Rally America Radio will be broadcasting live with Jim Beaver stage-side throughout each of the eight 2015 Rally America National Championship events.

“I’m very excited to be working with Rally America this season,” stated Jim Beaver.  “They put on some amazing rallies and the series and drivers are a huge part of the Down & Dirty Radio Show.  I’ve driven rally cars, and I have an immense amount of respect for the drivers competing at the national level. Rally is such a challenging motorsport to both compete in and to cover live, but I think fans in North America and around the world will be very excited with the coverage, interviews, and recaps we bring from the stages of the biggest stage rally events in America during 2015 with Rally America Radio.”

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Jim Beaver, a widely know professional off-road racer, motorsports commentator and host of the world’s largest action motorsports radio show “The Down & Dirty Radio Show,” will be bringing an extensive network of online partners and outlets used by the Down & Dirty Radio Show to distribute Rally America Radio.  In addition to hosting Rally America Radio, Jim Beaver will also work with Rally America in various capacities during each of the events.

“Jim and I have been discussing the opportunity to work together for about a year and I couldn’t be more excited to have it all come together,” said Bill Fogg, Sr., President of Rally America, Inc.  “Rally America Radio will deliver scores, news and interviews with Rally competitors, sponsors and fans like no other media method can deliver in a live format at remote Rally locations.”

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“After three full seasons of Rally and various media experiments, I think our 2013 season model was our most successful in getting event coverage out to the fans.  Rally America is going back to that model along with a few new media product ideas and distribution partners for 2015.  We need to get back to delivering current event content, not delayed.  The overwhelming feedback we have received is driving this decision.”

Rally America Radio powered by the Down & Dirty Radio Show will make its debut January 30th at Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan, with continuing coverage on day two, January 31st.  Tune In times and links will be available at www.rally-america.com and www.DownAndDirtyshow.com as well as their corresponding social media in the coming days.  www.RallyAmericaRadio.com will be your home for all broadcasts during Rally America events.

2015 Rally America National Championship

*  Sno*Drift Rally – January 30-31 – Atlanta, MI

*  Rally in the 100 Acre Wood – February 27-28 – Salem, MO

*  Oregon Trail Rally – April 24-26 – Portland, OR

*  Olympus Rally May – 16-17 – Olympia, WA

*  Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally – June 5-6 – Wellsboro, PA

*  New England Forest Rally – July 17-18 – Newry, ME

*  Ojibwe Forests Rally – August 27-29 – Detroit Lakes, MN

*  Lake Superior Performance Rally – October 16-17 – Houghton, MI

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About Rally America

Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the Rally America National Championship, which consists of eight national-level events in 2015 located at a variety of venues across the country, from Portland, Oregon to Newry, Maine. Rally America proudly sanctions Regional Rally events throughout the United States as well. For more information please visit www.rally-america.com

About Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver is a professional race car driver, radio host, media personality, brand ambassador and motorsports announcer/emcee.  A 3rd generation race car driver who is currently competing in off-road’s premier Trick Truck division as well as the Terracross Championship.  He has been instrumental in pushing off-road and action motorsports to mainstream America through various television, radio, magazine and online appearances while actively competing in the events.

He can be followed online at @JimBeaver15 on Instagram and Twitter or

Facebook.com/DownAndDirtyShow.

 

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The Down & Dirty Radio Show Powered By Polaris RZR is owned/hosted by professional race driver and media personality Jim Beaver. It is a weekly syndicated radio show dedicated to the world of Off-Road and Action Motorsports and its associated culture and brands. Covering the motorsports that are relevant to today’s youth, including Off-Road, Rally, Drifting, Motocross, and Snocross, The Down & Dirty Radio Show has has become the place to go for weekly news, results, information, and interviews from the top athletes in Action Motorsports.  The official app is available at the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Store.  More information can be found at www.DownAndDirtyShow.com

 

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HERE WE ARE NOW, CLOSING THE BOOK OF THE 7th EDITION OF THE AFRICA ECO RACE http://www.race-dezert.com/home/now-closing-book-7th-edition-africa-eco-race-120674.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/now-closing-book-7th-edition-africa-eco-race-120674.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:02:32 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120674 HERE WE ARE NOW, CLOSING THE BOOK OF THE 7th EDITION OF THE AFRICA ECO RACE From the magnificent start in Saint Cyprien, through the 12 stages on Moroccan and Mauritanian tracks till the breathtaking finish in «Lac Rose» Dakar

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HERE WE ARE NOW,

CLOSING THE BOOK OF THE 7th EDITION

OF THE AFRICA ECO RACE

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From the magnificent start in Saint Cyprien, through the 12 stages on Moroccan and Mauritanian tracks till the breathtaking finish in «Lac Rose» Dakar – Senegal, the return of all the vehicles in the Marseille harbour was the very last stage of this 7th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE.

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It’s time to turn the last page of the 2015 edition and every single member of the organization or competitor are now back to their « normal » life with many beautiful souvenirs…

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According to all the different feelings, what we can say is that satisfaction was omnipresent for a big majority of Car, Bike and Truck participants and most of them should be back in 2016 full of motivation.

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Very soon, everyone will have a chance to throw themselves back in this beautiful 2015 edition by watching the DVD, fully realized and mounted by the AFRICA ECO RACE production team. This 52 minutes long DVD will exclusively have images which were used for TV channels and sent through satellite directly from the bivouacs back in Africa.

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Whilst waiting for the 2016 edition, we want to thank all the participants and every single person who has contributed to the success of this superb 7th edition of the AFRICA ECO RACE: participants, assistances, partners, providers, volunteers, officials, authorities, medias…

CONGRATS AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

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See you for the 8th edition

from December 28th 2015 to January 10th 2016

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OFFICIAL FINISHERS — 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Jan. 25, 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/official-finishers-29th-bud-light-score-san-felipe-250-jan-25-2015-120672.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/official-finishers-29th-bud-light-score-san-felipe-250-jan-25-2015-120672.html#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:37:28 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120672 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 Round 1 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship Jan. 24, 2015—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (259 miles) TOTAL STARTERS: 149 TOTAL FINISHERS: 102 (68.5 Percent) (from 18 U.S. States, six countries) OFFICIAL

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29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

Round 1 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship

Jan. 24, 2015—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (259 miles)

TOTAL STARTERS: 149 TOTAL FINISHERS: 102 (68.5 Percent)

(from 18 U.S. States, six countries)

OFFICIAL FINISHERS

(following complete data tracking review)

Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 4 hours, 03 minutes, 41 seconds (63.77 miles per hour); 2. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 4:06:27; 3. Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (driver of record)/ Charles Holbrok, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck, 4:14:01; 4. Justin Davis, Montclair, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:23:37; 5. Jason McNeil/Kevin Butts, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:23:53; 6. Cameron Steele, San Clemente;, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:29:12; 7. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 4:41:07; 8. Kyle Jergensen/Todd Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:43:46; 9. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:47:41; 10. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 4:54:10; 11. Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif./Scott Webster, Ford F-150, 4:57:44; 12. Eric Hustead, St. George, Utah/T.J. Flores, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 5:01:02; 13. Chris Miller, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:56:23; 14. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 6:08:35; 15. Taylor Mills, Houston/Kent Kroeker, Escondido, Calif., Minotour-Chevy, 6:45:41; 16. Glen Greer/Chad Hancock, Green Valley, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500, 7:15:02; 17. Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford F-150, 7:46:00. (20 Starters, 17 Finishers)

  CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—1. Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:53:48 (52.90 mph); 2. Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 5:00:40; 3. George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Luke Babb, Encinitas, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 6:15:22; 4. Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 9:00:57. (13 Starters, 4 Finishers)

  CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico/Misael Arambula, Enseneda, Mexico, Romo, 6:08:34 (42.16 mph); 2. J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR, 6:15:23; 3. Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft, 6:37:23; 4. Ruben Sanudo, San Felipe, Mexico, Jimco, 6:40:05; 5. Cesar Fiscal/Fabian Fiscal/Enrique Fiscal, Chula Vista, Calif., Romo, 7:04:42; 6. Raul Rodriguez, Chula Vista, Calif./Miguel Cortez, San Diego, Custom, 7:26:25; 7. David Jones/Edward Leight Pell, Clovis, Calif., Lothringer, 8:12:47; 8. J.J. Schnarr, Incline Village, Nev./Jeremy Crespo, Modesto, Calif., Custom, 9:19:19. (12 Starters, 8 Finishers)

  CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)– (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)

  CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)—1. Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Gerardo Iribe, Santa Ana, Calif., 6:23:01 (40.57 mph); 2. Jose Lopez/Alberto Medina, Mexicali, Mexico, 7:35:20. (2 Starters, 2 Finishers)

  CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. Carlos Rivera, Mexicali, Mexico/Gerardo Molles, El Centro, Calif., 9:33:05 (27.10 mph). (4 Starters, 1 Finisher)

  CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)—1. Carlos Diaz/Manuel Lopez/Victor Martinez, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 6:25:21 (40.33 mph); 2. Pat Sims, Eunice, N.M./Andrew McCredie, Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger, 7:56:05; 3. Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 7:56:22. (7 Starters, 3 Finishers)

  CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. James Burman, Heber City, Utah/Chris Sayre, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 6:33:05 (39.53 mph); 2. Tim Gabbert, Carlsbad, Calif./Roland Sarimiento, Fallbrook, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:47:20. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)

  CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. Mark Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./SteveLawler, Upland, Calif./Ray Griffith, Downey, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy, 5:08:19 (50.40 mph); 2. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif./Simon Perez, Chula Vista, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 5:09:06 3. Todd Winslow/Matt Winslow, Clovis, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 5:14:15; 4. Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 5:24:53; 5. Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 6:05:25; 6. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 7:33:57; 7. Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr/Arnoldo Guttierez Sr, Mexicali, Mexico, Racer-Chevy, 9:21:17; 8. Miguel Tornel Sr/Miguel Tornel Jr, Chula Vista, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy, 9:33:57. (13 Starters, 8 Finishers)

  SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)—1. Rafael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif./Fernando Mayoral, Temecula, Calif., Jimco, 6:07:50 (42.25 mph); 2. Michael Crichton/Eduardo Gurza, Zapopan, Mexico, Dunrite, 7:30:43; 3. Hector Perez, La Paz, Mexico/Juan Gallo, San Felipe, Mexico/Jeff Ingebrightson, Scappoose, Ore., BRP, 7:35:45. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

  TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)—1.  Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado, 5:12:16 (49.77 mph); 2. Russell Buehler/Neil Buehler, Independence, Mo., Ford Raptor, 6:06:28; 3. Miles Wyatt/Paul Ransum, Brawley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 8:01:09; 4. Jordan Brenthel/Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif./Jamie Galles, Santa Fe, N.M., Chevy S-10, 10:07:38. (6 Starters, 4 Finishers)

  STOCK FULL (stock, full-sized trucks)—1. John Gonzales/Augustin Rojas, Edgewater, Md., Ford Raptor, 10:01:07 (25.85 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)

  CLASS 3000 (unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)—1. Chad Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy, 6:12:55 (41.67 mph); 2. Dewey Clark, Corpus Christi, Texas/Byron Seed, Mesa, Ariz., BajaLite-Chevy, 7:12:52; 3. Bill Young/Billy Young Jr, Las Vegas TrophyLite-Chevy, 9:29:59. (4 Starters, 3 Finishers)

  HEAVY METAL  (Open Production Truck, V-8 Engines)– (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)

CLASS 19 (Limited, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. Scott McFarland/Joe Owens/Nick Oldham, Moab, Utah, Polaris RZRXP1000, 6:42:32 (38.61 mph); 2. John Angal, Mesa, Ariz./Branden Sims/Eric Ringler, Polaris RZR XP1000, 6:48:45; 3. Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif./Jason Spiess, Peoria, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP1000, 7:05:30; 4. Ben Wilson/Kenny Green, Kenwood, Calif., Kenny King, So. Lake Tahoe, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 8:32:38; 5. Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max,, 8:39:11; 6. Raul Gonzalez/Daniel Gonzalez, San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP900, 10:27:00; 7. Alonzo Lopez/Hector Jimenez, Murrieta, Calif., Polaris RZR 900, 10:30:10; 8. Jaime Romero/Jose Romero/Jesus Romero, Arlington, Tenn., Arctic Cat Wildcat, 10:43:59. (14 Starters, 8 Finishers)

PRO MOTORCYCLES

  OPEN M/C (450cc or more)—1. Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:40:59, (55.31 mph)  2. Mark Samuels, Pioneertown, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 5:25:40; 3. Arnulfo Verdugo/Cesar Lopez, Santee, Calif., KTM 450XCW, 5:41:40; 4. Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 6:13:02; 4. Nick Owens/Jim Owens, Scotts Valley, California, Honda CRF450X, 7:47:53; 5. Raul Hernandez/Rodolfo Patron/Larry Serna/John Fitzpatrick, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 9:11:34. (7 Starters, 6 Finishers)

  LIMITED M/C (449cc or less)—1. Ruben Alamo/Jesus Alamo/Joaguin Alamo, Manzanillo, Mexico, Yamaha WR250F, 7:57:59 (33.21 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)

  CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Cedar Hill, Texas/Ricky De La Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:29:35 (47.15 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)

  CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Jeff Powell, Reardan, Wash./Rick Mianecki, Royal City, Wash./David Lahn, Quincy, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 6:38:41 (39.00 mph); 2. Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M.,/Tim Fitzpatrick, KTM 500XCW, 6:16:42;3. Oscar Fazz/Mike Langley/Steve Gallegos, Yuma, Ariz./Kenji Gauthier, Rosamond, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 7:06:24; 4. Dave Callagy/Ted Callagy, Santa Rosa, Calif., Honda XR650R, 7:21:49; 5. Paul Thomas, Bonita, Calif./Giovanni Spinali, Lake Forest, Calif./Mike Carter, Aliso Viejo, Calif./John Griffin, Julian, Calif./Tom Hammers, Bonita, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:18:07; 6. Collie Potter, Las Vegas/Mike Chastain, Beaumont, Calif./Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif./Mike Stein, Chandler, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 8:25:25. (7 Starters, 6 Finishers)

CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—1. Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./David Potts, Burbank, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:54:15 (37.51 mph).

(1 Starter, 1 Finisher)

  SCORE IRONMAN (Solo Riders)—1. Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., KTM 450XCW, 6:19:05 (40.99 mph); 2. Kevin Daniels, Bishop, Calif., KTM 500XCW, 7:53:56; 3. Juan Rodriguez, Palmdale, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:30:13. (5 Starters, 3 Finishers)

PRO QUADS

  PRO QUADS (450cc or more)—1. Francisco Vera, Ensenada, Mexico/Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Travis Dillon, El Cajon, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 5:26:50 (49.05 mph); 2. Juan Saldez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Stephen Davis, La Paz, Mexico/Carlos S. Lopez/Jose Meza, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:08:24; 3. Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:46:54; 4.Oscar Ruiz/Ivan Mejerado/Ramon Torrez/Juan Gonzalez, El Centro, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 6:47:43; 5. Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Josh Row, El Cajon, Calif./Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 7:44:50; 6. Gustavo Ameca/Ivan Vega/Luis Esquivel, Tijuana/Martin Ramirez, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 8:22:37. (6 Starters, 6 Finishers)

SPORTSMAN

  SPT BUGGY—1. Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy, 5:43:25 (45.25 mph); 2. Jeff Cepielik/Gema Plasinski, Glendora, Calif., TLR-Chevy, 6:56:47. (2 Starters, 2 Finishers)

  SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK—1. Jorge Rivas/Jorge Rivas Jr/Ana Rivas, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 9:06:51 (28.42 mph); 2. Ismael Reyes/Karin Reyes, Calexico, Calif./Daniel Reyes Jr, Heber, Calif., Ford Ranger, 9:14:04. (4 Starters, 2 Finishers)

  SPT M/C—1. Gabe Willitts/Matt Ladendorf/Marc Jenkins, Sisters, Ore., Honda CRF450X, 6:43:55 (38.47 mph); 2. Alejandro Quintero/Brando Leon/Jaime Ruelas, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 7:09:01 ; 3. Risto Niemi/Chris Shultz, Finland, Honda XR650R, 8:03:53; 4. Will Johnson/Dalton Miesen/Chris Scranton, Alamo, Calif., KTM 500XCW, 8:23:18; 5. Eric Saltzer/Kristopher Harvey, Somerton, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 8:25:23; 6. Kenneth Skillern/John Sylvester/Chuck Huffman/Gregg Haggart, New Waverly, Texas, Honda CRF450X, 8:29:36. (7 Starters, 6 Finishers)

  SPT QUAD—1. Juan Dominguez/Alex Romo/Julio Banda/Javier Curiel, Yuma, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 6:25:51 (40.28 mph); 2. Cristina Anaya/Kelly Ramirez, El Cajon, Calif./Daniel Salazar, Imperial Beach, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 6:46:17; 3. Jose Perez/Granoldo Castaneda/Adolfo Vargas/Carlos Castaneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:54:37; 4. Jesus Ramirez/Omar Alvarado/Jorge Martinez, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 7:37:45. (4 Starters, 4 Finishers)

 

29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

Jan. 24, 2015—round 1 of five-race SCORE World Desert Championship

San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (259.0 miles)

TOP OVERALL FINISHERS

Pro Cars & Trucks

  1. Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 4:03:41 (63.77 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  2. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 4:06:27 (63.11 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  3. Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (driver of record)/ Charles Holbrok, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck, 4:14:01 (61.18 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  4. 4. Justin Davis, Montclair, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:23:37 (58.95 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  5. Jason McNeil/Kevin Butts, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:23:53 (58.89 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  6. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:29:12 (57.73 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  7. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 4:41:07 (55.28 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  8. Kyle Jergensen/Todd Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:43:46 (54.76 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  9. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:47:41 (54.02 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  10. Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:53:48 (52.89 mph) (Class 1)
  11. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 4:54:10 (52.83 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  12. Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif./Scott Webster, Ford F-150, 4:57:44 (52.19 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  13. Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 5:00:40 (51.69 mph) (Class 1)
  14. Eric Hustead, St. George, Utah/T.J. Flores, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 5:01:02 (51.62 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  15. Mark Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./SteveLawler, Upland, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy, 5:08:19 (50.40 mph) (Class 10)

Pro Motorcycles

  1. Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:40:59, (55.31 mph) (Open M/C)
  2. Mark Samuels, Pioneertown, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 5:25:40 (47.72 mph) (Open M/C)
  3. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Cedar Hill, Texas/Ricky De La Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:29:35 (47.15 mph) (Class 30)

Pro Quads

  1. Francisco Vera, Ensenada, Mexico/Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Travis Dillon, El Cajon, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 5:26:50 (49.05 mph) (Pro Quads)
  2. Juan Saldez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Stephen Davis, La Paz, Mexico/Carlos S. Lopez/Jose Meza, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:08:24 (42.19 mph) (Pro Quads)
  3. Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:46:54 (38.19 mph) (Pro Quads)

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Vildosola Jr. earns 3-peat with Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck

victory in Saturday’s 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

 Udall/Jones take overall Motorcycle victory, Archibald wins Class 1, other class winners include

Ma. Lawrence, Connor, Sampietro, Burman, Broughton, Vera, Gera; Winkelman, Powell, Prince

five-race SCORE World Desert Championship salutes SCORE’s 42nd season

259-mile race to be televised on March 15 on CBS Sports Spectacular show

     SAN FELIPE, Mexico—Mexico’s Gus Vildsola Jr rewarded his home country fans with a special treat by capturing the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck win for the third consecutive year at Saturday’s 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race. Round 1 of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship was held on a challenging, technical 259-mile course that started and finished in San Felipe on the northern portion of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. Vildosola Jr recorded the first three-peat overall victory in the 29-year history of the popular race.

The race will air as a one-hour special in March in the United States on the CBS Sports Network. With necessary penalties assessed the results were made official early Sunday morning following data tracking review by SCORE race officials.

Starting 13th out of 20 vehicles in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, Vildosola Jr, of Mexicali, powered the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor to a winning time of four hours, six minutes, 27 seconds while averaging a super strong average speed of 63.77 miles per hour.

The SCORE season opener was held in Mexico’s picturesque fishing village of San Felipe. The town is located 125 miles south of the U.S. border on the East side of the Baja California peninsula along the azure waters of the tranquil Sea of Cortez.

Entries came from 18 U.S. States and six countries competing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and Quads, the race had 149 starters of which 102 officially finished the 259-mile course. With a high finishing rate of 68.5 percent, the elapsed time race had an 11 hour time limit to become an official finisher.

In earning his fourth career SCORE Trophy Truck race win and his fifth class triumph in San Felipe, Vildosola Jr adjusted to a new steering package and fought off the competition for his third consecutive home-country victory in San Felipe.  Vildosola said at the finish line in the shadow of the famed San Felipe Arches, “The race was good and the wind helped out a little bit. It was blowing from north to south, so in sections heading north it was blowing right back at us.”

“The truck was a handful at the beginning because we changed the steering rack so it took a little bit for me to get used to it. The first 75 miles or so I was sweating and struggling with the truck and my hands hurt like hell. After that it loosened up a little bit and we were able to push. It was a good race with no problems but we got a little lost in a wash and had to go through a bunch of stuff to get back on the course.

“At Morelia Junction I was about three seconds behind Apdaly Lopez (driving the No. 5 SCORE Trophy Truck) when he pulled out of his pit right in front of me and at that point I knew I had him on corrected time. I knew I had to keep his dust in sight but I didn’t push it. B.J Baldwin was always behind us and we got a nice comfortable two-minute lead and we just tried to keep it there. Our goal last year was to put the No. 1 on the truck and we came up a little short but this year we want to put that No. 1 on our SCORE Trophy Truck. We started San Felipe off on the right foot for the third year in a row and that is huge for us going into the Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500. It will be a blast and I can’t wait to get down there and win another one.”

SCORE Trophy Trucks have now won 19 overalls in San Felipe in the 22-year history of the featured SCORE racing division. In the 29 years of this race, Honda has now earned 18 overall motorcycle victories (including 16 of the last 19 years), Kawasaki has seven, KTM has three and Husqvarna has one.

OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS

The overall and Open motorcycle winner was the team of Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., who split riding time on the No. 5x WFOx Motorsports Honda CRF450X. The duo took an early lead and never looked back, finishing in 4:40:59 at an average speed of 55.31 mph. It was the fourth overall motorcycle win in the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 for Udall and first for Jones, a motocross and endure racing star, was competing in just his second SCORE race. Udall’s WFOx teammate, Mark Samuels, Pioneertown, Calif., finished second in the Open motorcycle class on another Honda CRF450X.

4-WHEEL TOP SIX

Trying to chase down Vildosola Jr all race long, finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck just two minutes, 45.58 seconds behind was Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin in a time of 4:06:27 (63.11mph) in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado while completing the podium was Mexico’s Carlos Lopez, who stayed behind the wheel of driver of record Clyde Stacy’s No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck for the entire race to finish third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in a time of 4:14:01 (61.18mph).

With SCORE Trophy Trucks claiming nine of the top 10 overall four-wheel vehicle positions in this race, fourth overall and in the featured racing class was Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif. with a time of 4:23:37 (58.95mph) in the No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

Completing the top five overall and SCORE Trophy Truck finisher’s list was Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif., in the No. 2 Fiberwerx Motorsports Chevy Silverado in 4:23:53 (58.89mph).

Sixth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. with a time of 4:29:12 (57.73mph) in the No. 16 Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado.

THE MAIN COURSE

The race course is a single loop, run counter-clockwise of 259 miles. This year’s race course had four physical check points, 57 virtual checkpoints and included part of the infamous Laguna Salada Dry Lake the Diablo Dry Lake and three of the notorious Baja California washes—Huatamote, Chanate and Amarillas.

MOTORCYCLE MAGIC

In the motorcycle action, Udall started and rode to mile 165 where Jones took over and rode to the finish. Udall commented afterwards, “San Felipe is a funny thing. You’ve got to treat it with a lot of respect because if you don’t then you end up crashing. It’s all about keeping the bike together and the riders together. The course was so gnarly because of the way it was routed this year in a counter-clockwise direction, the rain and the number of pre-runners made it really difficult. I don’t know if the other classes didn’t pre-run enough because usually they pack down the rocks.”

“In sections of the course where I’m used to running wide open instead it was fourth gear and on and off the gas today. I was tiptoeing around to make sure I didn’t hit any big rocks. The washes out there are really scary. It was a guessing game because the sun was low and in a lot of the rocky areas I just squeezed my legs and leaned back a little bit and hoped to get through it. Obviously we did and got a great win for our independent team.”

TAKING ANOTHER….

Leading the gregarious group of racers with multiple class wins in this race that were entered and won again this year was Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 30) with a SCORE race-high15 class wins (age group motorcycle) wins–all in the last 15 years. O’Neal, 68, has raced in all 29 Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 16 career season class point titles, including last season in Class 30 as a co-rider on the over-30 years-old motorcycle team led by Mark Winkelman with whom he earned another class win in this race this year.

Adding another class win to his racing record, Vildosola Jr (SCORE Trophy Truck) now has five class wins in San Felipe.

CLASS WINNERS DEFEND

Three defending Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 class winners repeated with class victories again this year: James Burman (Class 8), Larry Connor (Trophy Truck Spec) and Tony Gera (SCORE Ironman). Burman won in Class 7SX last year and switched to Class 8 this year.

MORE CLASS SUPERS…

Class 19 had 14 starters, Class 1 and Class 10 each had 13 starters while Class 1/2-1600 saw 12 vehicles leave the start line.

Winning in Class 19 was Scott McFarland, Moab, Utah in a Polaris RZR XP1000, while first in the unlimited Class 1 and finishing 10th overall among 4-wheel vehicles was Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.

Topping the field in Class 10 was Mark Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., in a Lothringer-Chevy and winning in Class 1/2-1600 was Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico in a Romo-VW. The Lawrence family completed a great day of racing with three top five finished in Class 10. Mark’s son Mike Lawrence finished fourth in Class 10 in a Lawrence-Chevy and Mark’s brother Clay was fifth in class in another Lawrence-Chevy.

Among the other car and truck class winners this year in San Felipe were: Rafael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif. (SCORE LItes, Jimco-VW), Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy Silverado), Carlos Diaz Martinez (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif. (Class 3000, BajaLite-Chevy) and John Gonzales, Edgewater, Md. (Stock Full, Ford F-150).

Navarro III’s son Rafael Navarro IV completed another solid family day of racing with his second-place finish in Class 10 in an Alumi Craft-Chevy just 47 seconds behind the winning time of Mark Lawrence.

Among the other motorcycle and quad class winners were: Jeff Powell, Reardon, Wash. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif. (SCORE Ironman, KTM 450XCW), Francisco Vera, Ensenada, Mexico (Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R)

CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE

All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.

Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.

2015 CBSN Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)

  • Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, March 15, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET)
  • SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January10, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go towww.cbssportsnetwork.com.

SCOREscope

In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series will include four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
  • Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 16-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
  • 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
  • 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
  • 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Volaris Airlines, Coyne Powersports, Aero Calafia, Tessco.

Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com.

 

Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

All-Time Overall Champions

Pro Cars, Trucks, UTVs

Year–Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)

1982–Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)

1983–Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)

1984–Scott McMillin/Corky McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)

1990–Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)

1991–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class 8)

1992–Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)

1993–Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)

1994–Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1995–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1996–Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1997–Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1998–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)

1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2000–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2001–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2002–Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2003–Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2004–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2005–Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)

2006–Garron Cadiente, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2007–Mark Post/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Truck Truck)

2008–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2009–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2010—Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Jimco-BMW (Class 1)

2011—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2012—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2013—Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE TruckTruck)

2014—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2015—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)

Pro Motorcycles

Year–Rider(s), Vehicle

1982–Bob Balentine, Honda XR500 (Class 22)

1983–Jack Johnson, Honda XR500 (Class 22)

1984–Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna CR500 (Class 22)

1990–Dan Smith/Danny Hamel, KTM (Class 22)

1991–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1992–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1993–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500(Class 22)

1994–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1995–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1996–Paul Krause, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1997–Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

1998–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

1999–Johnny Campbell/Cole Marshall, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

2000–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

2001–Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2002–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2003–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2004–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2005–Chris Blais/Andy Grider/Quinn Cody, KTM MXC525 (Class 22)

2006–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2007–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2008–Robby Bell/Johnny Campbell, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2009–Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2010—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2011—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2012—Kurt Caselli/Ivan Ramirez, KTM 450SX-F (Class 22)

2013—Tim Weigand/Colton Udall, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2014—Ricky Brabec/Shane Esposito/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki KX450F (Open M/C)

2015—Colton Udall/Justin Junes, Honda CRF450X (Open M/C)

Sportsman Cars, Trucks, UTVs

Year–Driver(s), Vehicle

2008–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)

2009–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)

2010—Wendell Mortensen, Raceco-VW (SPT Car)

2011—Nick Tonelli, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)

2012—Randy Swink, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)

2013—Vincent Munoz, Ford Ranger (SPT UNL Truck)

2014—Martin Huffman, Brenthel-Chevy (SPT Buggy)

2015—Derek Fletcher, RPM-Chevy (SPT Buggy)

Sportsman Motorcycles, Quads

Year–Rider(s), Vehicle

2008–Bill Gilbert, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)

2009—Jeff Leonard, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)

2010—Ron Tolman, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C<250cc)

2011—Issac Cisneros, Yamaha YZF450 (SPTM/C<450cc)

2012—Mark Winkelman, Honda CRF450X (SPTMC<450cc)

2013—Mark Winkelman, Honda CRF450X (SPTMC<450cc)

2014—Raul Hernandez, KTM450EXC (SPTMC)

2015—Juan Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz., Honda TRX450$ (SPT QUAD)

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Oskar Blues Brewery joins growing list of sponsors for the 2015 Mint 400

January 26th, 2015 – San Diego, CA – Oskar Blues Brewery has joined the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire as the official craft beer. Oskar Blues Brewery, the original craft beer in a can, offers eight unCANventional beers including Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Pinner Throwback IPA, Deviant Dale’s American IPA, G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and Gubna Imperial IPA.  For the 2015 Mint 400, Oskar Blues will produce a custom Mint 400 can filled with Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

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Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can movement in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed a single can at a time.  Oskar Blues has a history in motorsports that includes a close relationship with Charlotte Motor Speedway and sponsorships of a three car Sprint Car team, a Nationwide NASCAR and Rocky Mountain Motorsports’ Late Model car.  Oskar Blues opened two new breweries in Longmont, CO and Brevard, NC, and the original Oskar Blues Grill and Brew remains in Lyons, CO.  Oskar Blues Brewery is the largest craft brewer in the country that exclusively cans their beers.

“Off-Road and beer go hand in hand. It’s the way we celebrate after a race.  You climb out of your race car and celebrate your finish by having beers with your team. Our goal is to partner with products that add value to the Mint 400 experience. We are big fans of the craft beer revolution and are thrilled to be working with Oskar Blues Brewery!  We chose them because we love their product and the fact that they have a true high quality American craft beer,” commented Matt Martelli, Mint 400 CEO.

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“We are excited to join The Mint 400 as the official craft beer! We are looking forward to the event as well as becoming a part of off-road culture. Our full lineup of beers fit perfectly with The Mint 400 experience. We are producing a custom Mint 400 commemorative can that will surely become a collector’s item featuring our highly sessionable Mama’s Little Yella Pils,” stated Director of Sponsorships, Diana Ralston.

Oskar Blues’ out-of-the-box brews will be available at Contingency, all The Mint 400 parties, and the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line on race day.

Support the brands that support off-road and ask for Oskar Blues beers at your local drinking establishments.

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Now that the 2015 Dakar is in the books, and we got a few nights of solid sleep, the sheer magnitude of what we experienced is settling in. Going into the event, we based our expectations on previous TV coverage, news articles and personal conversations with seasoned Dakar veterans. However, those ideas of what it would be like were grossly overshadowed by its true dimensions. There were many jaw dropping moments during the past two weeks.

It may sound cliché to say, but the Dakar is the Olympics or “Copa Futbol” (World Cup) of off-road; a true international event that not only attracts athletes from various continents and nations but also spans over three nations that requires four international border crossings for all participants as part of the race course. If a country is somewhat modern and sells, markets or manufactures cars, a team was probably representing that nation at the Dakar.

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The amount of local military, customs and police collaboration was impressive. Any populated area the course passed through was not only heavily guarded by those safety organizations to assure uninterrupted movement but also crowded by race fans. Either the race fans read in the local newspapers and Dakar.com where it’s okay to spectate or they simply made the correct assumptions where the vehicles would pass by.  At times, there were tens of thousands of race fans lining the streets waving or holding up signs and flags. Any liaison stage resembles the ride of the presidential motorcade, and the locals simply want to have a glimpse of the passing vehicles while police close off side streets and wave everyone past traffic lights. Since our press vehicle had Dakar livery many may have mistaken us for a race car, or they simply celebrated every foreigner as part of the race. We like to believe it was the later of the two.

Similar to what we see in Baja, many fans travel along some of the stages. They camp next to the course with friends and family creating a party atmosphere while watching their racing heroes speed by. We witnessed many race-course bbq’s full of families enjoying the festivities of the day.

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What makes this race the toughest Motorsport event in existence is the duration. Every one of those thirteen daily stages is comparable to a Baja 500. Some days are tougher, while an easy day could be considered a Silverstate 300. The race course consists of everything from  rally style roads, Baja style desert with hard packed sands and small rocks, and powder soft sand in dunes that make Glamis look like a playground sand box. Elevation goes from near sea level to altitudes of 4,500 meters (14,764) where the lack of oxygen slowly becomes a health risk. All of this gets driven in the same exact race car, where tire size and type have to remain unchanged throughout the entire race.

The temperature changes are even more drastic than the elevation changes.  During Stage 2, the heat ultimately overcame one Polish rider and consequently cost him his life. Later in the rally, at high altitudes we saw freezing cold temperatures.

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Driving any single one of theses stages appears easy on paper, and a Class 11 car could master all (most) of them, but doing it day after day is what brings a team into DNF territory. Day-by-day, all of your team advances alongside with the route and sets up camp at a new location. All support vehicles travel as much as the race cars. Some support vehicles break down and force the teams to adapt new strategies of logistics. Crew members and drivers get sick during the rally and may not only become useless but add an additional strain to their efforts. After fixing damages for the day and performing maintenance, crews go to sleep for a few hours in sleeping bags and tents, just to do it all over again hundreds of miles further in perhaps a different country and climate the next day.

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Sleep deprivation, time management, and logistical planning make or break a team. Obviously, racing in Baja is a team sport but the preparation process for Dakar is much more controlled.  For example, a properly tightened a-arm fastener may get checked by two or three people, while in Dakar that serviceable item will only be checked by one crew member that is perhaps awake for twenty hours straight on two hours of sleep from the previous day.  Everything is much more extreme than what we are used to and only the very best crew and drivers stand a chance to even finish this race.

For a U.S. team to run at the very top and compete against those unlimited budget teams like Peugeot or Mini, it’s an uphill challenge as Robby Gordon has demonstrated again this year. He is a privateer team, and even Robby himself takes on the role of vehicle designer, lead crew chief, team manager and driver all in one.

While the Al-Attiyah’s of this sport relax in resort hotels near the daily bivouac, Robby is hands-on in making sure his show carries into the next day. Now, look at the results, this American team delivers and realizes it’s the story of David and Goliath.  Robby operates at a fraction of the top teams budgets but always represents a viable threat.

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In one regard, Robby is lightyears ahead of any other competitor in popularity among race fans. He may finish 10th in a stage but the fans scream for Robby at the finish line while a well performing Geniel DeVilliers or Peterhansel may only get a fraction of the attention. The same holds true with the local press. Every single newspaper centerfold we looked at talks about whoever won that day or is expected to do well – plus Robby. He is the only racer that has true fans camping outside the bivouacs fences with banners up hoping for a glimpse or a handshake of their hero.

His celebration drive after the last special to the official formal finish line in Buenos Aires 100+km away was something unthinkable to most of us. Fans swarmed his race car in regular moving traffic, multiple cars wider then the assigned lanes. People drove on the shoulders just to be able to drive next to an overly joyful Robby Gordon. They came up to his car window inches away to fist bump and take selfies. Robby himself did 3-wheel wheelies and burnouts where traffic allowed for it and the fans, overly joyful, approved of any such celebrations at Dakar. Robby may have not won the Dakar but he has won the hearts of the people unlike any other driver.

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At one point he drove past a small group of kids rooting for him only to pass a big truck in traffic blocking their views. The kids in disappointment threw their signs to the ground. After all, they waited just for this one moment but circumstances denied what they came for. Robby recognized what just happened and quickly jumped the center highway section, spun a wide high speed turn on a grassy embankment and drove back to the fans just to stop, shake hands and make their day.

On another occasion he peeled his 308 race car number off the car, signed it and afterwards posed with disabled kid that cheered for him during the formal celebrations. Many people, including us, got teary eyed witnessing the joy one driver delivered to one little kid. Robby Gordon demonstrated that there is more to racing then the podium and our trip gave us a first hand glimpse into Mr. Gordon’s impressive operation.

We caught a fat donut burnout show in front of one of the Peugeot support crews lined up on the freeway. That video went viral with 6 million views and counting.

Where we in the U.S. have undoubtably some very experienced off-road racers, their true potentials have not been unleashed until they race Dakar. Racing a short 500-1000 mile course in one shot at high speed is respectable on its own but doing it the Dakar way is another story. Racing with no pre-running and only course notes handed out the previous night brings out the true talent and we are looking forward to more US teams joining the fray. Team Gordon has two Gordini’s standing by and is capable of expanding the team to more vehicles.


Mini is more or less a rental company where one can show up with the money at hand and race. Racing the Dakar on a top tier program will run an individual no less then 1.5 million Euros (1,706,910.00 USD), but likely more if you have no track record and the team suspects high wear and tear. It seems like a lot of money to ask for, but once you realize how many days of preparation, shipping, logistics and staff it takes you will agree on the prices. For our simple press car to be here from the States, it cost us sixty days of time almost exclusively dedicated to Dakar. 40-50 days for our personal car to be shipped each way via boat. The confidential shipping costs we heard Robby spends exceeds the year long budget of a competitive mid-level racing budget for a limited race car. We could run our Class11 car for a few years on the same money spent just to have one race car and three very large trucks be there. But despite all of the headaches, it was worth it and will now be a regular RDC feature every January.

One night while working in the press center and getting frustrated by heat, lack of power adaptors, lack of food and sleep, one British journalist across from us turned everyones frustration into a smile when he said, “If it would be easy anyone would do it.”  Everyone here on RDC is challenging the off-road community to stand behind and support more U.S. riders and drivers to step up to the ultimate off-road racing challenge and race Dakar. Right now, we are under represented at the Dakar and that needs to change.

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In closing, we would like to thank Toyo Tires, who generously supported our efforts and ideas of a Dakar press coverage this year. They are one of the few companies that put their money where their mouth is and recognize Dakar for the ultimate Motorsport event that it is. Thank you again.

We will expand this story into our forum where Art and myself will answer any questions you may have and share more stories that are beyond the scope of this article. There is just too much going on to put it into words or even to remember in one sitting.

Dakar is a year long event and we have already started our 2016 Dakar by laying out logistics and planning based on what we have learned at our first Dakar Voyage 2015.

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The 2015 Polaris RZR MINT 400 presented by General Tire Returns…BIGGER and BETTER!
The greatest off-road race on the planet barrels into Las Vegas with a new race course!
January 22nd, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire will roar through Sin City March 11th-15th and feature a host of spectacular new features. After last years massive, record-setting event, (Mint 400 race owners) the Martelli Brothers are once again doubling down on “The Great American Off-Road Race.” The partnership between The Mint 400 and The Best In The Desert Racing Series continues to spur innovation and improvements to the race each year, making the event a marquee Las Vegas destination experience that draws in top off-road competitors, new fans, and off-road enthusiasts worldwide.

“The 2015 Mint 400 will once again raise the bar for off-road racing events. Every year we collect feedback from sponsors, racers, and spectators to make improvements based on their experience at The Mint. Our goal is to put on the best race possible for our competitors, share off-road racing with a worldwide audience, and attract new fans, race teams and event partners. We’re building the Superbowl of off-road racing one year at a time,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli.

The long list of new Mint 400 features are aimed at improving the entire 2015 Mint 400 experience, from racing to spectating, as well as increasing sponsorship value for all of the Mint 400 partners. They include:

New Longer Mint 400 Race Course – All Classes Race Every Lap

The new 126-mile Mint 400 race loop is designed to allow all twenty classes of race vehicles to race a full three laps of the ultra-technical race course – provided they can make the six hour cut-off time. The loop is longer and more technical than previous years and will allow limited classes to get more seat time as they attempt to finish the notoriously brutal race.

Improved Spectating and Parking Including New “Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line”

Several of the Mint 400 spectator areas have been expanded and parking passes for spectator areas 1-4 will be pre-sold online to help guarantee spectator parking to those attending the Mint 400. The Mint 400 Main Pit will be located in Primm, Nevada next to the official “Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line” directly behind Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino. The additional space will make room for thousands of additional spectators and will feature an off-road style “flying finish” with a massive table top jump! Spectators will now be able to get up close and personal with the Mint 400 champions and finishers right at the finish line. The new race course design will also allow for better traffic flow and multiple shuttles will be available to transport spectators to spectating areas. General parking in front of the Primm Valley Casinos will be free. VIP parking spots near the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line will be offered for purchase online.

The Mint 400 group code is SSMINT.  Please use this code when booking your room reservation, call  888-774-6668.  This code is also available to book online, PrimmValleyResorts.com.

The Mint 400 Experience

New to the Mint 400 this year, “The Mint 400 Experience” is an off-road festival located right next to the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line featuring interactive displays by Polaris RZR, General Tire, Red Bull, and other Mint 400 partners, as well as an array of Las Vegas food trucks, cold beer, and Mint 400 memorabilia. Designed for die hard off-road race fans and newcomers alike, The Mint 400 Experience will include Polaris RZR Demo Rides in a fleet of brand new 2015 RZR XP1000’s, giving those attending a thrilling off-road adventure.

Television Coverage Doubled

The Mint 400 has enjoyed seven years of uninterrupted national television coverage since its triumphant return in 2008. Mad Media reset the bar for off-road racing programming in 2010, by producing an NFL Films style Mint 400 documentary TV show. Last year, The Mint 400 joined the Red Bull Signature Series and aired on NBC prime-time, reaching 120 Million homes and making it the largest off-road television event in the sports history. For 2015, Mad Media will produce a 2-hour Mint 400 program for the Red Bull Signature Series AND a 2-hour long documentary feature that will showcase every class of race vehicle, effectively doubling the coverage from previous years to 4-hours total. In addition to four hours of national TV coverage, the Mint 400 documentary feature will be distributed on DVD and multiple streaming services (iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu) later this year.

The Mint 400 Fremont Street Contingency Grows Again

In 2014, The Mint 400 Contingency placed a record number of off-road vendors and saw spectator and off-road enthusiast numbers explode to over 25,000! For 2015, The Mint 400 Contingency has expanded again – adding several more blocks of Fremont Street East to make room for more vendors and sponsors directly on the main Fremont strip. Don’t wait to register your vending space. Click here to reserve your spot on Fremont. We will sell out again!

Bigger Parade on Las Vegas Blvd. & Pit Crew Challenge Qualifying for All Teams

For decades, The Mint 400 held a parade down Fremont Street with all of the race vehicles. In 2013 the Martelli Brothers resurrected that tradition, but moved the parade to the world famous “Las Vegas Strip” to share the sport of desert off-road racing with the entire Las Vegas community. Thanks to support from the LVMPD, this years parade will be open to all competitor vehicles! The parade will take place on Wednesday March 11th, starting at the South Point Hotel. The Mint 400 vehicles will parade down the Strip to Fremont Street East, ending with an off-road style kick-off party featuring, food, beer, music, and “The Mint 400 Pit Crew Challenge Qualifying”. Any team wishing to compete in the Mint 400 Pit Crew Challenge can qualify to compete in the finals, which will take place Thursday evening. The top sixteen teams will be seeded in the main event on Thursday night.

Increased Online Coverage “Race-Dezert Radio”

This year The Mint 400 has teamed up with Race-dezert.com and the Down & Dirty Radio Show to deliver “Race-Dezert Radio”; non-stop coverage of the entire race from 6am untill midnight. Mint 400 race teams, spectators, and Mint fans from all around the globe will be able to track the race action online with commentary from Jim Beaver, Bob Bower, Scott Rehn, and Chad Ragland. The show will feature interviews with drivers, off-road racing legends, off-road industry luminaries, and play-by-play coverage of the entire race.
Improved Leaderboard Tracking
Race-Dezert.com has also improved thier online tracking to allow race teams and fans to accuratly track racers via a proprietary timing system interface on the Race-Dezert.com website. Mint 400 fans will be able to log on and ask questions during the race, comment, and check out the social media feeds, all while listening to Race-Dezert Radio and the Weatherman feed.

More Online Coverage and Increased Social Media

Online and digital coverage of The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire will include unparalleled access to videos, photos and stories via TheMint400.com, Race-Dezert.com, UTVUnderground.com, and our partner websites and social media feeds. The Mint 400 will be sharing up to the minute racing action with marquee websites and media outlets globally to expand our reach.

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For the first time ever X-raid put a buggy on the starting line of the Rally Dakar. The original intention was to test and gain experience with this 2WD vehicle concept. But the “Buggy All Terrain” quickly became one of the fans favorite cars and because of its eye-catching design the nickname “Zebra Buggy” was given to it. Additionally the fighting spirit of driver Guerlain Chiherit and navigator Alex Winocq increased the interest, because to giving up was never ever an option.

So the two Frenchmen lived through one of these stories which only the Dakar writes. During stage 5 heading towards Antofagasta, Chile the message that the Buggy All Terrain caught up fire ran through the newsfeed. Almost everybody interpreted this as the clear out for the “Zebra”. But Chicherit and Winoqc were able to extinguish the fire right in time before it caused major damages. So they waited for the race truck and repaired the damaged buggy and continued. After the arrival in the bivouac the mechanics immediately took care of the “Zebra” and after a night full of work Chicherit said thank you with position 22 in the following stage.

All in all the “Buggy All Terrain” never let his crew and his mechanics take a breath. Very often Winocq had to work on the car in the stage and fix it with some very improvised solutions which gave him the nickname “McGyver”. But also the mechanics worked through a lot of nights and somehow managed it to put the Buggy every morning on the starting line. With this effort Chicherit and Winocq managed it to bring their “Zebra” through all the 13 stages into the finish in Buenos Aires.

Guerlain Chicherit: “It was really a hard piece of work, but we reached the finish. A lot of people didn’t expect this before and even during this Dakar. It is a lot of fun to drive the Zebra Buggy, but there is still a lot of work to do. What all the mechanics and involved people did during the last two weeks is just outstanding.”

Sven Quandt, CEO X-raid GmbH: “It was really a lot of work and there is still a lot to do. We brought the Buggy All Terrain here to gain some first experience with a Buggy at a Dakar. I think our mechanics now know each screw on this car due to the many times of assembling and disassembling. But everybody did a great job and helped to bring the Buggy back to Buenos Aires. Also Guerlain and Alex never lost their hope and their fun. We gained a lot of experience during this Dakar, on this base now we have to check how to move on.”

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Watch the 2012 General Tire Mint 400 for free on YouTube! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/watch-2012-general-tire-mint-400-free-youtube-120517.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/watch-2012-general-tire-mint-400-free-youtube-120517.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:32 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120517 Mad Media and The Martelli Brothers bring you the full, feature-length version of the 2012 General Tire Mint 400! “Our goal is to showcase off-road racing to the world. There is no other type of racing that even comes close to

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Mad Media and The Martelli Brothers bring you the full, feature-length version of the 2012 General Tire Mint 400!

“Our goal is to showcase off-road racing to the world. There is no other type of racing that even comes close to desert off-road racing. It’s pure adrenaline!” stated Mint 400 owner and CEO Matt Martelli

The General Tire Mint 400 is the roughest, most spectacular off-road race in North America! Started in 1976, The Mint is steeped in American lore as thousands of racers as well as celebrities from around the world have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. The 2012 Mint 400 was an epic battle between some of the top off-road racers in the world in twenty-five different classes of vehicles. Shot entirely in HD by the largest, most experienced film production crew in off-road, The Mint features stunning cinematography, captured in some of the most remote spots on the racecourse. Witness the bumper-to-bumper battling from helicopter, feel the power of these incredible vehicles from the passenger seat, watch as racers fall away, embroiled in the agony of defeat, and share in the glory of victory! …This is The 2012 General Tire Mint 400.

“The 2012 Mint 400 is now free to watch and share with your friends and family. So share it with everyone, and then swing by the Mint 400 online store and help us to continue to pay for the growth of this incredible race by buying some of our slick Mint 400 merchandise,” stated Mint 400 owner and CFO Joshua Martelli. “We will continue to re-invest in The Mint 400, and keep it the biggest and best off-road race in the world.”

Show your pride for The Mint 400 by purchasing merchandise here.

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UTVUnderground.com Announces SuperATV As Sponsor Of The UTV World Championship http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-announces-superatv-sponsor-utv-world-championship-120533.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utvunderground-com-announces-superatv-sponsor-utv-world-championship-120533.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:34:02 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120533 UTVUnderground.com Announces SuperATV As Sponsor Of The UTV World Championship First Annual UTV World Championship to be held February 19-22 in Laughlin, NV January 22nd – 2014 San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com announced today that SuperATV has signed on as

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UTVUnderground.com Announces SuperATV As Sponsor Of The UTV World Championship
First Annual UTV World Championship to be held February 19-22 in Laughlin, NV

January 22nd – 2014 San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com announced today that SuperATV has signed on as sponsor of the first annual UTV World Championship, to take place in Laughlin, Nevada February 19th through the 21st. This exciting new event will feature two world championship UTV races including a Best In The Desert Championship points race, and a short course / motocross style Production UTV Championship race. In addition to the growing prize purses and contingency cash, Polaris RZR will be awarding the winner of both Championship races a brand new Polaris RZR XP1000! More prizes will to be announced as the race weekend draws near.

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“I am really excited to have SuperATV come on board as a sponsor of the UTV World Championship. SuperATV has been a huge supporter of UTV racing and has done a lot for many of the competitors coming to compete at the event. On top of that, they are one the top retail brands in our sport. Having them involved is really exciting.” stated UTVUnderground.com CEO/Founder Joey “Joey D.” DiGiovanni

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The four-day event format will feature one full day of racing, contingency and tech in downtown Laughlin, demo and enthusiast rides, and a business-to-business UTV industry summit. The UTV World Championship is part of The Best in The Desert (BITD) Off-Road Racing Association series and will be marketed, co-produced, and covered for television by motorsports media heavyweights, Mad Media. The format will bring together UTV desert racing, UTV motocross style short-course racing, and enthusiast rides, into one massive multi-day event on the edge of the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada. The event will also be a showcase for UTV manufacturers and aftermarket manufacturing companies. Enthusiasts and racers will be able to pre-run the racecourse in stock UTVs during the “Family Fun Poker Run”.

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“SuperATV is stoked to be part of this premiere event with UTVUnderground.com and Mad Media. We’re looking forward to spending time with our sponsored riders, meeting our customers and continuing to support the UTV community. Congrats to UTVUnderground.com for pulling together one of the most anticipated events of the year!” stated Lindsay Hunt, Director of Sales and Administration, SuperATV.com

SuperATV will be on hand to meet customers, support their team drivers and generally participate in all the action that takes place over the course of the weekend.

For more information go to:
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About SuperATV.com
SuperATV is a privately owned company founded by Harold Hunt. Because of Harold’s love of off-roading, he designed our first lift kit – a Polaris Sportsman 2” EZ Install – back in 2003. Boxing and shipping the lifts out of his home garage, he quickly expanded the space and product line to include wheel spacers, bumpers, axles, tires and long travel kits. Our business has since grown from its humble beginnings to our current 232,000 square ft. headquarters in Madison, Indiana, and now offer the UTV industry over 1500 parts and accessories, including Rhino Brand Axles and EZ Steer Power Steering. For more info, go to superatv.com.

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2015 BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” Presented by IMPACT Headed for Record Entry… http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-bluewater-resort-casino-parker-425-presented-impact-headed-record-entry-120529.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-bluewater-resort-casino-parker-425-presented-impact-headed-record-entry-120529.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:23:23 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120529 2015 BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” Presented by IMPACT Headed for Record Entry… More Than 204 Already Signed Up! Best In The Desert, the world’s largest off-road desert racing organization, announced that more than 204 race teams have already

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Best In The Desert, the world’s largest off-road desert racing organization, announced that more than 204 race teams have already signed up for the 2015 BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” presented by IMPACT. With two weeks still remaining to sign up for the race, entries are expected to reach close to 300. Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert said, “We now have 44 Trick Trucks, 31 Class 1500 unlimited cars, 44 class 1000s and 21 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks registered to race.” Casey continued to say, “We had over 550 racers and pit crew members take part in our Pre Fun Run. The interest has been overwhelming in this legendary event and I know 2015 is going to be an awesome year for not only us, but also for all of our great and loyal racers.” The Legend Lives On as the annual BlueWater Resort & Casino& Casino Parker “425” presented by IMPACT in Parker, AZ, February 5-8 kicks off the Best In The Desert’s 2015 six-race schedule for the car & truck classes.

The race weekend formally gets underway on Thursday, February 5th, with Time Trials for the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 unlimited cars as they go head-to-head on a specially designed course to qualify for the first overall starting position and claim the coveted $1,000 Team Ford “Pole Award”. New for this year, the Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks will have their own qualifying session. The top 20 Class 6100 qualifying trucks will be put into a separate draw for the Polaris RZR Mint “400” presented by General Tire coming in March. These top 20 trucks will start in qualifying order at the front of the rest of the Class 6100 field.

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The “Downtown Parker Experience” is a real favorite of both race fans and the local residents of Parker
Directly following the Time Trials, participants will parade their vehicles to the center of town for the “Downtown Parker Experience”. The “Downtown Parker Experience” features all the race vehicles from Time Trials on display along with live entertainment all afternoon long. This is a great festive event for both race fans and local residents to take in.

The fast moving, exciting Pit Crew Challenge presented by IMPACT and the Down & Dirty Radio Show, will also be held in conjunction with the “Downtown Parker Experience” and take place at 5:30 PM. The competition will feature Trick Truck teams competing two at a time in an elimination bracket for a shot at the prize money.

The race weekend continues on Friday, February 6th, as contingency and technical inspection take place in the parking lot of the BlueWater Resort & Casino with the beautiful Colorado River as a backdrop. Race fans will have the chance to get up close to hundreds of race vehicles as they weave their way through contingency row as well as check out the latest off-road and racing accessories from the industry’s top manufacturers.

The 2015 edition of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” presented by IMPACT gets underway on Saturday, February 8th, as the green flag drops just past 7:00 AM for the first car or truck on California Ave. in the middle of downtown Parker. The huge entry field will be off to take on 425 miles of Arizona’s most challenging desert, battling the fierce competition and chasing their dreams of a 2015 class championship. The Parker “425” is also a very spectator friendly race. The famous “Parker Python” infield section adjacent to the main pit area is extremely popular with race fans. Another excellent viewing area is located along Shea Rd., just outside of town.
Important notice:
THE USE OF DRONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AT ANY BEST IN THE DESERT EVENT. Please be aware, Drones are VERY DANGEROUS to the safety of all concerned, both people in the air and on the ground.
2015 Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, Polaris RZR – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – official communications, 212 Performance Gloves – official gloves, Method Race Wheels, McKenzies, Kartek, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Slime, Azunia Tequila, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac.

2015 Best In The Desert event sponsors: Impact, presenting sponsor of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”; Polaris RZR, presenting sponsor of the THR Motorsports Parker “250” and BlueWater Desert Challenge; Canidae Tap It, title sponsor of the Silver State “300”; General Tire, title sponsor of “Vegas to Reno”; FOX, presenting sponsor of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno”; and Supercross.com presenting sponsor of the Henderson “250”.

The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
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Jason Scherer and FOX team up for King Of The Hammers 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jason-scherer-fox-team-king-hammers-2015-120520.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jason-scherer-fox-team-king-hammers-2015-120520.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:17:27 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120520 Jason Scherer and FOX team up for King Of The Hammers 2015 The 2009 King Of The Hammers Champion, Jason Scherer is returning back for his 8th year to take on the 2015 Nitto King Of The Hammers. This year

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Jason Scherer and FOX team up for King Of The Hammers 2015

The 2009 King Of The Hammers Champion, Jason Scherer is returning back for his 8th year to take on the 2015 Nitto King Of The Hammers. This year Scherer will be running his #76 Ultra4 with a new look to the top competing race vehicle. Scherer and FOX have joined forces for the massive event and you wont miss the #76 as he will be rocking the FOX heritage 40 year anniversary livery.

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In the depths of Johnson Valley, CA you can find some of the hardest rock climbing terrain their is to offer. Competitors are not only pushing the limits through the rocks, but they will also be pushing their endurance and speeds over 100mph on the course. More than 300 teams and 35,000 spectators flock to the open desert valley.

FOX has been helping Scherer since the first Ultra4 King Of The Hammers race. Since then they have been always progressing on the performance of FOX ability to work at its best in multiple terrains.

” I remember calling FOX and asking about bypass shocks for KOH and about how we can improve the set up for Rock Crawling. I think they thought I was crazy, but ever since then I have been running them and they have helped in the progression of the sport and capability of the vehicles.” Stated Scherer.

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Having the flexibility to work with FOX on not only the Rock Crawling side of things, but as well as the desert races and races that take place on short course tracks has been beneficially for Scherer. Testing the #76 Ultra4 in November proved that the vehicle and driver are ready to give the 2015 Nitto King Of The Hammers a run for its money.

Racing takes place January 30th – February 6th. Ultra4’s will take to the course on Friday the 6th with Scherer giving it another run for the win. You can watch live racing starting February 1st at 8am by visiting ultra4racing.com.

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Robby Gordon Off-Road Providing
Full Service Off-Road Pit Support
With MAG-7 and Toyo Tires

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2015) – Robby Gordon Off-Road, Toyo Tires and Magnificent Seven (MAG-7) have partnered to deliver full on-course race support for 12 of North America’s top off-road events, including all SCORE-International (SCORE) and Best in the Desert (BITD) races beginning with the SCORE San Felipe 250 on Jan. 22-25.

The program will allow all competitors racing on Toyo Tires to have full pit support from MAG-7 including its legendary fuel and tire service with team-specified fuel and choice of Toyo® Open Country® racing tires. At all BITD events Robby Gordon Off-Road will have main pit set up in addition to on-course pit support.

Pit-support is available to all competitors at no charge, with the exception of fuel and tires, provided the teams compete on Toyo Tires.

Participation in the program automatically includes entry into the Toyo Tires contingency program. First-place finishes in Trophy Truck or Class 1400 will earn competitors $3,000 in Toyo Bucks, second-place $2,000 and third-place $1,000. Class 1, Class 1500 or Class 6100 will earn $1,500 in Toyo Bucks for first place, $1,000 for second place and $750 for third.

Toyo Bucks can be redeemed for Toyo racing tires, passenger tires or light truck tires.

Toyo Tires has become the No. 1 performing tire in off-road racing due to significant investments in engineering and research and development specifically targeted toward its off-road tires. Not only have Gordon, B.J. Baldwin and Kyle LeDuc earned off-road championships on Toyo Tires, but Gordon has also raced more than 10,000 miles on Toyo Tires in the rugged Dakar Rally since 2012 without having a single tire failure.

Robby Gordon Off-Road and MAG-7 will provide these services at the following races:

•SCORE San-Felipe Baja 250, Jan. 22-25
•King of the Hammers, Feb. 2-6
•BITD Bluewater Parker 425, Feb. 6-8
•SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 17-19
•BITD Mint 400, March 13-15
•NORRA Mexican 1000, April 25-29
•BITD Silverstate 300, May 1-3
•SCORE Baja 500, June 5-7
•BITD Vegas to Reno, Aug. 13-15
•BITD Bluewater Challenge, Oct. 9-11
•SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 18-21
•BITD Henderson 250, Dec. 4-6

Toyo race tires are available in six different sizes from Robby Gordon Off-Road. These choices also include a UTV spec. For more details on the Toyo Open Country racing tires, including a list of sizes, visit www.toyoracingtires.com.

Contact:

Robby Gordon Off-Road
Steve Abrahams
sabrahams@toyoracingtires.com
844.749.4335

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Welcome to the Jungle, Rainforest Challenge Malaysia 2014 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/welcome-jungle-rainforest-challenge-malaysia-2014-117153.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/welcome-jungle-rainforest-challenge-malaysia-2014-117153.html#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:43:35 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=117153 “… The man got into Rose’s face and said, you know where you are? You’re in the jungle! You’re gonna die!” -Axel Rose I experienced something similar going into the Rainforest Challenge (RFC).   In this case, I was actually

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“… The man got into Rose’s face and said, you know where you are?
You’re in the jungle! You’re gonna die!” -Axel Rose


I experienced something similar going into the Rainforest Challenge (RFC).   In this case, I was actually in the real jungle in the middle of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Coming from the Baja 0ff-road style background, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the RFC.  It’s a circuit race? Point to point race with rally stages?  Not even close but it didn’t disappoint me.   The off-road style in Asia is certainly pure – no glamour, no million-dollar vehicles – just off-road in its purest state.  Let me explain from the beginning.

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The event lasts for 10 days.  The first two are spent preparing, scrutineering and presentation, the next two for the prologue stages next to the town where fans can see the action without going into the jungle, with the last six days spent inside the jungle.  Every two days we moved to one of three campsites (Predator, Terminator and Twilight Zone). Each day of action was divided into special stages where drivers had to perform short but difficult challenges, except for the Twilight Zone which had a different format. Going inside the jungle to each campsites was no joke.  The officials had to create roads and as you can imagine the road was no highway.  It was barely a path and everyone had to push hard on their trucks and the drivers had to help the support, media and official vehicles get through.

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RACE TRUCKS
The categories are:

Below 3050cc
Above 3051cc
Portal Axels
Electric Winch
PTO Winch

No insane big blocks with 900HP as we like, but think stock King of the Hammers trucks but smaller, like a Susuki Sidekick. The race trucks must be small because cars can barely fit through the places they go. The trucks are turbo diesel-powered.  Most off-road vehicles in this country are diesel, around 200HP.  That is nothing compared to a trophy-truck but these trucks are capable of going unimaginable places. By the way, Portal Axels go directly to the wheels.  The photo below explains that better.  The PTO Winch is a winch connected directly to the engine, so it have the power of the engine.  It is amazing to see these guys driving fast at the same time they are winching.

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THE EVENT
The event spanned 10 days throughout different cities in Malaysia.  It started in Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia, where we bought all the necessities for the next 8 days. Things like copious amounts mosquito repellant, a water-resistant sleeping bag, camp bed and heavy-duty boots were a must to survive.  The next day was Scrutineering as they call it.  It’s basically our style Technical Inspection and Contingency.  The race teams brought their race trucks in a parade to be checked by the officials.  Meanwhile, fans and media took photos of the trucks and teams.   By day 3, we traveled from KL to Seremban for the opening ceremony where people like Luis Wee (Director of RFC) saluted the drivers and media followed by the official green flag start to the Rainforest Challenge 2014.

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On days 3 and 4, they did what they call “prologue stages”.  Teams and media traveled from the opening ceremony to Port Dickson where the action starts.  Six special stages were waiting for the teams. Each campsite determined the number of special stages each of the drivers had to complete in order to earn points.  Scoring is a combination of elapsed time, less any penalties incurred by teams.  The team with the most points wins the event.  Sounds easy but the reality was far from that.  Every special stage was a true challenge for every driver and each section was something different, like 60 degree uphill/downhill sections and river crossings.  Racers even had to build bridges in order to reach the next section.

The prologue special stages were specifically designed to prepare the drivers for the real deal once they get into the jungle. Also, the prologue was in the outskirts of the town and these were the only days fans could enjoy the action.   After that, the campsites were another story.

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THE CAMPSITES

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After the Prologue was over, the real deal started not only for the drivers, but for all of us as well. We traveled from Dickson Port to the heart of the jungle in the Rembau District.  The RFC staff managed to create a track that led to the top of the mountain.  We had to push the limits of our trucks just to get to the campsite.  Sometimes the media or support trucks were helped by the race trucks.  One by one,  each team, media and staff member managed to arrive to the campsite. As expected, the mosquitos began to attack us for the rest of the trip.   Mosquito bites are still on my hands as I type … The drivers faced six special stages at the Predator Camp.  We spent two days in camp before moving to Terminator camp (I love the names by the way).

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Between each campsite, we had time to go to town and buy more supplies for the next camp.   Our crew stopped every chance we had to try the local food, which is a totally different experience I got used to – no tacos here!   This is where the problems started for us.  We had troubles with one of our convoy trucks when one of the bearings of the rear wheel broke.  We spent all night looking for the part in the surrounding towns to fix it (I say we because I was there waiting, not because I actually fixed it).  After the truck was fixed we decided to camp in the jungle halfway to the Terminator Camp.  At that point it was around 4am.

The next morning we decided to go in the other truck that we didn’t have any problems in yet. On the way to camp, we approached two giant mud puddles.  We were forced to proceed through the waist-high mud and in doing so broke our winch and lost 4wd on the truck.  We spent all day trying to get to the camp site and lost a lot of opportunity to shoot action.  The next day, we were had to go back the same way and the puddle was even worse after overnight rainfall.  The full convoy of race teams spent around nine hours traveling five miles to get to the pavement section.  Again, this is really what the Rainforest Challenge is all about.

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The Twilight Zone
The infamous Twilight Zone is an un-timed “Expedition” drive and points awarded for just participation. The teams went all togheter one by one helping each other fight through the jungle. The Twilight Zone is recognized as the most insane off-road track, not just because of the track itself but because of the weather, which is unpredictable in this area.  I heard stories from the RFC staff where the race teams have spent forty hours just to complete the track. The teams had to be ready for the unexpected.  They had to bring water, food, sleeping goodies in case they need it, no external help was allowed. This years edition of the RFC, mother nature was on our side.  It only rained a little bit in the daytime and little bit more during the night the entire two weeks we were there. The first team finished the Twilight Zone in approximately five hours.  When all the teams were back at the campsite, the officials decided to put three more final special stages for the final day of racing, all of them being held on a river.

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On the last day, we travelled to Kuala Klawang for the closing/awards ceremony and a traditional Malaysian dinner that was waiting for us.  It was an amazing experience with the new friends made from around the world.

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So as the name says, this is a challenge, not a race.  Here it’s not just about speed, it’s truly a mixture between man vs. machine vs. the jungle vs. all the elements.  “That’s not off-road for me,” somebody told me while looking one of my Baja bangers.  Not that he wasn’t impressed with the photo, but on this side of the World they care more about the freedom to go anywhere they want vs. getting there fast.  That’s what off-road is for them and I think that’s the purest form of off-road.

What about the experience of Malaysia? Well, it’s incredible.  The way the Chinese, Muslim and Thai cultures mix together in one country make it a truly unique place. Kuala Lumpur, the capital, has 1.6 million people and is filled with temples and churches around the city. The food is awesome as well.  You can taste the combination of cultures in any dish you try. As with any place in the world, Kuala Lumpur had both good and bad things to show.  Social and political problems are visible in some places but nothing to be worried about.  People there are really humble and kind.  I went alone but I never really felt that way. Religion is something very important, you can find Temples or places of prayer just about everywhere you went – Muslim, Chinese and Hindu.  The city is a big, advanced modern place to live and the Petronas Twin Towers are proof of that standing over 1,400 feet tall in the middle of the city. Also, some details reminded me a little bit to Mexico, just look at the photos and you’ll see why.

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For me, this was an incredible adventure and an eye-opener.  I realized that off-road racing is not just SCORE or BITD or the races are used to here in the US or México.  There’s a big world out there just waiting for us to drive it!

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Official Winch of Ultra4 Warn Industries Offers 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers Contingency http://www.race-dezert.com/home/official-winch-ultra4-warn-industries-offers-2015-nitto-king-hammers-contingency-120493.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/official-winch-ultra4-warn-industries-offers-2015-nitto-king-hammers-contingency-120493.html#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:04:17 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120493 Official Winch of Ultra4 Warn Industries Offers 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers Contingency Warn Industries will be at King of the Hammers Vendor Show with New ZEON Platinum Winch Clackamas, OR (1/19/15) — Warn Industries is proud to announce

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Warn Industries will be at King of the Hammers Vendor Show with New ZEON Platinum Winch

Clackamas, OR (1/19/15) — Warn Industries is proud to announce their 2015 King of the Hammers Contingency Program for competitors in the Ultra4 King of the Hammers races February 4th – February 6th. A total of $2900 will be offered to drivers in Friday’s Nitto King of the Hammers race, Thursday’s Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race and Wednesday’s Polaris RZR UTV race. Additional details are listed below.

Warn Industries, the Official Winch of Ultra4, will have their consumer display and race support trailer located immediately to the right of the Main Meeting Tent entrance. Among the many WARN items on display will be the brand new ZEON Platinum winch. The ZEON Platinum will be powered and available for anyone to try the new and exciting wireless technology. WARN representatives will be available to answer questions while supporting racers and enthusiasts, and WARN products will be available through authorized dealers on the lakebed.

Warn Industries is supporting many racers on the lakebed, including two-time King of the Hammers winner Shannon Campbell and TV personality Jessi Combs. Shannon Campbell will be racing in the #5AZ car qualifying during the Wednesday Night Power Hour for Fridays main Ultra4 Race. Last years Queen of the Hammers and Spec Class winner, Jessi Combs is on the pole position for Thursday’s Every Man Challenge Spec Class Race in the Falken Tire #4703 car.

WARN winches is well represented in all classes including Pro 4400 4×4 drivers who will start the week qualifying for Friday’s main race starting position. Tuesday’s lineup of drivers includes Bill Baird of Bill Baird Motorsports, Bailey Campbell of Campbell Racing and Robert Daly of Big Red Motorsports. Wednesday’s WARN Team qualifiers include Shannon Campbell of Campbell Racing, Wayland Campbell of Campbell Racing, Brent Goegebuer from Team 4 Wheel Parts and Ryan Hagel of RCH Designs. Thursday’s Every Man Challenge Race will be lined with WARN Winches including Jessi Combs #4703 car, Mike Johnson #4588 from Ecko Motorsports who has finished three years in a row in the top 4 and Josh Niebuhr #4519 of Hazzard Fabworx Racing. Starting 2nd in the 4600 class will be a pink jeep with Gina Guccione #4687 of Team Radical Racing and starting 27th of 28 in the 4800 class is Jade Wickham #4823. Representing WARN in the UTV Class will be Dean Bulloch #1909 and 2012 UTV 850cc winner Chris Barnett #1961.

All racers running WARN Winches are welcome to drop by the trailer for assistance or stickers to participate in the 2015 Contingency Program.

PROGRAM DETAILS
In order to qualify for the King of the Hammers Contingency Program, competitors must:
1. Have a WARN winch mounted on the raced vehicle when crossing the finish line.
2. Have two WARN decals 3.5” x 6.5” or larger clearly visible on your vehicle during the race.
3. Your vehicle may not contain any competing winch company decals.

Payouts will be made to the winner of each of the following races in the amounts indicated.

Polaris RZR KOH UTV Sportman Race (Feb 4) First Place $200

Polaris RZR KOH UTV Pro Race (Feb 4) First Place $200

Smittybilt Every Man Challenge (Feb 5)

Stock First Place $250

Mods First Place $250

Legends First Place $250

Spec First Place $250

Nitto King of the Hammers (Feb 6)

First Place $750

Second Place $500

Third Place $250

Winners will need to contact Warn Industries at: adamsa@warn.com with their name, address, phone number, and race category and placement (for KOH Main Event) prior to March 31, 2015 to receive payment. Placing will be confirmed and payments will be processed and sent to address provided via USPS. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

For more information on WARN product lines, including Winches, Winch Accessories, Hoists, Bumpers, Off-Road Lights, Body Armor, Plow Systems, 4WD Hubs and 4×4 Fender Flares, please go to www.WARN.com. Join our Facebook page for the most current WARN information and to see vehicles sporting the WARN Brand www.facebook.com/WARNfans

About Warn Industries
Warn Industries is the world’s most recognized brand in off-road products such as hub locks and vehicle recovery winches. The company designs, manufactures and markets a full line of off-road equipment and accessories that enhance the performance of four-wheel-drive and powersport vehicles. Warn Industries has employees in and around Portland, Ore., Livonia, Mich., and the Netherlands. www.WARN.com
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The 2015 Polaris RZR MINT 400 presented by General Tire Returns…BIGGER and BETTER! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-general-tire-returns-bigger-better-120482.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-polaris-rzr-mint-400-presented-general-tire-returns-bigger-better-120482.html#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:20:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120482 The 2015 Polaris RZR MINT 400 presented by General Tire Returns…BIGGER and BETTER! The greatest off-road race on the planet barrels into Las Vegas with a new race course! The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire will

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The 2015 Polaris RZR MINT 400 presented by General Tire Returns…BIGGER and BETTER!
The greatest off-road race on the planet barrels into Las Vegas with a new race course!

The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire will roar through Sin City March 11th-15th and feature a host of spectacular new features. After last years massive, record-setting event, (Mint 400 race owners) the Martelli Brothers are once again doubling down on “The Great American Off-Road Race.” The partnership between The Mint 400 and The Best In The Desert Racing Series continues to spur innovation and improvements to the race each year, making the event a marquee Las Vegas destination experience that draws in top off-road competitors, new fans, and off-road enthusiasts worldwide.

“The 2015 Mint 400 will once again raise the bar for off-road racing events. Every year we collect feedback from sponsors, racers, and spectators to make improvements based on their experience at The Mint. Our goal is to put on the best race possible for our competitors, share off-road racing with a worldwide audience, and attract new fans, race teams and event partners. We’re building the Superbowl of off-road racing one year at a time,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli.

The long list of new Mint 400 features are aimed at improving the entire 2015 Mint 400 experience, from racing to spectating, as well as increasing sponsorship value for all of the Mint 400 partners. They include:

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New Longer Mint 400 Race Course – All Classes Race Every Lap
The new 126-mile Mint 400 race loop is designed to allow all twenty classes of race vehicles to race a full three laps of the ultra-technical race course. The loop is longer and more technical than previous years and will allow limited classes to get more seat time as they attempt to finish the notoriously brutal race.

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Improved Spectating and Parking Including New “Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line”
Several of the Mint 400 spectator areas have been expanded and parking passes for spectator areas 1-4 will be pre-sold online to help guarantee spectator parking to those attending the Mint 400. The Mint 400 Main Pit will be located in Primm, Nevada next to the official “Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line” directly behind Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino. The additional space will make room for thousands of additional spectators and will feature an off-road style “flying finish” with a massive table top jump! Spectators will now be able to get up close and personal with the Mint 400 champions and finishers right at the finish line. The new race course design will also allow for better traffic flow and multiple shuttles will be available to transport spectators to spectating areas. General parking in front of the Primm Valley Casinos will be free. VIP parking spots near the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line will be offered for purchase online.

The Mint 400 group code is SSMINT. Please use this code when booking your room reservation, call 888-774-6668. This code is also available to book online, PrimmValleyResorts.com.

The Mint 400 Experience
New to the Mint 400 this year, “The Mint 400 Experience” is an off-road festival located right next to the Primm Valley Mint 400 Start/Finish Line featuring interactive displays by Polaris RZR, General Tire, Red Bull, and other Mint 400 partners, as well as an array of Las Vegas food trucks, cold beer, and Mint 400 memorabilia. Designed for die hard off-road race fans and newcomers alike, The Mint 400 Experience will include Polaris RZR Demo Rides in a fleet of brand new 2015 RZR XP1000’s, giving those attending a thrilling off-road adventure.

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Television Coverage Doubled
The Mint 400 has enjoyed seven years of uninterrupted national television coverage since its triumphant return in 2008. Mad Media reset the bar for off-road racing programming in 2010, by producing an NFL Films style Mint 400 documentary TV show. Last year, The Mint 400 joined the Red Bull Signature Series and aired on NBC prime-time, reaching 120 Million homes and making it the largest off-road television event in the sports history. For 2015, Mad Media will produce a 2-hour Mint 400 program for the Red Bull Signature Series AND a 2-hour long documentary feature that will showcase every class of race vehicle, effectively doubling the coverage from previous years to 4-hours total. In addition to four hours of national TV coverage, the Mint 400 documentary feature will be distributed on DVD and multiple streaming services (iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu) later this year.

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The Mint 400 Fremont Street Contingency Grows Again
In 2014, The Mint 400 Contingency placed a record number of off-road vendors and saw spectator and off-road enthusiast numbers explode to over 25,000! For 2015, The Mint 400 Contingency has expanded again – adding several more blocks of Fremont Street East to make room for more vendors and sponsors directly on the main Fremont strip. Don’t wait to register your vending space. Click here to reserve your spot on Fremont. We will sell out again!

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Bigger Parade on Las Vegas Blvd. & Pit Crew Challenge Qualifying for All Teams
For decades, The Mint 400 held a parade down Fremont Street with all of the race vehicles. In 2013 the Martelli Brothers resurrected that tradition, but moved the parade to the world famous “Las Vegas Strip” to share the sport of desert off-road racing with the entire Las Vegas community. Thanks to support from the LVMPD, this years parade will be open to all competitor vehicles! The parade will take place on Wednesday March 11th, starting at the South Point Hotel. The Mint 400 vehicles will parade down the Strip to Fremont Street East, ending with an off-road style kick-off party featuring, food, beer, music, and “The Mint 400 Pit Crew Challenge Qualifying”. Any team wishing to compete in the Mint 400 Pit Crew Challenge can qualify to compete in the finals, which will take place Thursday evening. The top sixteen teams will be seeded in the main event on Thursday night.

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Increased Online Coverage “Race-Dezert Radio”
This year The Mint 400 has teamed up with Race-dezert.com and the Down & Dirty Radio Show to deliver “Race-Dezert Radio”; non-stop coverage of the entire race from 6am untill midnight. Mint 400 race teams, spectators, and Mint fans from all around the globe will be able to track the race action online with commentary from Jim Beaver, Bob Bower, Scott Rehn, and Chad Ragland. The show will feature interviews with drivers, off-road racing legends, off-road industry luminaries, and play-by-play coverage of the entire race.

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Improved Leaderboard Tracking
Race-Dezert.com has also improved thier online tracking to allow race teams and fans to accuratly track racers via a proprietary timing system interface on the Race-Dezert.com website. Mint 400 fans will be able to log on and ask questions during the race, comment, and check out the social media feeds, all while listening to Race-Dezert Radio and the Weatherman feed.

More Online Coverage and Increased Social Media
Online and digital coverage of The 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire will include unparalleled access to videos, photos and stories via TheMint400.com, Race-Dezert.com, UTVUnderground.com, and our partner websites and social media feeds. The Mint 400 will be sharing up to the minute racing action with marquee websites and media outlets globally to expand our reach.

About The Mint 400
The Mint 400 is the oldest, roughest, most spectacular, and most prestigious off-road race in America. It was started in Las Vegas in 1967 and became the marquee off-road race that every racer and celebrity dreamt of winning. Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race™” the legend lives on, as each year the greatest off-road racers from around the world battle each other, and the brutal Nevada racecourse for a chance to be a part of American racing history. Less than half of those competing will ever finish the unforgiving race! The Mint 400 is an epic 400-mile battle between twenty different classes of off-road race vehicles. But it’s more than just a race. An entire week of events lead up to the famed off-road contest in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade, drivers meet and greet, pit crew challenge, Miss Mint 400 beauty pageant, multiple parties, qualifying time trials, and a world famous vehicle contingency that is attended by tens of thousands each year.

About Mad Media
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency, with in-house film and television production. We craft authentic, culturally engaging brand messages, and deliver them across print, web, photography, and film platforms. Mad Media has been leading the online content revolution since 1995 producing major commercial, television, online content and viral film projects such as The Gymkhana Series and XP1K Series.

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29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

Round 1 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship

Jan. 22-25 ** San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico ** 257.2 miles

(by starting order within Class-as of 1/20/15)

Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs

  SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)–

5 Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Charles Holbrok, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck

11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

16 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado

1 Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado

50 Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford F-150

45 Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150

38 Eric Hustead, St. George, Utah/T.J. Flores, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

48 Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif./Scott Webster, Ford F-150

10 Taylor Mills, Houston/Kent Kroeker, Escondido, Calif., Minotour-Chevy

72 Robert Acer/Andrew Becerra, Wilmington, Del., Chevy Silverado

52 Gonzalo Pirron, Lancaster, Calif., Chevy Silverado

59 Craig Potts, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevy Silverado

44 Kyle Jergensen/Todd Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado

21 Gus Vildosola Jr/Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor

17 Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado

97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado

40 Chris Miller, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150

36 Glen Greer/Chad Hancock, Green Valley, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500

84 Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Kyle LeDuc, Beaumont, Calif., Chevy Silverado

88 Sergio Salgado/Joel Serna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado

71 Jason McNeil/Kevin Butts, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Silverado

85 Justin Davis, Montclair, Calif., Chevy Silverado

25 Brian Ostrom, Surprise, Ariz./Albert McMullen, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado

  CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)–

180 Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif., Penhall-Chevy

199 Mike Thurlow/Buddy Crisp, Kingsburg, Calif., Tatum-Chevy

131 George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Luke Babb, Encinitas, Calif., Racer-Chevy

159 Dennis Boyle/Frank Hines, Ventura, Calif., HMS-Chevy

109 Tony Murray/Kyle Murray, Long Beach, Calif., Penhall-Chevy

172 Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy

104 Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy

155 Mike Boone, Garden Grove, Calif./Mark Workentine, Fresno, Calif., WickedCreations-Chevy

142 Steven Sells/Nikki Nolen, Phoenix, MCM-Chevy

168 Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Darren Ebberts, Corona, Calif., Custom-Chevy

130 Sandy Hall, Andrea Tomba, Culpepper, Va., Jimco-Viper

160 Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy

  CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)–

1661 Mike Lichtenfeld/Brennan Lambert, Agoura Hills, Calif., Raceco

1644 Cesar Fiscal/Fabian Fiscal/Enrique Fiscal, Chula Vista, Calif., Romo

1636 Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft

1606 Ruben Sanudo, San Felipe, Mexico, Jimco

1605 Raul Rodriguez, Chula Vista, Calif./Miguel Cortez, San Diego, Custom

1625 Eric Sheetz, Carlsbad, Calif., Jimco

1697 Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico, Romo

1691 David Jones/Edward Leight Pell, Clovis, Calif., Lothringer

1609 J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR

  CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)–

366 Don Hatch/Ryan Williams, Brea, Calif., Ford Bronco

300 Donald Moss/Ken Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco

  CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)–

528 Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Gerardo Iribe, Santa Ana, Calif.

500 Jose Lopez/Alberto Medina, Mexicali, Mexico

  CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)–

552 Carlos Rivera, Mexicali, Mexico/Gerardo Molles, El Centro, Calif.

557 Martin Rangel/Jorge Cruise, Surprise, Ariz.

553 Armando Garcia/Marco Garcia Jr, Ensenada, Mexico

597 Enrique Zazueta/Enrique Zazueta Sr., La Paz, Mexico

  CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)–

717 Pat Sims, Eunice, N.M./Andrew McCredie, Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger

701 Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma

700 Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif., Ford Ranger

721 Jon Anderson/Scott Anderson/Brandt Anderson, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Ford Raptor

726 Greydon Fauvre/Scott Zeppenfeldt, Whittier, Calif., Ford Ranger

  CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)–

760 Ismael Reyes/Karin Reyes, Calexico, Calif./Daniel Reyes Jr, Heber, Calif., Ford Ranger

  CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)–

818 Brent Downing/Bill Hackler, Castro Valley, Calif., Chevy Blazer

811 James Burman, Heber City, Utah/Chris Sayre, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado

  CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)–

1000 Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy

1061 Todd Winslow/Matt Williams, Clovis, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy

1002 Mark Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./SteveLawler, Upland, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy

1006 Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy

1089 Arnoldo Gutierrez Jr/Arnoldo Guttierez Sr, Mexicali, Mexico, Racer-Chevy

1009 Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif./Simon Perez, Chula Vista, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy

1011 Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Racer-Honda

1016 Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Alumi Craft-Chevy

1033 Miguel Tornel Sr/Miguel Tornel Jr, Chula Vista, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy

1058 Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy

1050 John Langley/Mike Howell, Santa Monica, Calif., Jimco-Chevy

1075 Eliseo Garcia, San Ysidro, Calif./Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico, Romo-Chevy

  SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)–

1209 Rafael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif./Fernando Mayoral, Temecula, Calif., Jimco

1207 Michael Crichton/Eduardo Gurza, Zapopan, Mexico, Dunrite

  TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)–

846 Jose Gomez/Ignacio Terriquiez, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado

852 Russell Buehler/Neil Buehler, Independence, Mo., Ford Raptor

871 Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado

872 Jordan Brenthel/Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif./Jamie Galles, Santa Fe, N.M., Chevy S-10

  STOCK FULL (stock, full-sized trucks)–

8125 John Gonzales/Augustin Rojas, Edgewater, Md., Ford Raptor

  CLASS 3000 (unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)–

3048 Dewey Clark, Corpus Christi, Texas/Byron Seed, Mesa, Ariz., BajaLite-Chevy

3030 Chad Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy

3050 Bill Young/Billy Young Jr, Las Vegas TrophyLite-Chevy

  CLASS 19 (Limited, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)–

1915 Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif./Richard Morel, Poway, Calif., Polaris RZR900

1921 John Angal, Mesa, Ariz./Branden Sims/Eric Ringler, Polaris RZR XP1000

1900 Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000

1942 Scott McFarland/Joe Owens/Nick Oldham, Moab, Utah, Polaris RZRXP1000

1917 Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max

1904 Cory Sappington/Scott Sappington, Peoria, Ariz./Donovan Cain, Glendale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max

1949 Alonzo Lopez/Hector Jimenez, Murrieta, Calif., Polaris RZR 900

1930 Sean Cook/Todd Latronica/David Jackson, Twain Harte, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000

1924 Raul Gonzalez/Daniel Gonzalez, San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP900

1932 Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif./Jason Spiess, Peoria, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP1000

1903 Jaime Romero/Jose Romero/Jesus Romero, Arlington, Tenn., Arctic Cat Wildcat

PRO MOTORCYCLES

  OPEN M/C (450cc or more)–

35x Nicholas Gust, Pescadero, Calif./Don Campbell, Daly City, Calif., KTM 450XCF

14x Raul Hernandez/Rodolfo Patron/Larry Serna/John Fitzpatrick, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450XCW

9x Arnulfo Verdugo/Cesar Lopez, Santee, Calif., KTM 450XCW

26x Nick Owens/Jim Owens, Scotts Valley, California, Honda CRF450X

5x Colton Udall/Justin Jones, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X

3x Mark Samuels, Pioneertown, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X

1x Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F

  LIMITED M/C (449cc or less)–

122x Ruben Alamo/Jesus Alamo/Joaguin Alamo, Manzanillo, Mexico, Yamaha WR250F

  CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)–

300x Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Cedar Hill, Texas/Ricky De La Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Honda CRF450X

  CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)–

444x Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M./Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M., KTM 500XCW

403x Oscar Fazz/Mike Langley/Steve Gallegos, Yuma, Ariz./Kenji Gauthier, Rosamond, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F

404x Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla./Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, KTM 450XCW

424x Jeff Powell, Reardan, Wash./Rick Mianecki, Royal City, Wash./David Lahn, Quincy, Wash., Honda CRF450X

408x Dave Callagy/Ted Callagy, Santa Rosa, Calif., Honda XR650R

411x Collie Potter, Las Vegas/Mike Chastain, Beaumont, Calif./Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif./Mike Stein, Chandler, Ariz., Honda CRF450X

400x Paul Thomas, Bonita, Calif./Giovanni Spinali, Lake Forest, Calif./Mike Carter, Aliso Viejo, Calif./John Griffin, Julian, Calif./Tom Hammers, Bonita, Calif., Honda CRF450X

  CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)–

501x Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./David Potts, Burbank, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif., Honda CRF450X

  SCORE IRONMAN (Solo Riders)–

700x Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., KTM 450XCW

706x Kevin Daniels, Bishop, Calif., KTM 500XCW

799x Jason Miller, Riverside, Calif., Honda CRF450X

703x Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn., Honda CRF450X

7??x Juan Rodriguez, Palmdale, Calif., Honda CRF450X

74`x Jason Babcock, San Dimas, Calif., Honda CRF450X

PRO QUADS

  PRO QUADS (450cc or more)–

12a Oscar Ruiz/Ivan Mejerado/Ramon Torrez/Juan Gonzalez, El Centro, Calif., Honda TRX450R

7a Francisco Vera, Ensenada, Mexico/Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Travis Dillon, El Cajon, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif., Honda TRX450R

49a Gustavo Ameca/Ivan Vega/Luis Esquivel, Tijuana/Martin Ramirez, San Diego, Honda TRX450R

SPORTSMAN

  SPT BUGGY–

1515 Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., RPM-Chevy

1588 Jeff Cepielik/Gema Plasinski, Glendora, Calif., TLR-Chevy

  SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK–

1494 Vincent Munoz/Dystyn Loppnow, Yucaipa, Calif., Ford Ranger

1424 William Wolfard/Greg Wolfard/Mike Long, Silverton, Ore., Ford Ranger

  SPT M/C–

230x Eric Saltzer/Kristopher Harvey, Somerton, Ariz., Honda CRF450X

272x Will Johnson/Dalton Miesen/Chris Scranton, Alamo, Calif., KTM 500XCW

202x Risto Niemi/Chris Shultz, Finland, Honda XR650R

282x Jason Lulis/Nicole Lulis/Talya Martin/Dan Martin, Brentwood, Calif., KTM 500XCW

222x Kenneth Skillern/John Sylvester/Chuck Huffman/Gregg Haggart, New Waverly, Texas, Honda CRF450X

218x Gabe Willitts/Matt Ladendorf/Marc Jenkins, Sisters, Ore., Honda CRF450X

  SPT QUAD–

107a Jesus Ramirez/Omar Alvarado/Jorge Martinez, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX450R

109a Juan Dominguez/Alex Romo/Julio Banda/Javier Curiel, Yuma, Ariz., Honda TRX450R

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M/C vet O’Neal leading 52 racers with 133 combined class

wins into this week’s 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

Entries from 18 states, six countries for 257.2-mile course as SCORE celebrates

42nd anniversary season with five-race SCORE World Desert Championship

257.2-mile race to be televised on CBS Sports Network;

 

Entered with most class wins: O’Neal-14, Moss-9, MacCachren-8

Rojas-6, Carr-5, C. LeDuc-5, Lewis-4, Robinson-4, Romo-4, Vildosola Jr-4

Special four-day coverage starts Thursday at SCOREinternational.com

 

    SAN FELIPE, Mexico—Looking to add to his record-setting class win total, SoCal’s veteran age-group motorcycle racer Jim O’Neal will lead 52 racers who have combined for 133 class wins among over 150 racers expected to start Saturday’s 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.  O’Neal, 68, the noted apparel manufacturer from Simi Valley, Calif., will be an additional rider in Class 30 in the season-opener of the internationally-televised five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.

The race will once again start and finish adjacent to the famed San Felipe Arches on the outskirts of the quaint Mexican fishing village located 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. in Baja California. In 2015, four rounds of the SCORE World Desert Championship will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula and one in the United States.

With late entries accepted up to 5 p.m. on Friday, the 257.2-mile race has attracted over 150 entries from 20 U.S. States and eight countries ready to compete in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs in the popular race. The starting grid includes 24 entries in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee racing division for hi-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.

GREEN FLAG

Motorcycles and ATVs will begin taking the green flag Saturday morning at 6:23 a.m. in the elapsed-time race. The car, truck and UTV classes will begin starting at approximately 10:30 a.m. with at least a three-and one-half hour gap after the last Sportsman quad leaves the start line.

All classes will have an 11-hour time limit to become an official finisher in the elapsed time race. The fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately four hours, 14 minutes.

PRE-RACE SKED…

The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday. Contingency will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tech from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other. Racer registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday  at the San Felipe Marina Resort, a few miles south of downtown San Felipe. The Monster Energy SCORE Kick-off Party will be held adjacent to the start/finish line area at the landmark San Felipe Arches just outside of town Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

THE MAIN COURSE

Pre-running will be allowed on the actual race course through Friday. The race course is a single loop, run counter-clockwise of 257.2 miles. The official course map and GPS files are available on the SCORE website. This year’s race course has four physical check points, 57 virtual checkpoints and includes part of the infamous Laguna Salada Dry Lake the Diablo Dry Lake and three of the notorious Baja California washes—Huatamote, Chanate and Amarillas.

BREAKING IT DOWN…

The field includes racers from four of the last five overall motorcycle winners as well as the last five overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in San Felipe. Also entered are 15 class winners from last year’s race and 14 of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship class point champions.

SCORE Trophy Trucks have won 18 overalls in San Felipe in the 21-year history of the class. Southern California’s Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel in 1997, San Diego’s son/father team of Andy and Scott McMillin (2005) and Armin Schwarz (Germany)/Martin Christensen (Denmark) (2010) have the only three Class 1 wins since SCORE created the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division in 1994.

In the first 28 years of this race, Honda has earned 17 overall motorcycle victories (including 15 of the last 18 years), Kawasaki has seven, KTM has three and Husqvarna has one.

GIVE ME ANOTHER….

Leading the gregarious group of 23 racers with at least two class wins in this race entered this year are: Jim O’Neal (Class 30) with a SCORE race-high14 class wins (age group motorcycle) wins–all in the last 14 years, Donald Moss (Class 3) with nine, Rob MacCachren (SCORE Trophy Truck) with eight career class wins in this San Felipe race. Gerardo Rojas (Class 40) has six class wins while with five class wins each in this San Felipe race are Curt LeDuc (SCORE Trophy Truck) and Kevin Carr (Class 5). O’Neal has raced in all 28 previous SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 16 career season class point titles, including last season in Class 30 as a co-rider on the over-30 years-old motorcycle team led by Mark Winkelman.

Also entered this year are four racers who each have four class wins here: Donald Lewis (SCORE Ironman), Cody Robinson (Class 10), Roberto Romo (Class 10) and Gus Vildosola Jr (SCORE Trophy Truck).

CLASS CHAMPS BACK

Last year’s overall 4-wheel and 2-wheel champions are also part of the field. Vildosola Jr was the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck champion in 2014 while the returning 2-wheel and Open M/C champion is the Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif. and his co-rider Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif.

Besides Vildosola Jr and Brabec, a total of the 16 defending SCORE San Felipe 250 class winners have entered so far this year including Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600), Donald Moss, Sacremento, Calif. (Class 3), Jose Lopez (Class 5), Pat Sims (Class 7), James Burman (Class 7SX), Cody Robinson (Class 10), Miguel Tornel (SCORE Lites), Larry Connor (Trophy Truck Spec), Marc Burnett (Class 19), Gerardo Rojas (Class 30), Giovanni Spinali (Class 40), Tony Gera (SCORE Ironman), Adolfo Arellano (Pro Quad), Raul Hernandez (SPT M/C) and Oscar Ruiz (SPT Quad).

Burman (Class 8), Tornel (Class 10), Rojas (Class 40), Hernandez (Open M/C) and Ruiz (Pro Quad) are all entered in different classes this year.

OVERALL WINNER RETURNS

Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr will be going for a three-peat as he attempts to win the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck title and become the first driver in race history to win the popular race three consecutive years. Nearly 25 competitors in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division are among the field of challengers attempting to stop the talented Vildosola Jr, who was born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico.

Among the top challengers to Vildosola Jr, who drives the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor, will be fellow SCORE Trophy Truck racers Rob MacCachren, B.J. Baldwin and Steven Eugenio.

Las Vegas’ MacCachren, who drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150, won this race overall both in 2011 and 2012 while Las Vegas’ Baldwin, a four-time SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship who most recently won the title in 2012 and 2013 in the No 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado and Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif., the defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champ who finished third in San Felipe last year in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

EUGENIO’S NEW TEAMMATE

Following his championship rookie season in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2014, Eugenio, 34, who is originally from El Centro, Calif., has added more firepower to his racing effort with the addition this year of Germany’s Armin Schwarz, a veteran of 101 World Rally Championship races, who has raced for several years in SCORE desert races.

Schwarz most recently drove the last four years with Martin Christensen in the No. 15 SCORE Trophy Truck and that duo captured the unlimited Class 1 and overall win in the 2010 SCORE San Felipe 250. SCORE Trophy Trucks have won this race overall for the last four years and eight out of the last nine years.

GRAND MARSHAL

SCORE is honored to have the legendary inventor and designer Lynn Chenowth, known throughout the off-road world for his Chenowth open-wheel desert race cars serve as Grand Marshal for this race. Chenowth, Lakeside, Calif., developed several top racing vehicles at Chenowth Racing Products with long-time partner Mike Thomas including the Chenowth Magnum and the Chenowth Mini Mag.

Chenowth products became a staple of off-road recreation, with noted drivers such as Robby Gordon, Ivan Stewart, Rick and Roger Mears along with Corky, Mark and Scott McMillin racing his vehicles.

Chenowth also designed race cars for Nissan Motors, Yamaha and the U.S. Military (including Fast Attack Vehicles that were the first into Kuwait during the Gulf War)

CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE

All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.

Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.

2015 CBSN Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)

  • Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, March 15, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET)
  • SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January10, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go towww.cbssportsnetwork.com.

HISTORYonics…

The season-opener of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, the 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the popular six-week-long ‘Spring Break’.

The race began in 1982 and was not held between 1985 and 1989, the first five years of the seven-year combined High Desert Racing Association-HDRA/SCORE Desert Series of U.S. and Baja races. It has been held consecutively each year since 1990.

In its first 28 years, the race has been held in San Felipe all but 2007 when political issues forced a last minute move by SCORE, starting the race in Ensenada and finishing it in Santo Tomas. Ironically, 2007 saw a race-record 394 starters and a race-record 288 finishers even though the race was moved and the course changed just 10 days before the event.  The records when the race actually started and finished in San Felipe are 341 for starters in 2006 and 220 for finishers, also in 2006.

SCOREscope

In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series will include four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
  • Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, April 16-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
  • 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
  • 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
  • 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Volaris Airlines, Coyne Powersports, Aero Calafia, Tessco.

Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com.

 

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All-Time Overall Champions

Pro Cars & Trucks

Year–Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)

1982–Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)

1983–Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)

1984–Scott McMillin/Corky McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)

1990–Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)

1991–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class 8)

1992–Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)

1993–Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)

1994–Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1995–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1996–Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1997–Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy Truck)

1998–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)

1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2000–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2001–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2002–Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2003–Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2004–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2005–Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)

2006–Garron Cadiente, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2007–Mark Post/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Truck Truck)

2008–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2009–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2010—Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Jimco-BMW (Class 1)

2011—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2012—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2013—Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE TruckTruck)

2014—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)

Pro Motorcycles

Year–Rider(s), Vehicle

1982–Bob Balentine, Honda XR500 (Class 22)

1983–Jack Johnson, Honda XR500 (Class 22)

1984–Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna CR500 (Class 22)

1990–Dan Smith/Danny Hamel, KTM (Class 22)

1991–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1992–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1993–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500(Class 22)

1994–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1995–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1996–Paul Krause, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)

1997–Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

1998–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

1999–Johnny Campbell/Cole Marshall, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

2000–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)

2001–Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2002–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2003–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2004–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)

2005–Chris Blais/Andy Grider/Quinn Cody, KTM MXC525 (Class 22)

2006–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2007–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2008–Robby Bell/Johnny Campbell, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2009–Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2010—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2011—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2012—Kurt Caselli/Ivan Ramirez, KTM 450SX-F (Class 22)

2013—Tim Weigand/Colton Udall, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)

2014–Ricky Brabec/Shane Esposito/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki KX450F

Sportsman Cars and Trucks

Year–Driver(s), Vehicle

2008–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)

2009–Peter Lang, Homebuilt-Chevy (SPT Car)

2010—Wendell Mortensen, Raceco-VW (SPT Car)

2011—Nick Tonelli, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)

2012—Randy Swink, Ford Ranger (SPT Truck)

2013—Vincent Munoz, Ford Ranger (SPT UNL Truck)

2014—Martin Huffman, Brenthel-Chevy (SPT Bugg)

Sportsman Motorcycles

Year–Rider(s), Vehicle

2008–Bill Gilbert, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)

2009—Jeff Leonard, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C>250cc)

2010—Ron Tolman, Honda CRF450X (SPT M/C<250cc)

2011—Issac Cisneros, Yamaha YZF450 (SPTM/C<450cc)

2012—Mark Winkelman, Honda CRF450X (SPTMC<450cc)

2013—Mark Winkelman, Honda CRF450X (SPTMC<450cc)

2014—Raul Hernandez, KTM450EXC (SPTMC)

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The Mint 400 announces General Tire as Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 Mint 400 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/mint-400-announces-general-tire-presenting-sponsor-2015-mint-400-120472.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/mint-400-announces-general-tire-presenting-sponsor-2015-mint-400-120472.html#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:30:57 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120472 The Mint 400 announces General Tire as Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 Mint 400 General Tire celebrates 100 years of excellence at “The Great American Off-Road Race” The Mint 400 welcomes back long-time off-road racing supporter, General Tire, today as

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The Mint 400 announces General Tire as Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 Mint 400
General Tire celebrates 100 years of excellence at “The Great American Off-Road Race”

The Mint 400 welcomes back long-time off-road racing supporter, General Tire, today as Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Mint 400, taking place March 11th -15th in Las Vegas, NV. The Mint 400 is the premier desert off-road race in the world boasting the largest field of competitors, a massive crowd of spectators, and the most comprehensive national television coverage of any off-road event on the planet. Part of the Best In The Desert Championship (BITD), last year’s record-setting Mint 400 had 330 race teams, and set two new class-entry records including fifty-two UTV’s and fifty-five unlimited Trick Truck vehicles.

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“We are thrilled to have General Tire return as our Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Mint 400,” said Mint 400 COO, Joshua Martelli. “General Tire was instrumental in resurrecting the Mint in 2008, and they have been a steadfast supporter of this event and the entire sport of desert off-road racing since its inception. No other company has invested as much in the growth of the sport and industry, and we are thrilled to have the support of Travis Roffler and his team at General Tire.”

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“As General Tire celebrates 100 years in 2015, we are thrilled to continue our support of the Mint 400,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “Similar to our 100 years of history in the tire business, the Mint 400 has a rich and storied history within the racing community and we’re proud to help it return to such an iconic event. We developed the GRABBER through our involvement with off-road racing and we take pride in knowing that we’ve developed a tire that’s durable enough to withstand the harsh deserts of the south west. It’s a product that both our race teams and customers can depend on and we’re happy to showcase that Anywhere Is Possible at the Mint 400.”

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The world famous Mint 400 returns to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada, from Wednesday, March 11th through Sunday March 15th. The Mint 400 features three days of pre-race festivities in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, followed by the most grueling and exciting off-road race on the planet. Over 1,000 of the world’s top off-road championship competitors will do battle in twenty different classes of vehicles across the brutal and unforgiving Mint 400 race course, in front of thousands of spectators and race fans. Crowds in excess of 40,000 are expected to attend the festivities on Fremont Street East as well as The Mint 400 race – which are free to attend.

In addition to sponsoring The Mint 400, General Tire is the official tire of the BITD series, and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series. They support multiple desert and short course, off-road race teams and provide thousands of dollars in incentives and cash paybacks to teams who earn wins or points championships competing with their tires. To see the complete line of General Tire truck tires visit: generaltire.com

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El Martillo Racing after Dakar 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/el-martillo-racing-dakar-2015-120465.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/el-martillo-racing-dakar-2015-120465.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:56:46 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120465 El Martillo Racing is going back to Los Cabos, Baja, Mexico, after its participation at the 2015 Dakar Rally. The team is flying next Tuesday night to be in Mexico City on Wednesday 7:20 am to catch the connection flight

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El Martillo Racing is going back to Los Cabos, Baja, Mexico, after its participation at the 2015 Dakar Rally. The team is flying next Tuesday night to be in Mexico City on Wednesday 7:20 am to catch the connection flight to Los Cabos, Baja, arriving finally around 12:20 to the hometown of El Martillo. Any interview wanted at Mexico City Airport please contact Luis Medina Mobil: 6121402582 media@elmartilloracing.com

The only commitment of the team right now is focused on racing the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, April 25th – 29th 2015. The three seats car will be the vehicle used in that race.

As the team has being doing for the last two years, we keep our eyes on the Dakar Rally, but after this year’s event we need the help of a committed sponsor / partner to support the Canadian, Mexican and American team.

As we said some weeks ago, “if it were easy, everyone would do it”, this is a new challenge for the team because the race car needs to be rebuilt, but we are positive of the awareness of many Canadian and Mexican companies about the exposure this event has and the popularity the team got due to the dramatically and spectacular roll over. Now we have the attention, we’re working on making that an interesting product.

El Martillo Racing is still the only Mexican team on a car class that has achieved to finish the Dakar Rally in the 37 years of this event. We are the most prepared team of the country counting with excellent crew and motivation to go back and participate again at the world’s biggest off road racing challenge.

See you soon in Baja.

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2015 Sportsman Off-Road Series Race Schedule http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-sportsman-off-road-series-race-schedule-120462.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-sportsman-off-road-series-race-schedule-120462.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:53:44 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120462 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2015 Crandon, Wisc. 2015 Sportsman Off-Road Series Race Schedule At the MORR General Meeting the afternoon of the MORR Sportsman Banquet, Cliff Flannery and Richard Ault announced the official 2015 Sportsman Off-Road Series race schedule.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2015
Crandon, Wisc.

2015 Sportsman Off-Road Series Race Schedule

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At the MORR General Meeting the afternoon of the MORR Sportsman Banquet, Cliff Flannery and Richard Ault announced the official 2015 Sportsman Off-Road Series race schedule. The season will consist of five weekends of racing for a total of ten rounds of racing. The series will compete at Bark River international Off-Road Raceway and Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.

Three of the weekends will coincide with the TORC PRO races, one additional weekend at Bark River will be an exclusive Sportsman only event, and the opening weekend of the season at Crandon will be included in the third annual “Off-Road Super Challenge.”

Date Venue
June 6-7 Crandon, WI
June 27-28 Crandon, WI
July 18-19 Bark RIver, MI
August 15-16 Bark RIver, MI
September 5-6 Crandon, WI

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About Crandon International Off-Road Raceway
Crandon International Off-Road Raceway celebrates its 46th year of short-course racing action. The “Big House” is built on a solid foundation of world-class motorsports talent, equipment and support; the dedication of a not-for-profit board of directors ensuring the “Crandon experience,” the financial support of corporate partners and the devotion of raceway volunteers and organizations that look forward to the return of loyal fans each and every year. With its roots in Baja and its birth in Crandon, short-course off-road racing is known as the fastest, most punishing form of auto racing on the planet. www.crandonoffroad.com

CRANDON INTERNATIONAL OFF-ROAD RACEWAY
10104 US HIGHWAY 8 P.O. BOX 101 Crandon, Wisconsin, 54520, USA
Tel: (715) 478-2222

About Bark River International Off-Road Raceway
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Bark River Lions Club hosting off-road racing in the Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From its meager beginnings, the facility has grown to become one of the premiere off-road racing venues in the country. The Bark River Lions Club was organized on January 12, 1943 with 24 charter members. These members, led by President Joseph Gucky and Secretary/Treasurer B.E. Douglas, put in place a set of standards and goals which members hold true to this day. Since then the club, thanks in part to the contributions of the off-road community, has established an unprecedented record of community, regional, and international contributions and service. www.barkriveroffroad.com

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Bark River Lions Club Attn: Race Committee
4014 D Road Bark River, MI. 49807, USA
tel: (906) 466-9020

About Midwest Off-Road Racing (MORR)
The goal of the Midwest Off-Road Racing group is to insure affordable racing for the Midwest Sportsman Off-Road Racer by uniting racers with a common voice. By maintaining affiliations with approved sanctioning bodies, this will allow the competitor and the enthusiast to enjoy off road racing now and in the future.
www.midwest-offroadracing.com

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Las Vegas Golden Nugget named official headquarters for the 2015 Mint 400 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/las-vegas-golden-nugget-named-official-headquarters-2015-mint-400-120384.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/las-vegas-golden-nugget-named-official-headquarters-2015-mint-400-120384.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:00:23 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120384 LAS VEGAS GOLDEN NUGGET NAMED OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE 2015 MINT 400 Driver Registration and Drivers Meeting to be held inside “The Grand Event Center” at the Golden Nugget For the seventh consecutive year, the world-renowned Polaris RZR Mint 400

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LAS VEGAS GOLDEN NUGGET NAMED OFFICIAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE 2015 MINT 400
Driver Registration and Drivers Meeting to be held inside “The Grand Event Center” at the Golden Nugget

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For the seventh consecutive year, the world-renowned Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire has picked the Golden Nugget Las Vegas as the official host hotel and headquarters for The Mint 400. The worlds top off-road racing teams will descend upon Las Vegas, NV the week of March 14th to do battle and determine who it the best off-road racer on the planet. Over twenty different classes of vehicles, 350 teams, and tens of thousands of spectators will attend “The Great American Off-Road Race.”

The discount group code for the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is “GSMINT4″. To book reservations online, click here.

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Carson Tower $59.00 $59.00 $69.00 $129.00 $129.00 $49.00
Gold Tower $89.00 $89.00 $99.00 $159.00 $159.00 $79.00
Gold Tower Club King $119.00 $119.00 $129.00 $189.00 $189.00 $109.00
Rush Tower King $99.00 $99.00 $109.00 $169.00 $169.00 $89.00
Rush Tower Jr. Corner Suite $149.00 $149.00 $159.00 $219.00 $219.00 $139.00
Rush Tower Club $129.00 $129.00 $139.00 $199.00 $199.00 $119.00

The Mint 400 has become the premiere off-road racing event worldwide and continues to grow each year by showcasing the most advanced off-road racing vehicles on the planet, in front of massive crowds of spectators and on NBC primetime television. The Golden Nugget is the luxury and entertainment leader in downtown Las Vegas on historic Fremont Street. Both driver registration and the drivers meeting will take place inside the Golden Nugget at The Grand Event Center on Friday, March 13th 2015.

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“The Golden Nugget has become a home to off-roaders. We stay here everytime we come to Las Vegas. Their comfortable upscale rooms, entertainment, excellent service and outstanding dining selection deliver all the fun of Las Vegas without the hassle and expense of the strip! They continue to improve their facility with new restaurants and bars so it never get’s old. We are once again excited to have the Golden Nugget as the official headquarters for The 2015 Mint 400. They have been a valued partner for eight years now, and have been a great supporter of off-road racing. For the third consecutive year, we will have drivers registration and the drivers meeting inside the Golden Nugget at The Grand Event Center,” commented Mint 400 CEO, Matt Martelli.

“We’re really looking forward to providing a great experience and a comfortable stay for all the drivers, teams and fans of The Mint 400. We are constantly elevating the Golden Nugget guest experience and have recently completed a 15 million dollar renovation of our Gold Tower rooms alongside a total revamp of our casino floor that we are excited to share. Off-Road racing in America was born in Las Vegas on Fremont St., and this is where it belongs. We hope to continue our relationship with Mint 400 for many years and continue to be the home for off-roaders visiting Las Vegas,” Tiffany Widdows Director of Marketing at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

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Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award consecutively since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget now offers more than 2,400 deluxe guestrooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sportsbook, and poker room; nightly entertainment with master impressionist and comedian Gordie Brown; world-class restaurants such as Grotto Italian Ristorante and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse; a luxury spa and salon; and The Tank, a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a 200,000-gallon, live shark aquarium and the H20 poolside lounge.

Since 2005, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas has made more than $180 million in upgrades, renovations and expansions under Landry’s Inc, introducing first-class accommodations, exquisite dining options and fun-filled entertainment venues. In late 2009, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas unveiled its newest addition, Rush Tower. This $150-million hotel tower added nearly 500 new guestrooms and suites to the property, brought Las Vegas its first Chart House Restaurant and introduced a beautiful new pool, the Hideout, as well as expanded the gaming.

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Team SP FiFTYONE make motorcycling history and become the first father and son to finish the Dakar Rally http://www.race-dezert.com/home/team-sp-fiftyone-make-motorcycling-history-become-first-father-son-finish-dakar-rally-120454.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/team-sp-fiftyone-make-motorcycling-history-become-first-father-son-finish-dakar-rally-120454.html#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:33:24 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=120454 Simon and Lewelyn Pavey have made Dakar history today by completing the 2015 Dakar Rally. The father and son team have had their fair share of problems in the 2015 rally but a true gritty performance right to the end

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Simon and Lewelyn Pavey have made Dakar history today by completing the 2015 Dakar Rally. The father and son team have had their fair share of problems in the 2015 rally but a true gritty performance right to the end created a new motorcycling mantra: to finish, first you must be determined.

As KTM’s Marc Coma was on his way to collecting his fifth Dakar victory, Simon and Llewelyn were slogging it out in what Simon describes as “maybe the hardest day of the rally” towing each other through horrendous muddy conditions.

A huge downpour brought the rally to a premature end when the farm tracks leading towards Buenos Aires became incredibly slippery, leaving the organisers little choice but to cut the stage short. With electrical problems still plaguing the number 75 machine, Simon and Llel were forced to tow the stricken bike out of the shortened 101kms stage – not normally a difficult task but in terrible muddy conditions today it became almost impossible. It took them a whopping hour to complete the final kilometres.

Without question getting to the end of today’s stage and the rally finish was as much about the sheer dedication of the SP FiFTYONE support crew as it was about the sheer determination of the riders. On a normal day the Dakar is hard on both riders and support teams but the 2015 rally has been amplified dramatically by problems created on stage eight, when organisers sent the bikes across a wet salt lake in Uyuni.

Attrition rates were extremely high across the bike entrants, largely due to the salt working its way into all parts of bikes. But for the resourcefulness and mechanical know-how of the riders on the stage and the support crew all night, Simon and Llel would have surely added to the list of non-finishers.

What will surely be labeled one of the hardest Dakars in recent history brings Simon’s tally to 10 and has been a tough baptism for Llewelyn in his first. After finishing this ‘extreme human adventure’ Team SP FiFTYONE has certainly earned a beer tonight.

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Today was a mad day, the hardest of the rally in some ways. Everyone set off at the start like scolded cats in the dry and the dust, which was unbelievable in itself. We just decided to let them get on with it because there was nothing to be gained or lost.
Then the heavens opened and half the people who’d come flying past us were laying upside down at the side of the track because they couldn’t ride mud. It was unreal and to be honest really, really funny.
But that quickly turned on us. As soon as Llel’s bike got wet it just died so we had quite a few Ks of towing through mud that you wouldn’t believe. Llel was awesome holding on to the tow. Basically a rally bike on desert tyres doesn’t grip too well in those conditions so you have to hook second gear and keep it pinned. I was just filling him in permantanly for kilometre after kilometre. The top layer of mud was so thick I have no idea how he held on. I would have given up long before!
We got out though and it was fun, I guess. I think we’re both just exhausted. The effort put in by Evan and John has been unbelievable too and there’s no way we could have been at the podium there without them. The rally this year has ticked all the emotions boxes that’s for sure. Despair, hope, tears, highs – all were there. And that was just today!

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We began our day steady today, mainly because my bike was running really badly but also because there was no point in going mental like everyone else. It was dry at the start and for some reason people who’d been steady all week went crazy. I don’t really know why.
After about 60kms we were in the middle of the field and the rain came down out of nowhere. It rained a bit then was dry and then came down properly torrential. Because it was so dry otherwise, it just became this slime on top of hard ground that you could barely walk on.
And it just turned into carnage, utter carnage. People were everywhere – really good riders just doing 3kms with their feet out like clubmen. So for a while we were doing well, I think I over-took 20 people in 2kms at one point.
But then the bike just stopped again. The whole front of the bike went live too so the bars, levers anything metal was live. We tried to fix it but just decided to tow our way out.
Which was hard, hard work at times, fun but hard. I basically had to guess my way a lot of the time, close my eyes and hold on hard while dad nailed it.
It’s hard to say how I feel now, I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet but it’s almost an anti-climax that the rally is over. I’m just tired I guess. I’m not sure the bike would’ve lasted another day anyhow. I definitely feel like we did a good job of getting all the stories packed in there for my first rally!

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