race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:45:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 VORE Off-Road Transit Van http://www.race-dezert.com/home/vore-off-road-transit-van-115103.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/vore-off-road-transit-van-115103.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:45:29 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115103 ]]> VORE_off-road_FORD_transit_van_01 Let’s say your are headed out into the never, never with six people chasing for a team or just heading down the dirt road to Punta Canejo for a surf. You can cram everybody into a full size truck like sardines or you can brave it in a stock van and shake all those toxins out of your kidneys, or you can take the new custom VORE Off-Road FORD Transit Van. It’s basically an “Off-Road Limo” that has all the accouterments of home as well as some basic off-road capabilities. Now your aren’t going to be going 100mph through whoops in San Felipe, but then again why would you if you have a built in Margarita machine? Add some surf boards or a kayak and The “Endless Summer” begins here, and it looks pretty fricken rad! I think we need to send Tony Tellier one of these for “testing.”

VORE customized a stock 2015 Transit 350HD DRW, High Roof XL wagon with the 3.2L I5 Diesel engine (six-speed automatic) and 148” extended length wheelbase. This is the biggest Transit wagon FORD offers.

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The VORE vehicle is painted in Tuxedo Black Metallic, with charcoal cloth seats (from the factory). Optional equipment on it includes rear view camera, MyKey, passenger door running board, dual illuminated sun visors, privacy glass, trailer towing package, rear window defogger, AM/FM/CD/Sirius satellite radio with Sync, perimeter anti-theft alarm, and power inverter. “Transit offered us so much capacity to work with, we were able to take our plans further than we could with a typical van,” said Mike Self, of the Vegas Off-Road Experience. “It will be a great vehicle for taking guests out on course in high-end comfort.” Although the FORD Transit is relatively new the the American market FORD has been perfecting this platform for the last 50 years in Europe. With a 500+ mile range, lot’s of interior space, and lots of different models and configurations you are sure to have fun customizing it to fit your needs. Quigley Motor company is even making a 4×4 conversion so if you want to get deeper into the the never, never you can.

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Chasing Down Brian Deegan http://www.race-dezert.com/home/chasing-down-brian-deegan-115228.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/chasing-down-brian-deegan-115228.html#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:31:48 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115228 ]]> chasing_down_brian_deegan
Congratulations, hell of a championship. It’s not getting easier, the field is stacked and you stepped into the deep end in Pro-2’s so, a lot of respect for that.

Thanks.

You’ve crushed both classes this year. What do you think your secret is?

I think I have done well because I’ve run them as two programs.  I have separate guys that run my Pro-Lite and other guys who run my Pro-2. They run as two separate programs but under my tent. They’re both a rear wheel drive traction, so they’re similar to drive. The Pro-Lite has helped me do better in the Pro-2. That’s why I’ve always kind of stuck with it, plus I had the support to do two classes.

That leads me into my next question. It’s a lot of work to run one class. Do you think it helps your program that are running two classes?

I’ve said the benefits are paid because I have just more seat time. I’m constantly driving. I always had the theory that I’d come out of Pro-Lite and either be super excited because I won, or really pissed off because I didn’t. Either way it was really motivating for Pro-2. You see sometimes on the first lap I check out like by five seconds or whatever within the first three or four laps in Pro-2 because I’m just so warmed up and ready to run. You know? I know the track. I know the pace. I know where the holes are, where to go, where the dirt is at, where it’s not, but it just really helps in certain aspects.

It hurts when it’s super hot. The days it’s over 100 degrees and running back and forth to get in the trucks, and you don’t have time to eat right, drink right, physically wears you down more. There’s a lot of thought process that goes down with two trucks as far as what lines to take.  Is the truck set-up?  I spend a lot of time just setting up the truck especially in Pro-Lite. You know?

Yes, ProLite is a little unforgiving.

Yeah.

It’s funny because I’ve known you for a long time and it’s been cool to watch the evolution of you as a person and now you have your daughter, and your son, and they’re kind of now being involved in what you do for a career, so they’ve been both racing. Do you plan on having them race with you on your team?

I’ve never really thought about it too far out in the future of what the plan is with the kids when they are 18.  Besides I’m just going to keep focusing on helping them to do as good as they can and if that day comes where they want to race pro or whatever they want to do, I’ll support it. I just said for me to take some time to just put 100% into it into whatever it is. If it’s the mini-bike racing, well, we’re constantly developing the best stuff into the fastest bikes and the best practice tracks, and just trying to see how good we can get the kids at their sports.

It’s the same thing with my daughter. She plays on club volleyball. She’s on the elite team and we practice every night. In everything we do we just go full on about it. I’d be happy to see my kids go to college. It would be nice to see her try to be a doctor, pursue something like that too. You know?

Also jumping over to GRC, you’ve been racing GRC. How is GRC compared to short course races? Are there similarities and what are the differences?

I think there are similarities.  GRC is a sprint.  It’s fast rate and it’s a lot about car set-up. I like when the tracks are dirt then there’s a lot of similarities, but the races that have gone to pavement really throws me out of my element. I still seem to do okay, but I’m starting to put a little more time into pavement driving such as like going to schools and just trying to learn how to drive pavement better. But in the short course racing, you’re doing starts, you’re doing car set-ups. It actually has a lot of crossover as far as just the passing, setting up, passing, and the aggressive driving, and all that transfers back and forth.

So we talked before about Baja, I know a trophy truck isn’t necessarily a money-making thing, but are you interested in desert racing if the right opportunity was there?

Yeah, I always said.  I told Rockstar, if the time ever comes to … That I would be able to get the support to go race Baja or something like that, that would be awesome. I’d love to try it. But I don’t foresee me taking on that sport due to my kids racing and business, and all the other things that I have going.

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If you could race heads up against any off-road racer, who would it be and why?

Ivan Stewart or Mickey Thompson would be cool, just some legend. You know? But one thing I’d always like to do is to be able to walk away from the sport or whenever my days done… When I’m getting older and leave a mark like those guys have done. I think it’s cool to have created a mark like they have. They have legendary names, and it’s their name. That would be cool.

It’s my goal. It’s what I want to be. I want to be a name in off-road where people are like, “That dude did a lot for the sport, had a huge impact on it, and continued to put out products that are just like Walker Evans is still doing and Mickey Thompson is still doing. Those guys really helped build and innovate the sport.

You’re not just some freestyle motocross guy who jumped in a truck anymore. You’ve won multiple championships and multiple classes and really, especially this year, you laid down some dominant performances consistently. What advice would you give to up and coming off-road racers?

I think it’s just investing in the right people, having to surround yourself with the right people and good people that know what they’re doing. In off-road you always just do the extra effort or do whatever you can. Do it right the first time. You know? That’s kind of what I’ve learned in off-road, just got to have the best guys and really study what’s been done. Why are people winning? Why have people won? I study that. That’s what I want. That’s what I learned.

Sure. No, it’s great advice.  Between GRC and short course racing, what’s your favorite?

I would say short-course is my favorite because of the jumps.  The tracks are dirt and the roots.  I just dig it. You know? There’s no roost in GRC. You’re in a car with a windshield and guys wear white race suits and are like real GQ. You know? I like being at the dirt track and it’s like motocross. You know? That’s what I enjoy. I just like the big jumps.

Tell us about your program and who’s really critical in running your program?

I took baby steps. You know? When I first started I invested my own money. Rockstar helped me out.  They took a chance on me. I invested in my own truck, and started with a real cheap set-up.  I had a Pro-Lite truck and trailer and just barely could afford to make it my first year.

I just had to build it and prove it. I’ve been working my ass off.  I showed people I could win and started getting more support, did all the merching, went to all the signings, did all the promotion and was able to build my team. I built a team and great shop at my house. I was able to set-up my program and now I have one of the nicest teams at the track.

It was all just from starting from ground level. I got key guys on my team like Tanner Stevens and Jeff Frana, who run my Pro-2 program. Those are my key guys who really help my team be so strong. I have racers services, Paul Michelle and Kenny are the guys who help on my Pro-Lite but Keith Stamper is the best Pro-Lite guy probably ever. I have so many “A” players on my team it’s gnarly, like they all could be crew chiefs with the other teams. You know?

The way I describe my team to people it’s like, you walk down the pit, you see a team with their one “A” player or crew chief that just knows how to do everything. Those are all my guys. I have six of those guys under my tent and they’re all gnarly. It’s not cheap, but it wins races and championships bottom line.

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That leads me into my next question and specifically with Stamper. How much is equipment a factor in racing? Tell us about who built your vehicles?

Equipment.  It’s like I would say it’s way, way more important to get equipment than where I came from in moto. You know? Moto is a lot more physical, the rider is 80%. In off-road I think it’s probably like 30, 40% driver and the rest is the equipment and the truck. You won’t win if you have a bad truck.  You’re not winning in it so important to have good equipment. A lot of people have the money but they don’t know how to set it up, so you have that scenario too.

We have the guys who can set it up and we’ve been able to have the nice equipment. I still do bounce around. You can’t outspend me by far. You know?

But we are able to set-up our trucks better. We have just better ways of fixing and preparing our trucks and that’s what it comes down to. It’s just the experience in the guys I’ve hired and it’s not by chance. I didn’t get lucky. I studied it. I studied. I said, “Who is the best crew chief and who has the best truck?” Those are the guys I went after and some of the guys we had to wait a season or two to get them over to your team. I have a pretty damn long list of resumes of mechanics who tried to get on our team. I’m pretty straight up. Pay the guys when it’s time to get paid. I pay good bonuses. It’s when I win everyone is doing good. Everything we do is based upon winning on our team. It’s heavy incentivized to win. That’s the way I like it.

Who built your trucks originally?

Jeff and Tanner built my Pro-2 and the Pro-Lite were built by Keith a long time ago.

For the future you and I talked, I don’t know, a year ago. What are your plans for the future of off-road racing?

It’s a sport. I wish it was growing faster. I think it is getting better but I wish it was cheaper so more drivers could come in fill the slots up. I think it’s just getting more and more expensive which kind of sucks because it’s hurting the turn-out. There needs to be more trucks.

I’ve had meetings with the league and meetings with whoever matters. I said, “Hey, what do we got to do to make this work more affordable?” We can outspend the competition and we can beat everyone, but that’s not the game. The game should be 20 guys on the same playing field so we can all battle and have good qualifying. I want to beat the best.

You look at short-course you’re like, I’m the best Pro-2 driver in the nation.  So what does that really mean? Does it mean you’re the best of 40 guys? You know? Not like motocross or supercross where if you’re the best, the champion, thousands of people are trying to be that guy. You know?

You got to put it into perspective and go, “How much is it really worth money wise for this event?” I just think the sport needs to come together and put more limits on how much it costs, so we can get more people in the sport. I just would like to keep growing because I want to be around. I want to be part of it. But at what point does some sponsor go, “Oh, I think it’s not growing. We’re walking away.”

There are a lot of theories on how to make the sport grow and I am down to do the work. I want to see it work. I want to be here for the long haul. I enjoy it, like something I can do for a long time because you’re in a race car. It’s not like moto where you’re going to have time limit.

You probably have the biggest fan base in short course and some large sponsors. Do you feel a lot of pressure to win? Is that put on you by the sponsors or is that more of yourself?

I think it’s just like the Villopoto theory. You know? There’s one result that people expect out of you. That’s kind of a curse you put on yourself and you win a bunch it’s like, “Oh, man!” Just like it was a bummer the other when I got like second or third. The pit was all down. You know?

It’s kind of funny that that’s how high our standard is now. But yeah, I feel there’s a lot of pressure for me to win from everything, from the sponsors, to myself and from the fans, for sure. I feel it, for sure. It’s been good since Bryce has come over and he’s upped the game and has helped me move forward, I think. Rob MacCachren is always innovating, so I’m getting better and better every time, and Carl, I just like to see some more players in the game.

Have there been any moments, like when you’re doing this that were pretty scary, like bad crashes or pucker moments where you’re like, “Well, what am I doing?”

Yeah, maybe when I caught on fire in Vegas a year ago, like fire going through the truck. That kind of scared me to go, “Whoa! I could get jacked up pretty quick.”  I’ve been pretty fortunate not to have the big, big flip crashes and I don’t think that’s coincidental. I think it’s just the way I back off the gas instead of jumping into certain situations that aren’t good. I’ve raced Pro-lite five years in Pro-Lite, six years in championships and I flipped once, maybe twice, but I think just the way I’ve driven. Yeah, I think I’ve had a few of those moments.  No, I don’t think I’ve ever been like, “Man, this is too crazy.”

I raced Pro-4 the other day and there were some moments there where guys were landing on me or jumping into each other, just doing some really like foolish stuff that didn’t make sense at al.  It was kind of like, “Wow! Is this how it’s going to be in this class?” I just don’t like when people push me off the base of the jump when I’m up and like getting ready to take off and they clip you, spin you out of control. But I’ve had some of that in Pro-2, the last race, but those are the only moments that were scary.

I’ve seen Pro-Lites flip, trucks flip, and even catch on fire when they flip back over because of the carburetion. There’s some stuff there that I’m like, “Man, they need to make this safer.”  I think we need to go to fuel injection, implement some more safety in the trucks, for sure.

Are you going to move into Pro-4? Is that part of your plan?

I want to. I think racing a Pro-4 is going to help me as a driver. I think it’ll help me become a way better rally driver because it’s all-wheel drive. It’s the same style. When I got into Scott Douglas’ Pro-4 for the first time I’m like, “Damn! This feels just like my rally car.” The way it turns. The way you follow the front wheels.

Yeah, I’d like to.  Going back to the theory though of what’s realistic because my Pro-2 program is a seven-figure program. You know? Or add another one of those and at what point does the money get to be so much that it costs losing money and that’s where I don’t want to get. I had to pull money out of my savings many times and I don’t want to do that.

I feel like I’m at the point where I shouldn’t have to be digging into my savings. I found that’s the way it’s going to be in Pro-4 because if it’s just that expensive to win, then I won’t do it. I’ll just race Pro-2 because Pro-2 is getting more and more expensive too. Yeah, I would like to and I’m still working on that.

I know you are into MMA, and as long I’ve known you, you’ve been into fitness in general. How much do you think that being in shape helps your driving?

I think it helps a lot. I think the generation of guys being out of shape, older, like drinking, partying, and going racing are getting few and far between. I think that more guys are eating right, training, and being in good shape are going to win races. It’s not as demanding as a dirt bike, but it sure does matter when you’re racing all day in a hundred and some degrees and you have to make quick decisions. You can tell the guys who are in shape and that have done it right. There are all these pieces. You know? They don’t have consistency,  up and down the race like, oh, that guys is on today, off the next day. They’re always there and that’s what I want to be, consistent.  You can build on that.

I think that’s something that is with everything in life. You need someone that’s in decent shape and is motivated, like athletic person. That’s the type of person you want to do business with. You’re like, “All right. This dude’s not a slouch.” You’re not going to be late. You know?

Are there any other forms of racing that you want to try? What are they and why?

I did want to try NASCAR just because of the crowd and I felt like that would be making to the top in racing in America, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Other than that, no, I think I’m where I want to be racing rally and racing trucks. There isn’t too much more that I’m like, “Man, I want to go try that.”  Maybe some road race stuff would be cool. But feels pretty good where I’m at.

In your career and in your life, who do you think has been your biggest influence, your biggest motivation?

I have to say, first would be my dad who has like pretty much taught me how to work hard and be a business guy, and go and do things the right way to be successful. When I moved out and moved on, that was what was instilled in me.  Then I had certain guys I looked up to in motocross like Jeff Ward and Ricky Johnson. Then I got married and had kids. My kids are the next motivation factor for me. Now that they’re getting older it’s really important that I’m motivated by showing them or giving examples of how you’re supposed to be in life.

Back to racing for a second, every year that you’ve been racing now the field has gotten deeper and deeper. This year in Pro-2, it’s a pretty stacked field and you not only were dominant, but you won a championship. What does that feel like? Do you feel validated? Again, it’s like the year the freestyle motocross guy showed up. I remember telling you like, “Hey dude, this isn’t a picnic. You’re going to have to figure out a lot of shit.”

Yeah, I feel like this one meant a lot. I’ve been in off-road since 2009 and we won the championship, I think, every year. It was six years and we had six championships and I don’t think there are many guys who can say that.  I’ve been in Pro-2 four years and I’ve won three of the four years and I should have won it last year, but things just didn’t happen. It’s a huge accomplishment, you know how it keeps getting harder to beat the field and especially Rob MacCachren.  Not many people can do that. It’s bad ass! We were all stoked and that’s our goal.

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There is a saying and I think it goes both ways both in short-course and desert, but “The race doesn’t necessarily matter as long as you beat Rob MacCachren.”

Yeah, I could hear that. I remember saying as a typical theme of “how do you make a million dollars in off-road?” That’s a typical one. I’m like, “you start with two,” and I’m like, “Shit! I’m still trying to figure out how to end with one.” I’m not ending with nothing. I like to spend it all. You know? It’s expensive.

I put every dollar I make in the back in the program. I don’t try to make money racing. I try to pay for my racing through … I try to cover my racing through my sponsors. A lot of times sponsors don’t understand that. They’re like, “Man, you really need a half a million from me or you need just a couple hundred grand?” I’m like, “Yeah, that’s like three motors, dude.” That’s like you don’t understand these levels. It’s so gnarly and so expensive.

But I make my money through products. I go out and try to build cool products and that’s where I make my living. Products and selling clothing, selling tires, wheels, all the cool things that I like to make for the fans and for the people buying it. Then I put it back in the sport. You know? I try to put it in sponsored teams. I sponsor supercross teams, sponsor other drivers. I’m just getting rolling. You know?

I always say, “support the sport.” When you’re going to go buy a Maxxis tire for example, where is that money going to? Who are you supporting? When you buy that tire you’re pumped on that brand for whatever reason, where does that money go?  Hopefully to an athlete who put’s it back into off-road.

Think about it. When you buy products that have a name on them like Robby Woods, or whoever it is putting out those products, it’s going to athletes that are spending the money back in off-road.

That’s why I feel like the message that I want to get across people, it’s supporting the athlete’s sport.

Support off-road!

Yeah, and I think guys are putting it back in. I understand those companies are too. They’re sponsoring, putting back into the sport, for sure.

Who do you feel is your biggest competition that is out there on the track?

I think the guys that push us to be better or Bryce and Rob, Carl.  Those are the guys in short-course. In Rally, Block and Tanner, those are the guys. Scott Speed on pavement is fast. Nelson Piquet is fast too. Those are the dudes who push me in that sport. The guys who can beat you at any moment, those are the dudes who make you try harder.

It was interesting this weekend to see. I had no idea that Tanner was going to come out and do some laps, but that was just interesting to watch.

Yeah, he’s one of the best drivers in the world, but it goes to show you how hard the short-course is.

Did you ever think when you were coming up, especially in those years where freestyle motocross was starting to blow up, that you would evolve into owning a multi-truck race team?

No. When I came to California I thought I was going to be a Supercross factory rider. Then that didn’t work, so I quickly made the move to freestyle motocross. I’ve always tried to make the most of everything. Once I realized freestyle was tapering off and I couldn’t continue the curve of tricks and how dangerous it was, and all the injuries I had … It’s like, “All right. Well, what’s next?” I moved it pretty quick. Rockstar supported me to try a truck. I took it serious, I put a lot of work into it and surrounded myself with good people. The next thing you know we’re one of the top teams.

I think we’re halfway there. I think I have so many more visions of what I want to do. I don’t want to sound cocky or nothing, but I want to make a huge impact in this sport. I want to be known as the one who has won the most, the biggest names, and sell the coolest products. Like how Walker Evans has his products and his name. He’s around. His name and his product is going to go on forever. Mickey Thompson could go on forever, that’s where I want to be. That’s my goal, that’s my vision. I think what we have is good and I’m always thinking of how to bring more fans to the track, how to have better TV shows, be more entertaining. I think that’s what’s going to help grow the whole sport.

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Do you have anybody else that you’d like to thank or give props or respect to?

I’d say I don’t want to like be the driver that’s like, “Oh, yeah, I’d like to thank my sponsors.” But in the end if Rockstar didn’t back me, they would have been like, “He’s just a freestyle guy,” then this career is over and clip me or let me go, or just not help me. I wouldn’t be able to do what I did, so definitely Rockstar is the one that stood behind me and I got to meet some really cool people.

The guys at Mickey Thompson, I wish I would have met them from day one because they’re so cool to me. We’re like good friends. We talk on a friend level and they’re just there to support me. I think you’re going to see a lot of big names coming out from us and they’re on the same wavelength. We got to put out a signature tire. Think about that. There’s not a lot of people who have signature tires. It’s doing really well and I’m going to keep growing that. I have a whole line of rims coming out through Mickey Thompson, Off-road Wheels, Street Wheels, all that, so that’s all going to grow. Mickey Thompson is getting behind my vision of how many new products and cool projects I want to do.

I’m going to keep doing video parts. I have a bunch of ideas of just doing cool Internet projects because I think that’s where it’s at. I think for the little amount of time I have, I like to be still doing stunts. I like doing crazy stuff and I have some crazy ideas and I’m going to invest the money in some ideas, and just do different stuff that should help the sport of off-road.

Ford’s been behind me which has been crazy thing that I never thought would happen, that I’d have the president of Ford hang out at my house. You know?

Actually, it’s really funny because one of the other things I’ve been working on is an article on that truck that Chris Ross did with you.

Yeah, we’re releasing a new Ford F-150 at SEMA 2015, aluminum body F-150, all signature Deegan products on it and I will be in the Ford booth. It will be one of the primary featured trucks. A.D.D. helped me build it. Chris Ross was behind the scenes making it happen. It’s just crazy. A signature truck?

I was eating dinner with the president of Ford and the president of Ford Racing the other day. I’m like, “This is freaking nuts.” I freaking was just a stupid dirt biker from Nebraska. You know? Now, we’re going to the top level of American racing and companies, and business. I think this has to do with just making those good connections with the right people and trying to be a good person with the business guys.

With the short course being strong, I was able to bring in FRAM. I was at SEMA and we talked to one of the top guys, the president of FRAM to come in my rally car for a ride. Took him for a ride and he was hooked. You know? The next thing you know FRAM is involved in so much of the racing now, like I had a part of that. You know? They have been another great partner. All these big corporate partners, it’s crazy because I have never had that. You know? I always wanted that.

Those are kind of the key players that today, that really helped me. DVS has helped me. All those people backed me with signature products.

It’s pretty rad to think about, all the way from dirt bikes to the fact that now we’re all selling trucks and especially you! I said this to the FORD guys a few years ago when we were first getting work with them. It’s like, “You want a guy to sell the Raptor?” Deegan’s your poster boy. It’s awesome to see!

I’m really stoked for you and a lot of respect because you’re backing up your mouth with the proof. Do you know what I mean? It’s like, I out of anybody know how difficult it is to go win in short-course and there’s a myriad of guys who are champions in desert who would never even dream of messing with it because they know that it’s a different level of intensity of racing. Again, congratulations on your sixth championship!

Yeah, and then the ones we did lose they were by a few points.  At Pro-Lite, I ended up losing it this year by a few points and we had twice as many wins as anyone else in the class. We are the dominant truck. I don’t think the facts or the points stress that enough. Who has ever done that? Who has ever won two classes consistently at the same time? I podiumed Friday, Pro-2, Pro-4, and ProLite in one day. That’s never been done? Not in Lucas!

A lot went down. We podiumed every single round in Pro-2. I parked it the last round to where my truck actually freaking broke, but we already had won the championship. We didn’t need to race the last one. That’s how big of a lead we had. That’s unheard of, the little things that people don’t really realize. I think I’ve already won over 50 races in short-course. That is a lot of battles.

It’s rad, a really rad thing! I’m stoked for you. You know? I’m glad you’re involved with the sport and it’s fun to watch. It makes it more exciting.

Also at the end too, I put my thanks to Chappy who is always at the race and always helps me. A guy from Racers for Christ, too. That’s one dude that’s always been there to help me. Like I said, “I ain’t perfect and nowhere near it,” but that dude has helped me out a lot.

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King Healy Clinches Nitto National Championship http://www.race-dezert.com/home/king-healy-clinches-nitto-national-championship-115217.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/king-healy-clinches-nitto-national-championship-115217.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:03:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115217 ]]> Loren Healy

October 27th, 2014, RENO, NV: 2014 King of The Hammers winner, Loren Healy continued his winning streak at the Nitto Tire National Championship presented by 4 Wheel Parts held at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, NV on October 18th. The event featured 106 ULTRA4 teams competing in front of more than 5200 spectators at the first ever ULTRA4 race held at the park. The Nitto National Champion is determined by the driver with the most points after competing in King of The Hammers, three regional ULTRA4 races, and the season ending Nitto Championship Race. With Healy’s win on Saturday he successfully won all five races and ended the season with a perfect score of 5000 points.

Going into last weekend’s event, less than 300 points separated Healy from Reno’s own Jake Hallenbeck, who’s been consistently on the podium all season long. Since the debut of his car in July at Glen Helen, Healy has been undefeated. The question going into last weekend’s race was if the substantial rock obstacles added to the track for the ULTRA4s at Wild West Motorsports Park would prove a challenge for Healy. After laying down the 2nd fastest qualifying time on Friday, it was clear to everyone that Healy was going to be tough to beat.

When the green flag dropped for the main on Saturday, it was two-time King of The Hammers winner, Shannon Campbell that ultimately gave Healy a run for his money. The two drivers raced side-by-side, nearly identical laps with the crowds watching in awe. That is, until Campbell went for the pass on a long downhill straight-away and caught a boulder at the bottom sending him into a roll, allowing Healy to clinch the lead. By mid-race, 2012 KOH Winner, Erik Miller was gaining on Healy, and this year’s ULTRA4 European champion, Levi Shirley had made his way from a last place LCQ starting position up to the front of the pack. As the checkered flag dropped, Healy clinched the win followed closely by Miller with Shirley completing the podium.

All five limited classes also raced for Championship titles this weekend as well. In the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified class after a battle all season between 88 John Currie and 4580 Jordan Townsend, it would be Currie who clinched the win and the 4500 Nitto National Championship Title for the 4500s. In the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class, 4608 Matt Peterson took the win in Reno, however, with two regional wins and a 2nd place in Reno, it was 4612 Ben Varozza earned the title of 4600 Nitto National Champion. For the 4700 Spec Class, UK native Rob Butler took the win in Reno, but 4703 driver Jessi Combs secured the Championship by a landslide with her multiple podiums all season long. In the new 4800 Legends class it was newcomer 4881 Ernie Hardaway who won the race, however, veteran ULTRA4 driver Dave Schneider in his 4871 Legends car went home with the National Championship. In the UTV Class it was Darren Mitchell who came through and won the race in the #3 UTV. A tight UTV National Championship point race between Off Road Evolution’s Mel Wade IV and Brian Hogue saw Wade narrowly beating Hogue to claim his first ever National Championship before the age of 16.

Several other awards were given out at the banquet on Saturday night which was attended by more than 500 people at the Atlantis Casino. Nitto Tire paid for every driver and co-drivers dinner and Currie Enterprises bought each driver and co-driver their first drink. The ULTRA4 Sportsman of the Year award was given to Levi Shirley. This was Shirley’s 2nd time being voted Sportsman of the Year by his peers for his professionalism both on and off the race course. The 2014 Rookie of the Year award went to Car #54 Mike Bou for his consistent finishes throughout the season in his first year of racing.

The 2015 ULTRA4 Series will begin with KOH Week 2015. Hammertown opens on January 30th, 2015. The week will include King of the Motos, the Polaris KOH UTV Race, the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race, and the 9th annual Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015 in Johnson Valley, CA. Registration for all races is available online at www.ultra4racing.com

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Tyme Agency’s Gavin Harlien Pro Lite R.O.Y and lands First Podium http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tyme-agencys-gavin-harlien-pro-lite-r-o-y-and-lands-first-podium-115214.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tyme-agencys-gavin-harlien-pro-lite-r-o-y-and-lands-first-podium-115214.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:59:42 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115214 ]]> Gavin Harlien
Tyme Agency’s Gavin Harlien continued with his consistent finishes for the 2014 race season this past weekend and was able to capture the highly coveted Rookie Of The Year award for the Pro Lite division in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at just 15 years old.

Gavin was then able to back up his R.O.Y performance with his strongest race of the year in the season ending Challenge Cup that featured the top drivers for the season in the highly competitive Pro Lite division. Harlien quickly moved into the number one position and led the Challenge Cup race for a total of 12 laps and eventually finished a season high 2nd place when the checkered flag dropped.

“I have learned so much this season in my first year competing in the Pro Lite class and feel I now have the experience needed and team behind me to contend for the Pro Lite title in 2015. Running with the top drivers in the Challenge Cup gives me the confidence needed to compete for wins in this class every time I get on the track.” Says Gavin Harlien

Gavin was only 14 years old when the 2014 race season started and has shown composure and driving ability well beyond his years. He has proven to be a Top 5 talent in multiple race series and is excited to get back on the racetrack in 2015 to compete for the Pro Lite title.

Gavin’s 2014 Sponsors Include: A3 Bars, GoPro, Mickey Thompson Tires, IronClad Gloves, Slick Products, Lucas Oil, Cali’s Finest, Smith Optics, DVS & Freestyle Watches

About tyme: tyme is a boutique sports marketing agency, offering customized consulting packages tailored to fit any brand, team or athlete. Built on sixteen years of sales, marketing and consulting experience, tyme specializes in athlete/team representation, loyalty program management, business consulting and social media strategy.

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Brabec and THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki Capture AMA H&H Championship! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/brabec-and-thr-motorsports-monster-energy-precision-concepts-kawasaki-capture-ama-hh-championship-115205.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/brabec-and-thr-motorsports-monster-energy-precision-concepts-kawasaki-capture-ama-hh-championship-115205.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:55:06 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115205 ]]> Brabec Champion

Going into the final round of the SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series, Ricky Brabec of the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team, presented by Hoosier Precision Machining, had almost no pressure. All he needed to do to clinch the title was finish fifth or better, even if his closest rival won.

But that’s not the style of a champion, and when he rocketed down the fast, downhill bomb run at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area near Lucerne Valley, California, with the lead well in hand aboard his KX450F tuned by Bob Bell of Precision Concepts, there was only one option in his mind: stay in front.

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Ricky Brabec, THR Motorsports, Monster Energy, Hoosier Precision Machining

“I came into it wanting to win because everyone wants to win–you don’t sign up to get second or anything–but fortunately I got a great start and I led the whole, entire way with no mistakes,” Brabec declared. “I don’t think this day could’ve gone any better than it did.”

Indeed. Once out front, he simply motored away from a talented field at the challenging three-loop race hosted by the 100s Motorcycle Club who put on the 47th Annual 100s M.C. National Hare & Hound, the 10th and final race of the series.

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Ricky Brabec, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki, Renthal

By the time Brabec took the checkered flag after two hours, 20 minutes and 10 seconds on the pegs, he was 4:34 ahead of Ivan Ramirez, while title challenger Nick Burson settled for third, another 58 seconds back. In addition, THR’s Max Eddy, Jr., won the Vet A class, finishing sixth overall. It was his third triumph, giving him a perfect record in the three Nationals he entered this year.

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Max Eddy Jr. National Hare & Hound, Monster Energy, THR Motorspsorts

In final series points, Brabec amassed 216 points via his four wins, three seconds, two thirds and a fifth. Burson’s points haul was 190 while Ramirez earned third at 188. More remarkable than Brabec’s consistency was the fact that this was his–and the team’s–first shot at the championship.

“I’m stoked! I don’t even know what to do right now!” he exclaimed at his trailer a few hours after the finish. “We’re still out here in the desert. I don’t know–I’ve never felt like this so I don’t even know what happens next.”

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Ricky Brabec Wins National Hare & Hound Championship

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For more information and updates on the THR Motorsports Team, visit the THR Motorsports Facebook page at www.facebook.com/THRMotorsports

Story & Photography By: Mark Kariya

 

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Alumi Craft Racers Dave Mason Jr And Sterling Cling End Pro Buggy Season On Strong Note http://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-racers-dave-mason-jr-and-sterling-cling-end-pro-buggy-season-on-strong-note-115197.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-racers-dave-mason-jr-and-sterling-cling-end-pro-buggy-season-on-strong-note-115197.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:43:01 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115197 ]]> Alumicraft

Racers face a never-ending dilemma; do you chase points towards a championship or go all out for a win. Dave Mason Jr. has competed in the super competitive Pro Buggy class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for three seasons now. He has been consistently good right out of the box in his Alumi Craft Pro Buggy achieving many podium finishes and top results in the points chase. He finished 10th in points his first season of Pro Buggy, 3rd in the season long points chase last year and improved to the second spot this year. Despite his solid performance, a race win eluded him until the final round this season. With 2nd place in the points championship secure, Dave took the gloves off and went all out for a win. Locked in a wheel to wheel battle for the lead late in the race, he would not be denied. He fought his way past the race leader with two corners to go and sailed across the finish line for his first Pro Buggy victory.

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Dave Mason Jr., Alumi Craft Race Cars, LoanMart Racing, Lucas Oil Off Road

“My Alumi Craft car has always been strong,” says Dave, “I worked very hard between rounds with my team all year to gain speed and it really paid off. The track at Lake Elsinore really suited the handling of the car. I felt very comfortable all weekend; qualifying fastest for Friday’s race. I was fighting hard the whole race and on the last lap I was able to take the lead. Getting my first win in Pro Buggy was amazing. It was exciting, encouraging and more than anything, a relief. I have come close many times before so it was great to make it happen. I couldn’t have done it without my team and Alumi Craft behind me. Their support has been huge for me throughout my entire racing career.”

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Dave Mason Jr, Pro Buggy, Lake Elsinore, Short Course

Alumi Craft racer Sterling Cling is another racer on the move. In his second year of Pro Buggy competition he has landed a second place podium finish in round 12, moved up two spots in the championship standings into the top ten and had a strong showing in the Challenge Cup. Sterling shot out to an early lead in the Challenge Cup and held off a pack of hungry competitors to finish in second place. Look for Sterling to run up front in 2015.

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Sterling Cling, Lucas Oil Off Road, Pro Buggy

Sterling Cling made a wise choice when he chose Alumi Craft and Dave Mason Jr has relied on Alumi Craft for many years. Alumi Craft race cars are known for innovative design and quality craftsmanship. Race wins and championships don’t come easy. When you are driving at the limit in the heat of competition, you want a car you can count on. That’s why top contenders rely on Alumi Craft’s experienced professionals to be meticulous in every detail during the design, fabrication or race preparation of their cars. Whether you are racing in the desert, prerunning or competing on the track, Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations.

If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.

Photography By: Bink Designs

About Alumi Craft
Alumi Craft is the premier racecar chassis manufacturer in the off road industry. Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty. We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver. Since 2004, Alumi Craft racers have earned countless wins and twenty-one points championships; eight in short course and thirteen in the desert. Rob MacCachren, Chuck Cheek, Cameron Steele, Luke McMillin, CJ Greaves, Matt Cullen, Darren Hardesty, Darryl Smith, Gunnar Peterson, Mike Porter, Mitchell Dejong, Roger Starkey and owner John Cooley have all won championships behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft race car.

For more information on Alumi Craft Race Cars check out www.alumicraft.info

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Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego. Since 2003, we have been committed to providing cost-effective solutions to our clients’ high-end graphic needs. Whether you want to create, maintain, or revamp your corporate identity, Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography and Apparel.

For more information on Bink Designs see www.binkdesigns.com

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Stadium Super Trucks Partners with SEMA, Moves Las Vegas Race to Nov. 6 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/stadium-super-trucks-partners-with-sema-moves-las-vegas-race-to-nov-6-115191.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/stadium-super-trucks-partners-with-sema-moves-las-vegas-race-to-nov-6-115191.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:33:37 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115191 ]]> SST 1

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 28, 2014) – As a result of a new partnership between Stadium Super Trucks (SST) and SEMA – the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world – SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS has moved its Nov. 5 race date in Las Vegas to Thursday, Nov. 6.

The event’s additional race date (Saturday, Nov. 1) and location remains the same with races taking place at the MGM Resorts Village. A full schedule of racing will take place both nights with other racing series joining the SSTs, including a full field of high-powered Legend Cars.

“Collectively we decided that having an additional day of promotion at the SEMA Show will be beneficial to our partnership,” said series President Robby Gordon. “Our mutual goals are to continue to build the off-road industry as a whole and moving the SST race from Wednesday to Thursday allows for an additional day of promotion within the SEMA Show, which is a benefit to the entire off-road industry.”

SEMA attendees can purchase tickets at two SST kiosks located at Show Registration in the North Hall and New Product Showcase in the South Hall, Level 2 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Tickets are also available through www.stadiumsupertrucks.com and the MGM box office (877-274-6958 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. PST) and are $25 for adults, and $15 for children (12 and under) and military personnel with proper ID. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. for both events.

For more information on the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series, visit www.stadiumsupertrucks.com.

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Cooper Tire Continues Series Partnership with TORC for 2015; Cooper Named 2014 TORC Tire Manufacturer of the Year http://www.race-dezert.com/home/cooper-tire-continues-series-partnership-with-torc-for-2015-cooper-named-2014-torc-tire-manufacturer-of-the-year-115188.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/cooper-tire-continues-series-partnership-with-torc-for-2015-cooper-named-2014-torc-tire-manufacturer-of-the-year-115188.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:24:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115188 ]]> cooper

IRVINE, Calif. – (Oct. 29, 2014) TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL announced today that Cooper Tire & Rubber Company will continue its relationship as an Official Series Partner for the 2015 season. Cooper was the primary sponsor for 2014 TORC PRO Light champion Jerett Brooks and a sponsor of drivers such as PRO 4WD runner up Mark Jenkins, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Keegan Kincaid, and Doug Mittag. TORC also announced that Cooper has been named its 2014 Tire Manufacturer of the Year.

TORC Series teams count on their race tires to handle some of the most brutal punishment in motorsports. Given Jerett Brooks’ dominating PRO Light championship season and the come-from-behind wins in PRO 4WD by Mark Jenkins, it’s easy to see why so many teams rely on Cooper to provide the rubber for their off-road trucks.

“Cooper had an incredible season in 2014 resulting in nearly 50 podiums across TORC’s three PRO racing divisions including a championship in PRO Light,” TORC Series President, BJ Birtwell noted. “As the TORC 2014 Tire Manufacturer of the Year, I’m sure many teams will reach out to Cooper looking to get their hands on their winning products. As one of the most fan-friendly sponsors in the sport, we are excited that Cooper is returning for another season of TORC racing.”

“We are thrilled to continue with TORC and to be honored as the TORC 2014 Tire Manufacturer of the Year,” said Cooper’s Director of Motorsports Chris Pantani. “Watching Jerett Brooks’ amazing PRO Light Championship run, and knowing his tire of choice was the Cooper Discoverer STT, which is the same tire that consumers can purchase from their local Cooper dealers, was incredible.

“Not to be outdone, the Cooper Discoverer PRO tire also had its share of podiums in the PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes,” Pantani added.

For more information on Cooper Tire, visit them on the Web at CooperTire.com or follow their motorsports campaign Twitter and Instagram at @TeamCooperTire. To follow TORC, go to TORCSeries.com or follow them on their social properties at Facebook.com/TORC and Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.

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About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper’s headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

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.

CONTACT:
TORC Series
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636.219.9676
Brandon@TORCSeries.com

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Anne Roman
419.429.7189
alroman@coopertire.com

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ORMHOF 2014 Induction Ceremony Tickets- Open To The Public http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ormhof-2014-induction-ceremony-tickets-open-to-the-public-115185.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ormhof-2014-induction-ceremony-tickets-open-to-the-public-115185.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:17:47 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115185 ]]> ormhof

Reno, Nev. (October 28, 2014) – ORMHOF is excited for its fast-approaching 2014 Induction Ceremony in dazzling Las Vegas, at the South Point Hotel and Casino. As a year of many firsts, tickets to the ceremony have now opened up to the public. For those who would like to spend the evening with off-road legends and fellow Inductees such as Parnelli Jones, Rod Hall, Frank DeAngelo, Rick Pewe, Judy Smith and many more, here is the opportunity.

Join in on this special occasion of honoring Del Albright, David Ashely, Marty Fiolka, Nye Frank and Bill Sanders as the Class of 2014. Take part in raising funds for ORMHOF through Live and Silent Auctions, showcasing off-road memorabilia, industry products, 4-wheel event packages and vacation- home stays.

Celebrate with the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame on Sunday, November 2 to kick off SEMA week. Cocktails start at 5pm, so mingle with friends and place your bids. Enjoy live music and a tribute to our Fallen Inductees, followed by a buffet dinner and a pleasurable, formal Induction Ceremony and evening festivities.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ormhof.org/induction.fx.

The South Point Hotel has also provided ceremony guests with a discounted room rate; please call reservations and use code OFF 1031.

For further information or any questions, contact Shelby Hall at shall@ormhof.org

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The 2015 Deegan 38 F150 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-2015-deegan-38-f150-114890.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-2015-deegan-38-f150-114890.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114890 ]]> deegan_38_2015_F150Chris Ross, the guy who put together The Luxury Performance Raptor has pulled together some of the best aftermarket builders in the industry to create The 2015 Deegan 38 FORD F150. This Beast of a truck is no joke, it may look a bit disco but it’s all business! Somehow the team of engine builders headed up by Geoff Raicer from Full-Race Motorsports got 600 horsepower to the wheels out of an FORD Ecoboost Engine! All that horsepower coupled with the A.D.D. suspension package and this bad boy is ready for the dirt. Not it’s not a custom pre-runner or a trophy truck, but for an off-road vehicle you can drive daily it’s pretty sick. Least we forget that we need to rock out when we are doing 100+ off-road, “The Deegan 38” is equipped with a state of art custom audio and video system put together by Ground Force Automotive combining a Rockford Fosgate sound system with a 1 Beyond – stream machine and event recorder basically tuning this truck into a rolling Slayer concert. The body work is no normal bolt on fender kit, Ground Force automotive built custom front and rear carbon fiber fenders to keep the weight down and strength up.

Base Vehicle
• 2015 Ford F-150 XLT 4×4 SuperCab
• 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine
• 6-speed electronic automatic transmission

Powertrain
• Full-Race Motorsports
• Front mount intercooler
• Cat-back exhaust
• Y-pipe downpipe
• Intake
• BorgWarner – Upgraded EFR turbochargers
• Leading Edge Tuning
• Custom F-150 EcoBoost 600WHP tune
• Custom Fueling setup
• ProEFI
• Pro48 for extra injector control
• Plug and play harness
• SCT Performance – Livewire TS

Chassis
• Addictive Desert Designs
• 2015 F-150 Stage 3 front and rear suspension kit
• 2015 F-150 rear bump stop kit
• 2015 F-150 rear frame gusset kit
• 2015 F-150 fabricated spindle uprights
• Extended shackle kit
• Billet aluminum tie rod kit
• Alcon Brakes – race quality 6 piston font and 4 piston rear kit
• Fox Shox
• Custom 16” 4 tube by-pass rear shocks
• Custom 3.0” coil over front shocks
• 2.5” bump stops
• Deaver Springs – custom +4.5” spring packs
• Currie Enterprises – rear axle assembly

 

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Wheels & Tires
• Mickey Thompson – “Deegan 38” Wheels – 17” x 9”
• Mickey Thompson – “Deegan 38” Tires – 37” x 17” x 12.5”

Exterior
• Addictive Desert Designs
• Carbon fiber Deegan 38 fenders made by Ground Force Automotive
• Carbon fiber Deegan 38 rear bedsides made by Ground Force Automotive
• Front and rear fender liners made by Ground Force Automotive
• Full truck wrap
• Deegan Race Series front & rear bumpers
• Deegan Race Series chase rack
• Deegan Race Series side steps
• KC HiLites – flex LED lighting package
• Raptor Retrofit – high performance headlight upgrade
• Rockford Fosgate – 8″ wakeboard tower speakers
• Line X – spray-on bedliner
• Alumicraft – Dan Baker – Deegan 38 aluminum front grill
• Terry Stephens – Kiwi Terry – Deegan 38 airbrush art
• Sticky Fingers Design – airbrush art transfer and wrap layout

Quad Morimoto HID Mini D2S X lens Projectors

Quad Morimoto HID Mini D2S X lens Projectors

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Interior
• Mastercraft – “Deegan 38” custom seats
• Rockford Fosgate – “Deegan 38” custom sound system
• Creative Audio Werks – custom audio installation
• 1 Beyond – stream machine and event recorder
• SCT Performance – Livewire TS

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Anybody who knows the work that goes into SEMA builds knows it means all nighters and weekends so here are a fee of the guys behind the scenes that put blood sweat and likely some tears in this project:

Geoff Raicer – Full-Race Motorsports
Erick Gunter – Leading Edge Tuning
Jeremy Thompson – Black Market Racing
Jason Seibels – ProEFI
Borg Warner – 6258 EFR Turbos
SCT Performance
Antonio Carr – Ground Force Automotive

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BAJA RALLY 2.0 – Dakar Style Rally In Baja CA http://www.race-dezert.com/home/baja-rally-2-0-dakar-style-rally-in-baja-ca-114909.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/baja-rally-2-0-dakar-style-rally-in-baja-ca-114909.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:01:58 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114909 ]]> henge-rdc-cover-photo
In a big way, the BAJA RALLY was spawned by RDC’s 2011 trip to South America for VW’s final Dakar Rally. That trip opened some eyes about the potential for a true navigation rally in North America, specifically in Baja CA.

4 years later and with 2 successful BAJA RALLY events already commenced, Dakar podium finisher Andy Grider has been named Director of Competition and they are talking about allowing a limited number of UTV’s to participate in 2015. BAJA RALLY is particularly thankful to PCI Radios, SATMODO Sat Phone Rental and SPOT for keeping our riders and crews safe at the BAJA RALLY 2.0

2014 Dakar Rally finisher Carlos Gracida used the BAJA RALLY as his training and shakedown for his next Dakar this Jan

2014 Dakar Rally finisher Carlos Gracida used the BAJA RALLY as his training and shakedown for his next Dakar this January. -Nishant Verma photo.

According the BAJA RALLY’s General Director Scotty Breauxman, getting support from the core Baja racing companies like PCI Race Radios was the key to get started. “With PCI’s supporting us with equipment and expertise, it’s keeping everyone a lot safer than without”, Breauxman explains, “Along with SatModo Satellite Phones, SPOT and Track Leaders, PCI’s team has supported us with irreplaceable expertise, comprising the core of our safety plan.”

The BAJA RALLY is the first roadbook navigation rally for motorcycles in Baja CA. Modeled after the world famous Dakar Rally the BAJA RALLY is a multi-day, eco-adventure challenge where riders are forced to navigate and find their own way to the finish of a secret course each day before rendezvousing with teams and officials at a unique location each afternoon. Using a lighter footprint than traditional off road event, the BAJA RALLY visits multiple locations with historic and cultural value, essentially sharing more of Baja CA’s secrets and thus promoting return visits. 

2015 Dates for BAJA RALLY 3.0: Sept 28- Oct 2, 2015

Cover Photo: Ian Reid, Boulder Moto

More info at www.bajarallymoto.com 

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United States Rally Association Forms To Better Support Organizers and Competitors http://www.race-dezert.com/home/united-states-rally-association-forms-to-better-support-organizers-and-competitors-115136.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/united-states-rally-association-forms-to-better-support-organizers-and-competitors-115136.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:22:58 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115136 ]]> us-rally-association-header

United States Rally Association Forms
To Better Support Organizers and Competitors
An Organization by Rallyists for Rallyists!

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Rally organizers from across the country have banded together to form the United States Rally Association (USRA), an organization dedicated to the needs of events, organizers and competitors.

USRA provides a partnership among event organizers, the USRA Board of Directors (BOD) and a nationally known sanctioning body sensitive to the needs of those organizers, competitors and all rally events. The association’s goals are to promote current and new stage rally events and to preserve the culture and heritage of the sport.

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USRA is an inclusive organization that believes everyone deserves a voice to better the sport. Advisory committees are already established for competition, safety and technical matters. These committees, with representation on the BOD, will shortly be recruiting additional members.

The USRA directors are well-respected members of the rally community. They include organizers of national and regional events, stewards and competitors in those events. The members of the BOD have in excess of 200 years of collective rally experience. Their reputations speak for themselves.

USRA’s schedule of events will offer the rallying community exciting competition with an emphasis on safety. The 2015 USRA season will have a strong series of regional events supported by affordable sanctioning, insurance and a regional championship runoff at the end of the season.

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The United States Rally Association is partnering with a world-renowned media creator that specializes in producing high action and energetic content. The USRA media efforts will utilize online content and social media in order to expand the fan base of rally enthusiasts by exposing a new audience to stage rally for the first time. USRA will capitalize on a coalition of existing partnerships, current technology such as live online streaming video and bold new creative coverage to encourage entries, publicize competitors and events and their sponsors.

USRA will formally announce its media and marketing package in the next few weeks, followed by the 2015 competition program and schedule of events.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Nelson, President US Rally Association 970-222-2125

Denise McMahon, Chairperson US Rally Association 562-547-4892

info@usrallyassociation.com www.usrallyassociation.com

About Mad Media:
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency offering professional print, web, and film production. They specialize in producing culturally relevant brand messaging using professional athletes, musicians, and artists. Mad Media focuses on sports and cultures that they are passionate about, including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, FMX, BMX, off-road racing, rally racing, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Mixed Martial Arts. Mad Media has produced over twenty major commercial and viral film projects this year for clients such as Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drink, and Harley-Davidson. Mad Media has been executing immersive marketing campaigns since 1996.

Media Contact:
Mad Media
Matt Martelli
(760) 721-3600
matt@madmedia.com

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Tyme Agency’s Jerett Brooks Sweeps Final Race Weekend of 2014 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tyme-agencys-jerett-brooks-sweeps-final-race-weekend-of-2014-115125.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tyme-agencys-jerett-brooks-sweeps-final-race-weekend-of-2014-115125.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:33:37 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115125 ]]> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27th, 2014 (San Diego, CA)

Tyme Agency athlete Jerett Brooks capped off his remarkable 2014 race season with an impressive four race winning streak and sweeping all three races held this past weekend at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series finale in Lake Elsinore, CA.

Jerett had his truck working flawlessly all weekend and set the pace from the get go by posting the fastest qualifying time for the Pro Lite division to kick off his impressive race weekend. Brooks would go on to win Friday nights main event with an impressive run working his way through the field of past champions to the top spot. He then followed up his Friday night victory with a pair of wins on Saturday which included an amazing performance in the Challenge Cup where he came from an 11th place starting to position and meticulously worked his way to the #1 position with just two laps remaining in the race.

“This past weekend will go down as one of the top moments in my racing career for sure! I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to race against so many great drivers this year in three separate series and I really feel that experience gave me the confidence needed to perform at my highest level this weekend!” Says Jerett Brooks

Brooks now has his eyes set on the 2015 race season where he will be competing with his confidence at an all time high with the goals of continuing to progress in this sport both on and off the track.

About tyme: tyme is a boutique sports marketing agency, offering customized consulting packages tailored to fit any brand, team or athlete. Built on sixteen years of sales, marketing and consulting experience, tyme specializes in athlete/team representation, loyalty program management, business consulting and social media strategy.

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LORENZracingDivision.com Official Website Release, October 2014 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lorenzracingdivision-com-official-website-release-october-2014-115121.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lorenzracingdivision-com-official-website-release-october-2014-115121.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:27:48 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115121 ]]>  

The new website is a culmination of 10 years worth of work by the LORENZ family that continues to peak in a partnership with KAWASAKI Team Green since 2013

“It was a childhood dream to be one of those guys that could produce a ROI large enough to capture the eyes of Kawasaki. I’m stoked to be a Team Green Rider; the same Team Green that Villipoto, McGrath, Emig, Stewart, Windham and Carmicheal started their careers out with.” -Sean Lorenz

LORENZmotorsports.com provides an in depth view of:

1) The LORENZ Racing Program that features the Kawasaki Teryx.

2) A short history of Kawasaki Team Green, including the official annual Magazine Publication and the Film “Grass Roots”

3) The largest gallery of Custom Kawasaki Vehicle Builds from around the World Wide Web.

4) LORENZstudio.com which has garnered spots in the glossy pages of Nation Magazines and features art from the lens’ of Suzy and Sean Lorenz.

5) LORENZindustries.com a Dodge/Cummins Suspension Company

Jump in, browse around, steal some ideas for your own Teryx, enjoy, and repeat. (The obligatory use of large words in a Press Release to make you sound like a Bad Ass: #Check Prolific use of worthless hashtags: #Check)

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Gary and Mark Weyhrich have been involved in offroad racing for many years and have been synonymous with consistency and a hard working team. Each race they are in they’re always in the hunt for the win, and going into this years Baja 1000 is no different. We were able to sit down with both brothers and grill them on a few topics.

1. When race day comes around do you guys try to work as a team or is it every man for himself and may the best driver win?

Mark Weyhrich – We are there to win as a team. Each truck starts the day with orders to win the race. But, as the race develops we will do what we can to help the lead truck get to the front.

Gary Weyhrich – We always work as a team but at the same time we are both trying to win the event. A good example is the Mint 400 where we both were racing hard for the win against one another. It is fun to race hard against your brother in that situation. We have also had unfortunate situations in races and have stopped to help each other out.

2. If you were Casey Folks or Roger Norman what is one thing you would do to help offroad racing grow as a sport?

MW – Growth is a tricky thing and both of these guys are working hard at it. I agree that Trophy Trucks/Trick Trucks need to lead the way. But, we need to mindful of where this sport came from and always make sure there are a multitude of classes that provide entry points for anyone who wants to show up. There will never be 50-60 corporate sponsored Unlimited Trucks running one series, for a variety of reasons. That said, I would make sure I was taking care of the hobbyists while welcoming the corporate guys with open arms. I would also open up 100% of satellite data, both real time and post-race for everyone to see. I would get really good at displaying this, then transition into live televised race coverage. Yes, I said it. I truly believe this is possible with today’s technology, an open mind and a small kick ass organizing team that knows how to use the tools they have at their disposal. Are you listening Mad Media, because you are just they guys to do it.

GW – I raced back in the day when SCORE and HDRA had a combined series. All the races were awesome and had huge entries. It would be great if we could race Rogers three biggest races and Caseys three biggest races and have a huge championship series. It would be great for the racers, sponsors, and fans.

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3. Describe your brothers driving style, and is it anything like his real personality?

MW – Gary is very quiet and calculating. I see him drive this same way. He is never too outwardly emotional, but inside he wants nothing more than to kick ass and he is constantly figuring out how to beat you.

GW – I would say that Mark has a very confident personality. He doesn’t let anything get in his way and will never give up. He drives that way and is smart behind the wheel. He also knows when to put the pedal to the medal or just lay back and let the race come to him.

4. Do either of you have a pre-race ritual or any kind of superstitions before a race?

MW- Spending a few moments with Chappy Hansen.

GW – I wouldn’t say it’s a ritual but to compound nerves I just tell myself to relax and have fun.

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5. If you could have one super hero power what would it be and why?

MW – Power to see the future, because unlike my brother, I never win at the Sports Book!

GW – Never liked super hereoes, I grew up in the Looney Tunes era. Bugs Bunny was the best.

6. What is your best racing moment so far in your career both as a team and individually?

MW – Getting 2nd place in the Baja 2000. We were in a Cheonwth with a SCAT V4 and finished behind the Herbst Truggy.

GW – We’ve won our fair share of races, but individually the most proud I’ve been was at the finish of the Baja 2000. We had around fourteen people with six getting in the car. We had no GPS and limited prerunning. This was back when the Herbst truggy was almost unbeatable. We gave them a run for the money and ended up in second place, but we were the first true buggy to the finish line. For our team it was the Parker 400 which occurred just a few weeks after opening our own race shop. The amount of work the guys had to do to open a shop and prep two trophy trucks was phenomenal. In the background a lot of people were saying it couldn’t be done but we made it happen. Mark finished a close 2nd and I finished 7th. Again not a win but a very proud moment. As for winning a race it was the overall Vegas to Reno we won with our class 1500 car. It was fun to win it splitting the driving with my brother and having my Dad there was awesome. My Dad raced in the first Frontier 500 and it has always been his favorite race.

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7. What other forms of racing are you guys involved in, or would want to be in the future?

MW – I have been involved in Formula racing, but not since the mid-1990’s. I have thought about the Ferrari Challenge or Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. They both look like a blast and both would be a lot less expensive than Trophy Trucks! But, honestly I would miss the adventure.

GW – In the nineties I took some time off from the desert and did SCCA racing for awhile. Ended up racing the Formula Ford 2000 National Championship which was a ton of fun. I got to race some really cool tracks and at the same time see a lot of the country.

8. Since you guys have both been racing offroad for a while, what are the biggest improvements you’ve seen come across the industry to make vehicles both faster and safer? What will we see going forward that will take things to the next level?

MW – Head and Neck restraints along with seat technology have been the biggest improvements. Gary, myself and our dad have all broken our backs racing off-road. It seems to me those types of injuries have declined.

GW – Just the overall improvements of all the parts on the trophy trucks has made them very reliable. Especially the transmissions, they used to be the weak link but the advancements in them lets us run hard all day. It still amazes me how hard we run these trucks and how reliable they have become. The head and neck restraint has been the biggest safety improvement to come along in a long time. They not only keep you safe but also help you to stay fresh in the truck.

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9. TSCO Racing is known for being very family orientated, do you guys want to see your kids get into the sport and continue the TSCO Racing name?

MW – I would love for the kids to get into it! The hardest part is that we are so far away from where the racing takes place. Combine that with the hectic schedules kids have today and it is very difficult to make happen.

GW – My kids have shown some interest in off road racing, but it is difficult to involve them much because of our geographic location in Oregon. It would be fun to see a third generation Weyhrich out there but only time will tell.

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10. Who do you think are the top 3 fastest drivers in offroad both past and present (for fairness you can’t say yourself or your brother)?

MW – Fast? That is hard to say. There are a lot of guys out there that could drive faster, but they don’t because they know how to save equipment. I prefer to look at who is a quick, solid competitor who is good at taking care of equipment. Given those parameters, I would say: Larry Ragland, Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin.

GW – Myself, Robby Gordon And Rob Mac are all around the same age and we all got started around the same time. I’ve raced against these guys for over 25 years. They are super fast and fun to race against.

11. Who are some people who have inspired you both in your driving career and your personal life?

MW – There are a lot, but the first one to come to mind is Rob MacCachren. How can you not love this guy? I showed up to the Midnight Special (I think it was 1994) and he heard I had never been around the course. Rob took me through a very impassioned, animated prerun while we were standing around waiting for the sun to go down. When I got out there it was like déjà vu. He had nailed it, right down the specific rocks to look out for and how to attack some of the trickier turns. It was my first off-road victory. Rob has continued to maintain this passion, winning countless races and being an all-around good guy in the process; role model for sure! As far as my personal life goes, there are countless people I have gleaned from. I believe we take something away from everyone we encounter. Therefore, it occurs to me that by mentioning anyone, I would forget someone. So, if I have met you, thank you for helping me in my journey.

GW – When I was a kid I always liked AJ Foyt and Rick Mears, but my biggest inspiration for racing and my personal life has always been my Father.

To learn more about TSCO Racing visit their website at http://tscoracing.com.

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45th SNORE 250 set for Nov. 1 in Jean; Event may be moving to Kingman in 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/45th-snore-250-set-for-nov-1-in-jean-event-may-be-moving-to-kingman-in-2015-115111.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/45th-snore-250-set-for-nov-1-in-jean-event-may-be-moving-to-kingman-in-2015-115111.html#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:46:18 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115111 ]]>  

For the past 44 years, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – otherwise known as SNORE – has highlighted each season with the running of the SNORE 250.
This year’s 45th annual Gold Strike SNORE 250 set for Nov.1 near Jean south of Las Vegas promises to be bigger than ever before for an event that is entrenched in history. Known as the Racer’s Race, the event is scheduled to attract a field of about 80 competitors.
From the first event won by the legendary Fritz Kroyer on the land of what is now the posh golf course community called Spanish Trail in the southwest Las Vegas valley, SNORE has always signaled excellence with the SNORE 250.
And you an bet that the 2014 SNORE points leader Corey Torres is eager to jump on the list of talented racers who have recorded victories in an event that stretches back more than four decades.
Driving a Class 9 entry, Torres has had a strong 2014 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Garage Series season. Through the first four races of a six-race series that will conclude with the Rage at the River in Laughlin, Nev. Dec. 12-14, the 32 year old Las Vegas native Torres has mounted his points lead behind a series of strong performances.
Torres got off on the right foot by winning the Class 9 competition in the series opening Battle at Primm. He then followed with another victory in the Motion Tire Ridgecrest 300 before collecting fourth places in the Cedar City Grand Prix and the Midnight Special in Johnson Valley, Calif.
With a Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage points series generating thousands of dollars to the winner of SNORE’s six-race schedule, Torres has his eyes on the money heading into the next event.
As is the case with every off-road competitor, a dedicated crew has played a huge part in the success this year.
Among those on the Torres crew are his father, Victor, who builds the engines; John Houlton of RC Transmissions; fellow racer Ed Mahoney, who not only helps the team but also leads the Class 11 standings; and Warren Messick of M&T Race Cars in Barstow, Calif.
“Anyone who has competed in off-road racing knows that your crew is absolutely invaluable,” Torres said. “There is not a lot of reward for the people who help me and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate them.”
Yet another important supporter is Ute Construction, Torres’s employers who work with during a busy racing season.
While the 2014 season has been a good one to say the least and Torres is already making plans for next year. Even with in a class that seems to change dramatically each race, Torres has been able to gain class and overall points leads.
“I used to run 1600 and I’m planning to go back to that class next year,” he said.
Torres’s past accomplishments have included SNORE Class 9 titles in 2004 and 2007 along with MORE championships in 2006 and 2007. He finished second overall in the 2004 SNORE points and second overall in 2007.
He also won the overall MORE title in 2006 finished runner up for the racing body a year later.
Race officials said about 80 cars are expected for the event. Along with Kroyer past winners have included Bob Gordon, Robby Gordon, Brian Collins, Troy Herbst, Rod Hall, Walker Evans, Manny Esquire, Rob McCachren, Tommy Bradley and Casey Folks.
An interesting side note to this year’s running of the SNORE 250 is that the race may be ending its long run in Nevada. Fees for the 2014 event rose from $20,000 to almost $30,000 and interest to move the race to Kingman, Ariz., is a definite possibility.
“The movers and shakers in Kingman really want the race,” said club president Kenny Freeman, “and with the ways things are going with the BLM nowadays, the SNORE 250 may be moving in 2015.”
Further information regarding SNORE may be found by visiting www.snoreracing.net.

 

Corey Torres currently leads the SNORE points standings heading into Saturday’s Gold Strike SNORE 250 in Jean.

 

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MORE Powder Puff Race Towards A Cure http://www.race-dezert.com/home/more-powder-puff-race-towards-a-cure-115040.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/more-powder-puff-race-towards-a-cure-115040.html#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:00:41 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115040 ]]> powder-puff-race-towards-a-cure
“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!” -Nationalbreastcancer.com

With that on mind, M.O.R.E. put on the Powder Puff Race Towards A Cure this weekend where only female drivers were allowed to drive.  The race had around 90 entries from Class11 to Unlimited Trucks.  It consisted of 2 heats – one for the limited classes and the other for the bigger trucks – on a 20-mile loop track in the OHV Area in Barstow CA.

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After a 4th place finish at her last race in Baja, Chelsea Magness of Mango Racing got the overall win, taking first place in her Class 1 with a time of 03:23:42 followed by Maria King and Bree Cloud taking 2nd and 3rd.

Check the full results HERE. 

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Rally Spain 2014 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rally-spain-2014-114997.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rally-spain-2014-114997.html#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:25:45 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114997 ]]> rallyspain2014

FIA World Rally Championships bring out some of the best rally drivers from around the world to one location where they race head to head for the podium. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Rally Spain; where over four days, seventeen stages and two hundred thirty two competitive miles the world rally champion would be decided.

Rally Spain takes place in the northeast part of the country, including the capital of the Catalonia region and the second biggest city in Spain, Barcelona.

The rally brings in a variety of driving terrains, from slipping and sliding across gravel roads, to smooth and flat tarmac surfaces where the drivers push their rally cars to the limit of the tires. The fast, smooth and sweeping tarmac stages in Rally Spain are about the closest roads where WRC gets to a race track.

The transition from gravel to tarmac, brings a new challenge to the service crew. Where in under seventy five minutes, each team will convert their rally car from gravel to a tarmac setup. The conversion includes everything from replacing the tires, wheels, brakes, struts and differentials.

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Sebastian Loeb dominated Rally Spain from 2005 until 2012, however after his retirement in world rally, the top of the podium is anyones game.

Over twenty thousand fans gathered around the race course in downtown Barcelona to get pictures and author-graphs from world renowned rally drivers such as Sebastian Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala, Ken Block, local hero Dani Sordo and many more.

The rally began on the all new street stage after the opening ceremonies in downtown Barcelona, until 1975 the same streets hosted the Grand Prix.

For the first time this year, in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Ken Block along with his co-driver Alessandro Gelsomino have made an appearance at a World Rally Championship race since their 7th place finish at the 2013 Rally Mexico. Almost immediately out of the gate, Ken Block – in a gymkhana like fashion – tagged the concrete barrier after a run in with the wall. Although coming in through the finish line on a rim in 12th position overall, Block was a fan favorite. In nothing short of spectacular showmanship display, throughout Rally Spain Ken Block oversteered into corners and pulled off additional doughnuts to get the crowds roaring.

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Andreas Mikkelsen had an impressive strategy for stage one, where with practically bald tires on his Volkswagen WRC car, he gained the lead position with a two second gap over the next quickest driver on the opening day tarmac stage. However, due to the dusty conditions over the gravel stages in day two, a flat tire in day three, and in the final day, a ten second penalty for arriving at the start line too early, Andreas Mikkelsen and his co-driver Ola Floene finished 7th overall.

Dani Sordo a local hero with a massive social media following among the Spanish crowds, draws hordes of fans to the stages. After reporting clutch issues in stage one, he still managed to finish the stage and the overall rally in the five quickest times along with his co-driver Marc Marti in the Hyundai WRC car.

The fight for the world champion title was between Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala.

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Throughout Rally Spain, in the Volkswagen WRC car, Jari-Matti Latvala maintained a strong second position, with an ever decreasing gap between Ogier. Day two began with a set of small setbacks for Latvala, among them were visibility issues and clipping a rock early in the race which ended up sending the car fish tailing down the road. Although struggling to find the right lines throughout the remainder of stage two, and the rear of the car coming loose too easily in stage three, the WRC car was back in tip top shape after service. Throughout the remainder of Rally Spain, Latvala pushed the rally car as fast as he could and finished in second place only 11.3 seconds after the leader.

 

Sebastian Ogier finished the Thursday stage of Rally Spain in the number two position, only 1.8 seconds behind Andreas Mikkelsen, who ran the tarmac stage on practically bald gravel tires. However, after day two, with a gap of 36.6 seconds between Ogier and Latavala it was clear that it would be difficult to take the lead away from Ogier. Sebastian Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia lead day three and day four flawlessly in the Volkswagen WRC car, finishing first overall and securing Ogier’s second consecutive world drivers’ title.

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30 SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 racers set for SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying Nov. 4 on 3.6-mile course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway http://www.race-dezert.com/home/30-score-trophy-truck-class-1-racers-set-for-score-baja-1000-qualifying-nov-4-on-3-6-mile-course-at-las-vegas-motor-speedway-115024.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/30-score-trophy-truck-class-1-racers-set-for-score-baja-1000-qualifying-nov-4-on-3-6-mile-course-at-las-vegas-motor-speedway-115024.html#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:30:49 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=115024 ]]> 1000

Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying,
Featuring Method Race Wheels $2,500 Fastest Qualifier Award,
Free tickets available for SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, while supplies last,
at Las Vegas 4 Wheel Parts store;

Live streaming of SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at SEMA Show at Las Vegas Convention Center
on SCORE Dirt LiveHD

RENO, Nev.—As a prelude to the iconic 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, 30 of the world’s top racers are heading to Las Vegas for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, on a special 3.6-mile track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With the top qualifier receiving the Method Race Wheels $2,500 Fastest Qualifier Award, 24 SCORE Trophy Trucks and six Class 1 open-wheel race cars have confirmed participation in the optional qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes. The race, which will have a record course of approximately 1,280 miles, will be a peninsula run down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula starting in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. The race and surrounding festivities will be held Nov. 11-15.
The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires and featuring the Method Race Wheels $2,500 Fastest Qualifier Award, is part of the massive celebratory SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience that will be a spotlight attraction Nov. 4-7 during the annual SEMA Show trade gathering at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
With the qualifying lap starting and finishing inside the off-road track at LVMS, free tickets are available for the event on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Advance free tickets (with a maximum of four per person) are available while supplies last, through Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the popular 4 Wheel Parts store, located at 4740 South Decatur Blvd., Suite A, in Las Vegas. SEMA Show attendees and exhibitors will also be admitted with their show credential.
The 3.6-mile qualifying course at LVMS will incorporate off-road, dirt and asphalt elements, utilize two race courses, and require the drivers to use their lights and qualify in the darkness of the Las Vegas night.
On Nov. 4 after a 2:30 p.m. (PT) media conference and racer meet and greet at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience area, all 30 of the qualifying vehicles will start their engines in unison at 4:30 p.m. (PT) at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience to begin a procession of the high-flying racing machines to the LVMS Off-Road Track.
“We can’t thank SEMA enough for this incredible opportunity to showcase SCORE and the world’s greatest desert racers,” said Roger Norman, CEO of SCORE. “And the special SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the Granddaddy of all Desert Races.”
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The shows, produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, air a minimum of two times on the CBS Sports Spectacular show.
All shows are scheduled to premier in the next month following the event. The success of the productions has enabled CBS Sports Network to air multiple airings of the first three 2014 races. The SCORE San Felipe 250 had 17 extra airings, the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 had five extra airings, and the SCORE Baja 500 garnered seven hours of extra airings in CBS Sports Network.
Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts in the US, the SCORE races air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.
Following are the air dates for the debut of the remaining 2014 SCORE shows on the CBS Sports Network…
· Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the city of Imperial (Sunday, Nov. 9, 9 p.m. ET)
· Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying from Las Vegas Motor Speedway/SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (Sunday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. ET)
· Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Sunday, Dec. 28, 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 to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
ON THE SCOREscope
In its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014, the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, with three special events held in Baja California, Mexico, and two in the United States, started with the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 on March 1. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was held June 5-8 and the third SCORE Baja race, starting in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz, the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be held Nov. 11-15.
The two U.S. races on 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship calendar started with the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, Calif. (April 25-27) and concluded with the three-day, single-race 19th annual Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, Imperial Valley, Calif. (Sept. 25-28).
SCORE DirtLive HD
Desert racing public address announcer and former racer George Antill is the executive producer and host of SCORE’s weekly one-hour Internet show. One of the regular elements of the show on a SCORE social media interchange, allowing fans and racers to comment and ask questions through the SCORE Facebook and SCORE Twitter platforms. Another special segment most weeks is SCORE Tech Tips with SCORE Tech director Art Savedra.
With several million viewers in nearly 100 countries, the SCORE DirtLive HD one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored in 2014 around the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship.
The program is hosted on ustream.com, the world’s largest streaming internet site.
The high definition shows also include numerous award-winning video highlight packages, most produced by Mexico’s Cactus Films or San Diego’s Tempt Media.
SCORE DirtLive HD also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE events. Live event coverage in 2014 includes the entire five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship of two races in the United States and three in Baja California, Mexico. Next up its on-site schedule, SCORE DirtLive HD will be on-site providing live coverage from the massive SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas (Nov. 4-7) as well as qualifying for race starting positions for SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 over a 3.6-mile course on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Following that event, SCORE DirtLive HD will broadcast live from the season-ending 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in Baja California, Mexico.
SCORE SPONSORS…
Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-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, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
Associate Sponsors: SatellitePhoneStore.com and Symons Ambulance Company.
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 and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com.
47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying
Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, featuring Method Race Wheels $2,500 Fastest Qualifier Award
Nov. 4, 2014 7 p.m. (PT) Las Vegas Motor Speedway off-road truck

· Race Dates: Nov. 11-16, Season Finale of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship
· Race Distance/Location: 1,292 miles down Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula
· Race Start/Finish: Ensenada, Baja California Norte to La Paz, Baja California Sur
· Race Participants: Nearly 250 entries are expected from 40 U.S. States and 20 countries with competition in 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and ATVs

(NOTE: Following is the list of those entries who will be displaying their exotic racing machines at the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience in Las Vegas Nov. 4-7 and participating in qualifying for the top two classes of vehicles in the race. As of 10.25.14)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (24) (Unlimited Production Trucks) (29 Total Entries)
(Numerical list, before Qualifying)
(Vehicle number, driver of record)
1 B.J. Baldwin
5 Clyde Stacy
7 Steven Eugenio
9 Mark Weyhrich
11 Rob MacCachren
14 Heidi Steele
15 Armin Schwarz
16 Cameron Steele
18 Juan C. Lopez
19 Tim Herbst
21 Gus Vildosola Jr
23 Mark McMillin
26 Charles Dorrance
29 Andrew Hendricks-RS
58 David Kleiman
70 Bryce Menzies
72 Robert Acer
74 Kyle Conlon
77 Robby Gordon
80 Andy Lambert
83 Luke McMillin
84 Nick Vanderwey
91 Troy Herbst
XX Enrique Murillo
Additional SCORE Trophy Truck race entries not qualifying:
45 Gary Magness
50 Zak Langley
57 Mike Palmer
66 Harry Hepler
75 Mike Cook-RS

CLASS 1 (6) (unlimited single or two-seat open-wheelers) (19 Total Entries)
(Numerical list, before Qualifying)
(Vehicle number, driver of record)
101 Justin Matney
111 Morgan Langley
115 Todd Tuls
129 Scott Bailey
152 Mark Hutchins
185 Justin Davis
Additional Class 1 race entries not qualifying:
100 Cody Parkhouse
102 Jaime Huerta
121 Damen Jefferies
131 George Peters
135 Augie Cortez
138 Randy Wilson
154 Andres Ruffo
161 Chris Western
168 Shelby Reid
180 Jim Anderson
189 Jon Walker
145 Nils Castillo-RS
147 Pat McCarthy-RS

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Kyle Leduc Is Your Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Winner http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kyle-leduc-is-your-lucas-oil-challenge-cup-winner-114955.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kyle-leduc-is-your-lucas-oil-challenge-cup-winner-114955.html#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:55:25 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114955 ]]> loorrs-challengecup

Going into The Challenge Cup all racers had nothing on the line and it was time to let it all hang out and race for the cash. Earlier in the day Sheldon Creed secured his Prolite championship in a single digit points lead over Brian Deegan, and Kyle Leduc brought back the #1 plate to his team earning another Pro 4 championship. With this being the final short course race of the year, there was no reason for any driver to save their equipment, you either finish the race or get towed back to your pits.

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In the Prolite cup race $10,000 went to Jerret Brooks who not only went home with some extra cash in his pocket, but also swept all three Prolite races taking the checkered flag first in each one. Prolite rookie Gavin Harlien jumped out to an early lead battling with Kyle Hart for a few laps before Hart had to pull
off the track. Hot on Harlien’s tail was Casey Currie, Brooks, Sheldon Creed, RJ Anderson, and Justin Bean Smith.

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Harlien stayed calm and held off the chasing pack but something would happen late into the race causing the field to get around Harlien, however a yellow flag right after would cause the field to get repositioned giving Harliem a quick break and put back into the lead. Brooks would have nothing to do with it though and would make the pass to gain the lead and with only a few laps to go would hold on to take the win.

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In Pro Buggy is looked as though Sterling Cling would grab $10,000 along with his first class win, but newly crowned champion Chad George had different plans. Cling held the lead for the majority of the race laying down clean consistent lap times, but after starting near the back, George inched his way to the top picking off driver after driver. The cup win tops off a successful first season in Pro Buggy as George not only took home an extra pay check with the cup win, but also won the season championship.

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The race everyone came to see was the last of the night, and the sold out crowd at Lake Elsinore were treated to a great show with some great clean battles and multiple lead changes. The Pro 2′s were given about a 3/4 of a lap head start, and with the first part of the race going smoothly with no yellow flags, it didn’t look like there would be any way a Pro 4 could pass all the Pro 2′s before the checkered flag came out. Marty Hart and Robby Woods started front row and had a great battle going on, but almost halfway through the race the first yellow flag came out.

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Not only did this restart the race, but it let all the Pro 4′s instantly catch up to the Pro 2′s. At the restart it didn’t take long for Barron, Leduc, and other Pro 4′s to start picking their way through the field. Woods, RJ Anderson, Rodrigo Ampudia and other Pro 2′s gave the 4WD trucks all they had but it just wasn’t enough. Leduc who started near the back in Pro 4 (starting position was determined by the top 10 in points inverted) had a few fellow classmates in front of him but within a lap got by them all and moved into first. If there is one thing we’ve learned this season is that once Leduc has a lead the only way he loses it is if he breaks. Barron, Rob Mac and Ricky Johnson all tried to catch Leduc but it was Leducs night and he would take home a check for $30,000, and his name etched into the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup trophy.

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Deegan And George Secure Championships in Round 13 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/deegan-and-george-secure-championships-in-round-13-114913.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/deegan-and-george-secure-championships-in-round-13-114913.html#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:30:45 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114913 ]]> loorrs-round13

As October almost comes to a close that means that the Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series is set to do the same thing. This weekend marks the final race weekend of the season with Round 13 being held Friday under the lights. In all classes no champions had yet been decided, so much was on the line for those chasing the ultimate goal of the season.

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In Pro 4 Kyle Leduc held a 40 point advantage over Rob MacCachren. For Leduc to secure the championship yesterday he would need to win the race and Rob Mac would have to finish 5th or lower. The stars weren’t quite aligned as although Leduc took another win, Rob Mac would finish fourth. That means today something drastic would have to happen but it sounds like taking the green flag will give Leduc a championship. In his first race in a Pro 4 (rented from Scott Douglas), Brian Deegan would take the third spot setting up an interesting 2015 season with Deegan planning on taking on a Pro 4.

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Chad George would win the championship in Pro Buggy in his first season in the class. George who has won championships in the UTV and Superlite class put his families name back on the leader board and leaves this 2014 season on a high note. Todays race is now anyones game, will drivers try to win the race or save their equipment for the cup race later tonight?

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Prolite saw Sheldon Creed holding only a 14 point lead over Brian Deegan, and the race is even smaller going into the final round Saturday afternoon. Jerrett Brooks would take the win after getting around Deegan halfway through the race, after checking out no one would come close to putting any pressure on him. A tight points race will make Round 14 very interesting as any small mistake could spell disaster for either Creed or Deegan.

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The final race of the night was Pro 2, and going into the race Deegan had a comfortable lead over Bryce Menzies. After getting the holeshot Menzies would put it on cruise control and let the rest of the field play catch up. A few yellow flags let everyone catch back up, but in the end a front suspension failure would force Menzies to pull off taking away any hope of of a championship, and with Deegan moving into second place it was just a matter of time before the checkered flag few, and Deegan would win yet another Pro 2 championship.

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Today will see Prolite and Pro 4 championships being decided in the final round of racing for the season (the make up round canceled in Vegas) followed by the Challenge Cup later that night under the lights where $30,000 is up for grabs in the Pro 2 / Pro 4 race.

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photo

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Stronghold drivers looking for strong finish to short course season http://www.race-dezert.com/home/stronghold-drivers-looking-for-strong-finish-to-short-course-season-114904.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/stronghold-drivers-looking-for-strong-finish-to-short-course-season-114904.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:17:48 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114904 ]]> RIVERSIDE, California (October 23, 2014) – The short course racing season comes to a close Friday and Saturday (October 24-25) at nearby Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park with three rounds of competition in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
The season that began seven months ago in Arizona hasn’t gone as well as hoped for Stronghold Motorsports, but the series’ three-time Team of the Year is looking forward to the final weekend with as much enthusiasm as it had for the first race.
“We’re ready to go,” Pro 4 driver and team manager Brandon Bailey said of the MAVTV/Toyo Tires/Solar World crew that will field his Pro 4 class Ford truck, Larry Job’s AlumiCraft Honda Pro Buggy and both Junior 1 and Junior 2 Karts for Madix Bailey.
“There were a couple of rounds where we had some issues and getting the new MAVTV/Toyo Tires/Solar World Ford has definitely been an interesting process, but I’m feeling really good and comfortable in the car now,” said Bailey, who is ninth in the standings. “We’ve been able to test the Pro 4 a couple of times since Las Vegas and it went really well. I’m excited about the weekend.
“It would definitely be nice to get a podium (top 3) finish. We’ll have to work really hard for it, but I think we can accomplish it. The main thing is we’re just going to go out and have fun. That’s why we do this in the first place.
“It’s at home, we’re excited and we can’t wait to go racing.”
Job feels the same way. The Las Vegas contractor finished a strong fourth in the one round of Pro Buggy racing run in his hometown and despite a glut of transmission problems that caused to miss two races he is only 18 points out of 10th place in the standings.
“We’re getting better and better,” Job said. “I like the track and I’m looking forward to it. Having the Challenge Cup for the last race is fun. That’s every man for himself and some people usually get a little crazy at the start, so you have to try to be there at the end.”
The Challenge Cup races will bring the curtain down on the season Saturday night. The three Kart classes, Pro Lite and Pro Buggy will have separate races beginning at 6 p.m. Then the crowd-pleasing Pro 2 versus Pro 4 Challenge will get the green flag at about 9:45 p.m., with the Pro 2s enjoying a 30-second head start.
There will be an extra round of racing for Bailey and Job, though, due to the postponement of the second night of racing at Las Vegas last month because of a lightning storm. As a result, there will be one round of championship points races at 7:30 p.m. Friday and a final round at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
“It’s more seat time and more track time and that’s always good,” Bailey said. “Unforeseen things could happen mechanically to make it (three races in two days) a little difficult. But I don’t think it will be an issue.”
The series awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday, and after that the team will concentrate on preparing for the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 November 12-16.

STRONGHOLD MOTORSPORTS 2014 SCHEDULE

Jan. 31-Feb. 2 Best in the Desert BlueWater Parker 425 desert race, Parker, Arizona
(Finished 2nd in Class 1500, 16th overall)
March 14-16 Best in the Desert General Tire Mint 400 desert race, Las Vegas
(Finished 5th in Class 1500, 16th overall)
March 22-23 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Wild Horse Motorsports Park, Chandler, Arizona
(B. Bailey 9 & 5, Pro 4; Job 5 & 11, Pro Buggy; M. Bailey 1, Jr. 1 Kart)
April 25-26 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lake Elsinore (California) Motorsports Park
(B. Bailey 5 & 5, Pro 4; Job 6 & 19, Pro Buggy; M. Bailey 6, Jr. 1 Kart)
May 2 – 4 Best in the Desert Canidae Tap It Silver State 300
(Finished 14th in Class 1500, 34th overall)
May 10-14 NORRA Mexican 1000, Ensenada to San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico
(Finished 6th in Evolution Unlimited class, 7th overall)
May 30-31 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks, Nevada
(B. Bailey 9 & 10, Pro 4; Job 15 & dns, Pro Buggy)
June 21-22 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah
(B. Bailey 6 & 10, Pro 4; Job 9 & dns, Pro Buggy; M. Bailey 6, Jr. 1 Kart)
August 1-2 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Glen Helen Raceway, Devore, California
(B. Bailey 10 & 5, Pro 4; Job 6 & 14 Pro Buggy; M. Bailey 6, Jr. 1 Kart)
August 14 – 16 Best in the Desert General Tire Vegas to Reno
(Finished 21st in Class 1500; 79th overall)
August 22-23 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Wild West Motorsports Park, Sparks, Nevada
(B. Bailey 8 & 6, Pro 4; Job 6 & 14, Pro Buggy)
September 19-20 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
(B. Bailey 8 Pro 4; Job 4 Pro Buggy; M. Bailey 4 Jr. 1 Kart, 7 Jr. 2 Kart)
October 24-25 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Challenge Cup, Lake Elsinore, California
November 12-16 SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

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Frana/Brumund Take MAORA Short-Course Championship @ Stone City Raceway http://www.race-dezert.com/home/franabrumund-take-maora-short-course-championship-stone-city-raceway-114897.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/franabrumund-take-maora-short-course-championship-stone-city-raceway-114897.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:12:33 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114897 ]]> Loves Park, Ill. (October 24, 2014) – After finishing third overall in the TORC Super Buggy Championship, John Frana loaded up his familiar racing red race hauler and headed to Bedford, Indiana for the Mid America Off-Road Racing (MAORA) Fall Classic. The final race of the MAORA series saw the #907 RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD Super Buggy garner enough points to clinch the MAORA Class 10 Short-Course Championship.

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The final stop of the Lucas Oil MAORA Series was held at the Stone City Raceway in Bedford, Indiana. The event consisted of three heats of racing on a one mile long track on Saturday for the short-course races and a final three hour race on the three-mile long enduro course on Sunday.

John Frana and crew chief Ryan Brumund once again teamed up for the final race weekend of the season. Saturday afternoon had Ryan Brumund behind the wheel for the short-course program.

The first Class 10 heat race saw the RCV Performance racer running in third place out of ten cars when flames began to appear out the back of the race car. Brumund stopped a couple of times in the hopes of solving the issue, but by the time Frana and Brumund determined the oil was dripping onto the exhaust due to a loose dipstick, the heat was almost over. The #907 AWD Super Buggy was awarded the final position in the race order.

A quick fix kept the dip stick in place as the team looked for a better result for the second heat. Heat #2 was fairly uneventful for the #907 as Brumund finished the fifteen minute race in fourth place.

The final heat race of the day saw the lap times of Brumund really improve as he took the checkered flag in second place. Overall for the day the Frana Vehicles group finished fourth in Class 10. The fourth place finish was enough for the team of John Frana and Ryan Brumund to win the Lucas Oil MAORA Class 10 Short-Course Championship.

Overnight everyone in attendance got together for the traditional Fall Classic Pot Luck Dinner. This is always one of the highlights of this annual event as racers, friends, family, and fans hang out and talk about the past season.

The next afternoon the three-hour enduro saw John Frana ready to go behind the controls of the #907 RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD Super Buggy. The three mile long course ran through some open fields, a wooded area, as well as the short-course track. A couple sections of the course were quite muddy and Frana hoped that would give his AWD Super Buggy an advantage.

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Unfortunately that advantage disappeared early into the race. About 45 minutes into the enduro Frana stalled the Super Buggy while heading into a very tight turn. Eventually the engine refired, but would only idle. This would result in a tow back to the pits.

Quickly Frana and Brumund checked a few things and somehow the engine came to life. Back on the track the AWD Super Buggy stalled again, and eventually Frana limped his way back once again to the pits. The team contacted Hondata during the race and changes were made to the engine’s electronics, but the stalling problem was still not solved.

Finally the team found the throttle linkage at the manifold was not working properly. The issue was fixed and Frana hit the track at full force. At the two hour mark, Frana came in to refuel and get Brumund buckled in to finish out the race.

The final hour of the race was uneventful as Brumund ran a very solid race as both race car and driver seemed to be getting stronger as the time wound down. At the finish, Ryan Brumund took the checkered flag in third place.

“Running the MAORA series is always a great time,” noted John Frana. “We really don’t come here looking to win a championship, it’s more about learning more about our race car and having a great time with friends. It’s pretty cool though that we won the short-course championship. Ryan got some good seat time and I really enjoy watching someone else drive the buggy. This year MAORA ran Stone City a few times and it has potential to become a really great facility. I can’t wait to come back again.”

John Frana has a little more than a month to cleanup his AWD Super Buggy and get it prepared for the Hondata booth at the PRI Show, December 11-13, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

With the season complete the Frana AWD Super Buggy is for sale, complete with all spare components.

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2014 Prescott Rally http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-prescott-rally-114132.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-prescott-rally-114132.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:43 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114132 ]]> PR2014
Every October, rally teams, volunteers and fans descend upon the small mountain town of Prescott, Arizona for the annual Prescott Rally.  Prescott Rally has been in existence since 1985, and once a national event, it is now a regional event which draws rally teams and fans from all over the country.

The 2014 Prescott Rally marks the 27th running of the event, covering 114 competitive miles with elevation changes from 6,000 to 7,000 feet over the classic stages and various configurations of “First View”, “Perkinsville/Firstville” and “Witty Tom”.

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In their 263HP rear wheel drive BMW M3, Matt Brandenburg and Brian Huntsbarger were in the lead until a bad rear main seal forced them into early retirement less than a mile into stage two.

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John Trucks and Chris Fine of the Rally Kings racing team quickly established and secured the number one spot overall for the 2014 running of the Prescott Rally.

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The fight for the CRS Open class championship was between John Truck and Todd McAllister. Unfortunately a broken front left suspension in stage seven, left Todd McAllister and co-driver Trent Bateman DNF-ed at the side of the road.

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After several suspension issues in the previous season, Markus Saarinen along with his wife and co-driver Alicia Saarinen finished overall second.

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Kristopher Marciniak along with his wife and co-driver Christine Marciniak were one of the most spectacular teams to watch as Kris threw the two wheel drive Dodge Neon sideways across corners. Team Marciniak finished third overall.

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Brian Scott and John Dillon who have won the Prescott Rally on multiple occasions, did not have as much luck this year in their Datsun 240Z. After the first stage, engine issues prevented Brian from pushing the Z into first place.

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David Ault and Vahan Yessayan had an early DNF in stage one, when their rear wheel dropped into a ditch and forced their Impreza to spin and slam into an embankment, damaging the passenger side struts and control arms. This, however did not stop Ault and Yessayan from pressing on. After repairing the damage they were back on the stages the very next day.

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Go Baja Riding provides an opportunity of a lifetime to race the Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/go-baja-riding-provides-an-opportunity-of-a-lifetime-to-race-the-baja-1000-114877.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/go-baja-riding-provides-an-opportunity-of-a-lifetime-to-race-the-baja-1000-114877.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:31:44 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114877 ]]> Go Baja provides an all-inclusive race program for the Baja 1000. We cover logistics, food, lodging, transportation, bikes for pre run, pitting, and a professionally built 450x with a full time chase crew (altogether a 9 day program including race day).

Go Baja Riding Tours proudly announced last week that we are now a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. All proceeds generated will go directly to the WWP. Our donation page is available at support.woundedwarriorproject.org/group-fundraising/gobajariding
Team manager and Go Baja Riding Tour company president is very excited to give back to the soldiers that have kept us safe. Two of our riders are combat wounded veterans, so all of us at Go Baja Riding are racing for a larger cause.
In addition, Go Baja Riding would like to thank their loyal supporters in this years SCORE Baja 1000. Precision Concepts, Baja Designs, Parts Unlimited, Assault Industries, Seat Concepts, IMS, Regina Chains, Scotts.
We’re looking forward to our team celebrating at the finish line in La Paz!

You can “pledge by mile” and use the live tracking to track our progress. All donations go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

For more information about our race programs or tours:
Bruce Anderson
Phone: 951-687-0808
Fax: 951-688-1517

http://www.GoDesertRiding.com

http://www.GoBajaRiding.com

 

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THREE DRIVERS, THREE REPORTS; FROM THE LUCAS OIL REGIONAL OFF ROAD SERIES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAKE ELSINORE http://www.race-dezert.com/home/three-drivers-three-reports-from-the-lucas-oil-regional-off-road-series-southern-california-lake-elsinore-114875.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/three-drivers-three-reports-from-the-lucas-oil-regional-off-road-series-southern-california-lake-elsinore-114875.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:25:56 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114875 ]]> 10/21/14 El Cajon, CA– BRYAN OSBORN made some suspension upgrades to the #854 during practice trying to get the car to handle how it should. Osborn then went out for qualifying and the #854 was working close to how it should but Osborn wanted to try something else; he made a huge change in the compression by tightening it all the way. Unfortunately, this change caused the shocks to hydro lock on hard hits and Osborn had to pull off halfway through the race to protect him and the #854 from any major damage. “I had a blast racing the #854 again in the Regionals; it was so good to see everyone. I can’t thank my sponsors enough for everything they have done for me this year and I can’t wait for next season”, Bryan said. You can follow Bryan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BryanOsborn54 and on Instagram at bryanosborn54.

 

Bryan Osborn is sponsored by: Black Rhino, Racer X Motorsports, West Coast Chill, GMZ Race Products, Cryoheat, Rigid Industries, UTVUnderground.com, Kinder Academy, Papaian Enterprises, Ultra Chiller, Powder1, Race line Wheels, Pro Power Racing, Cooper Tires, K & N Filters, Automatic Transmission Design, People Water, RAAN Brands, PosterHanger.com, Fox Shox, and Power Steering Solution.

CODY RAHDERS went into Round 7 of the Lucas Oil Regional Series with a 1 point lead in the Production 1000 class and a 2 point lead in the Stock XP 900 class. Starting with qualifying Cody, driving his Cognito Motorsports/Polaris RZR’s went out and set the pole in both classes then moved onto the main events. He came away from the days racing as the 2014 Champion in both classes. In Production 1000 Cody was faced with a must win situation in order to clinch the Production 1000 title and win he did! In the Stock XP Class after a restart Cody opened up a 15 car lead but half way through the last lap the temperature spiked and the engine went into limp mode. It took 5 seconds for the condition to clear but the damage was done and he completed the race in fourth.

Cody Rahders and R3motorsports would like to thank our sponsors for their support; Justin Lambert and Cognito Motorsports, Polaris, Superchips, Fox Shocks, ITP Tires, Method Race Wheels, Muzzy, GMZ Race Products, Black Rhino RacerX Motorsports, Joey and the UTVunderground.com, K&N Filters, Sparks Racing, Lucas Oil, Crower, Twisted Stitch Seats, Praxair, Reno Sign & Design, Joe Moore at Fox, TSW Electric, spotter Nick Novak, mechanics Jon Kelly and Kevin Sullivan, Gina Snow, Dave Stall for my radio time, and my mom and dad.

KENNY FROST’S race day could have gone much better for sure. It started when he forgot to put his transponder on for qualifying so he ended up starting 11th out of 18 cars. Not so good but thanks to the Lucas scoring people for getting a hand time on him. Frost got a pretty good start; thanks to his spotter and son Curtis for quick calls on all the restarts he was in 5th on 2nd lap. He worked his way up to 4th and on the next lap in turn 2 he spun collecting the #808 ruining both of their days. Frost had trouble getting restarted when the corner official started pushing him so he bump started it and fired off! “I owe the official a case of beer for roosting him” Frost said. He was able to work his way up to 7th at the finish.”

 

Frost continued, “I can’t wait for next year, thanks to: Black Rhino, RacerX, Ami property mgt., GMZ Race Products (new tires were great), Cryo Heat Metal Treatment, Fox Shocks, Rigid Led Lights, Weller Racing, Papaian Ent., Racer Services and my son Curtis for great spotting! Thank you all very much!”

 
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At Black Rhino Inc. and Racer X Motorsports, we have a passion for all forms of motorsports that is unmatched by anyone in our industry. From communications to safety, tear down to prep, providing fuel stations to race support, we meet the racers needs. We offer tons of products for ALL Side X Sides and a full showroom and website for your shopping convenience. We have a full service and installation center, an on-site fabricator, and a sales staff that is ready to help make your dream Side X Side a reality. Visit us today at 9303 Bond Ave. El Cajon, Ca. 92021 or log onto our website at www.blackrhinoperformance.com. You can also visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackRhinoFanPage.

 

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BFGoodrich® Tires Ready For Last Push for 2014 Lucas Oil Off Road Championships http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bfgoodrich-tires-ready-for-last-push-for-2014-lucas-oil-off-road-championships-114873.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/bfgoodrich-tires-ready-for-last-push-for-2014-lucas-oil-off-road-championships-114873.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:19:46 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114873 ]]> Lake Elsinore, Ca. (Oct. 22, 2014) – As the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series draws close to its final weekend of racing for the 2014 season, BFGoodrich® Tires enters the finals rounds with the intent to win. Championships are still in reach for BFGoodrich drivers who will race under the lights on Friday night and then again Saturday morning for the final round.

BFGoodrich driver Sheldon Creed has seen the podium 10 times this year throughout the season in the Pro-Lite class. With a 14 point lead, Creed will have to hold off his fellow competitors in order to claim the overall LOORRS Pro-Lite Championship. This young driver has proved to the veterans of the sport that he has talent behind the wheel and is looking to further his career in short course.

It was already a stacked field in the Pro2 Class, but with Menzies Motorsports taking their program back to the Lucas Oil Series at the start of the year, it was known that Bryce Menzies was going to charge hard to show that he has what it takes to race against the best in the series. Menzies quickly walked away with numerous podiums and has now set himself up for a good fight for the championship. Menzies is 77 points behind Pro2 point leader Brian Deegan. Two more rounds of racing will give Menzies a fighting chance.

Off-Road Veteran and 2013 LOORRS Pro2 Champion, Rob MacCachren is not going to give up on his hunt for a Pro4 Championship. MacCachren finished the 2013 season 3rd in points in Pro4 and now in 2014 he sits just 40 points under to Kyle LeDuc. Ten podiums and one win this season shows that it just may be possible for MacCachren to power his Pro4 to that championship.

Another well-known legend, Ricky Johnson will be pushing MacCachren come race day. Sitting 58 points down to LeDuc and 18 points down to MacCachren, Johnson is not going to let up on his right foot until he has crossed that finish line and there is no more fight left to fight.

Championships can be handed out as early as Friday night if results see fit. After the two final rounds, you can watch the Challenge Cup taking place on Saturday night. Pro2’s will battle against Pro4’s, Pro-Lites will go against their own with such a staked field and Pro Buggies will race in their own cup race as well.
About BFGoodrich Tires
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, drag, desert, dirt and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit the BFGoodrich Tires Racing site at http://www.bfgoodrichracing.com on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

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2014 King of Portugal http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-king-of-portugal-114663.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-king-of-portugal-114663.html#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:11:38 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=114663 ]]> king-of-portugal
By Robb Pritchard

After the bogs of Scotland, the mountains of Italy and the weather of Wales the jewel in ULTRA4 Europe’s crown, the much anticipated King of Portugal, took teams to the championship decider among the dusty Dinosaur Eggs in Vimioso, Portugal. The points system with only one difference between positions (plus worse score dropped) meant that it was always going to be tight but unless something went very wrong for the top guys the title fight would be between the UK’s Jim Marsden of Gigglepin winches and the American young-gun Levi Shirley in his British-built Offroad Armoury Eurofighter… But this is ULTRA4 and nothing can ever be taken for granted. In Scotland Levi managed a grand total of just 4km while Jim won by four hours, the biggest margin in ULTRA4 history… Then in Italy Levi won while Jim didn’t even get around the prologue. Under the clear blue skies nothing was written in stone.

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If you’re reading this then you should have heard of King of the Hammers and the specialised rock-crawling, desert-racing vehicles it has created. And such serious cars need epic places to race. Italy definitely got it right but Portugal, now in its somophore year is where everyone has been waiting for. A good indication of the level of this race is when Thom Kingston, the man behind Spidertrax, who has been to every ULTRA4 event on the planet says that this event is second in stature only to the King of the Hammers itself.

Last year the locals Emanuel Costa and Paulo Candeias finished 1-2 and would be hot favourites again along with Italy’s fast improving Black Rig Syvaline Bessiere in a car well-suited to Portugal as it is adapted from a rock-crawler. Levi’s team mate and car builder Rob Butler is always one to watch and there were some very capable others in the mix such as championship leader Nicolas Montador, Holland’s Jaap Betsema in the mighty D&G Fire Ant and Axel Burmann, if he could get his ‘Goat’ buggy to the finish.

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The prologue is just a way of determining the running order for the main event but in ULTRA4 they have away of demonstrating what the event will be like. 1st and 2nd fastest around of the 1 1/2 km long course were Levi and Jim. “We finished exactly where we wanted because now we can let Levi have the honour of opening the road tomorrow!” said the Englishman. Jaap tested his King shocks by powering through the section dug out by a JCB and scared the photographers, Montador seemed to have more suspension is tyres than springs and Axel should perhaps consider changing his name to Gearbox as he only made it about halfway around before it died.

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Day 1 was to be two laps of the 25km track that wound through the sun-baked Portuguese landscape. Through Roman-era bridges, rivers and fields, even through a piece of land bought by the Vimioso municipality just so the race could go through it! The morning was spent with the teams walking the track and picking lines through the ‘eggs’ for their first run. (That’s what the locals did. I was in the pits looking for coffee.)

The tough part of the course was a long zigzag through a volcanic boulder field. Some of the rocks were massive and I watched roof bars scrape against house-sized stones and Spidertrax axles crack off chunks in a shower of sparks and rock dust. Between an argument with an ULTRA4 car a rock, the rocks hardly ever came off worst though… and when Jim fell against one it pressed the side slider in and cut the airlines to the diff locks. When you’re crossaxled over car-sized stones you need all four wheels turning and the delay cost him dearly, especially as he thought there would be a service break between the laps. He struggled back only to find that there wasn’t. All of a sudden Levi, who absolutely blitzed the two laps in a display of faultless driving was looking very good. “I have to drive smart tomorrow,” he said. “The championship means more to me than the race.”

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In a close fight for second were Costa and Candeias, two long-time bitter Portuguese rivals. There was a bit of a language barrier for interviewing them but Candeias’ friend had a translator app on his phone which said that he was very happy with being able to recover some positions from his not so wonderful qualifying. At the other end of the service park, next to his day-glo orange Jimmy’s chassis buggy Costa pointed to a dead tyre and his watch and turned his thumb down. “Beep, beep, no,” he said. A puncture had cost him time and so did backmarkers not getting out of his way.

Montador in his beastly looking WRS buggy had a long day and fell over a couple of times, although that might have had something to do with him relying on the spectators to tell him when he was reaching tipping point. Not something I would recommend! Series boss Dave Cole’s son Bailey also spent some time discovering where the centre of gravity was on Axle’s borrowed Bruiser buggy… The sixth time he went over Jaap helped him back up, which was the only reported time that the Dutchman used his winch. Axel himself got 4km before yet another gearbox blew. “It only had 40km on it and we don’t have any more spares,” he shrugged, looking up at me on his back on the floor through the wheel arch in what is his regular interview position.

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The plan for Day 2 was a mammoth four laps with an added crawl through two towering rocks near the start. It looked spectacular but didn’t slow down the main guys down too much. I stood out in the dinosaur eggs near original KoH driver JT Taylor who was on flag waving duty for the extra tough section that everyone had to do at least once. Levi came barrelling over the rise on the other side of the valley as evidently his idea of smart driving was drifting through the corners flat out. On top of the hill there were some metre high rocks but they posed no problem for the Lucky Dog Racing team driver at all. But then there was another that was about the same size as his Eurofighter. Again, no problem. The surface of the rough basalt actually gives a lot of grip and the flex of the suspension on these cars is amazing. A few minutes behind Costa and Candeias were locked in their customary battle, Costa slipping in front as Candeias took his turn up the extra section.

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But there was drama on the third lap when Levi slid wide through a gate and cut the tyre. This is what Tyreballs are for though and he managed to get around the rest of the lap and changed it in the pits. It cost him track position though and the marshals were overjoyed that Costa was now first on the road. They came closer to the ford, closer still when Levi came through… and then got absolutely soaked when Candeias came through in full attack mode. There was only seconds between him and Costa and he was driving for every one of them.

Butler stopped with some strange noises coming from the transmission and didn’t do the last lap… and nor did Marsden. “We decided to try and loose some weight on the car and took the A-frame off. Unfortunately we then realised we needed it…” he explained but was still smiling.

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At the finish line there was a little disagreement about who should get to wave the chequered flag. I am a bit old-fashioned and think it should have been the cute girl but some enduro biker took it and welcomed Costa over the line. Levi came over about 6 minutes later which was enough to take the win and the championship. The locals crowded around to take phone photos with him. Behind, the local battle was won by Candeias over a slightly non-plussed Costas while Bessiere took a fine fourth.

This was only the first year of the ULTRA4 championship in Europe. There were certainly some issues but an all-new series for a new type of race car was always going to be a learning curve a steeper some of the rock crawls. Next year there will be some new races as well as plenty of new cars as the next generation of IFS races will make some of 2014’s serious contenders almost obsolete. The mother event, the almighty King of the Hammers will take place in the first week of February.

Plenty of Europeans will be heading out, so stay tuned!

  1. Levi Shirley
  2. Paulo Candeias
  3. Emanuel Costa
  4. Syvaline Bessiere
  5. Filipe Guimares
  6. Jim Marsden
  7. Rob Butler
  8. Bailey Cole

Championship

  1. Levi Shirley USA     300
  2. Jim Marsden UK     294
  3. Nicolas Montador F 279
  4. Sylvain Bessiere I   287
  5. Rob Butler UK         281
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