race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:44:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Quast Consulting & Testing Limited Buggy Challenge http://www.race-dezert.com/home/quast-consulting-testing-limited-buggy-challenge-110944.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/quast-consulting-testing-limited-buggy-challenge-110944.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:40:49 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110944 ]]>

Event: The Inaugural Quast Consulting & Testing Limited Buggy Challenge
When: Sunday, August 10, 2014 – 6:15pm  
Where: Crandon, Wisconsin
Who:

1600 Single Buggy 
1. Bruce Manicke # 301 Marshfield, WI
2. Jason Pflugradt # 356 Green Bay, WI
3. Jeff Villemure # 379 Beverly Hills, MI
4. Matt Wendland # 303 Weston, WI
5. Brad Erickson # 308 Bark River, MI
6. David Luger # 328 Fond du Lac, WI
7. Mark Steinhardt # 331 Rhinelander, WI
8. Rob Kinner # 326 Hobart, WI
1600 Light Buggy
1. Billy Buth # 151 Helenville, WI
2. Matt Mullen # 174 Appleton, WI
3. Greg Stingle # 172 Black Creek, WI
4. Derek Tilkens # 121 DePere, WI
5. Bryan Holtger # 100 Lena, WI
6. Craig Paitl #144 Lena, WI
7. Craig Rabe # 126 Oconto Falls, WI
8. Anna Rabe # 124 Gillett, WI

9. Beau Ambos # 188 Green Bay, WI
10. Todd Lemke # 109 Sobieski, WI

Race Length and Time delay between classes will be determined by Crandon Officials once Saturday’s racing has concluded.

Guaranteed Payout:      

First Place: $1250
Second Place: $500         
Third Place: $250

Contingency Offers:

Mud Muncher - First Place: A free Mud Muncher (must be a current user) / or 50% off purchase of Mud Muncher for new customers. Second Place: 8 rolls of film. Third Place 4 rolls of film

Stingle Transaxles - First Place: $100 labor discount. Second Place: $50 labor discount. Third Place: $25 labor discount.

Just Performance Engines - First Place: $300 worth of engine work or $100 cash.

BFGoodrich Tires - First Place: $300 cash. Must be running BFGoodrich Tires front and rear.

PDank Performance - $50 product voucher for all Limited Buggy Challenge entries.

Performance Springs Inc. - First Place: One set of Performance Springs Inc. valve springs.

All racers must display the event decal decals on both side of their race vehicle to be eligible for prize money.

All racers must display the company’s decals on both side of their race vehicle to be eligible for Contingency offers.

Starting position draw and driver’s meeting will be Saturday, August 9 after the conclusion of points racing. Exact time will be announced at the track.

About Quast Consulting and Testing, Inc.

QCT specializes in the design and testing of exterior building components. We work with building owners, architects, contractors and manufacturers to provide timely and accurate solutions to our clients’ testing and consulting needs.

QCT was founded on and continues to grow with the simple business approach that testing and consulting are an added value to every project. We pride ourselves on being part of the building enclosure solution and not the problem.

Our services include: Field Testing, Mock-Up Testing, Product Certification Testing, Building Enclosure Consulting and Commissioning, Forensic Investigation, Thermal Testing & Simulation, and Rainscreen Design Principles. www.qcandt.com

 

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News from Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/news-from-off-road-motorsports-hall-of-fame-110938.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/news-from-off-road-motorsports-hall-of-fame-110938.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:34:02 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110938 ]]> Summer Greetings!

From our desert to yours, we hope you are enjoying the long summer nights, the Jeep trips, sand dunes and muddy roads. Although this month’s newsletter reflects on two sad moments in the off-road world, it also brings exciting news and we are very happy to share our adventure with you.

The ORMHOF Board of Directors sends their deepest condolences to Mark A. Smith and James Garner’s family, friends and fans. We hope you find respect in reading their stories below. It is never easy to say goodbye, but we are proud they were able to bask in the glory of Induction and from this, they will forever be honored.

Sincerely,
Rod Hall & the ORMHOF Board of Directors
Chairman

The Passing of Two of Our Own
1978 Inductee: James Garner

As a famous actor, James Garner brought much needed publicity to off-road racing in the early years of sports development when it needed the attention the most. James Garner was born James Scott Baumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, April 7, 1928 to Weldon Warren Baumgarner and Mildred Meek; his father worked as a carpet layer. As a young man, Garner worked numerous jobs including a stint at a gas station. At the age of 16, he joined the Merchant Marine. He then joined the National Guard. The U.S. Military drafted him to serve in the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart.

Garner attended University of Oklahoma. He became interested in acting and studied the art at Herbert Bergoff Studios, New York. Garner enjoyed a long and successful acting career with appearances on stage, television and in movies, winning the Emmy Award in 1977 and 1986. His career began with the stage production “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,” in the early 1950s. Following, Warner Brothers offered him a contract. In 1956, he made his film debut in “Toward the Unknown.” He is perhaps most recognized for his title role in the television show “Maverick” which ran from 1957-62 and for his title role in “The Rockford Files,” NBC-TV, 1974-79. He acted in the movie “The Great Escape” in 1963 with fellow Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductees actor Steve McQueen and stuntman Bud Ekins. In 1966, he appeared in the automobile racing movie Grand Prix.

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1980 Inductee: Mark Smith

Mark A Smith, founder of Jeep Jamboree USA & Mark A. Smith Off-Roading, Inc., and popularly known as “the father of modern four-wheeling”, died June 9, 2014 at the age of 87.

In 1953, Mark A. Smith and a small group of Rotarians and friends figured out a way to draw visitors to their town, Georgetown, California: stage an annual Jeep vehicle trek across the Sierra Nevada Mountains by way of the old Rubicon Trail. The event has run continuously since then and the demanding off-road excursion traversing the Trail’s ancient footpath soon became known the world over and grew into the largest and best-known off-road event in the country; it is also heralded around the globe. In 1982, Smith took the Jamboree concept nationwide, founding JJUSA, which offers over 30 annual off-road trips across the country and beyond, exclusively for Jeep owners.

Smith’s long official association with Jeep vehicles began in 1954, when the Willys Corporation began their sponsorship of the Jeepers Jamboree. The affiliation with the Jeep brand continued in to the present, with Smith helping to develop the off-road capabilities of Jeep vehicles for over 60 years. Smith designed and built the four-wheel-drive test facility at the Chrysler Proving Grounds, as well as test facilities for law enforcement agencies, tire manufacturers and the Severe Off-Road Track at Quantico Marine Corps Base, plus over 250 other off-road demonstration and training courses.
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The 2014 Induction Ceremony to Kick Off SEMA Week

ORMHOF is excited to announce that not only will the 2014 Induction Ceremony be in Las Vegas, but it will be kicking off SEMA week.

This invitation-only, black-tie affair will be an unforgettable evening filled with fun, laughter and memories. On Sunday, November 2, we will honor all past Inductees, as well as the Class of 2014. This special evening will entertain the Annual Silent Auction as well as a Live Auction.

This year, we will be bringing a piece of our gallery with us. Vehicles from the ORMHF exhibit will be on display for the Las Vegas crowds to view and enjoy.

Partnering with SEMA is going to be a great fit. “SEMA, ORMHOF, Las Vegas, South Point Hotel- you can’t get a better mix than this,” says ORMHOF Chairman Rod Hall.

Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO agrees, “The offroad market represents an exciting and growing segment of our industry. We’re pleased that the ORMHOF is hosting its induction ceremony at the SEMA Show. Its members share a love and passion for the motorsports industry, and we look forward to having them join us at the industry’s premier annual marketplace for automotive innovation.”

“A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more.” SEMA
To learn more about SEMA, please click here.
To learn more about the 2014 Induction Ceremony and how to get your tickets, please email Shelby Hall at shall@ormhof.org.

Auctions America to feature”Scoop” Vessels F-100

For the first time ever, ORMHOF will be auctioning off a vehicle from its display inside the National Automobile Museum, in Reno, Nev. Frank “Scoop” Vessels Ford F-100 has been a beautiful addition to the display for over 8 years and now it’s time to share it with the next off-road enthusiast.

The auction will be held on August 1 & 2 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel. Tune in to the live coverage on NBCSN, 8/1: 3-5pm, 8/2: 1:30-5:30pm EDT.

All proceeds will go to support the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. To learn more, check out Auctions America online.

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Impact and MasterCraft Safety, Inc. Merger Announcement http://www.race-dezert.com/home/impact-and-mastercraft-safety-inc-merger-announcement-110934.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/impact-and-mastercraft-safety-inc-merger-announcement-110934.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:16:27 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110934 ]]> Santee, CA (July 16th, 2014) – MasterCraft Safety, Inc. a solely owned corporation based in Santee, CA, announces the merger of Impact and MasterCraft Safety, Inc. to form Impact Racing, Inc. The newly formed California Corporation is part of a continuing strategy to provide increases in manufacturing efficiencies and customer service. “By consolidating our manufacturing efforts we will be better positioned to meet the needs of our ever increasing and loyal customer base. We will continue our 40 year tradition of providing high quality MADE IN THE USA, safety products to our Recreational Motorsports, Professional Motorsports and our country’s Military Defense Personnel” stated Robbie Pierce, CEO of Impact Racing, Inc…

As part of the newly formed corporation strategy, all current MasterCraft Safety, Inc. manufacturing will be relocated from Santee, CA to Indianapolis. The MasterCraft Safety brand manufacturing operations will be housed in one of four buildings on the existing Impact manufacturing campus. In addition to housing MasterCraft Safety brand’s manufacturing operations, the newly remodeled, state of the art facility will house Impact Racing, Inc.’s corporate offices by late November.

A multi-phase project, all manufacturing of MasterCraft Safety products at the Santee, CA location will cease by August 31st, 2014. Impact Racing, Inc. will retain the MasterCraft Safety offices and showroom at the 9335 Stevens Rd, Santee, CA location to provide continuing sales and service to its Southern California customers.

Impact and MasterCraft Safety products will proudly retain their respective brands and logos. “While there is some crossover, MasterCraft Safety and Impact offer different, high-quality products to uniquely different demographics. We feel it is important to maintain the two brand identities that our customers have come to know and trust”, stated Pierce.

About Impact by MasterCraft Safety:
Impact by MasterCraft Safety offers a full complement of industry leading safety equipment, from SNELL 2010 certified helmets to fire-resistant driving suits and Nomex underwear. Founded by safety pioneer Bill Simpson in 2002, Impact moved under the MasterCraft Safety banner in 2010. Impact’s line of helmets, driving and crew suits, drag chutes, window nets, and race restraints are all made in the United States in their manufacturing facility strategically located in the heart of Gasoline Alley in Indiana, just ten minutes from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

About MasterCraft Safety:
Based in Santee, California, MasterCraft Safety is the leading manufacturer of driving suits, window nets, and innovative energy attenuating safety seating and restraint systems custom tailored to endure the most extreme environmental conditions and off-road terrain. In addition to three decades of real world testing in the most extreme racing conditions, independent tests by nationally recognized laboratories indicate the MasterCraft Safety energy attenuating seat directly resulted in an 84% reduction of energy in a 55 “G” load event. Additional testing in the +Z axis has resulted in impressive Dynamic Response Index data of 13.7 in a (nominal) 350G impact. These qualities and craftsmanship make MasterCraft seats the leading choice for environments where safety can mean the difference between life and death, from desert racing to hostile territory overseas.

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UTV WOLFPACK / LUCAS OIL REGIONAL SERIES ROUND 5 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utv-wolfpack-lucas-oil-regional-series-round-5-110929.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/utv-wolfpack-lucas-oil-regional-series-round-5-110929.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:13:11 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110929 ]]> LUCAS OIL REGIONAL SERIES ROUND 5

The Rockstar Energy, Polaris, UTV Wolfpack team’s weekend race was business as usual once again. The Lucas Oil Regional Series Saturday had a change of scenery racing at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA, July 19th. Glen Helens track is notorious for the rocks and ruts. The Wolfpack Team started off the weekend with practice on Friday followed by qualifying and the main event on Saturday. It was a great race weekend with a packed crowd and over 51 UTV’s entered to battle under the lights. This weekend was also the largest amount of entries for the new production 1000 class with the Merrell brothers going head to head with 21 experienced drivers making this a fun and competitive race day.

The wolfpack roster hit the most drivers ever to race in the same day this weekend, with Driver Jeremy Merrell in the #977 Polaris RZR XP1000 built by Magnum off-road, Jason Merrell driving the #918 Polaris RZR XP1000, George Hammel driving the Supercuts Wolfpack car, Driver Jacob Shaw coming back for more short course action in the XP900 racing the unlimited UTV class and Driver Will Rodgers piloting his XP900 in the stock RZR900 class.


“Racing under the lights is dream come true, I remember watching Mickey Thompson stadium racing as a kid thinking how awesome it would be to race an off-road stadium style race under the lights. Lucas oil has done an unbelievable job shaping this class into what its become today, while Polaris has done the same with these amazing machines.” — (Jeremy Merrell, UTV Wolfpack)

With so many talented drivers on the wolfpack team we were bound to see some great racing this weekend. Jacob Shaw started the weekend off battling experienced drivers in short course, this was Jacobs first short course race in this class, he came out to shock the crowd finishing first in qualifiers. Starting off the beginning of the final race the drivers were aggressive and out to win. Jacob would stay toward the front of the pack all race and finish in 5th place.

“I had a good weekend! Car ran good and Walker Evans even set my shocks up perfect! Can’t wait to race the next round!” — (Jacob Shaw, UTV Wolfpack)

“I managed an 8th place finish this weekend. The car ran great, definitely have some improvement to do on the chassis but overall for Glen Helen it was good. It was a great weekend and I’m excited to see the racing action of round 6 in September. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be extremely exciting to see!” — (Will Rogers, UTV Wolfpack)

What else can I say other than Glen Helen under the lights = exciting racing! The racing was wheel-to-wheel all weekend! Friday practice was a learning curve with the loamy dirt, but the track was awesome and really cool to see the different terrain. With all the Pro vehicles (Pro4, Pro2, Prolite, and Pro Buggies) on the track the ruts were insane, it was super cool to be able to drive in those conditions! Saturday we found s couple issues with the car, a ball-joint needed to be replaced and a leaky rear diff seal. These Polaris RZR’s are built so well, sometimes I wonder how they take the beating that we give them. A little refill of the read diff oil and a ball-joint and we were good to go.

Qualifying went as good as possible, the car was a bit slow and we ended up qualifying 10th, but knew that some changes could be made to improve the cars speed. For the Main Event we stiffened up the sway bar and that made huge difference in the car being more stable and locked the backend to the ground much better. Starting from the 10th position we moved up a few positions pretty quickly and had some great battles. My starts were mediocre at best and I got passed a few times, but made it back up on track and ended up 7th for the night, battling all the way many drivers and some awesome back and forth with teammate Will Rodgers during the last 2 laps!

During the main event we learned that the car is jetted way to rich and can perform much better, so some testing is in the near future to get it up to par with the other cars on the track, but all in all I can’t thank my family, friends, and partners for all their help, the Lucas Regional series is a blast and these RZR’s are the future of short course racing! Some other highlights for the weekend were seeing my sister at the races, meeting the newest Wolfpack member Mason Merrell and seeing all our friends. I can’t wait to be back at Glen Helen Sept 6th for some redemption!!!

“The Polaris 900 class racing was wheel-to-wheel! The Glen Helen track was loamy and got some nice deep ruts. I had a great time and improved everytime we were on the track. Had some great battles and cant wait to get back in my Polaris and race! ” — (George Hammel, UTV Wolfpack )

The races came to an end for the wolfpack team finishing the weekend off with the production 1000 class with drivers Jeremy and Jason Merrell. They would start off the race toward the end of the pack with Jeremy Merrell starting in 15th place and Jason Merrell in 14th. Starting in the back Jason knew he had his work cut out for him. From start to finish in the final race he would battle cars sliding out in front of him and running into him. It was a battle against the brothers in the start of the race with Jeremy doing everything he could to prevent Jason from passing him. Jason would eventually take the outside to by pass Jeremy and make an impressive climb toward the front of the pack to finish the weekend with a 5th place. Jeremy having mechanical problems would fall back to finish the race in 10th.

During the race Jason showed some great driving skills by saving from flipping but as a result lost his power steering and still managed to finished 5th.

“Qualifying started off great and my car felt fast but on the 2nd lap I hooked a rut covered with fluff that sent my car on two wheels but somehow manage to save it” — (Jason Merrell, UTV Wolfpack)

The Wolfpack Race Team would like to thank all of our great sponsors that keep us alive.

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“We would like to personally thank all of our great sponsors for supporting the UTV WOLFPACK, these great companies keep us racing” — (Jeremy & Jason Merrell, UTV Wolfpack )

 

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SATMODO Arms BAJA RALLY http://www.race-dezert.com/home/satmodo-arms-baja-rally-110922.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/satmodo-arms-baja-rally-110922.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:04:59 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110922 ]]> ENSENADA BAJA CA MEXICO-Bajarallymoto.com has announced SATMODO has joined BAJA RALLY 2.0 as the Official Satellite Communications Provider for Baja CA’s very first and only navigation based rally raid for motorcycles.

“Communication is the cornerstone of any safety plan and we rely on the team at SATMODO to arm our team with equipment to support our plan”, explained rally creator Scotty Breauxman, “And by giving our riders an incredible deal on a sat phone rental, SATMODO is really contributing to the growth of this young new event.”

For less than $90, Baja Rally participants can rent a fully activated satellite phone for 1 week without a bundled minute plan. Unlike other offers which sometimes don’t include hidden charges, activation fees and deposits, SATMODO’s deal is “all in” for less than $90 with no traps. Any minutes used are billed a $1.75 per minute. Breauxman says the trouble in the past is finding a company that would rent a sat phone to someone who hopes to never use it.

“Our riders need an option to have this safety equipment with them without a hefty financial outlay for a minutes plan”, Breauxman concluded, “We commend the team at SATMODO for their commitment to safety.”

SATMODO is a leading satellite phone provider in San Diego CA and offers sat phone rental and sales and mobile Internet solutions worldwide. Contact SATMODO 24/7 at 800 279-2366 or on their website HERE

The BAJA RALLY is the first and only navigation based rally raid for motorcycles in Baja CA. Taking place over 5 days and including 4 days of timed special stages, the eco-friendly BAJA RALLY is a traveling cultural adventure and immerses participants into Baja CA’s rich histories, cultures and dynamic landscapes. See the offer below:

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2015 RALLY AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE RELEASED http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-rally-america-national-championship-schedule-released-110918.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2015-rally-america-national-championship-schedule-released-110918.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:40:16 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110918 ]]> Williston, Vermont (July 23, 2014) — Rally America, Inc. is proud to announce the calendar for the upcoming 2015 Rally America National Championship season.

The Rally America National Championship, sanctioned by Rally America, Inc., is the premiere performance rally series in the United States supported by top manufactures, such as Subaru of America, Inc., Honda Performance, Scion and Ford Racing, with many of North Americas’ best rally drivers competing.

“We have worked really hard to assemble this schedule as early as possible to give our partners and teams time to prepare for next season,” said Bill Fogg, Sr., CEO of Rally America. “Our event organizers are top-notch. Giving them stability in our Championship allows them to secure sponsorship to support their growing programs.”

The 2015 schedule returns Rally America’s most successful rally events operated by local committees with decades of rally experience. The Championship begins with the traditional Sno*Drift Rally on January 30-31, 2015 in Atlanta, Michigan, the only dedicated snow rally on the calendar.

The Olympus Rally located in Olympia, Washington is back to national prominence on May 16-17, 2015 after a two-year hiatus.

The Championship will once again conclude at the “oldest, meanest and toughest” stage rally race at the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Houghton, Michigan on October 16-17, 2015.

2015 Rally America National Championship schedule:

Sno*Drift Rally
January 30-31
Atlanta, MI

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

Oregon Trail Rally
May 1-3
Portland, OR

Olympus Rally
May 16-17
Olympia, WA

Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally
June 5-7
Wellsboro, PA

New England Forest Rally
July 17-18 Newry, ME

Ojibwe Forests Rally
August 27-29
Detroit Lakes, MN

Lake Superior Performance Rally
October 16-17
Houghton, MI

Rally America, Inc. will focus on completing the current season with two rounds left at the Ojibwe Forests Rally on August 22-23, 2014 and the Lake Superior Performance Rally on October 17-18, 2014.

The 2014 Rally America National Championship airs on the NBC Sports Network with the next broadcast date on August 2 at 12:30pm EDT/9:30 PDT. More details pending on show details.

Rally America is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Ford Racing, Honda Performance Development, Exedy Racing Clutches, VP Racing Fuels, Streetwise Parts and GoPro.

About Rally America
Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the Rally America National Championship, which consists of eight national-level events in 2014 located at a variety of venues across the country, from Portland, Oregon to Newry, Maine. NBC Sports Network is airing eight Rally America episodes. For more information please visit www.rally-america.com.

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Healy Dominates at 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix http://www.race-dezert.com/home/healy-dominates-at-4-wheel-parts-glen-helen-grand-prix-110909.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/healy-dominates-at-4-wheel-parts-glen-helen-grand-prix-110909.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:30:54 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110909 ]]>

    

Photo by Lorna Mildice

GLEN HELEN, CA – JULY 12th, 2014: Over 115 race teams descended upon Glen Helen Raceway the weekend of July 11th for the 4th annual 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix.  With nearly triple the car count of the inaugural 2011 race, the competition was fast and fierce for all classes. However, one driver stayed at the front of the pack all weekend and that was the current King, Loren Healy. Healy couldn’t get too far in front though, as Levi Shirley was close on his tail at every turn.

ATX Wheels and Nitto Tire driver Healy had the fastest qualifying time on Friday in his brand new Jimmy’s 4×4 Independent Front Suspension (IFS) car. Healy started on the pole in the first prelim and maintained his lead all day Saturday. The only time Healy wasn’t in front was during a brief pit stop for fuel, and even then he had re-gained the lead from Levi Shirley before the start of his next lap. Levi Shirley, who has raced four ULTRA4 races on two continents in the last five weeks, including a first ULTRA4 win in Italy, won his prelim Saturday morning and started the main event just behind Healy. Shirley maintained a fast and consistent 2nd place throughout all 20 laps of the main event.

The battle for 3rd was the tightest podium battle in the main, with Jake Hallenbeck starting off in

In addition to the unlimited 4400 class, Glen Helen was also the largest regional race to date with more than 40 limited class vehicles registered.  All ULTRA4 classes competed at Glen Helen including the 4500, 4600, 4700, 4800 cars as well as UTVs. In the 4700 spec class, Red Bull Athlete, Wes Agee took the win, with Jessi Combs following up her Stampede win with a 2nd place finish with Chris Ridgway finishing in 3rd.  With more than 15 4500 cars registered, this was the largest regional race to date for the Rubicon Express Modified class. 4580 Jordan Townsend lead in both prelims and the main event for the class and repeated his Stampede performance with another win over 2nd place John Currie in the 88 car, with 3rd place going to 4531 Shawn Rants. For the 4600 ProComp Stock Class, 4612 Ben Varozza also claimed his 2nd win in as many races, followed by 4648 Brian Behrend and 4696 Sean McNamara. Richie Carter won the 4800 legends class in his first regional event for this class with Richard fenton coming in 2nd and Hans Oswald claiming 3rd place on the podium. For the UTV Sportsman Class, 1927 David Harvick won with #3 Darren MItchell  coming in 2nd and 1902 Jon Nelson taking 3rd.3rd and maintaining his position for most of the first half of the race. On the 10th lap, Hallenbeck was overtaken and fell back to 4th and a few laps later to 5th behind Kevin Sacalas and Wayland Campbell. Wayland Campbell was in 3rd going into the final lap, however Hallenbeck was able to charge hard and overtake Wayland in the final minutes of the race and clinch the 3rd place podium for the second time in two races.

The next ULTRA4 race will be King of The Valleys in Wales, UK the weekend of August 8th – 10th. The final race in the Trail-Gear Western Regional Series will be the American Rocksports Challenge  August 22nd and 23rd in Tooele, UT and the final race in the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional Series will be the Sturgis Off Road Blowout in Sturgis, KY on September 12th and 13th. The Nitto National Championship will be held October 17th and 18th. Keep an eye out for details  in the coming weeks.

All 2014 Series Points through Glen Helen Available by clicking here:

Results below:
4400 Class 
Name Nbr Time Laps KOH Qual
1 Loren Healy 67 19:40:10.30 20
2 Levi Shirely 81 19:42:16.10 20
3 Jake Hallenbeck 4775 19:42:31.10 20
4 Wayland Campbell 3 19:42:38.50 20
5 Jon Cagliero 27 19:42:55.10 19
6 Jason Blanton 966 19:42:58.40 19
7 Alex Hardaway 4481 19:45:09.40 19
8 Mike Bou 54 19:42:47.60 18
9 Todd Mccullen 4422 19:46:04.70 18 KOH
10 Andrew Mclaughlin 4493 19:43:29.10 17
11 Airen Patrick 602 19:44:38.10 17 KOH
12 Randy Rodd 4407 19:45:12.30 17 KOH
13 Bailey Campbell 35 19:45:21.90 17
14 Jake Yeoman* 1977 19:35:55.20 16 KOH
15 Matt Nieman 4427 19:40:25.90 16 KOH
16 Doug Evans 4457 19:40:30.60 16 KOH
17 Mike Klensin 4431 19:41:12.40 16 KOH
18 Michael Trebino 4449 19:41:53.40 16 KOH
19 Chris Midkiff 23 19:42:12.10 16 KOH
20 Jeremy Hammer 97 19:45:47.50 16 KOH
21 Jason Scherer 76 19:11:56.80 15
22 Kevin Sacalas 4435 19:17:33.90 15 KOH
23 Jackson Stephens 4454 19:19:11.70 15
24 Tim Cameron 4111 19:16:12.50 14
25 Jason Bunch 927 19:40:46.50 14
26 Andy Brown 4455 18:58:38.40 11
27 Kevin Yoder 4434 19:13:42.80 11
28 Kenneth Goodall 7779 19:44:53.70 11
29 Tom Wayes 321 19:00:16.00 10
30 Paul Horschel 19 18:43:19.00 9
31 Steve Bray 902 18:48:16.20 9
32 Hal Deschamp 4445 18:51:08.20 9
33 Bill Baird 5252 18:36:36.20 8
34 Rocco Baldassarre 308 18:26:22.80 6
35 Greg Adler 10 18:28:05.90 6
36 Shannon Campbell 5 18:18:45.50 5
37 David Buchberger 911 18:24:27.90 4
38 Rick Mooneyham 554 18:09:42.60 3
39 Gary Ferravanti Jr. 64 18:03:43.90 2
40 Widodo Teguh 8168 17:55:04.10 1
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4500 Class 

Name Nbr Time Laps
1 Jordan Townsend 4580 16:51:01.10 15
2 John Currie 88 16:53:23.40 15
3 Shawn Rants 4531 16:56:06.60 15
4 George Evans 457 16:49:30.70 14
5 Jason Wilkins 4596 16:54:16.70 14
6 Mike Bedwell 4540 16:55:44.10 14
7 Brandon Heyes 4558 16:56:04.60 14
8 Doug Faloni 713 16:52:42.20 13
9 Adam Arsenault 4503 16:52:50.10 13
10 David Shields 4524 16:56:55.20 13
11 Jimmy Jack 63 16:50:41.40 12
12 Alan Johnson 4511 16:50:29.60 10
13 Jordan Pellegrino 4585 16:52:08.50 9
14 Joey Simeone 21 16:29:45.30 8
15 Mike Johnson 4588 16:50:51.80 8
4600 Class 
Name Nbr Time Laps
1 Ben Varozza 4612 16:55:47.70 14
2 Brian Behrend 4648 16:56:16.30 14
3 Sean Mcnamara 4696 16:39:39.40 10
4 Melvin Wade Iii 4651 16:55:30.80 10
5 Cole Bailey 4654 16:06:46.50 6
6 Richard Gauthier 4643 15:48:26.80 4
7 Kevin Adler 4602 15:52:57.30 3
4700 Class 
Name Nbr Time Laps
1 Wes Agee 4706 16:50:27.70 16
2 Jessi Combs 4703 16:54:20.50 11
3 Chris Ridgway 4705 16:23:26.20 6
4 Joanthan Brenthell 4702 15:38:42.40 4
4800 Class 
Name Nbr Time Laps
1 Richie Carter 4474 16:50:50.50 11
2 Richard Fenton 4852 16:51:45.20 9
3 Hans Oswald 4884 16:21:25.40 8
4 Jim Brown 104 15:45:58.30 4
5 Dave Schneider 4871 15:32:22.50 2
UTV Sportsman
Name Nbr Time Laps
1 David Harvick 1927 13:53:19.64 10
2 Darren Mitchell 3 13:53:26.91 10
3 Jon Nelson 1902 13:54:48.26 10
4 Brian Hogue 1915 13:55:54.98 9
5 Andrew Gorman 1958 13:27:17.76 6
6 Kelly Lee 1966 13:20:48.57 5
7 Melvin Wade Iv 1951 13:57:22.10 5

 

ABOUT ULTRA4 RACING

ULTRA4 is a vehicle type, class and series.  ULTRARacing was born from the popularity of the annual Griffin King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, considered to be the toughest one-day off-road race. The vehicles are unlimited four-wheel drive, capable of competing  in multiple racing disciplines – extreme rock crawling, high-speed desert racing and short course.  In seven years, the sport has grown significantly from the inaugural King of the Hammers to an eight race national series, and a four race International series.  ULTRARacing is managed by Hammerking Productions located in Temecula, CA.  To learn more, log on to www.ultra4racing.com.

 

ULTRA4 SPONSORS

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ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING MOTORSPORTS IN THE US - ULTRA4 RACING ULTRA4 racing began in 2007 with a dozen friends competing for bragging rights.  Seven years later, more than 400 cars compete nationally and internationally in ULTRA4 races.  In 2014, races in the United States will be held in the following states: Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, California and Nevada. Additionally, 4 European races will be held in Scotland, Wales, Italy and Portugal.

 

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Subaru Driver David Higgins Secures 4th Consecutive Rally America Championship with Win at New England Forest Rally http://www.race-dezert.com/home/subaru-driver-david-higgins-secures-4th-consecutive-rally-america-championship-with-win-at-new-england-forest-rally-110897.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/subaru-driver-david-higgins-secures-4th-consecutive-rally-america-championship-with-win-at-new-england-forest-rally-110897.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:24:52 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110897 ]]> new-england-forest-rally-srt-01

Subaru Driver David Higgins Secures 4th Consecutive Rally America Championship with Win at New England Forest Rally

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Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew are Rally America Champions for the 4th consecutive year after overcoming late rally adversity to win the New England Forest Rally in Newry, Maine. Taking their fifth victory this season mathematically secured their Championship with two events still remaining. Their Subaru teammates Travis Pastrana with co-driver Chrissie Beavis finished in 2nd Overall, their fourth consecutive 2nd place finish. Higgins and Pastrana were both at the wheel of Vermont SportsCar prepared 2014 Subaru WRX STI rally cars shod with DMACK rally tires.

A trouble-free victory was in Higgins’ sights for a majority of the event after Pastrana, his closest challenger, was slowed early on the first day after hitting a large rock. Higgins then maintained a comfortable lead on Pastrana until drama unfolded late on the final day when his Subaru impacted a large rock on stage ten which heavily damaged the rear suspension. After limping the car out of the stage, Higgins and Drew began performing repairs to enable the car to drive on the road section back to service park. While making repairs under the car a small fire flared from a burst brake line and Higgins accidently received a face full of fire extinguisher spray. In discomfort and with his eyes painfully irritated Higgins made it to service to receive medical attention while the Subaru Rally Team USA service crew feverishly repaired his Subaru.

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Pushing adversity aside Higgins and his fully repaired Subaru WRX STI then won the final three stages of the rally to win by 44 seconds over Pastrana. “It was a great rally until that bit of drama at the end!” smiled Higgins at the podium celebration. “Big thanks to (Travis) Pastrana and (3rd place finisher) Adam Yeoman for stopping to help us out. This rally certainly can bite back at any time and we knew it wasn’t going to be over until it is over. We wanted to win this event, we have so often come here and had to drive conservatively to net points toward the end of the year, but this year we could afford to just go for it. Big thanks to Subaru and Vermont SporstCar for giving us the ultimate tool for the job!”

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Pastrana may well have stolen victory from Higgins but his chances were scuttled when he impacted a large rock on the first leg which punctured a tire, losing him over one minute to Higgins. Pastrana made big strides in getting back up to speed, and getting comfortable with his new Subaru, in what was just his fourth rally after being away from the sport for three years. Pastrana won five stages to Higgins’ eight, with several stages decided by tenths of a second. “Getting those stage wins was great and I’m getting more confortable for sure, we are close to where we need to be to now fight for a victory this season.”

Two rounds remain in the 2014 Rally America National Championship; The Ojibwe Forest Rally in Detroit Lakes, MN on August 22-23 and then the classic Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) in Houghton, MI on October 17-18. Both Higgins and Pastrana will compete in these events.
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About Subaru Rally Team USA
Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Method Race Wheels, Royal Purple, eBay Motors, RECARO, PIAA and Race Proven. Follow the team on twitter: @srtusa, Instagram: @srtusa and online at www.subaru.com/rally

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit media.subaru.com.

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The Outlaw Jesse James and the Legend of TORC Racing at Sturgis http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-outlaw-jesse-james-and-the-legend-of-torc-racing-at-sturgis-110871.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-outlaw-jesse-james-and-the-legend-of-torc-racing-at-sturgis-110871.html#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:44:22 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110871 ]]> jesse-james-sturgis-race-dezert
By Brandon W. Mudd

Once upon a time, there was a tattooed outlaw who made his way in the world creating great iron steeds with his bare hands. He was known throughout the land for these two-wheeled sculptures and earned fame and fortune on television. But he had a secret passion, a hidden pastime: the outlaw craved speed.

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Trading two wheels for four, the man raced in the desert and raced on off-road dirt tracks against the best drivers the sport had to offer. The outlaw found a tattooed nitro racer who shared his taste for speed and his desire to compete grew until, one day, his two worlds combined, and for a moment, the planets aligned.

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The outlaw is Jesse James and the planets are aligning in Sturgis, SD, Aug. 5-6 when TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL is racing at The Legendary Buffalo Chip during the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This year, James is racing a PRO 2WD, 900-horsepower truck capable of reaching 100 mph on a short-course track against the best off-road racers in the world.

James has been coming to Bike Week nearly every year since 1986, when he went to his first event at the age of 16. He will now be there in the capacity of a racer, his wife, NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria, alongside. Given the nature of his company and brand, West Coast Choppers, it’s safe to assume he has a pretty fair knowledge of the goings on at this infamous event nestled in the Black Hills.

“I’ve done everything there is to do in that town,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve just wreaked holy hell on everyone.”

The wreaking of holy hell will be tempered by another group of outlaws, these making their bones in the grind of a season-long, 14-round race schedule and not about to let an interloper steal their thunder. Or their shot at a title. CJ Greaves, the current PRO 2 points leader who has worn the black hat with black flags this season is looking forward to seeing what James can bring to the table.

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“I’m looking forward to it,” Greaves said. “He’s driven a lot of stuff in his life so it’ll be awesome to see what he’s made of in a TORC truck.”

For his part, James understands his role in Sturgis is two-fold: one as a racer with the responsibilities of a racer and the other as an ambassador of the TORC Series, working with them to promote the race, the first of what is planned to be a new tradition at The Chip during the Rally. TORC has done all the right things, he said.

“I feel like I have a pretty good pulse on (Sturgis) and no one’s ever done anything like that. Everybody’s like, come in and ‘How are we going to make money off the bikers? All these guys with expendable income buying Harleys and they have money, how are we going to take their money?’

“They’ve never thought of it like TORC, where it’s ‘How are we going to entertain these dudes?’ Short-course off-road racing is entertainment. You get a lot for your money for buying your ticket and going to see that.”

It’s a new town for TORC, new surroundings and a new crowd.

Competition, beware the outlaw.

Photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media

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In the hundred degree weather in Barstow, CA, hundreds of people gathered this weekend at the Mojave Off-Road Entusiasts (MORE) Freedom 250 for one of the hottest races of the year.  That didn’t stop a mixture of eighty five racers from bombing the California desert.  Here are Saturday’s top finishers.  Full results can be found here.

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Class 1300
1st place – Zach Johnson (Fast Lap Award)
2nd place – Travis Howard

Class 9
1st place – Armando Ventura – (Winner of MORE’S Most Dominant Driver Award – top honors at the race based on Class Dominance, $1000 cash, custom hand made trophy)
2nd place – Jeff Johnsen
3rd place – Harley Young

Class 1350
1st place John Morgan
2nd place Richard Woods

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Class 2000
1st place – Kurt Youngs (Fast Lap Award)
2nd place – Ken Dixon
3rd place – Joser Herrera

Class 3000
1st place Cheri Nutter

Class 1400
1st place – Ryan Herryford
2nd place – Andrew Jacques
3rd place – Mark Slater

Class 1600
1st Place – Tim Craig – ($500 CT Sales Bonus, $500 Kartek Bonus)
2nd place – Ryan Golson
3rd place – Zach Sizelove (Fast Lap Award)

Class 5
1st place – Richard Garavito (Fast Lap Award)
2nd place – Wes Taylor

Class 12
1st place – Mark Barnes (Fast Lap Award)
2nd place – William McCool
3rd place – Ralph Potts

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Class 10
1st place (2nd overall) – David Norris ($1000 Kartek Bonus)
2nd place – Cody Reid (Fast Lap of Race)
3rd place – Andy Marsoun

Class 1
1st Overall – Eric Hardin (Fast Lap Award)
2nd – Rob Archibald
3rd – Kevin Thompson

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Octane Junkie Travis PeCoy looks to Gain Momentum at Glen Helen http://www.race-dezert.com/home/octane-junkie-travis-pecoy-looks-to-gain-momentum-at-glen-helen-110848.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/octane-junkie-travis-pecoy-looks-to-gain-momentum-at-glen-helen-110848.html#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:03:49 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=110848 ]]> The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series heads to Southern California for Rounds 9&10 at the legendary Glen Helen Raceway where Octane Junkie Travis PeCoy looks to make the charge for a Modified Kart Championship.

 

Going into Rounds 9&10 Travis PeCoy has led the championship points battle for the majority of the 2014 LOORRS season and has seen the podium four times, two of them being first place victories. After a disappointing weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Utah, Travis PeCoy currently sits second in the LOORRS overall points championship.

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“We just had an off weekend”, commented PeCoy. “Utah was frustrating because I know what our team is capable of and we struggled to keep our championship points lead… but, we have put that weekend behind us and we’re super pumped to be coming to Glen Helen, its my “home track” and its where I feel most comfortable” PeCoy went on to say “Its going to be super hot throughout the day but luckily Action Sports Canopies has us covered which will really make a huge difference when we are trying to cool down after practice.”

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Glen Helen Raceway is known for some of the best racing that takes place on the LOORRS circuit. Although Glen Helen is one of the shorter tracks in the LOORRS series it still allows for a ton of passing opportunities and with that comes a ton of action. Rounds 9&10 will take place at night and under the lights, although, the Modified Kart race will take place first thing after opening ceremonies making visibility a true undertaking as the sun goes down.

 

“To be honest I’m not totally worried about the sun factor, Oakley has us so dialed and I know the track like the back of my hand I don’t think it will be a problem. I’m going to Glen Helen to win, I have no choice if I want to make this championship dream come true, “mentioned PeCoy.

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Be sure to keep an eye on the FMF Octane Junkie himself Travis PeCoy as he looks to make up 13 points in the #573 FMF Octane Junkie Modified Kart to take back his over-all points lead in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Racing action takes place immediately following opening ceremonies at 7:30pm on August 1st and 2nd at the legendary Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino California.

 

Travis PeCoy would like to thank all of the loyal partners that chose to support the Travis PeCoy Racing Modified Kart #573 – FMF/Octane Junkies, Action Sports Canopies, Oakley, CMI Precision, ThyssenKrupp Materials and Lucas Oil.

About Travis PeCoy:

13 year old Travis PeCoy has been around racing since his early diaper days. Father Bobby PeCoy is an experienced Pro Buggy driver with a strong history of placings in the old CORR and the current LOORRS racing divisions. Travis gained interest early on and jumped in eagerly to the Junior Kart division. After some years of on-track education, young PeCoy found his way to the podium and eventually winning races. After a stellar 2012 Junior Kart season, PeCoy-Racing decided it was time to move up to the even more competitive Modified Kart class. With a bright season ahead of him, and some fast lap times to boot, Travis has full focus on his new race truck, which seems to get faster every race.

Each race is a complete family experience with Dad Bobby calling the shots, Mom Tina handling operations & hospitality, Big Rick keeping the truck dialed in and a whole host of friends and family coming together for support.

2013 has seen early success with Travis back on top of that familiar podium position, as well as appearances in some new avenues including the Robby Gordon Stadium Super Truck series. Oakley has chosen Travis to be one of a limited number of supported drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, along with FMF Racing promoting Travis as a featured young upstart in their new “Octane Junkies” collection.

When Travis is not burning laps, he’s splitting time between football, lacrosse, hanging out with a great group of friends and capturing all forms of racing action through the lens of his own camera.

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Sheldon Creed Sweeps Toronto Formula Off-Road http://www.race-dezert.com/home/sheldon-creed-sweeps-toronto-formula-off-road-109861.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/sheldon-creed-sweeps-toronto-formula-off-road-109861.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:07:13 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=109861 ]]> sheldon-creed-sst-toronto
Sheldon Creed completed a weekend sweep in the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race at Toronto Sunday by edging Robby Gordon for the second day in a row winning both weekend races.

After winning last season at Toronto, Sheldon Creed of Alpine, Calif. picked up where he left off in the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series by winning again on the picturesque downtown street circuit in Canada in Saturday’s race.

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On Saturday, Creed’s TRAXXAS-sponsored truck fought alongside fellow 16-year-old Scotty Steele’s machine for most of the race until Steele made a late mistake on the final lap, which relegated him to a third-place finish, allowing Robby Gordon to inherit second. Creed started last in the field given that he missed the pre-race driver’s meeting, but drove a steady smart race in the rain to pass every truck in the field en route to victory.

“The difference in driving on asphalt and concrete was incredible,” Creed said referring to the wet, slick conditions.  “Scotty was great on the concrete, and when we came off the asphalt his truck just took off.  I’ve made a couple of late mistakes in these races and thrown a few away, and I wasn’t going to do it again.  I just took my time and didn’t over drive the truck.”

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Michigan’s Aaron Bambach came home fourth in his 3deminsional.com truck, with Mexico’s Apdaly Lopez finishing fifth after not getting any practice during Friday’s session where he crashed in turn one of lap one of the session.  Toronto’s Paul Tracy fell victim to the wet conditions early in the race and came in sixth, as did Bill Hynes from Nazareth, Pa. in the Freaks for LIVE truck who finished seventh.

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The Stadium Super Trucks that competed in the second race in Toronto Sunday will jump 36-inch tall man-made ramps at more than 100 mph at multiple locations throughout the downtown street circuit hurling drivers nearly 20 feet in the air and 150 feet down course.  The series features identically prepared trucks which are made to resemble their scaled-down Traxxas radio-control-car counterparts.  Like their Traxxas namesake the trucks are designed to take flight.  However, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds upwards of 130 miles per hour and race on DOT approved Toyo Tires. 

Unlike Saturday’s slippery track, warm and dry conditions produced a thrilling battle between Creed and Gordon. The two drivers battled relentlessly for virtually the entire 10-lap race, with nearly every fan in attendance at the 11-turn street circuit in Toronto standing to watch the spectacle, with thousands crowding the fence line with camera phones in hand.

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Scotty Steele again finished third completing an identical podium lineup for both Toronto races.

“It’s obviously pretty cool to win two times in a row here at Toronto,” Creed, 16, said. “Today was a much better race given that it was dry. We could go hard and Robby and I had a great battle. We both got sideways in turn 3 there at the end and I was able to put some distance between us, but about three turns later he was back on my bumper.” 

Canadian Native, Paul Tracy finished fourth in his TRAXXAS-sponsored truck, Mexico’s Apdaly Lopez finished fifth in the RPM Off-Road/VisitMexico.com truck, Aaron Bambach in the 3dimensional.com truck finished sixth, with Nick Vanis in the Outlaw LED by Robby Gordon No. 10 and Bill Hynes in the Freaks for LIVE truck rounding out the field.

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“I leaned on him a little bit there and he gave it back to me,” Gordon said. “Sheldon did a great job as did Scotty and both of these guys are going places with their careers. People will hear a lot about them for years to come. I could get to Sheldon’s bumper, but I had to check up going over the jumps to make sure that I didn’t land on him.” 

NBCSN will broadcast the race at 10 p.m. PDT on July 31 (1 a.m. EDT Aug. 1). Following its trip to Toronto, the series will shift to the west coast for its final four races of the 2014 season at the Sand Sport Super Show in Orange County, Calif. Sept. 19-20; the Coronado Speed Festival Sept. 21 and Las Vegas in conjunction with the SEMA Show in early November.

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SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Race 1 Results

Finish Truck No. Driver Sponsor Hometown
1. 74 Sheldon Creed TRAXXAS Alpine, Calif.
2. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires Orange, Calif.
3. 5 Scotty Steele Peoria, Ariz.
4. 18 Apdaly Lopez VisitMexico.com/RPM Offroad Tecate, B.C., Mexico
5. 87 Aaron Bambach 3 Dimensional.com Rochester Hills, Mich.
6. 3 Paul Tracy TRAXXAS Scarborough, Toronto
7. 57 Bill Hynes LIVE/United Fiiber and Data Nazareth, Penn.
DNS 13 Nick Vanis Airaid/Outlaw LED by Robby Gordon Long Beach, Calif.

SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS - Race 2 Results

Finish Truck No. Driver Sponsor Hometown
1. 74 Sheldon Creed TRAXXAS Alpine, Calif.
2. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires Orange, Calif.
3. 5 Scotty Steele Peoria, Ariz.
4.3 Paul Tracy TRAXXAS Scarborough, Ontario, Toronto
5. 18 Apdaly Lopez VisitMexico.com/RPM Offroad Tecate, B.C., Mexico
6. 87 Aaron Bambach 3 Dimensional.com Rochester Hills, Mich.
7. 10 Nick Vanis Airaid/Outlaw LED by Robby Gordon Los Alamitos, Calif.
8. 57 Bill Hynes LIVE/United Fiber and Data Nazareth, Penn.

Photography by Speed Energy Formula Off-Road

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U.S. Tire Plant Delivers OPEN COUNTRY AT II as OE Tire for the Ford F-250/F-350 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/u-s-tire-plant-delivers-open-country-at-ii-as-oe-tire-for-the-ford-f-250f-350-107334.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/u-s-tire-plant-delivers-open-country-at-ii-as-oe-tire-for-the-ford-f-250f-350-107334.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:28:06 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=107334 ]]> Osaka, Japan -08 July, 2014 – Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. (Akira Nobuki, president) announces that the company’s OPEN COUNTRY AT II (“OPAT II”) SUV tire produced by U.S. subsidiary Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing, Inc. (“TNA”; Jim Hawk, president) has been adopted as an original equipment tire for the Ford F-250 & F-350 pickup trucks. This is the first time a TNA-produced tire has been adopted as OE by an American car maker. *Tire size: LT275/65R20 126S U.

U.S. tire sales subsidiary TOYO TIRE U.S.A. CORP. launched sale of the OPAT II as a replacement tire in August 2012, and in less than one year the tire became a hit product with sales in excess of one million units. Renowned for its significantly improved tread life and bold, aesthetically pleasing design, the OPAT II continues to enjoy enormous popularity in the replacement tire market.

TNA, which manufactures the OPAT II, was established in 2005 as a tire production base for the North American market and is currently undergoing its fourth production expansion. TNA is a state-of-the-art plant that delivers high-quality, high-added-value products to the marketplace using Toyo’s highly automated and proprietary A.T.O.M. (Advanced Tire Operation Module) tire production system designed for multi-product, small-lot production with reduced lead times. Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing, Inc.

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Casey Currie and Magpul join forces for the 2014 season and SEMA http://www.race-dezert.com/home/casey-currie-and-magpul-join-forces-for-the-2014-season-and-sema-107328.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/casey-currie-and-magpul-join-forces-for-the-2014-season-and-sema-107328.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:24:00 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=107328 ]]>

Corona, Calif. (July 21, 2014)—Currie Racing is proud to announce their partnership with Magpul for the 2014 LOORRS season. In addition to supporting My Jeep Adventures and a custom build for SEMA. Magpul will immediately become a highlight on the #2 Monster Energy ProLite and Currie will debut the new sponsor for rounds 9&10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Rounds 9&10 take place under the lights of Glen Helen Raceway.

“I’m excited to bring Magpul Industries on board. They are the premiere brand in the firearms industry and I feel with us working together we can share their passion for technology, personal responsibility and adventure to a new crowd” Stated Currie.

Both Currie Racing and Magpul have already begun their plans for the custom build that will premier during the 2014 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show draws over 60,000 domestic and international buyers and with Curries custom Jeep build equipped with Magpul customized weaponry, it is bound to catch the attention of gun enthusiasts from around the world.

ABOUT CASEY CURRIE
Casey Currie not only grew up around racing—he lives it. Born into the world of Off-Road and NASCAR through the likes of his Father and Grandfather, the name Currie has been synonymous with racing since before Casey’s time. His penchant for chasing checkered flags was inevitable, and on a dirt bike at the age of 5, Casey began his racing career. If it was meant for driving, Casey has driven it and driven it well. With a long line of podiums and wins in Baja, Super Moto, and Short Course racing, Casey is arguably the most multi-faceted driver in the Off-Road space. Earning his seat with Monster Energy and winning his first Pro Lite Championship in the TORC series in 2010, while still an avid participant in as many other races as he can attend, the California native continues to push the envelope. No matter the field, or class in which he races, Casey’s consistent focus is on how to be faster. “We never go home and just prep—we always go home and make better.”

ABOUT MAGPUL
Magpul was founded in 1999 with the intent of developing a simple device to aid in the manipulation of rifle magazines while reloading under stress. The company’s name comes from this original product called the Magpul®. Over the last decade Magpul has continued to grow and develop using much the same mission and process with a focus on innovation, simplicity, and efficiency.

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DAVID HIGGINS AND CRAIG DREW’S NEW ENGLAND FOREST RALLY VICTORY SECURES 2014 RALLY AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP http://www.race-dezert.com/home/david-higgins-and-craig-drews-new-england-forest-rally-victory-secures-2014-rally-america-national-championship-107325.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/david-higgins-and-craig-drews-new-england-forest-rally-victory-secures-2014-rally-america-national-championship-107325.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:21:24 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=107325 ]]> Newry, Maine (July 19, 2014) — Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew overcame a late New England Forest Rally scare to take their fourth Rally America National Championship title on July 18-19 in Newry, ME.

The scare occurred when British rally competitors Higgins and Drew opened up a 1:34.5 minute lead over rival teammates Travis Pastrana and Chrissie Beavis in their 2015 Subaru WRX STI heading into the last leg of the New England Forest Rally. Higgins struck a rock on Stage 10 causing major suspension damage. At the end of the stage Higgins was in the process of repairing the damage when a fire flared and he received a face full of fire extinguisher spray.

Higgins’ lead over Pastrana was cut to 31.1 seconds. Following service Higgins pushed through the last three stages, despite the discomfort, to take his fourth consecutive Rally America title, and sixth U.S. National Championship overall victory in an outstanding career to date.

“We still had a reasonable lead when we left service,” said Higgins, “The rally isn’t over until it’s over. We went out to win the last three stages to win the rally, and more importantly to win the Championship. America has been very kind to me.”

Travis Pastrana and Chrissie Beavis drove a great race to finish in second place, their fourth podium finish this season. FY Racing’s Adam Yeoman and Jordan Schulze broke a two-event DNF streak to take third overall and make it a Subaru podium sweep.

Super Production’s Dillon Van Way and Andrew Edwards secured a consecutive class victory and a fourth place overall placement. Van Way is fresh from winning his class three weeks ago at the Mt. Washington HillClimb. His victory helps extend his Super Production points lead over Nick Roberts and Rhianon Gelsomino with two events remaining.

“The team has been really strong and we haven’t had the luck to win until the last two events,” stated Van Way, “We need the points and the Super Production Championship is looking pretty good for us.”

Nick Roberts and Rhianon Gelsomino had led the event until Van Way took over the class lead on Stage 6. On Stage 8, Roberts went to wide into a corner and got stuck. The team was not able to extract themselves and unfortunately was forced to retire.

Roberts’ retirement moved Gary Gill and Nathalie Richard into second in Super Production for their first podium, and Rookie of the Year candidate Mickey Moran with co-driver Alice Von Denes took third.

Another Championship was decided at the New England Forest Rally with Ford Racing’s Andrew Comrie-Picard (ACP), co-driven by Ole Holter, taking the Two-Wheel Drive category victory. ACP survived challenges from Scion Racing’s Matthew Johnson and Jeremy Wimpey, and Datingsite.com’s Troy and Jeremy Miller, to take his first career 2WD title.

“We are totally thrilled, it’s just amazing to win this event and lock up the 2WD Championship with two events remaining,” exclaimed Comrie-Picard, “It took us a few years to get here. But the Ford Fiesta ST has been amazing and Ole (Holter) has been terrific in the co-driver’s seat.”

Johnson and Wimpey got as close as 5.7 seconds to ACP on Stage 5 until transmission problems surfaced and forced the team to replace it during service. Johnson is pleased to settle with a second place 2WD finish considering the team missed the last two Rally America rounds. Troy and Jeremy Miller took third in class, and Troy Miller currently continue to lead the Rookie of the Year standings over Mickey Moran.

Bethel, ME hometown favorite, Chris Duplessis with British co-driver Phil Hill, took the B-SPEC Class win in a Ford Fiesta over Honda Performance Development’s James Robinson and Brian Penza and their Honda Fit. But it is James Robinson’s finish at the New England Forest Rally that mathematically secures his second B-SPEC National Championship.

Another local driver from Bangor, ME, John Cassidy with co-driver Dave Getchell, took the Maine Regional Rally and New Hampshire Regional Rally victories.

The Rally America National Championship’s next television airing the NBC Sports Network is August 2at 12:30pm EDT. The next televised date is August 31 at 5pm EDT. More show details forthcoming.

Rally America is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Ford Racing, Honda Performance Development, Exedy Racing Clutches, VP Racing Fuels, Streetwise Parts and GoPro.

About Rally America
Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the Rally America National Championship, which consists of eight national-level events in 2014 located at a variety of venues across the country, from Portland, Oregon to Newry, Maine. NBC Sports Network is airing eight Rally America episodes. For more information please visit www.rally-america.com.

CLICK HERE for New England Forest Rally results.
CLICK HERE for Maine Regional Rally results
CLICK HERE for New Hampshire Regional Rally results.

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Jesse James Trades Two Wheels for Four to Race TORC: The Off Road Championship in Sturgis http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jesse-james-trades-two-wheels-for-four-to-race-torc-the-off-road-championship-in-sturgis-107320.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jesse-james-trades-two-wheels-for-four-to-race-torc-the-off-road-championship-in-sturgis-107320.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:17:59 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=107320 ]]> jesse-james-torc-sturgis-02jesse-james-torc-sturgis-01

Irvine, Calif. – Jesse James has been coming to the world’s largest motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., for nearly 30 years. Since then, his name has become synonymous with custom motorcycles through incredible craftsmanship, eventually leading into an empire he built called West Coast Choppers.

But on Aug. 5-6 at The Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, S.D., James will trade two wheels for four and compete in the nation’s premiere off-road truck racing series, TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL.

James is no stranger to off-road racing and has competed in both desert and short-course off-road racing. He feels TORC is building the foundation for something very special in Sturgis by bringing the series to race at The Chip during the Rally.

“I feel like I have a pretty good pulse on that place (Sturgis) and no one’s ever done anything like what TORC is doing,” he said. “Everybody else is like ‘How are we going to make money off the bikers? How are we going to take their money? But TORC is coming in with ‘How are we going to entertain these dudes?’ Short-course off-road racing is full-out entertainment. You get a lot for your money. I think it’s going to go over well. I’m excited about it.

“For the last decade,” he continued, “I’ve been driving trophy trucks, but driving a PRO 2WD in the TORC Series is an all-out battle. We’re bumpin’ and bangin’, tearing doors off and hoods off from contact. These trucks jump 200 feet in the air at speeds over 100MPH. It’ll be some of the best racing these people have ever seen.”

James will race a 900 Horsepower PRO 2WD race truck prepared by Troy Retclaff at his Green Bay, Wis., shop. A former bike builder himself, Retclaff is looking forward to working with James at Sturgis.

“I used to build custom motorcycles and have been a big fan of his (James),” Retclaff said. “I know there’s going to be a lot going on because of who he is, but I’m comfortable with that. I’m simply focused on providing a competitive truck that he can win with.”

Kurt Greaves, brother of PRO 4WD TORC Champion Johnny Greaves, will act as crew chief.

James will face off against CJ Greaves, Chad Hord, Jarit Johnson, Arie Luyendyk Jr., and a very competitive PRO 2WD TORC field at the inaugural ‘Battle At The Chip.’ CJ, the current PRO 2 points leader, is ready to see what James brings to the track.

“I’m looking forward to it for sure,” Greaves said. “He has driven a lot of stuff in his life so it will be awesome to see what he’s made of in a TORC truck.”

TORC President BJ Birtwell said James’ involvement in the inaugural race at The Chip is a positive start for what will be a permanent off-road racing facility there. “The addition of Jesse James to our PRO 2WD field is certainly going to stir up some conversation and be a great way to kick off TORC Racing in Sturgis. His background as a desert and short course off road racer mixed with his passion for building some of the world’s most recognized custom motorcycles, makes this a natural opportunity.”

The inaugural Battle at The Chip in Sturgis, S.D., will take place at The Legendary Buffalo Chip on Aug. 5-6. For ticket information, visit TORCSeries.com and to follow the series on social media, visit Facebook.com/TORC and on Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.

The remainder of the TORC season includes:

July 19-20: Bark River, MI (Bark River International Raceway)
Aug 5-6: Sturgis, SD (Buffalo Chip Powersports Complex)
Aug 30-31: Crandon, WI (Crandon International Off-Road Raceway)

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.

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LOORRS Mod Kart standout Cole Mamer signs with tyme agency http://www.race-dezert.com/home/loorrs-mod-kart-standout-cole-mamer-signs-with-tyme-agency-107315.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/loorrs-mod-kart-standout-cole-mamer-signs-with-tyme-agency-107315.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:14:02 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=107315 ]]>

Tyme agency is pleased to announce the addition of Cole Mamer to its athlete roster. The rising star in short course truck racing joins the tyme family to continue to build his movement and secure new corporate partnerships as he climbs through the ranks of his sport. Mamer will benefit from tyme’s uniquely tailored representation and consulting package.

Mamer is widely regarded as the top driver in the highly competitive Mod Kart class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and has the results to back up those claims. Through the four events held in 2014, Cole has been on the podium three times, securing two race wins and a second place finish. He is a title favorite this year in a class that has graduated instant contenders Sheldon Creed, RJ Anderson, Bradley Morris and Gavin Harlien into the Pro Lite division where Cole will compete starting in 2015.

“I’m really excited to work with tyme Agency and utilize their resources to build my personal and team program into one of the premiere programs in the sport!” says Cole Mamer

“I couldn’t be happier that Cole and Mamer Motorsports have made the decision to utilize tyme’s services to help him evolve as both an athlete and a brand. I have been watching Cole race over the last year and feel he is a complete package as an athlete. He is very well spoken with an infectious positive attitude that will attract a huge fan base as his career evolves.” says Jason Fierro Founder of tyme Agency

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. The game is different now. The business has changed. The plight of emerging brands, teams and athletes is more expansive and complicated than ever before. tyme can help.

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Get Ready for the 2015 Women of Off Road Racing Calendar http://www.race-dezert.com/home/get-ready-for-the-2015-women-of-off-road-racing-calendar-107309.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/get-ready-for-the-2015-women-of-off-road-racing-calendar-107309.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:08:20 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=107309 ]]> July 11, 2014 Ladies who race, start prepping your professional photos for the 2015 Women of Off Road Racing Calendar! Emme Hall, driver of the Mega Monkey Motorsports 2/1600 is calling for submissions for the third annual fundraising calendar.

Hall makes it clear; this is not your average pinup calendar.

“All my female friends that drive are incredible women, who can do so much more than just wear a bikini and pose. They drive, they wrench, the co-drive…they are badasses! I knew I could do something cool to feature them, their rides, and their partners without relying on their sexuality.”

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The Women of Off Road Racing calendar features the ladies in hero card style poses with their cars.

“It’s a calendar that you can give to your young daughter as inspiration, or to your grandmother to hang in her living room,” says Hall.

Professional headshots are required to enter. Photos are due August 13th to emme@roadfly.com, with voting to begin Hall’s Facebook fan page on August 15th. The calendar will be ready in time for the MORE Ladies Race for the Cure on October 25th. Proceeds will go to the Cedars Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center and to help Hall’s team reach the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco.

“The past two years I have accepted non-professional snapshots, but I really want to up the ante this year. Professional photos will place the ladies in their best light. I hope that in the future I can provide these headshots for free, but for now I recommend Dezert Wife Photography or Phil Kaos Photography. Both businesses have been very supportive of the calendar and they produce great photos.”

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Hall is currently organizing a group photo session. Contact her at emme@roadfly.com for details or to submit. Women of all ages, shapes, and sizes are encouraged to submit. All classes of cars, UTVs, and motorcycles are eligible. All-female teams are welcome to submit as well. Women can be drivers of record, secondary drivers, or regular co-drivers.

About the Cedars Sinai Breast Center
At the Breast Center, patients receive comprehensive care from a team of experts. Our physicians are highly experienced at treating common as well as rare and complex cases of breast cancer. During weekly multidisciplinary Case Review meetings, patient cases are discussed from multiple perspectives so that patients are provided with a wide range of treatment options. This review facilitates ongoing communication among your physicians and specialists to track your progress and help lead to a successful recovery. Our specialists also work on clinical trials to develop new treatment options for addressing breast cancer and many of our patients take part in clinical trials that test new options for diagnosis and treatment. More information can be found at http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Breast-Center/

About the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles
Now in its 25th year, the Gazelle Rally is the toughest all female motorsports event on the planet. Women battle the grueling Moroccan desert for 9 days using only a compass and a map. No GPS, no cell phones, no chase crews. Points are awarded for shortest distance between checkpoints, not fastest time. Whether in a 4×4, a crossover, a quad, or a motorcycle, the two-woman teams must work together to drive the fewest kilometers possible, using their outdated maps to pick a route. More information can be found at www.gazellerally.com

About Emme Hall
Driver, review, rabble rouser, Emme is the principle driver for the trophy winning Mega Monkey Motorsports 2/1600. She has also been on the podium in class 11, 5u, and ultra-4. She is one of only 17 American women to participate in the Rally Aicha des Gazelles and was the driver for the top North American team in 2014. She is a video host for TFL Car, reviewing everything from compact economy sedans to trucks to muscle cars. She is the proud driver of a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata and she autocrosses with the SCCA whenever she can. More information can be found at www.emmehall.com

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RALLY AMERICA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION COMES TO THE NEW ENGLAND FOREST RALLY http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rally-america-national-championship-action-comes-to-the-new-england-forest-rally-107302.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rally-america-national-championship-action-comes-to-the-new-england-forest-rally-107302.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:04:45 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=107302 ]]> Williston, Vermont (July 14, 2014) — For the second time in three weeks, the New England area will host a round of the Rally America National Championship. The fifth round of the Championship already took place at the Mt. Washington “Climb to the Clouds” in Gorham, NH in late June, and now the Championship quickly resumes at the New England Forest Rally (NEFR) on July 18-19 in Newry, ME with 50 cars on the entry list.

The New England Forest Rally is known as a technical event for its hard packed dirt surfaces and twisting sections with stages located in New Hampshire and Maine. The race takes place in a quintessential northeastern setting with its winding creeks and one-lane bridges that not only infuse beauty to the race, but also added excitement when encountered by drivers at breakneck speeds.

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With four Rally America victories already this season, Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew will have a golden chance to lock up their fourth consecutive Rally America title with a second place or better finish at NEFR.

Higgins and Drew are having a wonderful season. The team is fresh from setting a surprise Mt. Washington HillClimb record with a rally car not built for hillclimb competition, and winning enough Rally America events to potentially lock up the Championship with two rounds remaining.

Higgins’ possible Championship victory would tie his teammate and Subaru Rally Team USA rival, Travis Pastrana, for the most Rally America titles, and add a sixth U.S. Championship extending back to the SCCA Pro Rally era.

However, Higgins will once again faceoff against Travis Pastrana who continues to seek his first victory since being away from the sport for three years. Pastrana is close to finishing in the top position having finished second on the podium at each event he has entered this year. FY Racing’s Adam Yeoman will also be fighting hard for overall supremacy and get his season back on track after not finishing the last two Rally America rounds.

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Super Production’s Dillon Van Way and Andrew Edwards are fresh from their first ever class victory at the Mt. Washington HillClimb and continue to lead the points standings in their class. The team also sits second overall in the Championship, and have a solid opportunity to finish the season as the highest placing Super Production team in the overall standings in Rally America history.

Moreover, Nick Roberts and Rhianon Gelsomino are engaged in a close battle with Van Way for Super Production honors and will seek their second class victory this season at NEFR. A win here can close the points gap to Van Way and set the foundation for an incredible come-from-behind push through the last two events.

Andrew Comrie-Picard and Ole Holter hold the Two-Wheel Drive (2WD) points advantage following their Mt. Washington HillClimb class win and need another strong result at NEFR to carry momentum into the final races. His closest rival is Rookie of the Year candidate, Troy Miller, who seeks to capture another class victory and bounce back from a catastrophic engine failure at Mt. Washington.

Reentering the 2WD fray is Scion Racing Rally xD’s Matthew Johnson and Jeremy Wimpey whose team took a two event break to recover from damage sustained at the Oregon Trail Rally. Johnson and Wimpey are easy favorites to take a podium spot. Though the odds are stacked against the team they are not entirely dismissed from a 2WD title run. The team needs to outright win 2WD and rely on luck that Comrie-Picard doesn’t make it onto a few podiums.

The New England Forest Rally added two new stages to this year’s event; the 4.9 mile Bunker Pond stage on Friday and the 10 mile Greenough Pond on Saturday.

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Fans will have plenty of viewing opportunities beginning with the Parcs Expose at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, ME on Friday at 9am ET and Saturday at 8am ET. The Parc Expose is a great opportunity to take pictures of the cars before racing begins, talk to drivers, and get information to view the race. Download a free NEFR spectator guide: http://bit.ly/1j1fj8D

The Sunday River Rally Bus will be available on both competition days to take fans straight to the racing action. Bus tickets are available for purchase at the Parcs Expose. Friday’s bus is $10 per perons and leaves at 10:30am, Saturday’s bus is $15 per person and leaves at 8am.

NEFR will also offer the popular VIP Bus Experience, a catered trip to private viewing areas and guided by some of rally’s most experienced competitors. Ticketholders will get to see the exciting corners at Bunker Pond on Friday and multiple viewing areas on Saturday. More information and tickets available at www.newenglandforestrally.com.

The New England Forest Rally will air on NBC Sports Network on August 31, 2014 at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT.

Rally America is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Ford Racing, Honda Performance Development, Exedy Racing Clutches, VP Racing Fuels, Streetwise Parts and GoPro.

About Rally America
Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the Rally America National Championship, which consists of eight national-level events in 2014 located at a variety of venues across the country, from Portland, Oregon to Newry, Maine. NBC Sports Network is airing eight Rally America episodes. For more information please visit www.rally-america.com.

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James Garner: One of Us http://www.race-dezert.com/home/james-garner-one-of-us-106598.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/james-garner-one-of-us-106598.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:56:51 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=106598 ]]> James Garner Dies at 86

A young Sal Fish (right) greets James Garner before the start of the 1968 Mexican 1000. The two met via Sal’s role as Hot Rod magazine publisher.

It was news I had been expecting for some time. Knowing that things weren’t well doesn’t make the finality of it all any easier.

The passing of James Garner at the age of 86 this past weekend marks another major loss to our sport’s fading passage of its original roots. He represented so many things to so many people in so many ways. But, he really belonged to us.

To the world, Jim Garner was one of those very special leading men from Hollywood that encapsulated all the good looks and talent God might bestow in a single human being. To a younger audience, it might be surprising to learn that his legend began not with his famous role as street savvy detective in The Rockford Files, but much earlier in some of the most memorable films of the 1960s. Do yourself a favor some weekend night and watch him work his special acting magic in Grand Prix, arguably auto racing’s greatest film. Or, better yet, revel in his performance next to fellow off-road racer Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, a testosterone festival of a movie if there ever was one.

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One of the most iconic images in off-road racing history. James Garner at the Rancho Santa Inez pit, 1968 Mexican 1000.

Off-road racing has been blessed to have both Garner and McQueen – two absolute Hollywood A-list superstars – among our roster of famous personalities. Thanks primarily to the Mexican/Baja 1000s and the Mint 400 we have also seen the influx of other cross-over superstars like Paul Newman, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse James and more international professional driving talent than any other form of racing I can think of.

Fittingly, in 1978 was inducted into the freshman class of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and NORRA founder Ed Pearlman.

“He was kind of close with my father, they may have gone out a few times together,” recalls son and NORRA President Mike Pearlman. “Jim Garner was always happy, he never had a mad look on his face. The camera really loved him too.”

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The always popular Linda Vaughn (left) greets James Garner at a NORRA impound in Ensenada. As she later explained; “He was “The most gorgeous movie star in the whole wide world! I had the biggest crush on him. I couldn’t look at him without meltin’.”

Garner’s famous smile and very American good looks in images taken by Hot Rod magazine photographers are an off-road racing treasure. He was often captured hanging out in the impound area of the old NORRA Baja races, with some of the best shots with blond and buxom Linda Vaughn – “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” – at his side. But even in the heat of battle and covered with dirt the Garner persona shinned through unlike the mere mortals he was racing against. The haunting photograph of the exhausted actor taking a swig of water at a Baja pit stop at the 1968 Mexican 1000 is as iconic as any in motorsports.

From what I have learned from those that were there, it was really James Garner who stood out as one of us, an off-road racer at heart that loved nothing more than “racing this old Bronco from Ensenada to La Paz” as he explained looking directly into the camera in his 1970 documentary The Racing Scene. Where McQueen was more of a loner, Garner was the down-to-earth everyman with a more approachable attitude despite his international fame.

Closer to home, former SCORE International President Sal Fish met Garner initially via his association with Petersen Publishing founder Robert Petersen and associate Dick Day in the mid-1960s. Fish then reacquainted himself in Baja, and was once towed to a checkpoint by Garner’s chase crew when the EMPI Volkswagen sedan he was racing broke down in Laguna Chapala. In later years, SCORE’s head honcho would see Garner at the Paradise Cove near his Malibu home, which also served as the main backdrop for the famous beachside trailer set of the Rockford Files.

“I can tell you first hand that James Garner was an international superstar, but, he really was also just one of us,” remembers Fish. “He was gracious to everyone, and just a very nice, nice man.

Garner fielded sports cars at LeMans, Daytona and Sebring via his “American International Racers” team, but it was in the desert that Mr. Garner spent the majority of his racing career. Like McQueen and Newman, Garner also possessed an impressive amount of prowess behind the wheel.

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Jim Garner proudly displays a shock absorber repaired with bailing wire and a bungee cord taken from his Olds 442 after finishing at NORRA Baja 500 event. This rare image was provided by NORRA’s Mike Pearlman.

His first off-road race was in an old Porsche-powered Meyers Manx at the 1968 Stardust 7-11 race in Las Vegas, a vehicle owned by Fleetwood Enterprises (think motorhomes) founder John Crean. While Garner and co-driver Scooter Patrick DNF’ed their maiden outing, by that year’s NORRA Mexican 1000 they had moved Bill Stroppe’s Ford Bronco team and found themselves teammates with non other than Parnelli Jones.

“I’ll miss Jim for sure and my family and I offer our condolences to his entire family and all his friends,” Parnelli Jones told RACER Magazine. “Jim was very special, for sure. The first time I got acquainted with Jim was in 1968 when he raced in the Baja 1000 in Mexico with Scooter Patrick. The Baja 1000 was a really big deal back then, big enough to be covered by ABC’s ‘Wide World of Sports.’ Jim was a hell of a driver, a competitor; most people don’t remember that and that he raced in a lot of different types of cars over the years. He truly was a ‘man’s man.’

Garner would later shift alliances to Vic Hickey, who had designed and constructed the two “Baja Boot” cars eventually acquired by McQueen. The ever-innovative Hickey would build several off-road- ready versions of Garner’s famous Oldsmobile 442s, along with the tube framed Oldsmobile Banshee recently restored by the John Swift family.

Eventually pressures of work took Garner away from the sport, and he never returned in any visible capacity.

It was always a personal career goal to meet Jim Garner. Sadly, and despite my best efforts, that opportunity never presented itself. Rumor has it he snuck into the Peterson Automotive Museum in 2000 for my original “1000 Miles to Glory” tribute, but I never saw him. I just wanted to thank him for all he had done for an industry forever grateful for his presence and influence.

In recent months the Baja Social Club film and our recently acquired Bruce Brown film archives from the 1968 Mexican 1000 offered us never-before-seen film views of Mr. Garner at that fateful race. I made on final attempt to contact the ailing off-roader in hopes of having him provide the voice-over for our project. My friend Jim Hancock, who was also working on a film project with Patrick Dempsey about racing actors at that time, shared that his failing health offered little to no hope.

Now the world at large has lost him forever.

However, he was a very special part of our collective story. James Garner was truly one of our own.

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Big Night on CBS Sports for Off-Road Racing http://www.race-dezert.com/home/big-night-on-cbs-sports-for-off-road-racing-106588.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/big-night-on-cbs-sports-for-off-road-racing-106588.html#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:00:52 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=106588 ]]> bryce-menzies-baja-500-2
Tonight’s a big night for off-road racing on the tube.  Starting things of at 7pm EST / 4pm PST is the 2014 Rip to Cabo.  CBS Sports is airing 4 straight hours of the epic journey that spans the entire length of Baja.

Immediately following will be an hour of Round 6 action of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Pro 4 & Pro Buggy races.

To wrap things up will be the 2014 SCORE Baja 500, where Bryce Menzies won his third Baja 500 in four years.

Grab a few cold ones and six hours of off-road coverage tonight!

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6th Expo Off-Road Tijuana 2014 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/6th-expo-off-road-tijuana-2014-98017.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/6th-expo-off-road-tijuana-2014-98017.html#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:30:16 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=98017 ]]> Expo Off-Road Tijuana 2014-100

Hundreds of people gathered together at the 6th annual Expo Off-Road in Tijuana, Baja California. People were able to enjoy a lot of activities like Off-Road expositions or Freestyle MX and BMX demonstrations. Off-road companies were showing their products, brands like KC lights, Method wheels, Refacciones La Famosa between others.

The Off-Road Expo in Tijuana has become a tradition by now with one of the largest attendance this year. This off-road party included Mexican folklore, beer, food, family and beautiful women. The event is comparable to a Baja contingency in Ensenada just with more Jeeps and Cherokees crawlers and of course we were there capturing it. Enjoy the photo gallery.

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Geiser Brothers Shop Tour http://www.race-dezert.com/home/geiser-bros-shop-tour-91964.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/geiser-bros-shop-tour-91964.html#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:15:46 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=91964 ]]> geiser-bros-shop-tour
For almost twenty years, the Geiser Brothers have been building the highest quality off-road race vehicles on the market.  From their humble beginnings, the Geiser Brothers have built upon their successes and built a name synonymous with champions.  From short course racing to open desert off-road racing, the Geiser Brothers have built seventy two off-road race vehicles, including fifty trophy trucks, more than any other manufacturer by a landslide. Located in Phoenix, AZ, the Geiser Brothers fabrication shop is where the greatest unlimited off-road race vehicles are hand built.  Founder, Rick Geiser, has been one of the driving forces behind the success of this family built, iconic off-road racing shop.

A Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck could be the equivalent of a Babe Ruth home run ball, something that should be kept nicely packaged for the less fortunate to drop their jaws.  However, the Geiser Bro’s create some of the most beautifully crafted machines that take to the short course track and open desert.  The best off-road racers in the world pilot Geiser Brothers trucks, including Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies.  Though the final product is all that matters to their client, these machines all begin somewhere.

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Race-Dezert paid a visit to Geiser’s premier off-road racing shop. There’s no other shop turning out the quality and quantity of vehicles being produced at Geiser. On the day we were there, almost ten vehicles were onsite being prepped. In addition, another four to five cages were in various stages of being rebuilt or finished for delivery.  Geiser Bros. is not just building trophy trucks, they’re currently rolling out a number of 6100s, with clients all over the world snapping them up.  

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Making investments in their future, the brothers have a dedicated CNC shop where they can design and fabricate parts as needed.  Allowing them the freedom to experiment and engineer the future of off-road racing.  The brothers, Rick and Jeff, were kind enough to give us the grand tour of the facility and a history lesson on their humble beginnings.

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RHODES RIVERLAND REVOLUTION http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rhodes-riverland-revolution-92230.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rhodes-riverland-revolution-92230.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:21:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=92230 ]]> The South Australian Riverland welcomed back the Australian Off Road Championship for the first time in 22 years on the weekend, with the Toyo Tires Riverland Enduro being held at Waikerie. The five lap race through the fast flowing paddocks and mallee scrub was dominated by Jack Rhodes and David Pullino in the #91 Jimco, who took victory in an overall time of 3hr 23min 57.78sec. Despite securing pole position during Saturdays prologue and top ten shoot out it wasn’t all plain sailing for Rhodes, with a shower of rocks in the early Sunday morning tussle with the #13 BF Goodrich Tires OBR Jimco of Travis Robinson resulting in a broken finger for the driver. However with electrical issues forcing the retirement of Robinson on lap one, Rhodes and Pulino quickly charged and put their stamp on the event to take their maiden AORC victory.

“The last few years we have got close and it is nice to have finally cracked it at home, with everyone here.” Said Rhodes post race “It has taken a long time to get where we are. We are still young to the sport and we have worked hard to compete at this level.”

While Rhodes led from the front, Shannon and Ian Rentsch were forced to dig deep to earn their second outright placing in the #1 Hogs Breath BF Goodrich Tires Jimco. Seeded 15th, after failing to finish the prologue with an engine miss, Rentsch quickly worked his way into striking distance of the podium, then pounced when Hanson and Schiller fell by the wayside in the closing stages of the race to finish 5min 8 sec behind Rhodes.

“It was a great track, especially when it dried out after the rain this morning. It would be one of the quickest I’ve raced on, similar to Griffith and Mildura.”

Local favourites, Brad Gallard and Scott Modistach piloted their #454 Toyo Tires Trophy Truck to third outright in 3hr 31min 23.13sec. “It was fast and slippery, but we were motoring. We went and ran our own race, and we ran a smart race. We didn’t get tied up in trying to race anyone early on and it pulled through for us. We just kept consistent and kept lapping the truck and it didn’t miss a beat.” Said Gallard

Gallard was the first of an Extreme 2WD trophy truck trio, with Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings in the #403 Ford F150 locking in fourth outright, ahead of Beau Robinson and Ken Skinner in the #402 Tonka Trophy Truck in fifth.

North Queenslands Michael Marson and Steve Gates thrived on the power the Ford V8 in the rear of their #32 Marks 4WD Adaptors Racer delivered, finishing 6th outright, ahead of Hayden Bentley’s #2 single seater Racer in seventh.

“We were topped out half a dozen times which was great fun, but the best thing was coming down the straights and hauling in the twin turbo V6’s” said Marson at the finish line.

Fresh from a frantic rebuild after their roll over at Finke four weeks ago, Tony Fehlhaber and Garry Howell were back to their best in the Riverland, taking their #138 Karcher Chenowth to the Prolite Class victory and eighth outright. The Queenslanders took a conservative approach in the slippery conditions at the start of the day, before they opened the taps on the naturally aspirated 3500cc V6 and asserted their authority on the class as the sun started to shine. Racing their third major event in the last six weeks, #121 Matt & Kerri Martin took second in the Prolite Class, ahead of locals James & Letiesha Lochert in their #171 Rids Racing Joker Prolite.

Jeff and Jai Loader were the pace setters amongst the Performance 2wd’s during the South Australian Championship component of the race, held over the first four laps. Throwing caution to the wind and taking on the Trophy Trucks in bragging rights for the longest leap on the famous road jump. But it was Paul Youman and Mitch Marsden who took the AORC Performance 2wd honours over the full 5 lap race in the #502 V8 powered Hilux.

Punching out four laps to take the Super 1650 Class win, ahead of a rock solid South Australian based field were the NSW based team of Chris Browning and Chris Clark in the #202 Lothringer. Reigning AORC Super 1650 champs, Russell and Judy Hartnett were reveling in the slippery conditions on Sunday morning, until power steering failure ended their weekend on lap four.

The Chapman Offroad Team showed true fighting spirit to get their #871 Triton to the finishline after Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire rolled the red truck on the first corner on Sunday morning. The team kicked out the broken windscreen, removed the broken panels, put on some goggles and got straight down to business, completing three laps. An effort that was rewarded with the Extreme 4WD Class win and a haul of valuable AORC points.

The Australian Off Road Championship now heads north to Coffs Harbour for the fourth round of the season, the Pedders Suspension Coffs Coast 400 on 12-14 September. For more information visit www.aorc.com.au

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Team Blingstar/Polaris/UTVUnderground takes the win at the 1st round of Terracross http://www.race-dezert.com/home/team-blingstarpolarisutvunderground-takes-the-win-at-the-1st-round-of-terracross-92225.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/team-blingstarpolarisutvunderground-takes-the-win-at-the-1st-round-of-terracross-92225.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:55:09 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=92225 ]]> Blingstar_race-6-29-2014

6/29/14 Del Mar, CA Team Blingstar/Polaris/UTVunderground takes the Win at the First Round of Terracross !

17 Pro SXS’s lined up for the 1st round of the exciting new Terracross series in sunny Del Mar CA.

Team Blingstar and the entire UTVunderground crew were all there watching and rooting Nick Nelson, power his Polaris XP 1000 to a heat and main event win in front of a national audience.

The 1st heat, Nick Nelson took the holeshot and drove flawlessly through the short course that included whoops, crossover jumps and gap jumps over cars. The Polaris XP 1000 was pushed to the test and definitely did not disappoint. “This track was super fun and technical. Whoever had their SxS dialed in the best was going to be tough to beat. My new JRi Shocks were installed minutes before the race and they handled incredibly well. Hess Motorsports is a new sponsor to the team and he supplied us with his new steering quickener. We weren’t able to do any testing on it so I was I was a little skeptical running it for my race. This quickener turns out to be really trick! The effort you have to put into steering now is very minimal. I was looking forward to testing my set up against the competition and obviously ours was dominant. The DWT tire and wheel combo we chose was hooking up awesome that definitely gave us an advantage” quoted Nick Nelson.

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In the Main Event, Nick Nelson took another holeshot and never looked back. He was a few seconds in front of second place, the entire race and was never challenged. “Once again my Polaris XP 1000 was dominant out here and it was just about driving without mistakes. I really can’t thank my sponsors enough for all the support they have given the entire Blingstar/Polaris/UTVunderground Team.” quoted Nelson.

The Blingstar/Polaris/UTVundergorund Team heads to Cedar City Utah in a few weeks to battle the WORCS series and will be looking for another top finish.

 

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2014 SCORE Milestone Awards update, July 3 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-score-milestone-awards-update-july-3-92222.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-score-milestone-awards-update-july-3-92222.html#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:22:12 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=92222 ]]> 19 rugged racers still standing strong in SCORE Milestone Awards chase
heading into September’s 19th Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge

Round 4 of five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship split into two days of racing action;
internationally-televised race at Coyne Powersports Motorplex in Imperial Valley, Calif.–Sept. 25-28

RENO, Nev.—Through the third of five races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, 19 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2014 SCORE Milestone Awards. Two of SCORE races to date were both approximately 250 miles each, one in San Felipe, Mexico and one in Plaster City, Calif., USA while last month’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was nearly 450 miles in Ensenada, Mexico.
Leading the way in the chase for 2014 SCORE Milestone Awards are six amazing racers in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, five in Class 19 for stock UTVs and three in Class 1/2-1600 for single or two-seat open wheelers powered by 1600cc VW engines.

The six SCORE Trophy Truck drivers who have completed every race mile so far this season are also the top six class point leaders Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 11 Ford F-150), Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico (No. 21 Ford Raptor), Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (No. 5 Chevy Rally Truck), Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (No. 18 Chevy Silverado), B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (No. 1, Chevy Silverado) and Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif. (No. 7 Chevy Silverado).

Round 4 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship will be the 19th Annual Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge to be held for at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex in Imperial Valley, Calif. on Sept. 25-28. Being held for the first time in Imperial Valley, the race will be split into two parts with action spread out over three days including night racing on both Friday and Saturday nights (Sept. 26-27).

SCORE is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 29th consecutive year. The SCORE Milestone awards will go to the pro car, truck and UTV drivers who finish every required mile in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.

“SCORE is privileged to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Roger Norman, SCORE CEO/President. “For nearly three decades, SCORE has been very pleased to present the SCORE Milestone Awards to the toughest, most rugged racers on the planet.”

2014 SCORE Milestone Awards
(19 Pro car, truck and UTV racers have completed every required mile after three rounds
in the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship)

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Rob MacCachren
Gus Vildosola Jr
Steven Eugenio
Juan C. Lopez
Clyde Stacy
B.J. Baldwin

Class 1
Justin Matney

Class 1/2-1600
Kevin Smith
Christian Celaya
Jesus Velez

Class 7
Dan Chamlee

Class 10
Cody Reid
Mike Lawrence

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Taylor Mills

Class 19
Marc Burnett
Derek Murray
Matt Parks
Cory Sappington
Alonso Lopez

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TCM Motorsports’ 7sx http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tcm-motorsports-7sx-88271.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tcm-motorsports-7sx-88271.html#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:36:24 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=88271 ]]> tcm-motorsports-feature-vehicle
TCM Motorsports is a Portland, Oregon based amateur auto racing team.  Formed as a father/son team in 1997 by team owner/driver, Jay Culbertson and his son, Scott, the focus was on road racing in Porsche Club of America and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing events.  Jay started TCM Motorsports and his off-road career immediately after taking a Wide Open Baja tour in 1998 where he became hooked on the off-road experience.  Two years later, he won the infamous Baja 2000 in a Baja Challenge Class. He soon met Miguel Sandoval, Abelardo Grijalva and Carlos Durazo and began a great friendship through their passion of off-road racing that led to the beginning of TCM Motorsports based out of Ensenada, Baja California.

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The team had their first race in 2004 at the RECORD San Vicente 200.  From that point on the team had many great achievements, including RECORD Championships in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2013 in the 7sx Class.  In 2013, they won every RECORD event of the year.  Continuing into the 2014 season, TCM has earned eight first place finishes in the last ten races.

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They also finished second in this years NORRA Mexican 1000 in Vintage Class driving Jay’s Class 1 car. This year they plan on winning their third consecutive RECORD Championship.

Specifications
Owner: Miguel Sandoval
Builder: Victor de Thomas at Wide Open Baja
Chassis: Ford Ranger
Weight: 2980 lbs, race ready
Wheel Base: 114”+
Track Width: 72″+
Front Suspension: 2 Bilstein 46mmX12” 3 Tubes By Pass2 Bilstein 60mmX12” 4 Tubes by Pass Eibach / Camburg coil springs
Rear Suspension: 2 Bilstein black hawk 9300 series 16”4 Bypass Deavers lift springs
Engine and horsepower: Ford 4.0 full stock, 210 HP
Transmission: Ford C6
Fuel Cell: Fuel safe 32 gallons
Ignition: Ford stock
Tires: BF Goodrich 35×12.5R15 Baja T/A
Wheels: Method Race Wheels
Paint: Custom Wide Open Baja
Seats: Bear Custom
Brakes: Willwood
Communication: Roadmaster
Navigation: Lowrance
Website: Facebook
Many thanks to:
  • Jay Culbertson from TCM Motorsports USA
  • Wide Open Baja Mex Crew
  • Envirosize Oilfield Service, Canada
  • Servicio Diesel  “El Ceja Wera” Ensenada B.C. Mex.
  • Nuny Shocks, Ensenada B.C. Mex
  • Guino Impresiosnes, Ensenada B.C. Mex
  • Muñoz Transmisiones, Ensenada B.C. Mex.
  • Baja Led Lighting, USA
  • Negrito Diferenciales, Ensenada B.C. Mex.
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Gerard de Rooy Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/gerard-de-rooy-baja-1000-90760.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/gerard-de-rooy-baja-1000-90760.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:16:01 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=90760 Gerard de Rooy Baja 1000

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2014 Mint 400 – Menzies Motorsports http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-mint-400-menzies-motorsports-90234.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-mint-400-menzies-motorsports-90234.html#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:09:00 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=90234 ]]> menzies-motorsports-race-dezert
As a direct result of their tremendous success, Menzies Motorsports has quickly scaled the ranks as one of the top motorsports programs in off-road. Having won the Mint 400 in 2013, Bryce Menzies sought to defend his title with co-driver Pete Mortensen in mid March. Bryce races across multiple off-road platforms including desert, short course and rally, something that he feels gives him an edge over his competition. Here’s a look in to Menzies Motorsports as they prepared for the 2014 General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris RZR.

Watch #TheMint400onNBC this Sunday July 6th at 2PM, when The Mint 400 TV Show airs as part of the Red Bull Signature Series.

Directed by The Martelli Brothers – Produced by Mad Media
Photography by Mad Media

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