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Mint 400 race vehicle Parking

IRONGOOK

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This will be my first time racing the Mint 400 and I'm curious how everyone handles parking their race trailers and vehicles. I'm a small time low budget racer and don't have a nice enclosed trailer and want to worry as little as possible about someone ripping me off. Do any of the hotels downtown have a secure place to park the race vehicles and trailers? Or other options?
Thanks in advance!
 
Hi @IRONGOOK,

Though the Plaza is not supporting our event this year, they probably have the best parking options closest to Fremont. It will cost you around $100 per night if you're not a guest. It is fenced but I don't think it is secured. There is also oversize parking at 4 Queens. In years past, we have rented out lots with security but will not be doing that this year. We've always focused on these points but maybe someone else can chime in? I know there are some lots around..

We are heading to Las Vegas this weekend to scout Fremont so we'll circle back..
 

IRONGOOK

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Thx I'll check back
 

C4

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If you are there for the "party" that is the Mint 400 pre-show then you will want to be downtown near Fremont. If you are there for the race and will only be downtown for Friday then just get rooms in Primm since that is where the race is. You will spend for more time in Primm than you will in Vegas. If you have a motorhome then just stay at the main pit and trailer the race truck up on Friday and back. Your only issue will be parking for the truck and trailer on Friday while you are in Tech but they will announce what and where to do that soon I'm sure.
 

Anger Issues

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If you are there for the "party" that is the Mint 400 pre-show then you will want to be downtown near Fremont. If you are there for the race and will only be downtown for Friday then just get rooms in Primm since that is where the race is. You will spend for more time in Primm than you will in Vegas.
Agreed. Take your race stuff out to Primm and get your pit set up. Thursday if you can. There are usually people (racers) around and you are way less likely to lose stuff out there. If your truck is solid for tech inspec, (as in "done")... take as little as possible to town, park in one of the lots for trailers, don't drink (too) much and return to Primm to be fresh for the race. In previous years we raced the (early) morning session, so we had no choice but to get out there and get rested. If you are in the afternoon race (if they still do that), you have some extra flexibility.
 

ht racing

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its a huge pain in the ass every year! this street closed, you cant park here or there , its a nightmare every year and is the worst part of the mint. lets do everything at primm and forget the rest and race!
 

firedog

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its a huge pain in the ass every year! this street closed, you cant park here or there , its a nightmare every year and is the worst part of the mint. lets do everything at primm and forget the rest and race!
I agree! Need to have dedicated parking lots for race vehicles/trailers near tech/contingency that are secure and do not charge $100/night!!!!!!!!! Push the "easy button" Mad Media and take care of the racers who are taking care of you!
 
I agree! Need to have dedicated parking lots for race vehicles/trailers near tech/contingency that are secure and do not charge $100/night!!!!!!!!! Push the "easy button" Mad Media and take care of the racers who are taking care of you!
We did this exact thing 2 years ago when we attempted to solve the Plaza charging $100/night.. We rented and dedicated the entire Western lot (Fremont between 8th & 9th) and a quarter of the Llama lot (Fremont between 9th & 10th) for oversize parking. Cleaned it. Fenced it. Secured it. Dedicated it solely to racers and overside vehicles. Pushed the "easy button Mad Media" multiple times directly to all of our racers and barely filled half of it. When you take the cost of renting the lot, cleaning out all the broken glass and garbage, fencing it, securing it 24/7 and participation level is that low, our price/night was pushing $100, if not more just to cover our costs.... But we still only charged $50/night.
 
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firedog

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We did this exact thing 2 years ago when we attempted to solve the Plaza charging $100/night.. We rented and dedicated the entire Western lot (Fremont between 8th & 9th) and a quarter of the Llama lot (Fremont between 9th & 10th) for oversize parking. Cleaned it. Fenced it. Secured it. Dedicated it solely to racers and overside vehicles. Pushed the "easy button Mad Media" multiple times directly to all of our racers and barely filled half of it. When you take the cost of renting the lot, cleaning out all the broken glass and garbage, fencing it, securing it 24/7 and participation level is that low, our price/night was pushing $100, if not more just to cover our costs.... But we still only charged $50/night.

Thanks for making the effort in years past! Disappointed the racers did not take you up on this! I can tell you that we will NOT be staying in Vegas due to the parking costs, sucks but it is what it is. If parking was avail for a reasonable cost then we would've split our stay between Vegas and Primm.
 

vegasloki

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Thanks for making the effort in years past! Disappointed the racers did not take you up on this! I can tell you that we will NOT be staying in Vegas due to the parking costs, sucks but it is what it is. If parking was avail for a reasonable cost then we would've split our stay between Vegas and Primm.
With the development density downtown and in the resort corridor there isn't a great deal of room for oversize vehicles now. The space behind Luxor/Excalibur has been significantly reduced by the new parking garage for the arena, no oversized parking. The old lot next to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center is now new convention space. Some properties in the resort corridor may be able to park a trailer and rig but you'll be paying for it.

The Rio still has a big lot that's free and roving security but it's not considered a secured lot. South Point is great, nice property, Old man Gaughan is a racer, he used to own a race team (Orleans Racing/South Point Racing), his kid was a Nascar driver.
 

johndjmix

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It cost me $34 to store my trailer about 2 miles from there for 2 weeks. That's $34 total, not per night! (This was right after bwdc). Not sure who's charging $100 a night but look around and you will find if 2 miles away works.

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vegasloki

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I wouldn't leave a loaded race trailer unattended unless you are at a resort in Vegas. Particularly most anything within a couple of miles of downtown unless it's to the south. To the north, west and east of downtown are some of the worst areas in the valley. The place during the Mint that charge $100 are the Plaza, one of the last big lots left downtown.
 

IRONGOOK

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Hey Kilian, Any updates from your run up to Vegas? any good news on the parking situation?
 

C4

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Last year I found a lot near Main Street Station. Go north on N Main and just as you go under the 515 freeway there is an RV parking lot. Corner of N Main and E Bonanza. It is close enough to walk to Fremont but I would suggest having a vehicle pick you up. I would not feel safe leaving a loaded trailer there (race vehicle on it) but it is patrolled and was cheap to park. Main Street Station has a huge lot but they will not allow trailers.
 

ht racing

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there is no reason there should not be a (good) spot to load and unload your race car in a safe spot to get through tech. not everyone can get there a 5 am to get there car unloaded and be first in line for tech. i have done every bitd mint and last year was by far the worst parking problem for race trailers and trucks i have ever seen. there were ppl about to pack it up and go home over it. a little less party and more prep for the racers that are there to put on the show that the party is for would be a good idea!
 

bobylax

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It has been a few years since I've helped with traffic and race vehicle parking/loading/unloading. The 1st two or three Mints I worked on tech/contingency there was a city/county lot under the freeway where you could park and unload, and drive your race vehicle on a prescribed route onto Fremont Street. I believe there were Police escorts involved. Not sure if that is still in place, but it seemed to work well, but I do remember there were a lot of teams thought finding and using that lot incovenient to where they had parked over night. They parked and drove wherever and I do know it did not make LVPD real happy!! Not sure if this was a factor in that lot going away, but it seemed like a good deal at the time.
 

ht racing

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It has been a few years since I've helped with traffic and race vehicle parking/loading/unloading. The 1st two or three Mints I worked on tech/contingency there was a city/county lot under the freeway where you could park and unload, and drive your race vehicle on a prescribed route onto Fremont Street. I believe there were Police escorts involved. Not sure if that is still in place, but it seemed to work well, but I do remember there were a lot of teams thought finding and using that lot incovenient to where they had parked over night. They parked and drove wherever and I do know it did not make LVPD real happy!! Not sure if this was a factor in that lot going away, but it seemed like a good deal at the time.
yea that is when it was good and easy to deal with. last couple years we have not been able to use the parking lot under the freeway for whatever reason and it sucks! you could unload there and drive to get in line then drive back to the lot. now you need to have your trailer at the end to pickup the car and have a guy sit waiting there for you to get done with tech that can take up to 4 hrs to get through. it takes all the fun out of the mint 400.
 
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