Lots of good input to be read here. I feel this topic is long overdue. From my learning's, and experience in off road racing I must say not much has changed over the years in desert racing, and most likely it won't ever change. As far as mainstream goes in desert racing this won't happen without major change. Many people talk of needing big dollars, and sponsors to get the TV time to go mainstream, but that's not the problem here. The big dollars, and air time all will come to the sport should it be promoted by the right people in the correct way. The problem, (and this only my opinion) is that desert racing as a sport has a platform that does everything except allow the spectators, and sponsors to view the race, and I'm not talking about sitting in the bleachers, or bushes at your favorite race in the 100 degree heat in hopes that the car your cheering for will come by in an hour. This is desert racing like it or not, and I love it. Look at NASCAR, CART, INDY, GOLF, BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, and the list goes on, these all sell a seat to a fan, or sponsor, and give a viewing area, comfortably I might add. This is the key to success, it makes money. Mickey Thompson (rest his soul) saw this problem many years ago, and brought on stadium racing. The idea worked two fold, the spectators got to see what off road racing was all about, and the manufacturers had the opportunity to market the new mini trucks on the market in the form of race trucks. So having learned something from all of this the only way to get more involvement in desert racing is to create more short loop style races, maybe in and back out again to the desert for a short loop, at some of the big super speedways(Vegas, and Fontana for instance. This will create the key elements of a profitable sport which are sponsors, spectators, action, and camera's. I know allot of good people have stepped up lately to trophy truck, but without more promoting and sponsorship sooner than later this all will be gone again. What about the idea of one of the big name promoters in the west starting something like this or even adding a short course series to there list of events? I mean does score really need to run just desert races? CORR run's there races back east unfortunately most if the big off road racers live in the west, and don't want to make the trip to race in the mud of Wisconsin, therefore limiting there growth ability greatly. martininsocal your right on man, things like riverside = fun and viewable. There is an old saying "Build it and they will come" always true.
Just my 10 cents.
Just my 10 cents.